Phil Ruthven AM

Futurist, Founder & Chairman, IBISWorld

Phil Ruthven is one of Australia's most highly respected social and economic commentators and futurists. He is also the founder and non-executive chairman of IBISWorld, Australia's premier provider of online information and forecasting, covering industries, enterprises and the business environment.

IBISWorld's clients include over 1600 of Australia's largest corporations and government authorities and over 2000 major US corporate and institutional clients.

Phil travels Australia and the world sharing his insights into Australia's growth potential and future directions. An eloquent speaker, he is convincing, persuasive, and certain of his facts.

Phil addresses, on average, about 70 congresses, seminars and conferences each year and has done so for three decades.

Delivering his sometimes startling predictions without hype, Phil chooses humour to underscore a point and ensures the audience receive more pertinent information in one hour than they would normally receive in one week.

Phil Ruthven's reputation in Australia's business community as a strategic thinker is second to none. He contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. He is one of the most in-demand media commentators and is arguably Australia's most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.

Phil holds a number other positions including Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney) and is a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a recent past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA and a past Director of Open Family Australia (the charitable foundation aiding street children) where he continues to help as an Ambassador for Whitelion/Open Family.

In 2014 Phil received an Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to business and commerce, and to the community.

Client testimonials

Phil Ruthven can make a difficult subject appear simple in a delightfully humorous way. Everyone listened with enormous interest.


Excellent. A very timely, relevant speech on the economic status quo and our future prospects. Well delivered and well received by the participants. Top marks!


Excellent presentation. Lived up to and exceeded our expectations. Informative and thoughtful. Very accessible presentation of global topic.

Ice Creameries of Australia