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Renowned global futurist, social scientist and business advisor.


Dr James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation, recognised by The Economist as one of the world's leading futurists. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

Recognized as 'one of the top presenters in the 21st century' by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organisations on five continents and is highly in-demand for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

Current work

Dr Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab, Europe.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr Canton is a commentator on CNN. Named 'The Digital Guru' by CNN and 'Dr Future' by Yahoo, his media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, the New York Times, US News and World Report, as well as CEO, CIO and CFO magazines. His Global Futurist blog is followed by a worldwide audience.

Dr Canton serves as Co-chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track at Singularity University, an institution educating a new generation of leaders to use advanced technologies to transform the planet for the better. This first year of the program has brought together an outstanding faculty to enable the leaders of tomorrow.



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