Pragmatic Futurist , IBM
Pragmatic Futurist Andrew Grill’s broad career spanning over 30 years in large corporates such as IBM British Aerospace and Telstra, as well as 12 years running technology start-ups means he is well qualified and experienced delivering keynote presentations on a wide range of topics related to technology trends and the near-term future.
100% digital, Andrew believes that “to get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.
Andrew has spoken in over 40 countries worldwide. Recent clients include senior executives from DHL, Nike, Nestle, Adobe, Worldpay, Barclays, Euler Hermes, Mars, Vodafone, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers, Sanofi, NHS, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG, Schroders, Mercer, British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, and Shell.
He also delivers workshops and provides strategic advice at the C-suite and Board levels.
Andrew’s first-hand experience of the digital world and his in-depth understanding of new technologies spans three decades and can be traced back to the early 1980’s when he found himself online via bulletin boards, the precursor to email. His early training and formal qualifications as an engineer ensure that he is up to date with the latest technologies and can confidently present complex concepts in a business-friendly way to any audience.
His experience running 6 high-tech start-ups over a 12-year period in the US, UK and Australia means that he not only “thinks like a start-up” but can provide strategic and actionable advice for companies on how to think and act in an agile way.
His passion and involvement in the digital world spans over 30 years and includes launching Australia’s largest commercial property website, PropertyLook, and Australian location technology company Seeker Wireless to the world stage.
Prior to his role at IBM, he was head of international client strategy for Visible Technologies, owned by WPP, and he has also held senior positions with Australian telecommunication companies Telstra and Optus.
Andrew is regularly asked to contribute to a wide range of media outlets including The Drum, Barclays Labs, Changeboard and ANZ BlueNotes, and has appeared on Sky News and in the Guardian.