Global future strategist joins IoD Scotland conference line up

Strategy expert who advised the films ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Deep Impact’ to headline at annual conference 

The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland has announced Peter Schwartz, an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, as the keynote speaker for this year’s annual conference, which will be held on 3-4 November at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
Schwartz is a multiple author and co-author of visionary business literature, who specialises in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments and institutions to create alternative perspectives of future business administration and management and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world.
As senior vice president of strategic planning for Salesforce, Schwartz manages the organisation’s ongoing strategic conversation. He leads the Salesforce futures LAB – a collaboration between strategic thinkers at Salesforce and its customers – around provocative ideas on the future of business.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Schwartz was co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network. His first book, ‘The Art of the Long View’, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning.
Schwartz has also served as a script consultant on the films ‘The Minority Report’, ‘Deep Impact’, ‘Sneakers’ and ‘War Games’. He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
At the annual conference, Schwartz will share with IoD members his views on the choices and challenges leaders face as they confront the ‘uberisation’ of business from a unique global perspective, as well as scenarios for how technology will change the world of business.
David Watt, executive director at the IoD in Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to have Peter Schwartz as our keynote speaker at this year’s conference, which will be focused on The Business of Leadership.
“Strong leadership is crucial in times of uncertainty such as those we are experiencing currently in Scotland, RUK and indeed globally.
“As a visionary and business strategist with experience of working with global corporations, governments and institutions all over the world, I have no doubt he will be an inspiration to us all.”
Other confirmed speakers include Sandy Begbie, chief people officer at Standard Life plc; Dr Lesley Crane, a knowledge, innovation and technology specialist; Bob Keiller, former CEO of Wood Group, and new chairman of Scottish Enterprise, and Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite.
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