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Richard
Hames

Futurist, author and corporate philosopher.

Profile

Richard was accurately predicting the impact of the climate crisis on business from as early as 1987. In 1998 he warned US intelligence agencies of the possibility of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that led to a global financial crisis just three years later. He correctly foresaw circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff in Brazil. He was among the first futurists to anticipate the success of Apple’s iPhone and Tesla’s electric cars. He anticipated the socio-political conditions that eventually led to the Arab Spring, the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the rise (and fall) of Donald Trump. He is currently talking about the emergence of surveillance capitalism in China and threats to the sovereignty of the EU.

Current work

Based purely on performance, Richard Hames is one of our most distinguished futurists. Richard is also a founding Partner of the strategy firm Hames McGregor + Partners, Chairman of the Asian Foresight Institute, an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science, and a personal mentor to Heads of State, CEOs and entrepreneurs. He is also on advisory boards in the UK, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and South Korea.

As a foresight practitioner Richard and his team have analysed hundreds of topics, ranging from the future of conflict and work to taxation, business and society, food security, international terrorism, smart cities, financial services, health care, science and alternative energy, using unnique proprietary methods and algorithms.

An Australian citizen, educated in Europe and domiciled in Asia, Richard has been honoured with numerous awards. A compelling speaker and the author of seven books, Richard is currently Executive Director of Centre for the Future - a unique international enterprise whose mission is to make the world work for everyone by designing alternatives to systems that are failing the human family.

Previous experience

Forbes: Described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” Richard is also among the world’s most influential thinkers. Always in demand by business corporations and governments for his searing intellect and remarkably accurate insights and advice, Richard provides his clients with deep wisdom on a range of issues concerning the future of humanity.

MiVote: In 2015 he co-founded MiVote [www.mivote.org.au] - one of the fastest growing direct democracy movements in the world - in addition to its commercial spin-off Horizon State [www.horizonstate.com] capitalised to the tune of $35M within weeks of its launch and voted by The Australian in February 2018 as 7th out of 100 technologies likely to change the world. He is presently working on Operation PeaceQuest - an ambitious second-order change project that seeks to repurpose part of the military in Europe, South East Asia, and Australia to wage peace rather than war.

Expertise
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership
  • CEO & Company Directors
  • Change Management
  • Sustainability

Innovation

  • Creativity
  • Science & Technology

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
  • Environment & Climate Change
Feedback
In each case, the group thoroughly enjoyed your work - as I always do - and you provided a veritable smorgasbord of concepts, thinking, and reference points for everyone to take back with them. Quite apart from the clarity of your thinking, you have a special gift for 'connecting' with groups, and the interactive components become a significant feature in themselves. Chris Aston-James, MD, Aston-James International
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