Richard D Hames

Corporate Philosopher, Futurist, Author & Strategist

Distinguished Professor Richard David Hames is a corporate philosopher, author and strategist who is widely considered to be one of the world's most influential, most pragmatic intellectuals and futurists. He was awarded the accolade of "one of the smartest people on the planet" by Forbes Asia.

As one of the world's most eminent futurists Richard brings great authority to his work - his standing in the field being that of an elder statesman. As former Chairman of the Australian Foresight Institute in Melbourne, and the founding President of the Asian Foresight Institute in Bangkok, he has regularly surprised with his unerring anticipation of future patterns and trends. In 2000 Richard forecast the use of autonomous drones by the military. In 2005, he explained to bankers in New York the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He was first among his peers to anticipate the success of Apple's iPhone and Tesla's electronic cars. More recently, he predicted the rise of Donald Trump in the US, accurately describing the conditions that would lead to escalating tensions between North Korea, China and the US.

Based purely on performance, Dr Richard Hames is constantly sought after for his unique comprehension of global affairs, he provides his audience with deep strategic intelligence on a range of issues relevant to the future of business and government.

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Educated in Europe, domiciled in Asia, Richard is an Australian citizen. Honoured with numerous awards, including a French Government Scholarship, a Leverhulme European Fellowship, the Mondadori Professorial Fellowship and the inaugural Lord Attlee Fellowship, Richard is a compelling public speaker. He is the author of six books including best-sellers The Management Myth; Burying the 20thCentury; and The Five Literacies of Global Leadership.

His early international experience in the field of strategic management was inspired by a close professional friendship with the legendary Dr W Edwards Deming. In 1992 Richard created The Hames Group and worked as a strategic adviser to government institutions and multinational corporations in the USA, Europe, UK, China, Japan, India, South Africa, Brazil, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. He was a senior adviser to the US Office for the Reinvention of Government, and has counselled clients on issues as diverse as the future of conflict, work and the workplace, taxation, business and society, faith, food security, international terrorism, climate change, the hydrogen economy, smart cities, financial services, health care, the legislation of artificial intelligence, political systems, the convergence of technologies, transport, and alternative energy.

In 2006 he accepted the position of Chairman of the International Steering Committee for State of the World Forum. In 2009 he was appointed President and CEO of the think-tank Australia 21. Then, in 2015, he founded Centre for the Future - a unique global enterprise whose mission is to make the world work for everyone by designing alternatives to systems that are currently failing the human family.

Admired for his passionate advocacy of real-time cybernetic and humanitarian models of governance he is the co-founder of the direct democracy movement MiVote and was instrumental in establishing Horizon State - a commercial enterprise devoted to creating secure blockchain-based engagement, decision-making and voting platforms.

Richard remains an active partner in the design firm HamesMcGregor + Partners, where he co-designed new enterprise models that include Strategic Navigation, Transformational Narrative, Systemic Acupuncture, and Deep Design, and is the main contributor to The Hames Report: Reflecting on the future of everything

Richard Hames speaks about leadership and the future of humanity and his impact is never negligible. Clients invariably express their admiration for his ability to put his finger on the pulse of what really matters to them, then use that raw material to weave future narratives that are socially desirable, politically acceptable, aesthetically compelling, ethically acceptable, culturally tolerant and economically feasible.

The greatest gift Richard gives his clients is the capacity to actively challenge the status quo (with absolute transparency, authenticity and integrity) in the quest for better and more resilient futures.

With such a formidable intellect, Richard Hames - arguably the world's most sought-after corporate adviser on all matters related to the future of business and society - is also one of the most perceptive, engaging, compelling and challenging speakers around.

Client testimonials

Richard Hames has, in a very significant way, helped us to reshape the Australian Taxation Office and lay the foundations for a new organization that is now so essential as we move into a huge tax reform process.

Australian Taxation Office

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

Future of Work Foundation

Entertaining, exciting and unforgettable. A formidable intellect at play.

Palm Springs Pty Ltd

Over the years I have heard many of the world's top speakers and presenters. Richard rates up there with the best. His performance was inspiring, proactive, groundbreaking and most of all very real!

Kreston Dormers Business Advisers

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

Global Business Network

Richard's compelling summary of the issues facing the world today and his clear view of the dynamics of change is so sharp that it penetrates the fog of the dominant economic paradigm.

The Futures Foundation