05 May 2021

Top 10 Future of Work Virtual & Live Keynote Speakers in Australia


When the only constant is change, how do you plan for an unforeseen future? ICMI’s Future of Work experts can help you plan, pivot and prepare for whatever lies ahead. With predictions, insights and inspiration, your audience will feel ready and excited about the changing future work landscape.

Below the ICMI team have curated 10 leading minds in conversations around the Future of Work, however, you can also browse our full range of speakers on the topic here, or even extend your search to our wider Business or Technology, Future & Innovation speakers.


Steve Sammartino

The future belongs to those who prepare for it. And no one has a more profound understanding of what it’s going to be like than Steve Sammartino.

Steve is Australia’s leading futurist who has been giving businesses the tools and insights they need to stay competitive or topple titans around them. He employs his sharp sense of humour to communicate complex ideas in a simple way that leaves the audience excited about the future, instead of frightened of it.

Find out more about Steve here


Jason Clarke

As founder of Minds at Work, Jason Clarke has been opening minds since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia and beyond in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity, decision making and problem-solving to culture, change and leadership.

His mission? To help people think.

His vision? A future that works.

Find out more about Jason here


Gihan Perera

Do you want to be more confident and decisive in chaos and uncertainty?

Gihan Perera is a futurist, online presenter, conference speaker, and author who shows you how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world. Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Find out more about Gihan here


Heather E. McGowan

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is nearly upon us. Thankfully, Future of Work strategist Heather E. McGowan is helping leaders prepare their people and organizations for it. And not a moment too soon.

Heather gives lucidity to the complex topic of the future of work through her illuminating graphic frameworks and powerful metaphors, all backed by deep research. Her insightful sessions help employees and leaders alike prepare for and adapt to jobs that do not yet exist. Do not miss her. Your future depends on it.

Find out more about Heather here


Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a trend forecaster, eight-time bestselling author and multi-award winning speaker who has shared the stage with Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum, and he regularly features as a commentator on TV and radio.

Find out more about Michael here


Andrea Clarke

From Washington D.C to Iraq and back to Australia, Andrea Clarke is a television news journalist and expert facilitator turned award-winning author. She firmly believes that there is ‘nowhere to hide’ in a new workforce which will demand more of us through the 2020’s, than any other decade. Andrea’s latest topics include the Future of Work, Defying Disruption (Future fit skills for the 2020’s) & the future of leadership in a hybrid workplace.

Find out more about Andrea here


Gus Balbontin

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Gus Balbontin is one of them. He’s an investor, entrepreneur, founder and explorer who has spent two decades helping businesses adjust strategies, products, services, culture and individuals to better deal with rapid and regular changing markets. Gus specialises in delving deep into the digital transformation of the past two decades, sharing stories of how so many companies mishandled this seismic shift and how today’s business leaders can capitalise on the disruption that’s still occurring today.

Find out more about Gus here


Jonathan Macdonald 

Jonathan MacDonald is an award-winning, bestselling author and one of the most in-demand keynote speakers in the world on the topics of change, digital transformation, mindset, innovation, strategy and the future. With a world-class and exceptionally deep knowledge of trends, market shifts and competitive landscapes in all territories and industries, Jonathan has hands-on experience with companies all over the world, enabling him to speak in detail about what practical steps can be taken to be powered by change.

Find out more about Jonathan here


Dr Richard Hames

Personal mentor to Heads of State, CEOs and entrepreneurs, Dr Richard Hames is considered to be the most accurate futurist in the world. In 1998, he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre and in 2005 he described the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He has been described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” and has repeatedly predicted industry-altering changes in the workplace well before they happen.

Find out more about Richard here


Simon Kuestenmacher

Co-Founder and Director of Research at The Demographics Group, Simon Kuestenmacher shows how Australia is transforming into a knowledge economy and how you can get yourself, your business and your industry ready for that change. He educates on the future environments different industries will find themselves in, and teach the specific skills required to succeed in this new world of work.

Find out more about Simon here


Nikki Greenberg

Nikki Greenberg is the world’s top real estate futurist and most sought-after industry trends presenter. Through her high energy keynotes she explores the convergence of real space and cyber space. She is determined to not only inspire her audiences on the possibilities of emerging technologies and innovative ways of thinking, but provide insights on ways to capitalize upon it. In short, Nikki directs companies on what to do today to deliver on the needs of tomorrow.

Find out more about Nikki here



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