Gihan Perera

Travels from: Western Australia

A futurist and speaker giving businesses insights into the future

Categories: Futurists & Future Trends

Speaker Topics

  • Fit for the Future: Thriving, not just surviving, in a disrupted world
  • The Future of Innovation: Using foresight to stay ahead of the game
  • The Future of Leadership: Building high-performance teams in a VUCA world

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives audiences a glimpse into what is ahead and how they can become fit for the future, in both professional and personal lives.

Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents, helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fastchanging world. He has clients throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the USA and Canada.

Gihan is the author of 'The Future of Leadership', 'Disruption By Design', as well as10 additional books. He has always taken the lead in embracing emerging technologies and trends, from his university thesis in robotics and artificial intelligence, to leading a software development team building the infrastructure for the early Internet, founding one of Australia’s first Web development companies in 1996, teaching thought leaders how to engage in e-learning platforms, and helping business leaders build their personal brand and online influence.

Because innovation is everybody’s business, and the best ideas can come from anywhere, Gihan has worked with a number of industries – including healthcare, financial services, mining and resources, property, local government, education, and technology. Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the only internationally recognised designation for professional speakers. Gihan has always been interested in people and the way they communicate – and how to become fit for the future, so they embrace change, act on opportunities, and live happier lives

His speaking topics include

  • Fit for the Future: Thriving, not just surviving, in a disrupted world – with the world changing faster than ever before, it is imperative that we keep up with the changes and opportunities occurring. Gihan takes audiences on an inspiring, eye-opening, and engaging ride into the future where they learn about the global megatrends shaping their industry, the mindset that helps lead the change, and the skills needed to get things done in a fast-changing world.
  • The Future of Leadership: Building high-performance teams in a VUCA world – Gihan shares insights and ideas mined from 20 years’ experience working with business leaders, thought leaders and change agents from around the world – as well as his unique ability to assimilate, filter, integrate and share global leadership trends that boost performance, attract and retain the best people, and ensure ongoing success.
  • The Future of Innovation: Using foresight to stay ahead of the game – innovation is not just valuable but essential in today’s business world. Gihan shows audiences how business innovation has changed from structured and steady to flexible and disruptive, from occasional breakthroughs to continuous improvement, and from top-down processes to bottom-up ideas
  • Think Sharper (workshop) – in this workshop presentation, Gihan teaches audiences how to think like a futurist, with the three elements of ideas, action and foresight. He aims for audiences to build a habit of change and innovation, learn to stay ahead of the game, make better decisions and become faster.


Gihan’s presentation in our strategic planning session was highly engaging and resonated well with those present. His approach and discussion stimulated the participants to think more about what could be in the future and provided an excellent pathway leading into the workshops that followed.

St John of God Health Care

Gihan’s presentation was a great opening session at our recent senior leader’s forum. Gihan cleverly integrated his knowledge and facts about technology evolutions and other global disruptions into a compelling story about the change occurring in our working lives, and how we can best respond to it as leaders and individuals. Gihan’s perspective on the changing ‘world of work’ and the critical skills leaders need to do develop to ensure clarity and engagement for their employees, was insightful and resonated with our leaders.

Energy Queensland Limited

Gihan Perera - Futurists & Future Trends

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