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Mike Walsh

CEO of innovation research lab Tomorrow

A Futurist and Global Nomad, Mike Walsh approaches disruptive technology from a human perspective. He is an engaging storyteller, passionate about designing companies for the 21st century and traveling the world looking for patterns.


Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestsellling books include 'Futuretainment', published by Phaidon and 'The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas'. He hosts the weekly podcast, Between Worlds, and travels worldwide over 300 days a year researching trends and giving keynote speeches on the future of business and innovation.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach - scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies.

Mike previously ran Jupiter Research in Australia, and held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in both the Australian and Asian markets. In his current role at Tomorrow, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams of a wide range of companies including BBC Worldwide, Fujifilm, Richemont, Bentley Motors, Star TV, Televisa, Globe Telecom, Philips and HSBC.

Reinventing leadership for the age of machine learning

Designing your business for the 21st century

Very insightful and full of powerful content. I really found your “next actions” a very useful tool for turning ideas into a concrete follow up to drive change.- David Velazquez, VP Operations China of Mercedes Benz Financial Services

It’s nice to hit the pause button and reflect on us as individuals, the industry, and the world. I don’t get to do this enough leading the busy life I do, so your address gave me some reflective time and an interesting perspective of our journey as a society.- Catherine Vissiere, Senior Marketing Manager of Microsoft

Great job trying to get our industry to think about people first before developing technology. We are engineers at heart that just want to start building things, but many times we miss the mark. - Aaron Arvizu, Global Client Sales Director of Intel Corporation

A wake-up call for us to prepare for the needs of the next generation. I am glad the board of directors attended this session. Thank you. - Ai Leen Yeoh, Head of Customer Analytics of RHB Bank

Insightful and entertaining at the same time, I loved the way you structured it, with concrete suggested actions. Useful ideas regardless of the business, so I suspect our customers will find great value in it. You are an excellent speaker! - Morella Urbina, Director, Customer Services Organization Ops of Compuware

Mike bridged IT legacy practices with the future reality. All too often IT takes the technology centric view and Mike called us to action to engage our customers, not publish to them. - Matthew Groom, Sr. Director of Luxottica

Loved the presentation and gained a greater understanding of the need for us to move forward quickly to engage our people and our customers. Some amazing “a-ha” moments for me. - Nikki Franz, Training Manager SA/NT of Commonwealth Bank of Australia

I thought the presentation was spot on. I wish my former industry, newspapers, would have embraced change much sooner … and would have implemented a much different strategy than is presently engaged. - Bill Joyner, Vice President Corporate Banking of BBVA Compass

Stunning—one of the best and most engaging presentations I have witnessed! - Shane Hinchliffe, Knowledge Manager of LinkWater

Impressed with the level of research you did to speak to the audience rather than deliver a generic message. Probably the one session that I will share and use because it gives a structure to driving innovation and thinking strategically. - Elaine Legault, Director, Production Services of Montreal Convention Centre

Great session Mike, I liked your premise of customer-focused innovation and finding out the “one thing” that would make the board spill their coffee. - Doug Farndale, Cloud Director of Cisco

Very insightful. Loved the discussion of the future of mobile, integration of social media and the need to identify how to best use the telemetry from this to drive sales and customer satisfaction. - Joseph Dizeo, National Account Manager of Verizon Wireless

Mike, you were awesome. You transformed the 5 big trends in IT into something much more useful for how to plan our companies. I’ve heard and read a lot about these trends but never with your focus. - Fabrizio Alves, CEO of VANTIX Tecnologia, Brasil

Very well done! The cultural/anthropologic dimensions as related to technology innovation is a fantastic theme to explore and to get people to ponder more in thinking about people’s behaviors, the root of them and how this impacts their adoption and use of technology. - Jay Jarrett, Director Strategy and Transformation of Raytheon

Thanks for a very good presentation at the summit! You pinpointed a number of observations relevant for me in my every day work as a leader. - Knut Ingvar Eriksen, VP Technology/ CTO of Telenor

Mike went far above and beyond what is expected of a hired speaker. We appreciate the time he spent with us, the way he immersed himself in the experience of our conference, and the interest he took in our business and in the needs and the feedback of our attendees. Mike was great to work with and we would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone searching for a dynamic and thoughtful speaker. - Bryant Kirk, Chief Operating Officer of The Newport Group

Amazingly fresh presentation with tons of thought leadership and practical actions to take the next step in evolving our teams. - Daniel Serraon, Category Insights Manager of Red Bull

I found the global perspective quite helpful, particularly in understanding the role of anthropological/cultural nuances in the customer perspective. - Lenny Rhee, Director of Corporate Strategy of AT&T

Amazing! Mike was the perfect anchor to bring the conference to a high energy, thought-provoking close. He had the attention of everyone in the audience. The post-conference survey has shown Mike was one of the most valuable speakers. Mike had another company that was looking at him for the same date but we swooped in and put a firm commitment on his calendar. I feel sorry for the other company that let him slip away. Not really—their loss was our gain. Thanks Mike! - Amy Czyrka, User Community Director of Compuware

Amazing! Mike made me think about how we can look at service to our business differently. I just emailed our CIO with some ideas and he got right back to me and said “DO IT!” - Michele Gough, Director, IT Service Management of AmerisourceBergen

For any company that wants to remain relevant and embrace change – Mike’s presentation will be of benefit. Mike’s presentation was thought provoking and very engaging. He provided examples that left us with some great takeaways, which we’ve already started to implement in our daily work lives. I would highly recommend him. - Gabrielle Diogo, Sr. Analyst National Sales Operations & Events of Verizon Wireless

Mike was a hit … pure and simple. His message, I believe, resonated with our audience much more than I would have anticipated. He was a true delight. - Jeanette Paschal, Conference Planner of the Small Business Investor Alliance

The session inspired me a lot. I just started my new leadership role in Sony Mexico one month ago. The idea of replacing e-mail with Facebook is exactly what I want to do. Those insights into the future are a great eye opener to rebuild our mid-range planning. - Takao Kuroda, President of Sony Mexico

You rocked it! - Mark Stanley, VP & GM, Latin America of Sony Entertainment/Playstation

I have been responsible for finding many guests speakers over the years at various car brands I have worked for and the reaction to you was the best I have seen anywhere. It was inspirational and most importantly for us totally supported our outlook on what we want to do with Bentley. - Andrew Roberts, Head of Brand Communications of Bentley Motors Limited

You have a great way of packaging trends into action-oriented takeaways. - Dave Hagan, CEO of Boingo, Wireless

Mike is a very engaging speaker and brings to life the future with stories and visuals in a way that is accessible to both people with a strong understanding of the future as well as those who don’t have the same level of understanding. He has a unique ability to open the eyes of the audience in a positive way. Mike tailors his speech to his audience and is excellent in delivery. He is not someone that you need to micro manage because he lives and breathes his field and has a strong focus on helping organisations achieve the outcomes they need. - Peter Williams, Partner of Deloitte Australia

Your presentation took us on an amazing journey, identifying and expanding upon disruptive forces that are transforming our communities and the world. You enlarged our view to re-imagine how to serve a growing population of constituents who have never known a world without the web. - Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming House of Representatives of Chair, CSG-WEST

Mike recently was the keynote speaker at our annual customer conference. Not only was he a very accomplished speaker, the content of his presentation was more than fascinating. I particularly enjoyed his research on how different cultures view the use of social media. Very eye opening. - Robert Carroll, Chief Marketing Officer of SDL

Mike Walsh keeps astonishing digital pioneers time and time again. - Gary Woolf, VP Business Development and Digital, of BBC Worldwide

Mike was AMAZING in every sense of the word. Left us all nearly speechless. So as far as I am concerned, worth every single penny!!! Thanks for another home run! - Kelli Schultz, Vice President and Program Committee Chair of Association for Financial Technology

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