James describes himself as 'an historian of the future' with a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing current and future business into the 2020s and beyond. He is a regular choice as a speaker at high level conferences around the world and has published a number of books and special reports on the world of tomorrow.
Recent engagements have taken him to San Francisco, Dubai, Bangalore, Bahrain, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Kazakhstan and Miami as well as to many venues across Europe.
James has a Masters in law and history from Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He was the first British staff member of the US futurology ‘think tank’ the Hudson Institute. He has also worked with the Henley Centre for Forecasting, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Global Future Forum and worked for a number of years in advertising and corporate communications. In 2007 James was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg. In 2015 he was awarded the Professional Certificate in Coaching [with Merit] by Henley Business School.
James also has more than twenty-five years experience as an award-winning TV broadcaster. He presented The Money Programme for BBC TV for three years before moving to Newsnight and Panorama and then to various independent networks. He was Editor and studio presenter at Financial Times Television and Sky News for seven years, heading up their financial and business coverage. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts [BAFTA]. This long broadcasting track-record makes him an ideal choice as moderator and chair at major conferences across the globe.
Dr James BelliniDr James Bellini is a futures analyst, business consultant, facilitator and broadcaster specialising in: Long-term trends for the world economy; national economic growth and global trade relations; industry trends; social trends and the future consumer marketplace; the future outlook for such sectors as retailing, banking, technology and leisure technology and social issues and the future outlook for business within the context of e-commerce, virtual markets and related developments in e-culture. Dr Bellini is also a regular choice as moderator/chairman at leading conferences for business and government around the world. After a Masters from Cambridge, a PhD from London School of Economics and a spell as university teacher he was the first British member of the renowned US-headquartered futurology 'think-tank', the Hudson Institute founded by Dr Herman Kahn. He subsequently joined BBC TV as presenter of The Money Programme, Newsnight and Panorama. This was the beginning of more than twenty years as a television programme-maker on business and politics, including seven years with Sky News. He was senior consultant for the Henley Centre for Forecasting and The Economist Intelligence Unit and currently works with leading IT names such as Hewlett Packard and Software AG. He is founder of Media Counsellors, a communications consultancy that advises leading organisations on media relations, not least in relation to the most potent medium of all -- the Internet.