Gihan Perera

Futurist and Keynote Speaker

Gihan Perera is an entrepreneur, business consultant, speaker, mentor and interviewer.

Since 1997, he has worked with some of Australia's highest profile thought leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents, helping them build strategies to thrive on and off the Internet. Thought provoking, amusing and energetic, he gives business leaders a glimpse into what's ahead - and empowers them to become change agents for the future.

In June 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Gihan at #5 in its worldwide list of the Top 10 Social Media Influencers in Book Publishing.

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Gihan's formal background is in science and technology, but he has always been interested in people and the way they communicate. While he doesn't love technology for its own sake, he loves our power to control and leverage it to communicate a message and live a happier life.

Gihan discovered the internet when it was in its infancy, while studying for his Honours degree in Computer Science at the University of Western Australia. That was in 1998 and a few years later, in 1997, he founded First Step Communications, one of Australia's earliest Web design businesses. Since that time, it's grown to include clients in every continent, except Antarctica and he continues to operate as CEO of the business, while also working as a consultant and keynote speaker.

If you want to deliver your ideas, products and services to more people for more impact and more money, Gihan can show you how.

Gihan Perera talks about:

Fit for the Future - Take an educational, eye-opening, and engaging ride into the future to learn about the global megatrends shaping your industry, the mindset that helps you lead the change, and the skills you need to get things done in a fast-changing world.

The Future of Leadership - Our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world needs a new kind of leadership. Your team members are smarter, more savvy, and more influential than ever before. Help them bring their unique skills to the workplace - and watch your team and organisation thrive.

The Future of Work - The skills you need for the future aren't technical, task-oriented skills - because those skills will become obsolete through automation and artificial intelligence. Discover how to identify and develop the skills for your future workforce, so you can future-proof your career, team and organisation.

The Future of Innovation - Innovation is everybody's business. People are smarter, more savvy, and more diverse than ever before, and the best leaders enlist everybody - their teams, customers, clients, peers, and community - to adapt to change, embrace it, and even lead it.

The following sessions can be added to Gihan's keynote for additional impact:

  • Light Up: Create an innovation culture in your business
  • Channelling Chaos: Be more productive in a fast-moving world
  • Power Up: Get the most from your rising stars
  • Authority: Build your authority and personal brand
  • Link Up: Deliver great experiences in a customer-centric world

Client testimonials

Gihan set a new standard for our members. Great value, his content was fresh and new, plus inspirational and aspirational all at the same time. From an organiser's perspective he was extremely efficient and effective, delivered exceptional value and made my job of delivering excellence so much easier.

Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP)

What a fantastic opening address for our conference. Gihan is such a personable presenter, his address was engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and immensely enjoyable, with the content being relevant and regularly cited by speakers throughout the two days of the conference.

University of Western Australia

Gihan provided a thought provoking, amusing and energetic opening to our Strategy 2017 Conference. Tailoring his insights to encourage us to embrace our ability to become ‘Change Agents’ enabled our team to take a different view on where our business is headed and explore avenues to collaborate with our customers. Truly a motivational and attention-grabbing session!


Gihan gave our audience an engaging and entertaining presentation. Importantly he adapted his key messages for relevance to our pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Gihan was the opening speaker for our first national conference. He was interesting, entertaining and insightful, which helped set the tone for the rest of our 3-day conference. I wasn't surprised to see most attendees giving him the highest rating.

AMP Financial Planners Association

We engaged Gihan to deliver the closing plenary for our flagship event and from the moment he spoke we wanted to hear more. He had engaging and insightful observations on society, backed up with facts and sprinkled with self-deprecating humour. A rare speaker who can entertain and educate, Gihan gave clarity and confidence to our audience, and truly aligned his message with our event's theme. We would warmly welcome Gihan back to any future event.

Queensland Law Society

Fantastic! Feedback was all positive and I heard that people were leaving to go and get their colleagues to come. This was the best attended non-mandatory company-wide briefing we have had in the 7 years I've been here.