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James Bellini

Futurist and Researcher
Country: UK

Keynote speaker James Bellini has a PhD from LSE and was, in 2007, elected Fellow of the World Innovation foundation. He is a futurist, a researcher and popular speaker. He keynotes and moderates at high level events and conferences all over the world. He is particularly focused at the issues and trends which the world will be facing by 2025 and beyond in terms of technology, eco systems, business, and more.

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James can be described as ‘a historian of the future’. He has a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing current and future business up to Horizon 2020 and beyond. He is an obvious choice as a keynote speaker and moderator at high level conferences and events all around the globe. He has published a number of books and special reports on the world of tomorrow.

James became the first British staff member of the US-headquartered futurology ‘think tank’ the Hudson Institute, taking a senior role at the Institute’s European division based in Paris. He has more than twenty-five years experience as an award-winning TV broadcaster, presenting The Money Programme for BBC TV for three years before moving to Newsnight and Panorama and then to ITV. He has also served as Editor and studio presenter at Financial Times Television and Sky News for seven years, heading up their financial and business coverage.

James received his Masters in law and history from Cambridge and went on to receive a PhD from the London School of Economics. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg. He is also a Member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and a Director of The Talent Foundation.

As a futurist James focuses on issues and topics such as: scenarios for the next 5-10 years, the emerging new balance of world economic power, the impact on business strategy of new technologies and the wireless, connected world. He also explores Digital Behaviour; new business ‘eco-systems’ — the shape, style and psychological characteristics of tomorrow’s company, as well as work and the workplace in the future digital world. As you can tell, James’ topics span so many areas including Industry 4.0, retail, manufacturing, the future of health care and energy, as well as the future disruptive economy and technology.

With his strong broadcasting background James also frequently acts as moderator at major conferences and awards ceremonies around the world. He is an incredibly talented and well-liked host. Recent moderating engagements include the British-American Business Council Forum in San Francisco, The New Energy Economy in London, The World Trade Summit in Hamburg, and the Technoport Climate Change Summit 2012 in Trondheim, Norway.

    Speaker James Bellini Keynote Topics

    • ‘Possible futures’ — scenarios for the next 5-10 years
    • Global shift – the new realities of world economic power
    • Sociology of the Future – new rules of everyday life
    • Impact of emerging technologies and the wireless world
    • Living and working in the Digital Age
    • The Digital Consumer
    • The Future is Visual
    • Corporate Psyche – key to future business success
    • Doing business in the future Anywhere Economy
    • Innovation in a networked world
    • Building a post-carbon future: myth or reality?

    His clients include UK government departments and the EU Commission, the British-American Business Council, international professional associations and leading blue chip companies such as IBM, HSBC, Microsoft, Bull, BP, Accenture, Motorola, GE, Barclays Bank, PepsiCo, Gucci, British Telecom, Canon, Symbian, Skillsoft, Pfizer, Nokia, nPower, Orange, PwC, HP and Blackberry.

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