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Futurist & Award-winning Innovator


As the Global Leader of the Digital Transformation Practice for Norton Rose Fulbright, a professional services firm with over 7,000 employees, Nick Abrahams is at the front line of global business & innovation. He has advised many of the world’s largest companies on their digital transformation strategies, including how to seize the opportunities created by the mainstream adoption of digital assets and protocols like cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and non-fungible tokens.

Nick created the world’s first AI-enabled privacy chatbot and was a category winner in the Financial Times Asia-Pac Innovator of the Year Awards in 2020. Separate to NRF, he is the co-founder of Australia’s leading online legal service, LawPath which has over 250,000 users and was recognised in the 2020 Deloitte Fast 50 as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies.

He is a director of: the Vodafone Foundation; the Sydney Film Festival and global genomics research leader, the Garvan Foundation. In December 2020 he stepped off the board of ASX300 software company, Integrated Research after six years. He is the author of two Amazon best-selling books Digital Disruption in Australia and Big Data, Big Responsibilities.

Nick Abrahams is a futurist. But Nick’s real-world business experience makes him very different to other futurists. Nick doesn’t just read about trends, he lives them every day in his various roles. The knowledge he gains from being at the front line of global business means his presentations have a currency and a credibility that is hard to match.

Nick’s profile as a global executive, media commentator and best-selling author gives him the ability to engage not only a large conference audience but also to provide meaningful guidance to smaller leadership groups or boards.

Whether it is an auditorium, board room or virtual event, Nick aims to:
Inform … people about what is happening in the real world
Equip … each person with an action plan and, importantly
Entertain … as we know learning works best when enjoyed.

This last point is a key differentiator for Nick as: he was a professional standup comic; he wrote and appeared in his own TV show and he appeared in a film with Woody Allen. Nick speaks at over 40 live/virtual events globally each year bringing his unique blend of hands-on insight and humour to audiences.

Talking Points

The Future is Closer than you Think: Trends that will change your business over 3 horizons, 3 years, 1 year and Tomorrow

Nick is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology and was just named in Engatica’s 2023 list of the World’s Top 200 Business Innovators. He has been a partner at international law and consulting firm Norton Rose Fulbright for over twenty years, spending the last seven years in global technology and innovation leadership roles. Nick created the world’s first AI-enabled privacy chatbot and won the Financial Times newspaper’s “Asia Innovator or the Year Award”. He is the Co-founder of LawPath, an online legal solution with over 300,000 customers. Nick is much sought after in the media and is the host of the popular podcast “Web3 goes Mainstream”.

Nick will discuss what people in your industry need to know about AI (eg. ChatGPT), Web3, digital assets, fintech, decentralised finance, robotics, automation, augmented-reality, social media + demographic shifts. He will also discuss how people can innovate to make the most of these trends, providing actionable ideas you can use immediately.

Smart Digital Transformation The Future of Your Business is Digital or Doomed

Warren Buffett said that “digital transformation is a fundamental reality for all businesses today”. Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It is how you modify or invent massively improved processes with a blend of people, processes and technology. According to John Chambers, legendary leader of CISCO “At least 40% of all business will die in the next 10 years if they don’t figure out how to change their entire companies to accommodate new technologies.”

Nick leads the Digital Transformation Practice at global firm Norton Rose Fulbright and has advised many of the world’s largest companies on their digital transformation strategies. This session is perfect for leaders and aspirational leaders who want to understand the main trends driving digital transformation and how they can apply these trends in their own businesses. This session can be tailored specifically to deal with how digital transformation is impacting any industry eg. financial services, health, energy, retail, property, construction, education, government, mining etc.

Nick will provide strategic guidance, actionable insights and a few laughs along the way. Key take always for those attending Nick’s session include:

- Examples of companies that have successfully avoided oblivion by embracing digital transformation, eg. Walmart
- Specific examples of companies in your industry that have achieved great results as a result of their digital strategies
- Understanding & managing the key enabler of digital transformation - data
- Simple explanations of the main technologies which facilitate digital transformation
- Winning at “The Innovation Dating Game” finding the right innovation partners and the right way to partner with them
- 5 simple strategies to supercharge your digital transformation journey

The Digital Asset Revolution How mainstream companies are embracing NFTs, the Metaverse and Web3

You may think NFTs and Web3 is all about cartoon apes being sold as speculative investments. But there is much more to the digital asset revolution and many mainstream companies are embracing this technology. The impact will be felt across all industries, but especially retail, entertainment, sports, financial services, healthcare, education, government and professional services. In this session Nick will explain:
- What is Web3 and the Metaverse exactly
- Why are companies like Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Nike and Alfa Romeo issuing NFTs
- Why are banks like HSBC and Standard Chartered buying land in the Metaverse
- Which assets can benefit from being tokenised
- How is NFT technology being used to stop counterfeiting of tickets, luxury goods and more
- Why are banks like ANZ, NAB and JP Morgan issuing their own cryptocurrencies
- What will be the opportunities that arise from Web3 in your industry

Working with Machines Maximising Work Efficiency with AI like ChatGPT

In today’s fast-paced world, efficiency is crucial to success. The latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology, including chatbots such as ChatGPT, can give your team the edge it needs to excel. In this session, you’ll discover how to best use AI to achieve optimal efficiency and accuracy in your organisation.

Nick will cover the benefits and challenges of using AI in organisations. You’ll learn how to choose the right AI technology for your tasks, integrate it into your workflow, and balance AI and human expertise. You’ll also gain insight into ethical implications and best practices for using AI, including data privacy and security.

In this interactive session, you will:
*Discover the benefits of using AI for your organisation
*Learn how to choose the right AI technology for marketing, content-creation, legal and risk management
*Gain best practices for using AI, including providing clear instructions and ensuring data privacy and security
*Explore ethical implications and best practices for using AI
*Learn how to integrate AI into your existing workflows and processes

Join us for a practical and engaging session that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to maximise your organisation’s efficiency with the power of AI.
Nick gave the futurist's presentation at our conference of 200+ attendees. He was everything you want in a keynote speaker - informative, accessible and, importantly, entertaining. Highly recommended. Director, Victorian Healthcare Week Conference

Nick was a great addition to our speaker lineup for our Artificial Intelligence and the Enterprise Conference. Highly recommended.

Organiser, Artificial Intelligence for the Enterprise 2016 Conference

We would like to personally thank you for attending and presenting at our Victorian Healthcare Week 2016 in Melbourne! Your participation and fantastic session added highly to the quality of the day and to the satisfaction of our delegates at the conclusion of the event.

Victorian Healthcare Week

Nick is a high energy speaker and goes out of his way to engage the audience. He recently spoke at the First Data Network Forum on disruption and innovation delivering a presentation that was a perfect response to the brief supplied. An absolute pleasure to deal with, incredibly responsive, open to discussion on topic and direction which guaranteed a presentation that was unique and specifically tailored to our audience. Feedback from the audience and the leadership team was glowing. Who would have thought someone could be so entertaining and informative at the same time! We look forward to having you speak again soon - thanks Nick!

Director of Marketing, First Data

Nick is easy to work with and a real crowd-pleaser. His presentation was fast-paced, informative and witty. A great "insiders" view at what is happening in the world of disruption and innovation.

Members & Directors Executive, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Thanks so much for the enlightening MasterClass. I know you had to squeeze in a lot of topics within an hour but I have had really good feedback across the teams. Very enlightening and very much appreciated! I feel like saying “To Blockchain and Beyond!”

Group Governance, National Australia Bank

Nick gave the futurist's presentation at our conference of 200+ attendees. He was everything you want in a keynote speaker - informative, accessible and, importantly, entertaining. Highly recommended.

Director, Australian Healthcare Week

Nick was our keynote speaker at a sold out event and again Nick demonstrated he is a true insider in the corporate disruption and innovation space. The global stories in his keynote speech kept our audience enthralled and really entertained the whole time. Thanks on behalf of all our members.

Chairman NFP Committee, CPA Australia

As mentioned I saw you at CPA evening, and to be fair you are one of the best presenters I have ever seen (of whom I have seen many!).

Conference Director, Gamechangers Summit

Great stuff. Nick’s presentation style is interesting, informed and funny. We have had excellent feedback from the attendees and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Nick again.

Director, Project Finance, Westpac Institutional Bank
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