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Van Rijmenam

Strategic Futurist



Dr Mark van Rijmenam, a revered strategic futurist and innovation speaker, is entrusted by top companies and governments to guide them through the evolving landscape of emerging technologies, including AI and the metaverse.

His exceptional insights inspire teams to adopt and responsibly harness innovative technologies, maximizing efficiency and future-proofing their operations.

Having captivated over 100,000 managers, directors, and C-level executives in >25 countries across all continents, Dr Van Rijmenam's influence spans the globe. please add this: He received the Certified Speaking Professional and Global Speaking Fellow accreditation.

His latest venture, the Futurwise Institute, is dedicated to fostering a just and inclusive digital future for all.

Talking Points

Unleashing the Generative AI Genie: A Brave New Metaverse or a Nightmare Scenario?

If 2021 was the year for the metaverse, 2022 was the year for generative AI. In the past months, Generative AI took the world by storm, and in 2023, these disruptive forces will converge to kickstart the immersive internet and unleash creativity like never before.

In this keynote, Dr Van Rijmenam will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving field of generative AI and its disruptive impact on the metaverse. Generative AI is a form of AI that can create original content, such as text, images, and entire virtual worlds.

The use of generative AI in the metaverse has the potential to transform the immersive internet before it has even arrived. However, it is certainly not without risks. Join The Digital Speaker to understand the future of the internet.

The Collaboration Era How to Thrive in an Exponential World

We live in exponential times, and simply having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. In order to transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers and machines is increasingly becoming key. In this talk, Dr Van Rijmenam explains how data, decentralization and automation change what we do and how the metaverse will redefine how we work.

Leadership in a Synthetic World: How to Thrive in the Age of AI

We're living in the most transformative era in history, where machines and humans converge like never before. And as AI continues to reshape every industry and workforce, the need for visionary leaders who can harness its power and unlock new opportunities has never been greater.

Join Dr Mark van Rijmenam and dive into the fascinating world of synthetic media, data, and biology and explore the seven key principles of leading in a synthetic world. From embracing your synthetic self to adopting an exponential mindset and long-term thinking, he will equip you with the tools and insights you need to thrive in this age of AI.

In this exciting and thought-provoking keynote, we'll explore how to prepare for the synthetic future and apply cutting-edge technologies to drive innovation, growth, and transformation. So, get ready to ignite your imagination, unlock your potential, and become a true leader in the era of synthetic reality!

What is Real, What is Fake, and How do you Define Real?

In this mind-bending keynote, we will explore what is real and what is fake in a world driven by synthetic data and media. In an algorithmic post-truth world, the lines between reality and fiction are becoming increasingly blurred, and it's essential to understand how to navigate this new landscape.

As Morpheus said in The Matrix, "What is real? How do you define real?" But even his definition is no longer true in today's world. I'm excited to bring my digital twin to this talk and take the audience on a journey into the unknown, exploring the latest trends and emerging technologies that are reshaping our world and our perception of reality.

Together, we'll explore the implications of this new world, from the challenges and opportunities of synthetic data and media to the ethical considerations of using these technologies. So, get ready to challenge your assumptions and redefine your understanding of what is real and fake.
Mark was our keynote speaker at a recent Dealer Tire Enterprise Data Analytics Summit. His presentation was highly relevant and very inspirational. He incorporated many examples throughout his talk and tied them directly back to our business. Perfect pace, excellent delivery, great content. I would highly recommend Mark as a speaker, particularly for anything related to cutting-edge tech strategy. Dealer Tire

This was an awe-inspiring session with Mark van Rijmenam and Nestlé leaders. We are very grateful for him sparking curiosity and sharing a glimpse of what the metaverse entails, and the fact that some elements are not tomorrow but today. Mark captures the audience's attention with his simple messages and engaging content. Time for questions felt short, testament of the interest of the audience; we could have stayed another 30 minutes… A must to re-watch and spread the word on how we prepare for the metaverse.


Recently, Mark provided a state-of-the-art lecture to our most senior MBA participants. What I found remarkable is his deep expertise on the future of work and the metaverse and how he is able to explain these abstract concepts in an easy-to-understand yet thought-provoking way. The session was highly interactive and he showed us some glimpses of his forthcoming book 'Step into the Metaverse.' Preparing for the future has always been relevant, and I think Mark is the right person to stimulate organizations and individuals to do just that when it comes to technology and society.

Nyenrode Business University

On behalf of INAA, I want to personally thank you for your presentation on the Metaverse. Your presentation was extremely informative and interesting, and it provided a glimpse of things to come with this aspect of social media. In fact, the examples you provided demonstrated how this media will be used in advertising to reach the next generation of consumers for us as accountants and business owners But more than just advertising, the merging of the physical and digital world, as you explained, will open up opportunities for new applications and products which we as accountants will be able to develop and market. Even now, just two weeks after hearing your presentation, I have seen and heard news and other clips about the Metaverse. It seems to be arriving just as quickly as you indicated. Thank you for such a foresightful and thought-provoking presentation.

INAA Group

Dr. Mark is a fantastic and engaging speaker. He spoke at EY's APAC MSL Forum, bringing to life the world of metaverse for our Asia-Pacific senior leadership team. Dr. Mark created an engaging session covering both theory and real-life examples that made it simple to understand a difficult and conceptual topic. I highly recommend Dr. Mark if you want someone to demonstrate the art of the possible with new technologies in an easy to understand and entertaining way.

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