David A. Smith

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David A. Smith

Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight

David challenges, informs and entertains his audiences on many of the key issues of the near future, in order to stimulate ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to help organizations generate new visions, strategies, products and services.

David is the chief executive of Global Futures and Foresight (GFF). In his 30 year business career he has held senior management positions in large and small organizations. He has been involved in public sector, commercial and financial markets and has held sales,… 

David challenges, informs and entertains his audiences on many of the key issues of the near future, in order to stimulate ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to help organizations generate new visions, strategies, products and services.

David is the chief executive of Global Futures and Foresight (GFF). In his 30 year business career he has held senior management positions in large and small organizations. He has been involved in public sector, commercial and financial markets and has held sales, marketing and general management positions in companies such as the UK based DRG group and The US Unisys corporation. Whilst at Unisys he held the position of Strategic Marketing Director for their $2bn global financial services business.

He has advised the UK and EU governments on strategic research investment decisions.

Since co-founding The Global Future Forum in 2000, the Unisys global think-tank and now Global Futures and Foresight, he has worked with many organisations such as The Henley Management Centre, University of Tampere – Finland, Reckitt Benckiser, Bausch & Lomb, KRAFT, Heinz, SAS airlines, Siemens, CSC, Cisco, Unisys, O2, Shirlaws, Reed Exhibitions, Royal Mail, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal&SunAlliance, West Bromwich Building Society, More Th>n and many other banks, building societies, insurance companies, commercial companies and industry associations such as the Financial Services Forum, LOMA and ACORD in financial services, VMA in telecommunications, PIRA in packaging and the Association of Event Organizers (AEO).

He is a regular international conference speaker and writer and a passionate believer that we are not victims of what the future might hold if we prepare ourselves in advance. He has spoken on UK BBC, Middle East TV, German and South African radio and appeared on the UK ITN News channel discussing topical futures issues. His experience has shown him the powerful impact that glimpses of the future afford business and government alike as they seek to achieve their strategic goals.
David has addressed over 160 conferences and events in 23 countries on 5 continents.

"David is one of the world's leading authorities on a wide variety of global trends. He leads a powerful research team and is a fascinating speaker. He has helped some of the largest multinationals to identify and respond to significant trends and is much sought after for his advice." -Patrick Dixon, Chairman, Global Change
“I have had some very positive feedback. I think most people found it very thought provoking - a mixture of exciting and frightening!”- Deborah J GILES, HSBC BANK PLC, June 2012, Client Future Forum, Ipswich, UK

“Really enjoyed your lecture last night at Southampton Art Gallery, especially taken away the technology/demographics thoughts.” -Anne Taylor, ACCA April 2012, Menzies '100 years' conferences, Southampton, Dorking and London, UK

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