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Richard
Hames

Entrepreneur, Strategic Futurist, Mentor & Author

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Richard Hames is an Entrepreneur, Strategic Futurist, Mentor & Author. In 1998 he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He correctly foresaw the 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 first iPod and Tesla’s electric cars. He also predicted 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 election of Donald Trump. He is now talking about the collapse of capitalism as we know it and threats to the sovereignty of the EU.

Based purely on performance, Dr Richard Hames - Founding Partner at Hames McGregor + Partners, Chairman of the Asian Foresight Institute, an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science, and personal mentor to Heads of State, CEOs and entrepreneurs - is one of our most distinguished futurists.

Current Work:

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

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 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. In 2015 he co-founded MiVote - already one of the fastest growing direct democracy movements in the world - in addition to its commercial spin-off Horizon State 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.

As a foresight practitioner Richard and his team have examined 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.

Media
Expertise
Talking Points

Leadership

Cities & Urban Development

Climate Change

Education

National Security

The Global Economy

Strategic Innovation

Topics
  • Mastering Leadership
  • CEO & Company Directors
  • Change Management
  • Sustainability
  • Trust & Ethics
  • Future of Work
  • Creativity
  • Science & Technology
  • Future Cities
  • 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

Congratulations to you. I thought that your leadership was stunning and your facilitation of such an open-ended event as a well as with such large numbers was skilful, masterful and very clever.

Gerry White, CEO, education.au

Thank you for providing me with a response to that niggling old chestnut, "If you could sit next to anyone on a flight to London who would it be? Dr. Richard David Hames will be my answer from here on in! In fact I'd even do a stop over, about turn and return flight with him. Stimulating, challenging and relevant - what a way to begin a Monday morning.

An Executive at the ANZ

Motivating and enlightening…

Melanie McMillan, Director, TAC

Incredibly insightful, interesting and intellectually stimulating

Sally-Anne Friedlander, Boral Learning Services

Richard's capacity to identify and weave together the major issues that are shaping our future world is extraordinary.

Australian Institute of Training & Development

Richard Hames has, in a very significant way, helped us to reshape the Australian Taxation Office and lay the foundations for a new organization that is now so essential as we move into a huge tax reform process here in Australia.

Peter Simpson, 2nd Commissioner - ATO

It is a rare person who is able to transform our thinking by creating a fundamentally new vision of how things could work better. Richard Hames is one of those people.

Sir Norman Joyce, Chairman, AMI

Richard offers us a new management paradigm to lead us back to community as the foundation for sustainable prosperity and balance.

Charles Macek, Chairman - IOOF

Richard’s ideas are for anyone searching for new meanings in work. Marvelous!”

Dr Charles Hampden-Turner, University of Cambridge
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