Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is one of Australia’s most sought after futurists, and award-winning industry recognised keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned strategist and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s 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 such as Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers, and Maltesers to name but a few.

Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker, and public commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. With appearances on Australian television, including Channel 7’s The Daily Edition and Morning Show, Nine’s A Current Affair, and recently The Project on Ten, Chris Riddell’s insights and expertise as a futurist extend far beyond the corporate world.

Being a futurist, isn’t simply about ‘putting your finger in the air, and saying what the future might be’ says Chris Riddell. It’s about ‘authentically embedding yourself into the very space from where true innovation, and disruption is taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, then distilling them into a clear and meaningful keynote message, for business to be able to take affirmative and decisive action on’.

As a recognised futurist and speaker on digital, Chris Riddell has transformed the platform for delivering keynote presentations, and what it means to be an inspiring speaker. His award winning events are highly acclaimed for being the most energizing and immersive experiences around. With a blend of unique story telling, customised immersive video, and exciting dialogue, audiences are guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired, stimulated and energised for the future that lies just ahead.

Chris Riddell is a senior advisor to businesses across industry verticals, with consulting expertise across the technology, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and communications sectors. He is a current board member of the Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka, and writes columns for online digital agencies and corporations, providing deep insights into the world of digital, disruption and future change.

Recent keynote clients of Chris Riddell from around the Asia Pacific Region include Telstra, Schneider Electric, Castrol, CeBIT, AMP Financial Services, Foodworks, Southern Cross Austero, Isuzu, Marketo, Gartner, Ashurst Law Firm, Travellers Choice, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Reed Exhibitions, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Topics

  • Customers and Experience: What does the future customer look like, and how do organisations create incredible experiences for them?
  • Data and Analytics: Business Intelligence (BI), and Big Data have transformed the world. What’s next in this, and how can organisations embrace BI to drive growth.
  • Digital and Technology: How do you succeed in the world of digital, and what are some of the areas businesses need to focus on for the future?
  • Disruption and 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?
  • Leadership and Culture: What are the new skills that leaders need to have in today’s busy world and how do you create a culture that brings people together?
  • Trends and Innovation: What are some of the big trends around the corner, and what are the big innovation stories of today.

Testimonials 

I recently attended a Telstra retail conference where Chris Riddell was a keynote speaker on digital. His talk was energising, thought-provoking and very real to the world we all live in. As the owner of a number of Telstra stores myself, I felt empowered to get up and do something different the moment I left the conference. Chris is absolutely revelant for anyone who works and lives in the modern world, and is a must for people wanting to set themselves up for success in the future! I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Gary Howden, retail business owner

Chris Riddell is someone who engages the audience and brings clarity to the complicated. He speaks at a level that everyone understands, and his style of presenting is exciting to say the least. Digital is something that impacts us all, and is a huge part of our global future. If you want to prepare your audience for the new world ahead, my recommendation is get them to hear what Chris has to say. They’ll walk away prepared and with exciting new perspectives.
Optus

Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. Chris has also recently been a keynote speaker at our Telstra Retail COnference, speaking about the future of digital and how it’s impacting our world. Chris was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I’d highly recommend Chris for any key speaker appointments for business that are needing thought provoking discussion on how their businesses will continue in the future with technology.
Telstra

Chris is an incredible presenter and was very well received by our customers. He is in my opinion the leading expert keynote speaker on the future of digital.
Aquent

Chris is obviously right across his subject matter and delivered an engaging and thought provoking presentation which certainly engaged our staff and achieved the desired outcomes, well done Chris.
Isuzu Australia Limited

I wanted to take the time to thank Chris very much for his contribution to our event last week. The feedback has been fabulous and there’s a great buzz around the country about what a great event it was and, in particular, his presentation. So thank you. We hope he enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to crossing paths again in the near future.
Telstra Licensee Association

Graeme Codrington

Expert on Generational Interactions and the Future of Work

Ross Dawson

Leading Futurist