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Rohit is a global futurist and the founder of Fast Future Research …

  • Award winning speaker on future insights and strategic innovation – addressing leadership audiences in 40 countries on 5 continents
  • Author of Designing Your Future (published 08/2008)
  • Profiled by the Independent newspaper as one of the top ten global future thinkers
  • Led futures research, scenario planning and strategic consultancy projects for clients in aviation, travel and tourism, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceuticals, banking, environment, food and government sectors
  • Clients include 3M, Amadeus, BBC, BT, BAe, Bayer, De Beers, DHL, EADS, Electrolux, E&Y, GE, Hoover, Hyundai, IBM, HG, ING, Incheon, Intel, KPMG, M&S, Nakheel, Nokia, Nomura, Novartis, OECD, Orange, Panasonic, Pepsi, Pfizer, PwC, Samsung, Shell, Siemens, Symbian, Travelport & Yell.
  • Rohit has worked with over 30 international associations and governments agencies in the US, UK, Finland, Dubai, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
  • See Rohit’s keynote presentation on sustainability & eco-tourism at 2008′s the PATA CEO Challenge

Testimonials

A selection from the range of testimonials Rohit has received:

“Rohit Talwar was a highlight at the 1st European Futurists Conference Lucerne, as a speaker and as a facilitator. In fact, for the state secretary for research and education of Switzerland – a sponsor of our conference – Rohit was “simply the best”.

Georges T. Roos – Director – European Futurists Conference Lucerne

“Rohit Talwar is a unique communicator. His capacity for combining fact with narrative, balancing right and left brain and mixing education with entertainment make his presentations compelling. In the cluttered world of professional facilitators, guest speakers, moderators and consultants, Rohit is both a refreshing change and a valuable investment.”

Christopher Brown Managing Director TTF (Tourism & Transport Forum) Australia Ltd

“When Rohit genuinely speaks from the heart, about Vision 2020, and where he sees the world moving, it leaves the entire auditorium spell bound, and engrossed in his highly researched, and very creative and innovative visual presentation. Moreover, his interaction with the audience during his Q&A sessions is crisp and impactful. And salute, once again, to his thought provoking, visionary foresightedness.

Cyrus Magol – Emirates Bank Dubai

 

Rohit’s example speeches include:

1. General Futures Talks 

The Future – Surviving and Thriving in a Constantly Changing Reality /

The Future of Business 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.

100 Drivers of Change for Business and The Accountancy Profession

This talk draws on Fast Future’s Study for ACCA and IMA exploring the forces and factors that could reshape business in the decade ahead and the implications for accountancy. Highlights the resulting strategic challenges and imperatives for business and the accountancy function to ensure they are effective and successful in the decade ahead.

The Future Unveiled

A provocative and inspiring tour of emerging trends, drivers, ideas and developments shaping tomorrow’s world. Examining the implications and opportunities for individuals, society, large and small firms, NGO’s and governments.

From Muscle to Magic – How Smart Firms Create the Future

A strategic approach to developing future strategy, drawing on practical case examples of how smart companies are using foresight to respond to emerging drivers of change and creating their own futures.

Emerging Market Strategies

A case study driven examination of how countries, cities and industry sectors can drive sustainable long-term development. Covering sectors such as ICT, financial services, education, transport, airports, white goods, industrial materials, retail, tourism and professional services. Delivered in countries as diverse as Chile, Estonia, Finland Holland, India, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, the UAE, UK, USA and Turkey.

The Shadow Economy

Exploring the potential scale of the informal economy, how it might evolve over the next 20 years, impacts on government, business and society. Examining the implications for critical sectors and practical strategies for addressing and accommodating the informal sector.

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2025: Competing for the future – global economic, business and technology drivers for innovation and growth

Identifying and assessing new and emerging sources of risk – a future-oriented framework

2. Country and City Futures

Visioning city futures – developing an integrated an sustainable economic, social and environmental model for tomorrow’s city

Digital City 2030: How advances in science and technology could transform tomorrow’s cities in mature and evolving economies

City Foresight in Action: practical approaches to developing integrated long-term economic and sci-tech advancement strategies

Visioning the future – integrating low carbon into a sustainable economic and social model for tomorrow’s city

Integrating low carbon in the smart city vision

Best practices and emerging thinking on eco-city development

Integrating economic, social and ecological sustainability in future urban planning

3. Innovation Talks

Case Studies of Radical Innovation, Disruptive Business Models And Business Transformation

Draws on an in-depth research programme examining the critical forces reshaping business over the next decade. Highlighting case examples of the way in which firms of every type and size around the globe are responding and shaping their own destiny in a fast changing environment.

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.

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Preparing for the future: Global best practices and emerging ideas on innovation systems and economic innovation

Rethinking the institutional model – creating organizations that can drive innovation in a fast changing world

Using future insights to focus government strategies and funding for innovation

Using foresight and future thinking to drive business innovation

Current innovations, best practices and future developments in the training and development of enterprise personnel

Reinventing the public innovation infrastructure for fast growing economies

Best practice examples of science and technology innovation from the corporate sector in Asia and globally

Innovative funding models and strategies for an era of accelerating change

Enhancing the development and success rate of innovative start-ups in the new economy

A review of new and emerging business models for asset funding, financing innovation and revenue generation

The future of venture capital and innovation financing

How crowd funding is transforming access to capital and de-risking the venture capital process

 4. Science and Technology  Talks

Humanity 2.0 – Human Enhancement

An exploration of the range of applications and potential impact of human enhancement, an overview of the current state of enhancement science and how it might evolve. Discussion of the human, legal, moral, ethical, social and commercial implications, choices and challenges presented by the potential for significant augmentation of human capability.

Emerging Technologies – A Tour of the Future

Drawing on Fast Future’s extensive research programme, this study explores the potential applications and impacts of technology developments as diverse as augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, wearable technology and body implants, brain uploading, touchable holograms and genetic computing.

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.

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Human enhancement – state of the art in cognitive, genetic, physical and electronic augmentation of humans in the 21st century

Human Augmentation – How cognitive, genetic, physical and electronic enhancement could transform the workforce 

5. Sector Specific Talks

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.

Rohit is the author of Reinventing the Airport Ecosystem and has delivered speeches and workshops to airports and airlines around the globe.

Airport 2030

Drawing on Fast Future’s study on Reinventing the Airport Ecosystem, this talk explores how airports can transform themselves to survive and thrive in a fast changing and intensely competitive environment.

The Future of Professional Services

Drawing on a major global research effort to examine how international professional services firms are responding to change and industry evolution through strategic, structural, technological and cultural transformations.

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.

Education Next: new strategies, models and approaches for primary, higher and adult education for the 21st century

Transport 2030: A review of emerging and future smart mobility solutions

Customised Industry Specific Speeches – E.g. Future of Financial Services / Aviation, Travel And Tourism / Healthcare / Construction and Real Estate / Engineering and Manufacturing  / Media / Technology / Telecoms /  Pharmaceuticals / New Materials / Automotive / Biotech and Chemicals

Identifying critical developments and transformational forces shaping key industries and the way in which innovators in those sectors are responding. Each speech is underpinned by detailed a tailored research on drivers of change, new thinking,  emerging innovations and leading edge case studies in each industry.

6. Energy and Environment Talks

Energy 2030 – Disruptive innovations that could transform the energy economy

Agenda 2030: Radical environmental and energy innovations that could have significant economic and ecological impact

Radical low carbon energy solutions for the next three decades

2025 and beyond – global economic, business and technology scenarios and implications for the Low Carbon Economy

Global best practices and emerging challenges for regional strategies on climate change adaptation

Global innovations and emerging ideas on financing mechanism and models, and low carbon investment strategies and approaches

Corporate innovation and new thinking on carbon reduction and mitigation

Low carbon innovation and emerging thinking in global travel, tourism and aviation