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Mike  Walsh

Mike Walsh

Founder & CEO of Tomorrow and Business Consultant


Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestselling books include Futuretainment and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, "Between Worlds." A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business. Read More >

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country.

He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”

After his experiences in the Web space, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia.

While in Hong Kong and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike founded his latest venture, Tomorrow – an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior. Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

In addition to his corporate profile, Mike is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped his book, FUTURETAINMENT, win an Art Director’s Club award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.

As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

On the Road With Mike Walsh

The Future is Now

How Great Companies Re-invent Themselves to Survive the Future

Will Smarter Computers Make For Smarter Leaders?

The Future of Health Insurance

Speech Topics

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

"Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product," says CEO MikeWalsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. "The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules." Read More >

Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities – that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

In this keynote, Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh's keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies. Read Less ^

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence

We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century? Read More >

In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions. Read Less ^

The Future of Health

In the future, data and digital technologies will transform the way that people interact with healthcare providers and manage their well-being. The rising adoption of health-related smartphone apps, fitness focused wearables, bio-metric sensors as well as advances in digital biology and personalized medicine are merely the advance wave in a radical re-imaging of health in the 21st century. Read More >

The key trend driving the future of healthcare will be customer centricity - as patients begin to shop for healthcare and wellness services in the same way they comparison shop for cars and plumbers. For healthcare leaders, that means focusing on leveraging emerging technologies like AI and data analytics that have the potential to streamline the customer experience, while looking for new digitally focused alliances and partnerships outside the traditional medical and pharmaceutical space.

Mike’s approach to the future of health is to focus on the human impact of disruptive change. Only by understanding the mindset of tomorrow’s patients can health providers and pharmaceutical companies transition to a highly targeted, personalized approach to wellness.

In meeting that challenge, Mike brings a design thinking perspective to helping audiences re-imagine the way that their company should work, inspiring teams to embrace a culture of agility, responsiveness and innovation.

In his ongoing research on successful digital transformations, Mike Walsh has identified the key priorities that smart leaders will need as they challenge their teams to move as quickly as their customers do. Through a series of interviews and briefings, he will work with your team to isolate the frameworks and case studies most relevant to your objectives.

“The most sophisticated technology companies of the future will be in the healthcare space - leveraging the state of the art in search of the greatest prize of all: improving the quality of human life.” Read Less ^