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International Keynote Speaker and Practical Futurist Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each bi-weekly episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at

International Keynote Speaker and Practical Futurist Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each bi-weekly episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at


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International Keynote Speaker and Practical Futurist Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each bi-weekly episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at






S2 Episode 9: Jeremy Thompson - Executive VP Huawei UK

Today's guest is Jeremy Thompson, who is Executive Vice President of Huawei UK, and oversees the development of Huawei's UK businesses. Jeremy joined Huawei UK in 2012 as deputy managing director with specific responsibility for carrier strategy, business change, and key customers. Prior to Huawei, Jeremy worked for 20 years in senior management roles, including product leadership and telecoms joint venture development for BT group in the UK and other parts of Europe, including Spain and the...


S2 Episode 8: The Future of Podcasting with Podnews Editor James Cridland

We spoke with James Cridland, Editor of leading podcast news site Podnews. Podcasting is on the rise, with 96,500 new podcasts in May 2020 alone. On this episode we discussed a number of topics related to podcasting, including: Quick fire round Three things to take advantage of podcasting More information on James can be found at The podcasts and products mentioned on the podcast are listed below Podcast Festival - The Bugle Podcast Freenoter...


S2 Episode 7: Advice for running a company or working in one during Covid-19

In this special edition of the Practical Futurist Podcast, we spoke with Dan Ziv, CEO of Touchnote, a digital company that is providing a creative way for personal communication which I think we’d all agree is needed even more during this very challenging 2020. Dan runs a small company of 50 people, and we looked at how his company runs remotely, how he runs a company remotely and how his staff have responded to the challenges presented by the lockdown. We also covered a range of topics...


S2 Episode 6: Thriving in a time of uncertainty with Dr Lynn Gribble

In this time of extreme uncertainty, what can we do to to thrive and overcome an unprecedented time in our personal and business life? Dr Lynn Gribble based her PhD on the psychological underpinnings of the effects of retrenchment - that is thriving in uncertainty. We asked her back onto the show to look at some practical tips we can use during this uncertain time. Lynn last appeared on Season 1, Episode 8 of the show to look at the future of people management. On this special episode of...


S2 Episode 5: The Future of Professional Relationships with Andy Lopata

So networking is all about going to events, collecting cards and connecting on LinkedIn right? Think again! Any Lopata provides some incredible advice about how to move beyond simple "networking" and develop strong professional relationships. On this episode you will learn: Professional Relationship WheelFind out more about Andy here Website: LinkedIn: Networking Strategy Twitter: @AndyLopata Your Host: Futurist Keynote Speaker Andrew Grill For more on Andrew Grill - what...


S2 Episode 4: The Future of 5G with Paul Scanlan CTO Huawei Carrier Business Group

We've all heard about 5G or fifth generation mobile technologies but what is it all about and what does the future hold for 5G? To help answer this question, Practical Futurist Andrew Grill spoke to Paul Scanlan who is the CTO of Huawei's Carrier Business Group. In this episode, Paul discussed the 5 reasons to trust 5G. 1. No harmful electromagnetic fields 2. 5G is more secure than 4G 3. 5G will spur economic growth 4. 5G will produce less carbon than 4G 5. 5G increases trust in...


S2 Episode 3: The Future of The Internet of Things with Ron Rock from Microshare

The Internet of Things or IoT is probably the most-hyped technology behind blockchain - but what does it really mean and what are the uses of the technology. Practical Futurist Andrew Grill spoke with the CEO and co-founder of Microshare, Ron Rock - one of the pioneers of IoT. In this wide-ranging chat we looked at what IoT is, why it has been misunderstood and how is can be best used in a corporate environment. If you've ever wondered what IoT is then this is the podcast for you. We...


S2 Episode 2: The future of Podcasting with Minter Dial

With Podcasting now becoming mainstream, what is the future of this medium? To answer this question I spoke with one of the original B2B podcasters, Minter Dial who has produced a weekly show since 2010 with over 350 episodes to date. I first met Minter in 2012 and have been a guest on his show twice before. Minter first appeared on Series 1, episode 2 of the podcast to speak about Ethics and AI, so we were delighted to have him back as a veteran Podcaster to provide some excellent...


S2 Episode 1: The Future of Cyber Security with Nick Coleman from IBM

To kick off a new year and a new series of the Practical Futurist Podcast, we spoke about a topic the World Economic Forum has identified as one of the top global threats - cyber attacks, This episode features Nick Coleman who is IBM’s Global Head of Cyber Security Risk where he specialises in evaluating risks from cyber adversaries, digital transformation and regulation. Before joining IBM he served as The UK Government’s National Reviewer of Security, and authored “The Coleman Report” for...


S1 Episode 15: The Future of Disruptive Thinking with Nicole Yerson

Do you think disruptively? In this episode we spoke with self-described "Rough Diamond", Nicole Yershon about what it means to think like a disruptor and how disruption can be turned into an advantage. Nicole is not new to disruption. When Nicole joined Ogilvy in 2000 she was given the simple brief of “bringing the agency into the 21st century”. She achieved this by building relationships with third party suppliers and embracing new technologies that saw Ogilvy digitise some 10,000 tapes...


S1 Episode 14: The Future of Cryptocurrency with Jeremy Epstein

Cryptocurrency and especially bitcoin has been one of the most over-hyped technologies this decade. To better understand the opportunity for cryptocurrencies and blockchain, I spoke with Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, who has 20 years of international marketing experience. Most recently, Jeremy was VP, Marketing at Sprinklr which grew from a $20 million valuation and 30 people to $1.8 billion valuation and 1400 people in 4 years. Today, Jeremy is a highly sought-after...


S1 Episode 13: The Future of Content Marketing with Eric Fulwiler from 11:FS

Great content that cuts through the noise is key in a disrupted B2B world. In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Eric Fulwiler who recently joined 11:FS - a financial services transformation company as CMO, overseeing their media and marketing teams across the group. He spent the last 10 years in digital advertising agencies, most recently as UK Managing Director for US-based VaynerMedia - a creative, media, and production agency. Before agency life, and as a side hustle along the...


S1 Episode 12: The Future of Retail with Julian Fisher

With the rise and rise of online shopping can the high street survive? To answer this question and others on the future of retail I asked Julian Fisher, CEO of Retail platform Jisp for his expert views. Julian has enjoyed a varied background in technology, payments and new media, and in 1994 he launched the UK’s first internet exhibition. Since then his work has remained inexorably linked to the internet and improving sales, payment and issues with compliance together with information...


S1 Episode 11: The Future of your digital afterlife with Dr Elaine Kasket

In episode 11 we speak with Dr Elaine Kasket who tells stories about the impact of the digital age on how we live and how we die, and helps others write and speak powerfully about what matters to them. She is the author of a fascinating book on the subject “All the Ghosts in the Machine” which I had the pleasure of reading ahead of our recording. In this podcast you will also learn · The ethics and privacy of family letters · The laws of data ownership · The deceased's right to...


S1 Episode 10: The Future of Data with Lauren Walker

In Episode 10 we speak with Lauren Walker, who is the Chief Operating & Data Officer in EMEA for leading agency Dentsu Aegis. Lauren joined the group in 2017 from IBM and leads a team of more than 600 people across operations, market research, social science, digital and data science, and engineering. She spent a decade at IBM with a raft of senior roles - most recently head of data strategy partnerships for Europe. Lauren was also director of competitive strategy at Choicepoint, now part...


S1 Episode 9: The Future of Open Banking with James Varga

In Episode 9 we speak with James Varga, who co-founded The ID Co in 2011 with a mission to create convenience allowing consumers to sign up to new products and services in seconds. He is active in a number of local and global efforts to help people do more online, including the Fintech Delivery Panel, the Open Banking Excellence where he is Co-founder and Trust In Digital Life. As one of the first to call for Open Banking in the UK, James has a wealth of experience in this space. Having...


S1 Episode 8: The Future of People Management with Dr Lynn Gribble

In Episode 8 we speak with Dr. Lynn Gribble, who is one of Australia’s founding coaches, an accidental academic and an award-winning author and university lecturer. She’s known as a digital innovator for her work in technology enabled academia and she calls herself a “pragmatic futurist coach”. She also helps people to “future proof” their careers in an ever-evolving workplace. We spoke with Lynn from Sydney, Australia where she lives and works. We discussed a range of topics relevant to...


S1 Episode 7: The Future of Pitching for Success with Peter Hopwood

In Episode 7 we speak with Pitching expert Peter Hopwood and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Pitching for Success?” Peter is a communications and presence coach, public speaking and pitch trainer and conference host. We spoke with Peter from Croatia where he lives and works. We discussed a range of topics relevant to companies of any size including: Find out more about Peter More information and show notes can be found on the episode page. For more on Andrew - what he...


S1 Episode 6: The Future of Employee Communication with Ethan McCarty

In Episode 6 we speak with the CEO of Integral Communications Group Ethan McCarty and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Employee Communication?” A former journalist, Ethan joined IBM in early 2000 to manage the web presence for IBM’s $6 billion a year research division, he also co-authored their groundbreaking blogging guidelines, launched IBM’s intranet podcasting platform and worked on IBM’s award-winning annual report to shareholders. He is now the CEO of Integral...


S1 Episode 5: The Future of Digital Transformation with Tiffany St James

In Episode 5 we speak with Digital Strategist Tiffany St James and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Digital Transformation?” Tiffany is the former Head of Public Participation for the UK Government and an Executive Director of the British Interactive Media Association. She embeds digital and social media capability into national and international organisations and governments, and speaks worldwide on social media, digital strategy, women in tech and tech innovation. We...