The Pragmatic Futurist, Andrew Grill is a former IBM Global Managing Partner and a popular and sought-after keynote speaker and trusted board-level technology advisor.
With a broad career spanning over 30 years in large corporates such as IBM, British Aerospace and Telstra, as well as 12 years running technology start-ups, Andrew is a highly experienced authority on a wide range of topics related to technology trends and the digital world.
Unlike traditional Futurists who paint a picture of the future in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time, Andrew delivers pragmatic, practical and immediately actionable insights in every session.
A strong digital advocate and former Engineer, Andrew believes that “to get digital you need to be digital”, and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to harness digital technologies to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.
Andrew has spoken in over 40 countries worldwide. Recent clients include senior executives from DHL, Nike, Nestle, Adobe, Worldpay, Barclays, Euler Hermes, Mars, Vodafone, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers, Sanofi, NHS, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG, Schroders, Mercer, British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, and Shell.
He also delivers workshops and provides strategic advice at the C-suite and Board levels.
Andrew carefully crafts every keynote with his audience in mind. Some of his distinctive keynotes include:
Disrupt or Be disrupted – Digital disruption and what it means for you and your business.
Your digital first impression – How to stand out in the digital world.
The Workplace of the future – Everything has changed in the wake of COVID-19 – how can you evolve and collaborate remotely?
The Internet of Everything – How IoT can be used to drive business transformation across multiple industries.
Building a digital-proof business – Practical tips on how to stay ahead of the digital curve.
Are you AI-ready? – Find out if your firm is ready for the changes that automation and AI will bring.
He is also a seasoned TEDx speaker, having presented at 5 separate TEDx events.
All of Andrew’s talks can be delivered via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Webex, Skype, BlueJeans or virtually any webcast or collaboration platform from his HD studio in London.
More detail on the content covered in each keynote topic is presented on the speech topics page, with highlights of these keynotes alongside each topic. You can explore more examples on the video page, and read client testimonials from previous talks.
Andrew hosts The Pragmatic Futurist Podcast series available on all podcast platforms.
He speaks at more than 50 events globally each year – to groups such as:
Virtual Keynotes (Adobe, Telstra, WorldPay, Hg Capital, Flinders Uni, Asahi, Eurex, Royds Withy King, Apperio, Isio, Huawei)
Management Meetings (DHL, Nike, Nestle, Euler Hermes, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers)
Large Conference Keynotes (LinkedIn, TEDx, SXSW, Bloomberg, CPA Australia, Mayo Clinic, ICMIF, WGSN)
Internal Meetings (Barclays, IBM, Vodafone, Mars, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG)
Keynotes for customer events (Wella, TechnoGym, CBRE, Schroders, Mercer, Damco, Linedata, Mobotix, Ingram Micro)
Intimate C-suite briefings (British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, Shell)
Importantly, each keynote is perfectly tailored to meet every client’s specific needs. Click on one of the blue linked company names above for more details on each speaking engagement.
Past client testimonials prove that the advice he delivers is relevant and completely relatable to each and every audience. As he has run companies, and lead large teams over a 30+ year career, you and your delegates are guaranteed to leave with a list of things they can do that day or the next week.
He also holds both Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.
Shown below is a sample of companies Andrew has spoken to.
Andrew’s first-hand experience of the digital world and the power of social media networks spans three decades and can be traced back to the early 1980’s when he found himself online via bulletin board and email.
His passion and involvement in the digital world continued into later life, launching Australia’s largest commercial property website, PropertyLook, and Australian location technology company Seeker Wireless to the world stage.
Prior to his role at IBM, he was head of international client strategy for Visible Technologies, owned by WPP.
Since 2000, Andrew has been providing advice, opinion and the latest thinking on all things digital and the impact on business and society on his blog. He also contributes to a wide range of media outlets including The Drum, Changeboard and ANZ BlueNotes along with numerous other online publications.
He has appeared several times on Sky News, Channel 4, UK TV, and has been published in the Financial Times, The Telegraph and the Guardian.
If you are an Event Organiser or Conference Producer, you may wish to download Andrew’s headshot here.