James Bellini (Dr)
Dr James Bellini is a leading futurologist and author with a considerable reputation as a thought-provoking speaker and moderator at top-level management conferences and business schools around the world.
James has spent more than twenty-five years as a respected broadcaster, futures analyst and writer with a strong focus on the future evolution of social, economic and technological trends.
James describes himself as 'an historian of the future' with a close interest in key strategic challenges facing current and future management up to Horizon 2025:
- scenarios and 'possible futures'
- the global shift to the East
- implications of the mobile/wireless world
- emerging business 'eco-systems'
- the shape and style of tomorrow's company
- 'corporate psyche' and the search for business success
- demographic change and its impact on the future marketplace
- the 'digital person' - what impact on consumer markets?
- the 'post-family 'society - what impact on tomorrow's lifestyles?
- future of work and the workplace
- 'sociology of the future': the 'connected' society and virtual communities
- 'The Future is Visual'
Speaking and conference moderating invitations have taken him to Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, the United States, Malaysia and to practically every country in Europe. Recent engagements have involved leading corporate names such as IBM, Nokia, Deloitte, Canon, Microsoft, Bull, PepsiCo, Gucci, Barclays, Motorola, Blackberry and GE as well as major global industry associations for sectors such as travel, hospitality, exhibitions, print and communication and facilities management.
After an early academic career James joined the US-headquartered futurology 'think tank' the Hudson Institute as its first British member. He subsequently moved to the BBC to present The Money Programme, Newsnight and Panorama and then to independent television as presenter, writer and narrator of a wide range of award-winning documentary series and current affairs programmes.
James has written a number of books and special reports and contributed to leading publications ranging from the New York Times, The Economist and Harvard Business Review to Vogue. His books include Rule Britannia [Jonathan Cape] and High-Tech Holocaust, an appraisal of global environmental challenges [David & Charles, Sierra Club]. His latest book The Bullshit Factor: The Truth about Corporate Disguises, Lies and Denial, was published in June 2006 by Artesian Publishing LLP. It examines the psychological roots of business success and failure, using many case studies from amongst global blue chip players.
He has also held senior executive positions in advertising and corporate communications and served on the European Advisory Board of the global future forum. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Accolades for his TV work include the Shell Cawston Prize, the Golden Nymph Prize and the Prince Rainier III Prize at the Monte Carlo International TV Festival and a UN award for the twelve-part series The Nuclear Age. For seven years he was a studio presenter with Sky News.
Dr Bellini has a Masters in Law and History from Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. In January 2007 he was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg.