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Dr James Bellini

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Futurist Speaker and Author

James describes himself as ‘an historian of the future’ with a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing current and future business up to horizon 2030 and beyond. He is a regular choice as a speaker at high level conferences around the world and has published a number of books and special reports on the world of tomorrow. Recent engagements have taken him to San Francisco, Dubai, Bangalore, Bahrain, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Kazakhstan and Miami as well as to many venues across Europe.

James has a Masters in law and history from Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He was the first British staff member of the US futurology ‘think tank’ the Hudson Institute. He has also worked with the Henley Centre for Forecasting, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Global Future Forum and worked for a number of years in advertising and corporate communications.  In 2007 James was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg. In 2015 he was awarded the Professional Certificate in Coaching [with Merit] by Henley Business School.

James also has more than twenty-five years experience as an award-winning TV broadcaster. He presented The Money Programme for BBC TV for three years before moving to Newsnight and Panorama and then to various independent networks. He was Editor and studio presenter at Financial Times Television and Sky News for seven years, heading up their financial and business coverage. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts [BAFTA]. This long broadcasting track-record makes him an ideal choice as moderator and chair at major conferences across the globe.


Dr James Bellini describes himself as ‘a historian of the future’, using the perspectives of history to analyse current realities and explore the shape of things to come. Speeches have included –

  • The future of mobility in tomorrow’s disrupted world
  • The emerging As-a-service economy
  • Smart cities in the future connected world
  • Horizon 2030 and beyond: the future shape of logistics
  • Scenarios for 2030: a Western industrial Renaissance?
  • What is Industry 4.0?: the future of manufacturing
  • Big Data: the ‘oil’ of the 21st Century?
  • Generational Shift … Millennials, Generation Z and Generation Alpha
  • Tomorrow’s company: new business models and the challenge for managers
  • Future of work, the workplace and talent development in the Digital Age
  • Innovation in a networked world
  • Green Agenda: building a sustainable post-carbon future
  • 21st Century – The Century of the City
  • The Future of Food
  • Healthcare and wellbeing in tomorrow’s digital environment




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He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.