For over 30 years Ray Hammond has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future. He is the author of 16 books about the future, a body of work which he began in 1980 and which stands as testament to the long-term accuracy and reliability of his foresight. His 1984 work The On-Line Handbook was the world’s first book to identify the importance of the internet and to identify ‘search’ as the driving force behind on-line advertising and ecommerce.
In 1986 his ground-breaking publication ‘The Modern Frankenstein’ became the first book to predict the importance of genetic engineering, cloning and the emergence of super-intelligent machines that may become rivals to the human species later in the 21st Century. His international best-seller Digital Business provided a blueprint for Web commerce and provided a business plan for on-line retail enterprises.
As a gifted and inspirational keynote speaker, Ray is in world-wide demand by business, government and non-government organizations. His speaking topics include the impact of technology and innovation on business growth, the importance of sustainable business models and the continuing significance of globalization. He is a contributor to the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, U.S.A. and he is an elected Fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.) and elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (F.W.I.F.), a Swiss-registered charity which counts 91 Nobel-laureate scientists among its 3,000 strong fellowship.
Ray has also been awarded with the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for services to futurology. The award was presented at the United Nations Pio Manzü International Research Centre in Rimini, Italy.
“The Pio Manzü Centre is delighted to honour Ray Hammond for his constant commitment to research and for his stunning speculations about the future enlightened by scientific knowledge and an evident concern for humankind.” – President Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Pio Manzü Centre
As a futurist Ray Hammond is a business speaker who provides keynote speeches, workshops and seminars for the world’s major companies, for governments and for NGOs. He is often asked to present an inspirational keynote address on the future at either the opening or closing of a conference or similar event. When an event organizer wants to lift an audience, to get an event off to a rousing and exciting start – or to close it with an upbeat and stimulating message – Ray Hammond provides a view of the future which is both visionary and of practical use in a business environment.
"Ray Hammond is one of the best public speakers we have ever seen. Without a single note or slide, he delivered a rivetting, totally captivating one hour keynote speech at our Monaco Management Conference."
"Ray, your message, personality and delivery style resonated strongly with the participants and with the Dow team. We had a lot of good feedback from many attendees in Budapest. Two of the Dow team members aspire to speak like you!"
"Our international guests were stunned by Ray's vision of the mobile business future."
"Ray's speech was stimulating and inspiring. He brought logic to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing the travel industry in the next 30 years."
"We wanted to hear about the big issues that will affect the future and Ray Hammond certainly provided us with much food for thought.
"Wow! Talk about food for thought!"
"Ray was fantastic at our Creative Design day in London. The audience was mesmerised."
"Thank you Ray for contributing to the success of the Intel Marketing Summit. You were fabulous! We asked you to ‘bend our minds’ and you did exactly that. That participants did not want the discussion to end despite your having presented at the end of long day speaks volumes about the affect you had on everyone in attendance. Needless to say, participant response has been overwhelmingly positive."