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Ruthven AM

Founder and Chairman, IBISWorld.


Phil Ruthven is the Founder of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. IBISWorld now operates in Australia, the United States (NY and LA), Canada, China, United Kingdom and Indonesia. It plans to add the rest of the European Union, and Japan over the next five years or so. In 2014, Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his significant service to business and commerce, and to the community.

Current experience:

Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. He continues to be one of Australia’s most frequent and prolific commentators in demand by the media, and is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.

He addresses about 40-50 congresses, seminars and conferences each year and has done so for three decades. His involvement as a communicator takes him around Australia and occasionally overseas.

Phil is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a recent past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA and a past Director of Open Family Australia (the charitable foundation aiding street children) where he continues to help as an Ambassador for Whitelion/Open Family.

Previous experience:

Phil is a science graduate with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.

IBISWorld has earned the reputation as an astute forecasting and advisory corporation, based on its unique and comprehensive databases. Its website is rated as one of the most sophisticated and powerful industry and marketing websites in the world today. Its foresight and insight of business trends is outstanding, with the most envious record of accuracy among its peers. Their clients include over 1600 of Australia’s large corporations and government authorities, and over 5000 major US corporate and institutional clients. IBISWorld has become the premier provider of industry information in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand and other nations. It also produces global industry reports on selected industries and markets.

Very positive feedback from guests & staff. Able to link his presentation very nicely to our product launch. Tower Technology

Content was very relevant to the topic; delivery good and overall he fully met our objectives for this session.

Tourism South Australia

Congratulations on your outstanding presentation to the Schwarzkopf Convention in Fiji last week. The positive feedback to the conference from the delegates has been overwhelming, in particular, your 'The Economy and the Small Business' presentation, made a rewarding experience for all those who attended. It was indeed a valuable message, clearly delivered and greatly appreciated.


Phil's presentation was first class. He made his story based on usually uninteresting statistics not only interesting, but entertaining.

AMP Society

The event exceeded our expectations in every way and your contribution to this success is greatly appreciated.

Venue Management Association

Would like to utilise Phil’s expertise at other conferences during the year. Session was nothing else but EXCELLENT.

Digital Equipment Corporate

Outstanding speaker who used humour to advantage. Related well to audience and showed that he had researched his topic well. Stayed to brief and kept to time constraint.

Westfield Shopping Centres

A real hit with delegates - one of the highlights of the conference.

Housing Industry Association

He was ‘accessible’ to our audience making the appropriate industry connections at regular times. He was fun and highly topical.

BMW Australia Ltd

676 delegates took the time to complete a feedback form and 76% of respondents rated Phil as excellent. General comments - entertaining, informative, impressive, exciting mix of wit and information, great sense of humour, experienced and knowledgeable. From Bluestone's perspective Phil was terrific and we would like to pass on our thanks!


Lovely man, loads of information and delivered it brilliantly

Mortgage Choice Conference

Phil was fantastic - he covered the brief perfectly and really knew his stuff. His sytle was easy to follow and kept the auidence captivated, and he was lovely to deal with too.

Property Council of New Zealand

Our delegates made special mention of Mr Ruthven and how much they enjoyed his presentation and how up to date it was.

Insolvency Practitioners Association

Phil was an excellent presenter. Found him an entertaining and knowledgeable and learnt a considerable amount about the economy, trends, drivers and industries that will be successful in the future.

Moonee Valley City Council
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