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Leveraging the power of the individual.


Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead - and how you can become fit for the future, in your professional and personal life.

Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents - helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world.

He has clients throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the USA and Canada.

Current work

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the only internationally recognised designation for professional speakers.

Previous experience

Author: He is the author of “The Future of Leadership”, “Disruption By Design”, and 10 other books.

Web: He has always taken the lead in embracing emerging technologies and trends, from his university thesis in robotics and artificial intelligence, to leading a software development team building the infrastructure for the early Internet, founding one of Australia’s first Web development companies in 1996, teaching thought leaders how to engage in e-learning platforms, and helping business leaders build their personal brand and online influence.

Because innovation is everybody’s business, and the best ideas can come from anywhere, he has worked with a number of industries - including healthcare, financial services, mining and resources, property, local government, education, and technology.

Recognition: Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Education: His formal background is in science and technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia. But he’s always been interested in people and the way they communicate - and how to become fit for the future, so they embrace change, act on opportunities, and live happier lives.

Talking Points

Fit for the Future

Thriving, not just surviving, in a disrupted world

The world is changing faster than ever before. Digital disruption, global reach, and the changing workplace affect us all. That’s bad news if you think you can get by with what has always worked before. But it’s exciting news if you’re willing to embrace the new opportunities.

Take an inspiring, eye-opening, and engaging ride into the future to learn about the global megatrends shaping your industry, the mindset that helps you lead the change, and the skills you need to get things done in a fast-changing world.

The Best Workplace on Earth

Attract and keep the best people

The workplace of the future will be very different from the workplace of today. It’s not just technology and automation - it’s about the environment you create for attracting the smart, talented, savvy people with the skills you need for future-proofing your organisation.

The bad news is that those “stars” are in demand, and can choose where they work. Are you providing the workplace that will attract and keep them?

Bright Sparks

Innovate from the inside out.

Most disruption happens from new competitors, and often even from outside your industry. Innovation and disruption are two sides of the same coin: Disruption is when change happens to you, innovation is when you lead the change yourself.

Innovation is everybody’s business now, and the best organisations and teams foster a culture of ongoing innovation. Successful teams make innovation a habit, so it becomes embedded into everyday work and an important part of the culture.

The New Rules for High Performance

Channelling chaos for staying ahead of the game

The old rules for success don’t work in our fast-changing world. Traditional goal-setting fails because the world is changing too fast, jobs and careers aren’t safe, and established businesses are being disrupted by nimble start-ups.

Change always brings opportunity. Be ready for it by knowing what will matter most, learning what will prepare you best, and leveraging the opportunity to set yourself apart.

The Future of Leadership

Building high-performance teams in a VUCA world

Our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world needs a new kind of leadership. The most successful organisations and teams move fast, change quickly, and adapt to their environment faster.
Learn how to engage a modern workforce, tap into the unique skills and talents of team members, and lead effectively in an uncertain future.

The Future of Work

Build your skills for the future workplace

The skills you need for the future aren’t technical, task-oriented skills - because those skills will become obsolete through automation and artificial intelligence.
Identify and develop the skills you will need to thrive in the workplace of the future, so you can future-proof your career, collaborate and innovative in the most productive way, and stay ahead of the game in a fast-changing world.

Disruption By Design

Innovate from the inside out

Innovation and disruption are two sides of the same coin: Disruption is when change happens to you, innovation is when you lead the change yourself.

Innovation is everybody’s business now, and the best organisations and teams foster a culture of ongoing innovation. Successful teams make innovation a habit, so it becomes embedded into everyday work and an important part of the culture.

Better Together

Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

No, the robots are not coming for our jobs! But artificial intelligence (AI) is changing almost every industry. People and machines together are better than either of them alone. For smart, savvy organisations and leaders, this is a real game-changer - because AI can boost productivity, enhance customer service, and create a competitive advantage in a fast-moving world.

Customers On Your Side

Be a Truly Customer-Centric Organisation

Organisations are falling over themselves to deliver superior customer experiences. The best way to be customer-centric is to bring your customers inside your business. When you get customers on your side, you tap into their diversity, create long-term loyalty, and future-proof your role in the customer journey.
If you are serious about Social Media, Gihan is your man. He can keep even the most easily distracted person interested to his every word. He has new strategies to increase traffic and ultimately grow leads in an easy to understand presentation. Informative and entertaining. Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to increase their bottom line! Pittard Training Group

"Gihan’s professional, thorough and collaborative approach were evident in all our dealings with him. Framed by Gihan’s entertaining presentation style, his relevant knowledge of key issues in local and global context, practical tips and tools for the workplace, and his understanding of emerging trends resonated with the group and contributed to our leadership conference’s success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback and light-bulb moments from delegates.”

Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers

"Gihan’s candid style and humour won over the packed house from the moment he began speaking. It came as no surprise when he received the highest rating of all the guest speakers we had on the day. If you get a chance to bring him into your organisation or conference, I strongly recommend you do so before someone else books him."

JLL Australia

"Gihan's presentation was a great opening session at our recent senior leaders forum. He cleverly integrated his knowledge and facts about technology evolution and other global disruptions into a compelling story about the change occurring in our working lives, and how we can best respond to it as leaders and individuals."

Energy Queensland

“We were extremely happy with Gihan as were our delegates for the Australian Association of Practice Management conference held in Perth 2017. Not only was I personally impressed with his professionalism and thoroughness but Gihan received an extremely high rating from the attendees (in fact one of the highest for our 4 day conference) and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to be informed, entertained and impressed! We need more Gihan’s in the world!”

Australian Association of Practice Management
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