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Chris Riddell

Award Winning Global Futurist and Industry Recognized Inspirational keynote Speaker on Emerging Trends in Our Hyper Connected World

Travels From:
Australia
Fee Range:
$25,000 - $40,000

Chris Riddell is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, and unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted digital world.

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Chris Riddell - Our Future 2017 (Part 1)

Chris Riddell - Our Future 2017 (Part 2)

Chris Riddell is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to highspeed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted digital world.

A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most defining businesses and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.

Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers.

Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774Radio, Chris Riddell’s insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Futurist for the leaders of tomorrow, and keynote speaker for businesses of today.

We’ve seen some interesting recent examples of where AI has proved it is in fact more intelligent than humans, with chess grandmasters and gaming. The ‘device’ as we know it will disappear almost entirely, and this will dramatically influence how we see our world, and the definition of what relationships mean.


Blockchain technology is the biggest revolution since the internet first started, and it is changing how we trust, and who we trust. It is set to transform not only the financial services industry but every organization that has a customer interface.


Augmented Reality showed us in mid-2016 the possibilities of what a blended lifestyle can do, yet the Pokemon Go craze was just a taste of what is around the corner.


Technology is a democratizing force, empowering people through information, and we are set for a revolution like no other over the next 5 years.


Topics Chris will cover in this area include;

How AI is transforming the meaning of ‘personalization’ on mass

Blockchain technology is now transforming how and who we trust

Automation & Robotics is breaking down barriers of borders and time

What role humans have after tomorrow, and how to get ready today

Machine Learning is allowing business to ‘self-learn’ and grow

Businesses will be ‘superpowers’ with combined AI and Automation

Artificial Intelligence will alter power balance between large and small business


When it comes to the subject of digital transformation, Chris Riddell does not mince his words. “If you feared change before, then my God, have you got something coming around the corner,” states the global futurist and self-described digital evangelist. “Digital is going to flip industries on their head and fundamentally force you to change your way of thinking. If you don’t, you might as well pull down the shutters.”


We can send man to the moon, we have cars that can drive themselves, and we have devices in our pockets that have an insane amount of capability, and connect us to almost every human being on planet earth.


With the advances in robotics, and cognitive computer technology you would be right in believing we are on the very edge of one of the most intelligent tipping points humanity has ever seen.


Yet, when it comes to human conflict and behavior, we are fighting a war which we have little honest understanding of, and whilst broadly our security agencies succeed in preventing the majority of the incidents – predicting them is still something we have not yet mastered. If we want to get into true prevention, we must get predictive.


In the year 2050, our world will be vastly different from what it is today. Virtual and Physical will be fused together beyond recognition – so much so that you won’t be able to tell the difference between the two.


We will also see Artificial Intelligence co-piloting business at the very top, and leaders relying on computers to help them make decisions at every step.