Futurist and digital technology expert,. An expert commentator about media, technology & emerging digital trends.
Chris Riddell is one of Asia’s most sought after futurists, and is an award-winning industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned strategist and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and senior leaders in today’s highly disrupted world.
Chris is a globally recognised leader in his field, and an expert in unlocking opportunities for businesses. His global expertise provide unique perspective and insights for businesses of the future.
Chris spends his life connecting with businesses and individuals, across industries, and around our hyper connected digital world. With a talent for analysing emerging trends, patterns and behaviours, Chris’s insights are compelling, thought provoking and inspirational.
A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in the world. Having lived and worked in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking, to say the least.
Chris Riddell was the first-ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands such as Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers. He is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. Chris is a regular on Channel 7's The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio. His insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.
Chris believes that being a futurist isn't simply about 'putting your finger in the air, and saying what the future might be', but about 'authentically embedding yourself into the very space from where true innovation and disruption is taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, then distilling them into a clear and meaningful keynote message'.
As a recognised futurist and speaker on digital, Chris has transformed the platform for delivering keynote presentations, and what it means to be an inspiring speaker. His award-winning events are highly acclaimed for being the most energising and immersive experiences around. With Chris's unique blend of storytelling, customised immersive video, and exciting dialogue, audiences are guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired, stimulated and energised for what lies just ahead.
Chris Riddell is a senior advisor to businesses across industry verticals, with consulting expertise in the technology, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and communications sectors. He is a current board member of the Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka and writes columns for online digital agencies and corporations, providing deep insights into the world of digital, disruption and future change.
He is Asia's futurist for the leaders of tomorrow and keynote speaker for businesses of today.
Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. Chris has also recently been a keynote speaker at our Telstra Retail Conference, speaking about the future of digital and how it's impacting our world. Chris was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I'd highly recommend Chris for any key speaker appointments for business that are needing thought provoking discussion on how their businesses will continue in the future with technology.
Chris Riddell is someone who engages the audience and brings clarity to the complicated. He speaks at a level that everyone understands, and his style of presenting is exciting to say the least. Digital is something that impacts us all, and is a huge part of our global future. If you want to prepare your audience for the new world ahead, my recommendation is get them to hear what Chris has to say. They’ll walk away prepared and with exciting new perspectives.