Biography

When the world changes fast, keep looking further ahead.

Patrick Dixon is often described in the media as Europe’s leading futurist. He is a dynamic, provocative and entertaining speaker who advises many of the world’s largest corporations on key trends, managing uncertainty, identifying risk and developing opportunities. He digs deep into the strategy of each organization, and creates a unique presentation for each event. He has successfully identified hundreds of future business innovations.

Influential author. Dr Patrick Dixon has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today. He is the Chairman of Global Change Ltd, a growth strategy and forecasting company; he is the author of 16 books (in 34 languages); and he is a physician. Key books include Futurewise, SustainAgility, The Genetic Revolution and Building a Better Business. His newest book is The Future of Almost Everything (August 2015).

Outstanding keynote speaker. Dr Dixon has spoken to audiences in over 50 nations and is one of the world's most sought after keynote speakers at corporate events. His customized multimedia presentations are both content-rich and highly engaging for audiences. Customers describe his style as challenging, visionary, hard-hitting, strategic, provocative, dynamic, passionate and practical as well as entertaining. He has the remarkable ability to motivate people to seize growth opportunities and to change.

Multinational clients in many industries. His clients are from every industry with particular strengths in technology, marketing, consumer insight, banking and health — and include Google, Microsoft, IBM, KLM/Air France, BP, ExxonMobil, World Bank, Siemens, Ford, Sara Lee, Prudential, Aviva, Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, PWC, Hewlett Packard, Gillette, GSK, Roche, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, BASF, Forbes, Fortune, RBS, Zurich Financial Services, Tetrapak, Unisys, BT, BBC, Fedex and DHL. He has also taught on executive/MBA programes at seven Business Schools.

Strategy, growth consulting, and board roles. He advises multinational boards and senior teams on strategic impact of global trends, innovation and risk, in assignments ranging from one-day strategic reviews to in-depth consulting over more than a year. Examples of issues: macro-economic trends, future of marketing, mobile payments and banking, multi-channel customers, social media, consumer shifts, lifestyle changes, customer loyalty, relationship management, call-centres, brand management, demographic shifts, health care, pharmaceutical research, antiageing, genetics and biotechnology, nanotechnology, emerging markets, geopolitical threats, risk management, agile leadership, change management, motivation, green tech, sustainable innovation and corporate responsibility.

He has also worked as Group Strategy Director for Acromas Ltd, which owns the AA and Saga (group turnover >bn from financial services, roadside rescue, holidays, publishing and health care). He is a non-executive director of Acromas Health Care (Allied Health Care Ltd, Nestor Health Care Ltd and Saga Health Care Ltd), which delivers as a group over 40 million home care visits a year across the UK, 24 hour live-in care, out-of-hours medical cover, hospital-at-home, end-of-life, dental, forensic medicine, nursing and prison health. He is also Chairman of the Biotech company Virttu Biologics Ltd, which is conducting clinical trials on new cancer treatments.

Presentations with practical insights

Around half of Patrick Dixon’s presentations are in-house events for senior leaders and include detailed research into company priorities, strategy and wider environment. He delivers vitally important insights specific to each corporation. Patrick Dixon has worked with hundreds of multinationals in over 50 nations, across every industry. For example, he has:

  • Helped identify next-generation blockbuster drugs with potential sales of over $50bn a year
  • Assisted a global telecom company to develop better customer focus
  • Identified significant sustainability initiatives for the European Chemical Industry
  • Advised on online banking strategy for one of the world’s premier banks

Patrick’s web pages have been visited by some 15.5 million different people, and are a rich source of substantive thought leadership on a very wide range of topics.

Topics

These are topics that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest the speakers range and interests.

Patrick tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

He has spoken to audiences in more than 50 nations and is sensitive to culture and multi-language challenges. Patrick likes to engage closely with clients in the event preparation and will be delighted to discuss with you personally at an early stage any "future" topic or theme that interests you. Patrick also offers fully customized one- and two-day programs.

Please read about how Patrick likes to work with event organizers.

The Future of...

Patrick has spoken on issues as varied as:

  • Impact of Biotech on Health Care
  • Future of the European Petrochemical Industry
  • Future of Private Banking and Family Offices
  • Future of Management and Virtual Teams
  • Future of Corporate Real Estate in Asia
  • The Future of Ageing - Impact on Pensions
  • Winning the War for Talent - Future Trends
  • Sustainable Business - Strategies for Carbon-Use Reduction
  • Telecom Trends in Emerging Markets
  • Future of Logistics and Distribution
  • Impact of Online Communities on Marketing and Corporate Image
  • Investment Opportunities in Kazakhstan

He has given future insights to:

  • Airlines, Travel, Shipping, Hotels, Tourism and Automotive Industry
  • Banking, Insurance and other Financial Services
  • Media, Telecommunications and Distribution
  • Technology, Engineering, Software and Computer Manufacturers
  • Food and Drink, Household Goods and Packaging Industry
  • Energy, Chemical Industry, Mining, Metals, other Commodities
  • Health Care, Pharmaceutical Industry, Medical Technology and Cosmetics / Lifestyle
  • Government and UN
  • Marketing, Advertising and Design
  • Law Firms / Legal
  • Management, Consulting, Training, Service Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organisations
  • Real Estate / Construction / Engineering
  • Retail, textiles and some other manufacturing

  • The Future of Almost Everything

    The global changes that will affect every business and everyone's lives



    From the man the Wall Street Journal describes as a 'global change guru', more than one hundred of the trends that touch every aspect of our lives.

    Patrick Dixon looks at how the future will be Faster and more Urban, Tribal, Universal, Radical and Ethical — a future of boom and bust and great economic change as the emerging markets grow up; a future of great advances in medicine and also greater threats from viral epidemics; a future of political shocks and greater conflicts; a future in which people will strive for more privacy and businesses will change the way they relate to their staff and their customers; a future in which there will be driverless cars and solar power generated in the desert will power cities thousands of miles away.

    In short, with great perception and insight, Patrick Dixon highlights what every business needs to be aware of and prepare for if it is to prosper and survive in a world where customers and markets, politics and demographics, technology and skills, and opportunities and choices will be very different.

    Profile Books (27 Aug. 2015)


    Praise

    "Absolutely brilliant. I love this man's exhilarating thinking and writing. Here are far-sighted insights into the tangible and intangible horizons of future change, underpinned by wisdom about its ultimate driving force — human nature."
    — Nigel Nicholson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

    "Every leader needs to keep ahead of major trends. Think radically and read this book to keep ahead of the future!"
    — Sinclair Beecham MBE, Co-Founder of Pret A Manger

    "Brilliant! Patrick Dixon's insights are compelling, engaging and thought-provoking. Tomorrow framed by the expert."
    — Baba Awopetu, Group Strategy and Marketing Director, Optegra Eye Healthcare

    “A brilliant guide to our future, which should be read by every decision-maker, packed with deep insights on a huge number of trends. Patrick Dixon has a great track record over many years in forecasting opportunities, risks and challenges that will affect us all.”
    — Sir Brian Souter - Chairman, Stagecoach Group Plc

    "Insightful views about the global trends that could shape our future. A thought-provoking tome which should help businesses think differently about the markets of the future."
    — Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University.

  • SustainAgility

    How Smart Innovation and Agile Companies will Help Protect our Future

    Patrick Dixon and Johan Gorecki



    Sustainagility is about how business innovations, applications, methods, and products can be used to solve complex sustainability challenges.  In addition, it sets forth positive ways that businesses and individuals can deal with the issues and benefit from them.

    Sustainagility includes text boxes containing shocking statistics about the destruction of our planet, short inspiring examples of how innovation has created new profitable business and helped the world, and personal messages from global leaders about sustainable innovation. Case studies of numerous well-known, high-profile companies are featured, demonstrating that companies have successfully used innovative and agile processes to improve their businesses and fight some of the greatest threats to the world's ecosystems.

    Subjects covered include: Power; future cities; transport; manufacturing; water and wood; health and food; venture capital; carbon offsetting and banks; business agility and open innovation; 10 steps to profitable sustainability.

    Kogan Page (3 May 2010)


  • Building a Better Business

    The Key to Future Marketing, Management and Motivation



    An intensely practical and inspirational guide on how to make great things happen in your business and personal life, by Patrick Dixon, ranked as one of the 50 most influential business thinkers alive today. How to create greater passion for your business, by building a better future for you, your customers, workers and their families, shareholders, communities and those beyond. How you can get:

    • Better leadership, people and teams

    • Better brands and marketing

    • Better customer relations and corporate image

    • Better innovation and strategy

    • Better change management

    • Better work-life balance

    • Better corporate governance

    Profile Books (31 Mar 2005)


  • Futurewise

    The Six Faces of Global Change



    The world is being transformed before our eyes from an industrial and a technological society into something altogether new and different. Patrick Dixon’s book, Futurewise: Six Faces of Global Change is a rich and exciting profile of this future from six essential perspectives. The future he sees is Fast, Urban, Tribal, Universal, Radical and Ethical, and in each of these areas, forces are moving that will require wisdom from business leaders who want to thrive. With Dixon’s vision, you can plan to change your tomorrow and make changes that will build lasting value.

    Profile Books; 4 edition (5 April 2007)
    HarperCollins (5 Oct 1998)


  • The Future of Almost Everything | Keynote
  • Turning the Future into History
  • Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you | Innotown

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