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Business Futurist, Author, Speaker.

Digital disruption, the global pandemic, and the changing workplace affect us all, and at all levels – individual, team, organisation, and community. Gihan Perera is a futurist, online presenter, conference speaker, and author who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and shows you how to become fit for the future and be successful in a fast-changing world.

Since 1997, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and North America.

He is author of ‘The Future of Leadership’, ‘Disruption by Design’, and ten other books.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Gihan is one of Australia’s leading online presenters, and has been delivering online presentations since 2009. Citrix (the company behind GoToWebinar) engaged him to teach their clients around the world how to run better online presentations. Garr Reynolds, author of the world-renowned bestseller ‘Presentation Zen’ asked him to write the online presentations section for the book.

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 create e-learning platforms, and helping business leaders with scenario planning to lead their teams into the future.

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the only internationally recognised designation for professional speakers. His background is in science and technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia. But he’s always been interested in people, the way they communicate – and how to become fit for the future, so they embrace change, act on opportunities, and live happier lives.

    Speech Topics

    • Fit for the Future – Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in an Uncertain Future
    • Accelerating Digital Transformation – High-tech Meets High-Touch
    • Reimagining the Workplace – A New Vision for the Future of Work
    • Customers on Your Side – Engaging with the New Customer
    • Disruption by Design – Business as Unusual in a Fast-Changing World.
    • The Future of Leadership – Leading The Change in an Uncertain Future.


    “Gihan’s professional, thorough and collaborative approach were evident in all our dealings with him. His relevant knowledge of key issues in local and global context, and his understanding of emerging trends resonated with the group and contributed to our leadership conference’s success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback and light-bulb moments from delegates.”

    “A great closing session to our leadership forum. Delivered with thought, humour, and energy, Gihan shared challenging insights about the pace of change in a disrupted world. One of the most engaging and interesting speakers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

    “You have a lot of new fans in the Bendigo family. All I have heard about is how good the day was and how engaging and energetic your keynote was.”

    “Gihan delivered an engaging and thought-provoking presentation, and moderated the panel discussion with intelligent, well-researched questions. It has been a pleasure to work with him, due to his outstanding responsiveness, effective and always reliable communications, and easy-going nature.”

    “If you are looking for a virtual speaker to help leaders navigate this crisis and get into the mindset of the future of leadership, Gihan is your man!”


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