Futurologists

Robin Teigland

Developer
Robin Teigland was born in the USA and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She has long held an interest in harnessing what technology has to offer and how it can help build more viable infrastructures which in turn offer more business opportunities on a global scale. Authorship of Robin Teigland The experience that Robin Teigland has in the financial technology sector was highlighted in “The Rise and Development of Fintech.” The book strives the highlight how prominent the Internet has been with the development of FinTech in Sweden, a country that had a bleak financial outlook not so long ago. The book also examines what factors will drive businesses to adopt FinTech in the long terms, as well as the role that financial institutions will play. Professor Robin Teigland also contributed to the report “The Substitution of Labor” which explored factors that influenced job automation in the future, including technological feasibility. As well as having a series of work experience to hand, including venture capital at Silicon Valley, consultation for Mckinsey in Spain and Sweden and international banking in the USA, Teigland is also contacted on a regular basis to offer her insight on different topics, including that of job automation. The current research of Professor Robin Teigland includes projects within financial technology. This includes companies that deal with Bitcoin as well as blockchain currencies. Professor Robin Teigland is also involved with peer-to-peer financing and the Sharing Economy as well as recently being recognised as one of Sweden’s influential woman by Swedish business magazine “Veckan Affarer.” The interests of Professor Robin Teigland are centred on technology, innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship and is keen to promote how the use of advanced technologies such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence can help a business challenge their traditional boundaries. As well as her keynote speeches, Robin Teigland is also active and influential on social media, with her Slideshare receiving an astonishing 300,000 views. The strong presence Teigland has online shows just how popular she has become in the field, as well as showcasing the benefits of technology in real-time. She has also been nominated as one of the Global Top 50 Business Professors on Twitter.
  • BA in Economics with Distinction from Stanford University
  • MBA from the Wharton School
  • MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics
The experienced garnered by Professor Robing Teigland has seen her work published in a series of academic journals, international books as well as several articles. The works contributed to include the Euroversity Project and her most recent work, The Substitution of Labour was featured in Forbes in February 2018. Some of the lectures and keynote speeches delivered by Professor Robin Teigland centre around her focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and include the discussion of digital innovation networks via the use of internet-based communities. This has led to Professor Robin Teigland speaking for a series of different multinationals, including Google and Microsoft. Professor Robin Teigland has also delivered talks for many Swedish government ministries, including the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. The better understanding of technology means it can be harnessed in the right way, which in turn helps create digital entrepreneurial ecosystems. Professor Robin Teigland also investigates how disruptive technologies will converge and offer benefits, on the understanding that they’re used in the right way. As well as her talks regarding technology, Professor Robin Teigland has also delivered lectures on the future of the Swedish welfare state. The keynotes delivered by Professor Robing Teigland can be tailored to many events or business workshops and covers a wide range of topics that include but are not limited to the following
  • Disruptive Technologies
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Virtual Reality
  • FinTech
  • The Swedish Start-up Phenomenon
  • Internet of Things
  • Business Management
Her talks are immersive and inspiring and urge those in attendance to understand the digital world and be prepared what it has to offer, both bad and good. If you’re searching for a keynote speaker that can offer a balanced view of the world and what needs to be done to drive it forward, then why not make a booking enquiry today.

Ashkan Fardost

Developer
Ashkan Fardost is a Swedish lecturer in digitalisation and innovation and has also been a future scout on Swedish news programme Gomorron Sweden on SVT1. Today, Ashkan Fardost is heavily involved in the Swedish start-up scene, including Soundtrap, a company owned by Spotify. The relationship Ashkan Fardost has with technology has allowed him to navigate the Internet with more clarity and offer an abundance of advice that can help people from all backgrounds to harness the opportunity available. The Early Days of Ashkan Fardost Ashkan Fardost spent his childhood in the district of Kista, situated in the Stockholm municipality. During the 1990s, Fardost would begin to produce music using his computer. This soon led to several reimbursement letters from record labels. Fardost would go on to promote his own songs on Napster, which became some of the most downloaded. Soon after his work began to gain traction online. Ashkan Fardost was approached by several record labels keen to sign a contract. His first signing was with Armada Music and went on to compose songs for several acts, as well as producing the theme song for Trance Energy in 2004. Education of Ashkan Fardost Ashkan Fardost received the education award by the Pharmacovitic Student Union’s Student Council in 2011. After studying natural science at Spagna High School, Ashkan Fardost completed his doctorate in organic chemistry in 2015. Keynote Speeches of Ashkan Fardost Biography Given the experienced garnered by Ashkan Fardost, it wasn’t long before he was delivering lectures on digitalisation and innovation, even taking part in TEDxBerlin. One of the TedX talks that Ashkan Fardost hosted was entitled “I Hacked Napster, and You’re a Weirdo!” Rather than use the term “weirdo” in a derogatory sense, Ashkan Fardost instead invites his audience to embrace the term, as this is what makes us fantastic, and sets up apart from some the habitual behaviours seen with technology. He goes on to explain that the social infrastructure the Internet has meant that we think has been changed. Although the Internet brings innovation and opportunity it can also be a hindered depending on the vantage point taken. By being a weirdo, we’re able to make sense of the technological world in a more human way, which allows to embrace what the future has in store. In August 2018. Ashkan Fardost also announced via Twitter that he would be working on his very first book, “Termite-Man.” Fardost stated that the book would be non-fiction and examine how the Internet has blemished the social blueprint that many have been following for the last 12,000 years. He also stated that “Psychoanalysis and Anthropology” form the 1950s was part of his research. The keynote speeches of Ashkan Fardost consist of many levels but essentially focuses on what makes us human. His work was also published via Valamis, a company that aids companies with the digitalisation of the company and how to stay relevant in the future. A one-hour podcast was hosted on Corporate Unplugged, a platform that shines a light of some influencers within the business world who are transforming business for the better. Ashkan Fardost can do this by building on the foundations of other great philosophers and uncovers social blueprints that have been blighted by modern habitual behaviour. He then explains what makes for a catalysed human civilisation and the fuel that allows it to happen. Ashkan Fardost also looks at how we broach the Internet, and how it can allow for great things to happen when harnessed in the right way. The talks of Ashkan Fardost are popular with those trying to shape their organisations of the future are keen to learn more about the changes that need to be made in order to achieve this. Fardost explains that every company can expect digitalisation in some form, and it’s easy for many to fall into the “technology trap,” which essentially means using the same new technology as everyone else and treating it as a solution as opposed to examining the finer details. Given the different layers of Ashkan Fardost’s talks, the keynote speeches delivered can be tailored towards several different audiences, including those that specialise in leadership, innovation and education.  

Alexander Bard

Developer
Alexander Bard is a Swedish television personality and songwriter as well as a religious and a political activist. Bard is also one of the founders of sytheism, a religious movement that allows and atheists and pantheists to feel the same sense of community as other religious collectives. This new religious movement east created in partnership with Jan Soderqvist, a Swedish author and lecturer. The Beginnings of Alexander Bard Alexander Bard was born in Sweden in 17th March 1986 in the Motala Municipality of Sweden. After Bard completed high school, he would go on to study in the United States and Amsterdam, before returning to Sweden to continue his education in 1984. After attending the Stockholm School of Economics from 1984 to 1989, Alexander Bard became interested in social theory and philosophy. Written Work and Lectures of Alexander Bard “The Futurica Trilogy” was another partnership with Jan Soderqvist and consisted of three books written on the Internet revolution. The first book was released in 2000, with an English translation following in 2003, with a further 16 translations being released, amassing sales of 340,000 copies worldwide. “The Global Empire” was released in 2003, and the third and final “The Body Machines” was released in 2009. Both works would see English translations. The philosophical outlook on the Internet revolution proved to be so successful that a fourth book was introduced in October 2014. “Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet Age” focused on the participatory culture of the digital age citing relationalism inspired by Alfred North Whitehead and Niels Bohr as the solution for a collapsing capitalist age. These written works aren’t the only successful books released by Bard. The following is an overview of some of the published works that have cemented Alexander Bard as an inspiration in the world of business, politics and philosophy. Digital Libido: Sex. Power and Violence in the Network Society One of the reasons that Alexander Bard has become so recognised in his field is because of his unique way of how the relationships between humans and technology have evolved. It’s easy to be drawn into the alluring world of technology without being fully aware of the risks and confusion that the digital age can bring. Finding our way through confusing times can be mean asking ourselves some harsh and difficult questions, but the experience that Alexander Bard has means that humankind can better read between the lines and make the right choices for a better tomorrow. Netocracy: The New Power Elite and Life After Capitalism As well as being a success with his followers, “Netocracy” also found popularity with other philosophers, including Kjell A Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale, who stated the book was one of the most descriptive works regarding the information revolution. The book recognises that although networks are important, it’s just as important to become part of the right one in order to find balance. The Musical Career of Alex Bard                  “Life in a Goldfish Bowl” was the first single released by Bard in 1982 under the moniker Barrd, which also included female dancers. Another guise that Alex Bard undertook during his musical career was that of Barbie, an act that performed pop music. Jean-Pierre Barda and La Camilla would follow Bard from Barbie to Army of Two, which would go on to have a series of European hits and found prominence within the gay culture. Another musical project would follow the disbandment of in the guise of Vacuum, whose debut single “I Breathe” was one of the fastest-selling singles in Sweden during 1997. Alexander Bard would also work with popular European act Alcazar on their first two albums. In 2005, Bodies Without Organs would find success in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia with the albums “Prototype” and “Halcyon Days.” Lectures and Keynote Speeches of Alex Bard Throughout his career, Alex Bard has delivered many powerful keynote speeches and lectures that have focused on the philosophical, sociological and economic implications of the Internet, Given that Bard would become a revolution in relation to the Swedish music industry, Alex Bard is more than aware of the obstacles that many can face when navigating the online realm. If you’re looking for an inspirational talk that can help educate, entertain and introduce a new way of thinking, then why not make a booking enquiry today.

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