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Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is a globally recognised futurist and trusted authority on digital, technology and emerging trends. Chris provides audiences with the tools, knowledge and insights needed to turn their digital journey into an incredible success story.

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Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. Chris has also recently been a keynote speaker at our Telstra Retail COnference, speaking about the future of digital and how it's impacting our world. Chris was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I'd highly recommend Chris for any key speaker appointments for business that are needing thought provoking discussion on how their businesses will continue in the future with technology.



Chris is an incredible presenter and was very well received by our customers. He is in my opinion the leading expert keynote speaker on the future of digital.



Very engaging, content relevant to our business and thought provoking. 

Telstra Licensee Association


Chris is obviously right across his subject matter and delivered an engaging and thought provoking presentation which certainly engaged our staff and achieved the desired outcomes, well done Chris.

Isuzu Australia Limited


I wanted to take the time to thank Chris very much for his contribution to our event last week. The feedback has been fabulous and there's a great buzz around the country about what a great event it was and, in particular, his presentation. So thank you. We hope he enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to crossing paths again in the near future.

Telstra Licensee Association


Chris is an engaging speaker who's energised and inspiring. Chris used great examples and made things easy to understand; he was both entertaining and insightful. I can't wait to take his insights back to my organisation and inspire them to be their best.

Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia


On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to thank you for your participation as a speaker at the new look PMA Fresh Connections 2015. PMA Fresh Connections has earned a reputation for presenting topics that are relevant and useful for delegates and having presenters who are able to ‘connect' with their audiences. We have received great deal of positive feedback in regards to the quality of the presentations this year, further enhancing this reputation. Once again, most sincere thanks for your time and participation in PMA Fresh Connections 2015.

PMA Fresh Connections


As an invitation only leadership event, it was imperative that we had a quality and draw-card speaker who would challenge the status quo and leave the audience inspired, informed and with valuable insights.Your thought-provoking keynote delivered to our brief and did so with a lot of energy and creativity. It truly set the stage for a terrific conference. Your presentation on the digital future, innovation and disruptive technologies resonated with all and feedback from the audience and global SAS executives has been very positive. I personally found your content engaging and entertaining at the same time. I would recommend anyone looking for a futurist speaker on digital and social trends to look no further and sign you up.

SAS Australia and New Zealand

Chris Riddell Travels from VIC
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Chris Riddell's Biography

Chris Riddell is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted digital world. 

Chris is a Strategic Advisor and Partner to the Australian Federal Police, providing real-time advice and insights into emerging trends and global drivers to inform strategy and capability development. 

A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most defining businesses and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least. 

Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers. 

Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris Riddell’s insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Futurist for the leaders of tomorrow, and keynote speaker for businesses of today.

Speaking Topics Include

Leadership and Culture

Business leaders in today’s world are in truly in unprecedented times. The challenges are continually changing, the goal posts are moving, and the pressure has never been higher. Reducing your bottom line costs, increasing your top line growth, and managing risk in a world where anything can go viral in seconds, both the good and bad. This is just the start, the list goes on and on.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

Why business leaders need to behave, act and think like entrepreneurs

Innovation is a culture – how to create an environment that brings this out

How does Human Resources need to evolve to enable business success

What does winning the war on talent look like and where do you start


Customers & Experience

Customer Experience (CX) is a topic that is gaining momentum as each day goes by. Customers have higher expectations than they’ve ever had. They are also more informed than ever before. Your customers have access to a world of reviews, data, stories, pricing, and your competitors, all from a small device in their pocket.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

Why creating an ‘Online and Offline’ experience is the new normal

What does the future customer look like, and how do you engage them

How do Retail ‘bricks and mortar’ stores survive in a world of online?

Why creating incredible experiences is now imperative just to survive


Digital & Technology

The world of digital is about breaking down borders and time, and allowing people to connect wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. This is a digital revolution that we are in, and its enabled by people and by technology.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

How to succeed in a volatile world where the goal posts keep on moving

What are the key ingredients in creating an engaging digital strategy

What role does technology leadership and strategy have in your organisation

Why keeping up with the pace of change is crucial for your future


Data & Analytics

Data is coming at us from every single angle. Intact there’s so much of it, we are struggling to cope with even storing it, let alone even making sense of it. There’s more than 2.4 billion people connected to the internet right now, and by the year 2020, the whole world will be connected.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

The immense power of analytics and why it will support your customer strategy

How multisource data will enable your business to succeed like never before

How realtime dashboards and on demand analytics is the new normal

How predictive analytics with decision algorithms will unlock your business


Disruption & Change

There is unanimous agreement that the consumerisation of the cloud has enabled disruption, and we are only half way there. The digital economy has opened up businesses of all shapes and sizes to both be disrupted, and be disruptors.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

What do the jobs of the future look like and how to prepare your business

How can the cloud create opportunities, reduce risk and your bottom line costs

What are the next internal business functions to be impacted by change

Who are the big disruptors in your industry and where are they heading towards


Trends & Innovation

Everything about our world is influenced by megatrends; slow moving large, social, economic, political, environmental or technological changes that impact us everywhere.

These megatrends influence a wide range of activities, processes and perceptions, both in government and in society, and they last for decades. These forces then drive trends around the world. The most successful, innovative and forward thinking businesses are continually plugged into these movements, and use them to support their medium to long term strategies.

Topics Chris will cover in this area include

What is real innovation, and how does a well established business embrace it

How do you harness the power of the crowd to bring new ideas on-board

What are the emerging themes in your industry that you need to be aware of

How to stay abreast of change, innovation and disruption, including trends