Richard David Hames is an Entrepreneur, Strategic Futurist, Mentor & Author


In 1998 he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He correctly foresaw the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff in Brazil. He was among the first futurists to anticipate the success of Apple’s first iPod and Tesla’s electric cars. He also predicted the socio-political conditions that eventually led to the Arab Spring, the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the election of Donald Trump. He is now talking about the collapse of capitalism as we know it and threats to the sovereignty of the EU.

Based purely on performance, Dr Richard Hames –Chairman of the Asian Foresight Institute, an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science, and personal mentor to Heads of State, CEOs and entrepreneurs – is one of our most distinguished futurists.

Described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” Richard is among the world’s most influential thinkers. Constantly sought after by governments and business corporations for his searing intellect and remarkably accurate insights, Richard provides his clients with deep wisdom on a range of issues concerning the future of humanity.

An Australian citizen, educated in Europe and domiciled in Asia, Richard has been honoured with numerous awards. A compelling speaker and the author of seven books, Richard is Executive Director of Centre for the Future – a unique international enterprise whose mission is to make the world work for everyone by designing alternatives to systems that are failing the human family. In 2015 he co-founded MiVote – already one of the fastest growing direct democracy movements in the world – in addition to its commercial spin-off Horizon State capitalised to the tune of close to $100M within weeks of its launch and voted by The Australian in February 2018 as 7th out of 100 technologies likely to change the world.

As a foresight practitioner Richard and his team have examined hundreds of topics, ranging from the future of conflict and work to taxation, business and society, food security, international terrorism, smart cities, financial services, health care, science and alternative energy.

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What Others Are Saying About Richard Hames

Richard Hames provides a powerful diagnosis of present realities, new paradigms of thought, and an ecological model of action in an uncertain world

Peter Schwartz
President - Global Business Network

Richard’s capacity to identify and weave together the major issues that are shaping our future world is extraordinary

Michael Roux
Chairman – Australian Davos Connection

Richard Hames inspires; his breadth of vision offering daring and challenging insights into the world of tomorrow

Douglas Hogg
Former Industry Minister, UK Government

Richard’s ideas are for anyone searching for new meanings. Marvellous!

Dr Charles Hampden
Turner, Judge Institute, University of Cambridge

Over the years I have heard many of the world’s top speakers and presenters. Richard rates up there with the best.

Drew Watson
Group Head of Leadership, Standard Chartered Bank

It surprises me how someone from outside the firm can so accurately put their finger on issues that are so central to us. I cannot thank you enough. ….brilliant.

Peter Bartlett
Chairman, MinterEllison Lawyers

It is a rare person who is able to transform our thinking by creating a fundamentally new vision of how things could work better. Richard Hames is one of those people

Sir Norman Joyce
Chairman, AMI

Energy, clarity, enthusiasm – and of course so much wisdom…

S. Ayyappan
Director General, Indian Council for Agricultural Research

Richard has a mind that is impossible to leap over

Peter Flavel
CEO Private Wealth Management, J.P.Morgon

Richard Hames has challenged us beyond the boundaries of our comfort zones. Remarkable and provocative thinking

Cristiano Cagnin
Director of Foresight – European Commission