Ross Dawson works globally as a futurist, keynote speaker and strategy advisor, inspiring audiences with an extremely positive and pragmatic focus on the potential of the future. He has delivered keynotes and strategy workshops in over 30 countries for leading organisations such as American Express, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Bank, Dubai Ministry of Finance, Gartner, Google, IBM, KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Roche, Telstra and Visa.
Ross’s highly engaging and practical style in highlighting the massive opportunities from accelerating change inspires conference audiences around the world. His global reputation and extensive experience in the realities of corporate innovation across many industries makes him a favourite keynote speaker for client conferences of major technology and professional firms and for strategy meetings of boards, executives and management teams, as well as major public conferences.
INNOVATION AND STRATEGY LEADER
Ross works extensively with boards of directors and executive teams on innovation and future-oriented strategy. He frequently speaks at or facilitates board and executive strategy offsites for major companies worldwide. Ross leads the Directing Innovation program of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has run many innovation programs for Institute of Company Directors Malaysia (ICDM).
MC AND MEDIA SPOKESPERSON
Ross also works as an MC, host and panel facilitator for events targeted at senior executives and professionals. Ross has facilitated client and media-facing events for a wide variety of leading organisations including Factiva, IBM, Oracle, Telstra and Toyota. He has also acted as a spokesperson in prominent future-oriented media campaigns for major organisations such as ANZ, Campbell Arnott’s, Commonwealth Bank, Intel, Officeworks and Visa.
Ross has run executive education programs or lectured at many leading institutions worldwide including Australian Graduate School of Management, University of Virginia, Singapore Institute of Management, Institute of Banking and Finance, and Singularity University in Silicon Valley.
Ross frequently appears in the media worldwide, including in publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, Time, The Boston Globe, The Times of London, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Welt, El País, Gulf News, Times of India, Australian Financial Review, The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald and TV channels including CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC, SBS, SkyNews, Today, Sunrise, 7:30 Report and many more. He also hosted the first-ever podcast series by BBC Storyworks.
Ross is author of four prescient books including the bestselling Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, now out in its second edition, and the acclaimed Living Networks, which the New York Times credited as predicting the social networking revolution.
Ross has been named as one of the most influential people in the world on topics including the future of work, fintech, crowdfunding, and Enterprise 2.0, as well as one of the most influential keynote speakers worldwide on social media. Digital Media magazine has named Ross as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.
Ross is the founding chairman of the Advanced Human Technologies group of companies, including ventures and publishing firm Advanced Human Technologies, futures consultancy Future Exploration Network and Fraxios, a stealth technology startup focused on developing strategic collective intelligence.
FORMER SENIOR EXECUTIVE
Prior to founding his first company Ross worked for NCR, Merrill Lynch and Thomson Financial in Sydney, Tokyo and London, finally as Global Director – Capital Markets for Thomson, leading its worldwide division focusing on debt capital markets.