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Rohit Talwar

Futurist, Strategic Advisor & Author

Rohit is a global futurist, strategist and award winning speaker noted for his humour, inspirational style and provocative content. He advises global firms, industries and governments on how to survive, thrive, spot and manage emerging risks and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead.

London, England, UK

Presentations

The Future – Surviving and Thriving in a Constantly Changing Reality
The next 5-10 years could bring about a greater level of change for individuals, society, business and government than the last fifty. Science and technology will play a critical role in this transformation. Disruptive forces will include rapid technological evolution, the shift from the information age to a biological era, mapping and uploading of the human brain, emergence of new materials, the quest for radical life extension and the pursuit of immortality. These developments combined with economic, political, environmental and socio-demographic shifts will drive fundamental change across society.

In this rapidly changing world, we can expect evolution and revolution in everything from economic, political and social governance systems, through to education, healthcare and security. In business, reinvention will encompass mission and strategy, business models, organisation design and the nature of work. As individuals we will be challenged to think about our own purpose, how we can achieve personal fulfilment and how to structure and enjoy a life that could span 120 years or more.

To help us examine these issues, in this far ranging and inspiring talk, global futurist and award winning speaker Rohit Talwar will take us on a tour of the future. He will explore the key forces, emerging ideas and advances in technology that could shape our world over the next decade. Rohit will describe how these developments could impact everything from the design of products and services to the way in which we interact, sell, service customers and manage our organisations. He will highlight the implications for individuals, organisations and governments and the way in which we design, plan and manage our use of IT to realise its true potential in a constantly changing reality.

Tomorrow’s Business Models
Introducing a range of emerging and evolving models being adopted to fund corporate assets, finance innovation and charge for goods and services. Highlighting new business models and concepts for particular sectors. Outlining practical approaches for developing tomorrow’s business models in a fast changing market environment.

Future of Legal and the Impact of Technology
Drawing on Fast Future’s year long Legal Technology Future horizons study exploring the global forces and industry drivers reshaping legal. Highlighting the transformative role of IT in the sector over the next decade and beyond.

Science and Technology Developments Shaping the Next 5-50 Years
Drawing on Fast Future’s EU Futurium study and a range of other research programs, this speech explores the far frontiers and potential impacts of scientific research. Topics include emerging developments in information technology, life sciences, longevity and life extension, brain science, atomic engineering and next generation materials and processes. The speech can be tailored to the needs of individual clients and the range of scientific developments and emerging research that could impact and transform their sector.

Airline 2030
The next 20 years will be characterised by fundamental shifts in the global economy, uneven growth, environmental concerns and rethinking of the purpose, design and organisation of business. At the personal level we can expect major advances in human health and wellbeing, radical life extension and the augmentation of humans by chemical, genetic and electro-mechanical means. Scientific advances also promise the potential of shape-shifting materials, uploading our brains to the web, driverless vehicles and artificially intelligent robots doing everything from serving our drinks to delivering babies and presiding over court cases.

Against this backdrop of transformational developments touching every aspect of our world – how do we design and manage an airline that can survive and thrive in a constantly changing reality? To help answer this question, global aviation industry futurist and award winning speaker Rohit Talwar will take us on a tour of the forces, ideas and developments that could shape the next two decades. He will explore the implications for passenger expectations and behaviour, service delivery, aviation business models and differentiation of the airline experience. Rohit will also highlight how others in the sector and related industries are responding.

  • Your keynote was absolutely outstanding and I have never seen a reaction like that from an audience…Your presentation received an extraordinary response from delegates with many saying it was the best they had ever seen. You were mobbed! Thanks again for all your effort and collaboration to make the presentation the perfect fit for the audience/event.

    - Event Director, Future Travel Experience
  • Rohit’s presentation was clear, informative and entertaining, giving a global perspective to the challenges faced by businesses going into the next decade. The presentation provoked a truly illuminating discussion among the delegates, facilitated by Rohit’s insightful comments, everyone felt able to contribute to the conversation and this added greatly to the effectiveness of event. I would not hesitate to recommend Rohit’s seminars to anyone who thinks and works on a strategic level, within a business or any other organisation.

    - CEO, The CBS Group
  • I found the evening very valuable. Your presentation was extremely insightful and thought provoking. It gave me the impetus to think strategically where my firm’s services should be focused going forward. I agree that energy, infrastructure, healthcare, education, the internet as a core platform and the global shift in population will all play a key to success for companies going into the next round of scenario planning. The strategies and programs that you outlined will go a long way to help companies succeed.

    - Managing Director TimesPi Consulting
  • I heard Rohit speak at the PATA CEO Challenge in Bangkok in May 2008. He is, without doubt, one of the best public speakers I have ever heard. His style is dynamic, fun and motivational.

    - Chief Executive Officer - Diethelm Travel Group (Bangkok)
  • Rohit's presentation was very much tailored to the audience and provided an eye opening vision of what the future may hold and its impacts to all businesses. His delivery was excellent, providing an engaging, challenging and humor filled talk. As a keynote speaker, Rohit definitely delivered.

    - Director - Intel
  • Rohit is recognised as a global leader in his field, but is also an engaging and inclusive speaker/facilitator, always making sure that non-expert groups feel relaxed and able to participate. I would recommend him highly for future events of this nature.

    - Head of Innovation - BBC New Media

Summary Profile

Profiled by the Independent Newspaper as a top ten global future thinker, his interests include the evolving role of technology in business and society, emerging markets, the future of education, sustainability and embedding foresight in organisations. Rohit helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging ideas, new business models, and disruptive developments in science and technology could impact individuals, society, business, industries and government. He currently leads studies on transformative drivers of change for the next decade, science and technology developments over the next forty years, impacts of emerging technologies on the legal sector, human enhancement and the Shadow Economy.

Rohit delivers keynote speeches for leaders at business, government and association events – working in 60+ countries on six continents around the world. Regular topics include future industries, the future of nations and cities, sustainability, jobs, opportunities and risks, new business models, disruptive technologies, change drivers, economic futures, innovation, developing economies, professional services, complexity and winning in a downturn. He authored Designing Your Future – Key Trends, Challenges and Choices, edited Achieving Transformation and Renewal in Financial Services, and contributes regularly on futures topics to books and journals.

Rohit leads Fast Future Research – conducting studies on topics such as Airport 2025, the Science and Technology Timeline, Environmental Impacts and Sustainability. Future of HR, Hotels 2020, Mega Trends, The Shape of Jobs to Come, Future of Cities, Travel and Tourism and Convention 2020. He has led scenario projects on 2015 / 2020, Asia, Migration, the Family, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Health Innovation, the Narcotics Landscape and Demographic Trends.