Media Futurist and CEO, The Futures Agency (Switzerland)
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. Co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (2005, Berklee Press), of ‘Music2.0’ (2008) and ‘The End of Control‘, Gerd's background is in music; in 1985 he won the Quincy Jones Award and subsequently graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music (1987). Since 2002, following a decade as digital media entrepreneur and start-up CEO, Gerd speaks at conferences and seminars around the globe on the Future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Advertising, Telecom, Communications and Culture. Gerd's keynotes, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, motivational style. With more than 1’300 engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 150'000 professionals, and is considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Nokia, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, Kuoni, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom/Orange, Deutsche Telekom, The Financial Times, MTN, DDB, Omnicom, the European Commission, Nokia Siemens Networks and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), Visiting Professor at FDC Fundação Dom Cabral (Brasil), and resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Gerd's keynotes, speeches, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for his hardhitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and motivational style. With over 1’300 engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 150.000 executives and professionals, and is considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Nokia, NSN, Amdocs, The Guardian, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society, and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. A native German, he now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Session(s) featuring Leonhard Gerd
Monday, 30th January 2012 From 5:15 PM to 5:55 PM
Innovation Factory, Lerins Hall
We now live in a digital society, networked, mobile, social and always-on. In this super-noisy, decentralised world of constant self-broadcasting, liking, sharing and networking, how will an artist, a manager, a ...
Tuesday, 31st January 2012 From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Brand Central, Riviera Hall
The Internet has gone mobile, social, video and location. What are the emerging models of 'going direct', for artists, writers, producers, labels and publishers? Will mobile apps be the answer, or social netw ...
Sunday, 29th January 2012 From 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Networking Village, Level 01
This brand new opportunity to contact with the Visionary Monday speakers is a unique chance to network with fan engagement evangelists and ask the questions only they can answer. Each speaker leads two one-to-many ...