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Paul
Higgins

Futurist and strategist with emergent futures

We are at the beginning of several 1 in a 100 year transformations.
Profile

Paul Higgins is a Futurist and Strategist with Emergent Futures. He holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (Research) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight.

Paul’s business experience has taught him that critical business decisions have as much impact on business success as long hours of focused execution. However he recognises that most people have little time to look around and think about what might be happening. Therefore the approaches that Emergent Futures uses align themselves to the reality of a fast moving, time critical modern world from quick scanning processes to longer strategic analysis.

His presentations match this approach and challenge audiences to look at their own blind spots and assumptions and look at the future differently.

Current work

Paul is experienced in politics and agri-politics having been President of Victorian Country Labor for five years and Chairman of the pork industry national body for a decade. He is also an experienced commercial company director including being a director of Auspork for 16 years. Auspork is an unlisted public company with an annual turnover of $80-100 million that markets pork, beef, chicken and lamb, including branded retail ready packs of ready to cook meat products. He has also has served on a number of not for profit boards.

Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne. He is also a Chair of the Policy & Research Advisory Board for the Future Business Council and a Foresight Associate at the Melbourne University Business School.

Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about and plan for the future.

He is currently co-authoring two books. This first is “Scenarios for the Future of Electric Cars in Australia”, the second is on the future of driverless vehicles entitled: Is Driverless Always More? - How driverless vehicles will transform our economies and our societies.

Media
Expertise
Topics
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Disruption
  • Futurists
  • Science & Technology
Feedback
We at Our Community have been running conferences of thought leadership for over 1000 people for sixteen years and the presentation by Paul Higgins was mesmerising. His command of the topic and audience was inspiring, visionary, and practical. Paul stared into the future while also being grounded in takeaways for every person in the audience. Paul Higgins is not just highly recommended, he is a must see and must experience speaker. Our Community

The interest that your keynote address created in our co-op was remarkable. All of our members, old and young, innovative and conventional, were all engaged and interested in your talk. I am still hearing really good things from your address weeks later.

Yolla Co-op Director

Paul Higgins recent presentation entitled: ‘Bringing the future into your advisory practice’ was excellent on many fronts. Paul’s ability to simplify the complexity out of the topics he covered and his practical insights on future trends resonated very well with our attendees. Paul also managed to tailor the messages he delivered to our target audience and to the overall conference theme which ensured a strong start to our conference. Thank you again for a great presentation.

Mindshop

Paul presented on the future of healthcare referencing big data, artificial intelligence and robotics with relevance to the medical imaging and therapeutic disciplines of our profession. This is a big departure from the usual industry experts and Paul was extremely well received by our delegates with his entertaining and thought provoking keynote address. Paul was a pleasure to deal with and has continued to engage with our delegates post conference using our conference twitter hashtag, absolutely outstanding!

NZIMRT-AIR Conference (Australian and New Zealand Radiographers)

You definitely won’t get a ‘vanilla’ presentation when you engage Paul Higgins. Paul is very connected to the world we live in and will immerse himself in your business in preparation for your event and deliver a thought provoking and insightful view of future possibilities. My advice is not to just engage Paul for a keynote - the best part is the exchange of ideas across the room when the presentation has concluded and everyone has something to say. Thank you for energising our recent Leadership Retreat Paul.

McPherson Media Group
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