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Chris Riddell is Australia's and Asia's most sought after futurist, and an award-winning industry-recognized keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned media commentator and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today's highly disrupted world.

A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.  Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Master foods, Snickers and Maltesers. Chris Riddell is frequently called upon to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7's The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris Riddell's insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Chris believes that being a futurist isn't simply about 'putting your finger in the air, and saying what the future might be', but about 'authentically embedding yourself into the very space from where true innovation and disruption is taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, and then distilling them into a clear and meaningful keynote message'. With his unique blend of storytelling and customised immersive video, as well as his exciting dialogue, audiences are guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired, stimulated and energised for what lies just ahead.

With a strong background in technology, he is now a senior advisor to businesses across industry verticals, with consulting expertise in the technology, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and communications sectors. He presents on a number of core themes, including;

  • "Leadership & Culture: the new skills that leaders need to have in today's busy world, and how to create a culture that brings people together.
  • "Customers & Experience: what the future customer looks like, and how organisations can create incredible experiences for them.
  • "Digital & Technology: how to succeed in the world of digital, and some of the areas businesses need to focus on for the future.
  • "Data & Analytics: how business intelligence and Big Data have transformed the world, what's next, and how organisations can embrace business intelligence to drive growth.
  • "Disruption & Change: with so much change, how can you future proof your business? What do jobs of the future look like and how can you embrace change?
  • "AI and the Future of Work: how AI, machine-learning, automation and robotics are game-changers for the future of business and the future of work.

"Chris Riddell is someone who engages the audience and brings clarity to the complicated." Optus
"Chris Riddell was really dynamic, everyone loved his presentation." People's Choice Credit Union
"Your thought-provoking keynote delivered to our brief and did so with a lot of energy and creativity. It truly set the stage for a terrific conference." SAS

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