From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh's keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies.

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence

We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?

In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of ‘The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas’ will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

‘Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,’ says CEO MikeWalsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. ‘The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.’

Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities – that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

In this keynote, Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh's keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies.

***Based on his discovery calls with you, and using the seven transformation drivers below as a guideline, Mike will personalize a presentation specifically for your audience.


The Industry 4.0 Revolution
How algorithms will help us reimagine the future of the office
Forget Millenials worry about 8 year olds
Why Innovation Is A Human Software Problem
To Be a Great Technologist, Think Like an Anthropologist
You will not have a job in five years time..and that's a good thing
The Industry 4.0 Revolution
How algorithms will help us reimagine the future of the office
Forget Millenials worry about 8 year olds
Why Innovation Is A Human Software Problem
To Be a Great Technologist, Think Like an Anthropologist
You will not have a job in five years time..and that's a good thing


About Mike

Mike 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 bestselling books include ‘Futuretainment’ and ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.

Thought Leader

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Global Nomad

Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Corporate Experience

Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country.

He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”

After his experiences in the Web space, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia.

While in Hong Kong and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike founded his latest venture, Tomorrow – an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior. Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

In addition to his corporate profile, Mike is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped his book, FUTURETAINMENT, win an Art Director’s Club award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.

As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event.


Full of original insights and humour!


Amazing!​ ​I have found that some futurists and speakers simply regurgitate other people’s work without much original thought. Mike’s session was the contrary – ​full of original insights and humour – ​it gave me a number of genuinely new insights. He was also on-point during the subsequent panel discussion and complemented the other speakers.

David Wilson, Grant Thornton International

Brilliant and provocative.


Brilliant and provocative. Mike is humble and dynamic, which is a weird combo but very compelling. Just about the best slide deck I’ve seen in ages. Appreciate relating material back to our profession.

Attendee, CPHR BC and Yukon Conference and Tradeshow

Full of Powerful Content


Very insightful and full of powerful content. Great way of engaging people in the topics and I really found the “next actions” as a very useful tool to turn the ideas into concrete follow up to drive change.

David Velazquez, VP Operations Mercedes Benz Financial Services

You helped us a lot!


You made me reali​z​e that ​of the last 6 persons I hired​,​ only 50% were the right ones on attitude and that I should ask different questions. Thanks a lot for that. It will help us a lot​!

Roel van den Broek, The Logic Factory


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Mike Walsh Introduction

Mike Walsh is the author of the bestselling book FUTURETAINMENT and CEO of the global innovation research agency, Tomorrow.

Constantly travelling the world in search of the next big thing, Mike helps companies understand the strategic impact of shifts in consumer behavior. He has advised the CEOs and management teams of some of the world’s biggest brands – including Televisa, the BBC, Star TV, the ABC, Fujifilm, MSN, HSBC and Roche Pharmaceuticals – on innovation and being future focused.

Please welcome him today as he takes you on a whirlwind ride into the world of tomorrow.

Mike Walsh Technical Requirements

Mike’s presentation uses a heavy amount of images and video, all embedded into his Keynote deck that he runs from his current generation Macbook Pro. Due to the custom nature of his presentation, it is not possible to run the slides from another machine or provide them prior to the presentation.

Mike's requirements are as follows:

  • A 16.9 digital data projector, ideally with a HDMI connection.
  • 3.5mm sound lead to play audio from his laptop
  • A fold back screen (a monitor so Mike can see which slides are on-screen from anywhere on stage).
  • Mike doesn’t require a lectern, and we recommend you keep the stage as clear as possible for him to move around.
  • If you are looking for a walk on/walk off song, Mike prefers ‘The​ ​Smiths​ ​-​ ​How​ ​Soon​ ​Is Now?’
  • A wireless lapel or headset microphone
  • A bottle of water on stage, and prior to the performance, a cup of hot black tea with honey and lemon
  • Mike will bring Blackmagic Video Assist (field recording device) to take a copy of the live video feed of the presentation. He can connect to your vision desk via HDMI or HD-SDI, assuming it is possible to loop out a signal from your cameras.

SOUND CHECK: ​Mike ​requires a ​30-minute sound check - he prefers to do it a few hours before his talk.


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