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 TV broadcaster, futures analyst and writer with a strong focus on social, economic and technological trends up to Horizon 2025.
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, current affairs programmes and environmental reports. Accolades 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 Financial Times Television and Sky News.
James has written many books and special reports and is a regular contributor to leading publications. He has served on the European Advisory Board of The Global Future Forum a worldwide network of futures professionals. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Dr Bellini has a Masters in law and history from Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. James has also been elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, a global thinktank founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg.
James describes himself as ‘an historian of the future’, using the perspective of history to analyse current realities and explore the shape of things to come. Key themes include:
- Tomorrow’s company and the challenge for managers
- Scenarios for the next 20 years and beyond
- Global shift – the changing balance of world economic power
- Impact of emerging technologies
- Living and working in the Digital Age
- The Future is Visual
- Corporate Psyche – key to future business success
- New business eco-systems
- Future of work and the workplace
- Innovation in a networked world
- Our post-carbon future – what impact on our lifestyle?
His conference speaking engagements have taken him to venues across Britain, to every major European city and to events in the Middle East, the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. He has addressed audiences ranging from a company board to a satellite-linked event of several thousand.
Recent clients include government departments, business schools, international industry associations and leading blue chip companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Bull, Motorola, GE, Barclays Bank, PepsiCo, Gucci, British Telecom, Canon, Symbian, Skillsoft, Pfizer, HP and Blackberry.
“James was excellent and really easy to work with. He was very responsive to emails and his paper was really good and well received” John Cessford, Marketing Manager For Farmers UK Ltd EPIC Conference 2016
James brings his expertise to advising companies, trade associations, regional authorities and government departments in key areas of business development:
Forward strategy – driving board level development of corporate vision and follow-up planning
Corporate reputation – helping organisations audit, sharpen and refine their crisis management practices and media relations skills
Leadership communication – training senior executives to become more effective communicators to a range of audiences: conference presentations, investors / analysts, employees and other stakeholder communities.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Dr James Bellini
Oliver Marlow, Head of External Relations, Eastbourne College
Dr Bellini provided an outstanding keynote speech at our recent Heads Conference looking at how best to prepare young people for a rapidly changing world. He provided the perfect introductory overview of future developments for our delegates, and delivered his talk with humour and a wonderfully informal, engaging style. He is an academic who wears his scholarship lightly, and his years of broadcasting at the highest level allowed him to manage a facilitated discussion later with two of our other speakers with great skill.
James perfectly set the framework for the conference.
Irvin Robinson Chairman Mansfield 2020 Partnership for the Future
Thank you so much for the extremely witty and highly commendable presentation delivered to the 2020 breakfast meeting … We have already been inundated with messages of appreciation and requests from 2020 members for a copy of your presentation.