• Are You Fit for the Future?

    Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how you can become fit for the future, in your professional and personal life.

    Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world.

    Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world in his area of expertise.



  • Keynote Topics

    Fit For The Future

    Thriving, not just surviving, in a disrupted world

    The world is changing faster than ever before. Digital disruption, global reach, and the changing workplace affect us all. That’s bad news if you think you can get by with what has always worked before. But it’s exciting news if you’re willing to embrace the new opportunities.


    Take an inspiring, eye-opening, and engaging ride into the future to learn about the global megatrends shaping your industry, the mindset that helps you lead the change, and the skills you need to get things done in a fast-changing world.




    The Best Workplace on Earth

    Attract and keep the best people

    The workplace of the future will be very different from the workplace of today. It’s not just technology and automation – it’s about the environment you create for attracting the smart, talented, savvy people with the skills you need for future-proofing your organisation.


    The bad news is that those “stars” are in demand, and can choose where they work. Are you providing the workplace that will attract and keep them?



    Disruption By Design

    Innovate from the inside out

    Most disruption happens from new competitors, and often even from outside your industry. Innovation and disruption are two sides of the same coin: Disruption is when change happens to you, innovation is when you lead the change yourself.


    Innovation is everybody’s business now, and the best organisations and teams foster a culture of ongoing innovation. Successful teams make innovation a habit, so it becomes embedded into everyday work and an important part of the culture.




    The New Rules for High Performance

    Channelling chaos for staying ahead of the game

    The old rules for success don’t work in our fast-changing world. Traditional goal-setting fails because the world is changing too fast, jobs and careers aren’t safe, and established businesses are being disrupted by nimble start-ups.


    Change always brings opportunity. Be ready for it by knowing what will matter most, learning what will prepare you best, and leveraging the opportunity to set yourself apart.



    The Future of Leadership

    Build high-performance teams for a complex world

    Our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world needs a new kind of leadership. The most successful organisations and teams move fast, change quickly, and adapt to their environment faster.


    Learn how to engage a modern workforce, tap into the unique skills and talents of team members, and lead effectively in an uncertain future.



    The Future of Work

    Build your skills for the future workplace

    The skills you need for the future aren’t technical, task-oriented skills – because those skills will become obsolete through automation and artificial intelligence.


    Identify and develop the skills you will need to thrive in the workplace of the future, so you can future-proof your career, collaborate and innovative in the most productive way, and stay ahead of the game in a fast-changing world.



  • Breakout TOPICS

    Add one of these sessions to leverage Gihan's impact and value at your conference.

      • Open Up – Be a Possibility Thinker
      • Step Up – Create Your Personal Brand
      • Magnetic Messages – Cut Through The Clutter
      • Think Like a Futurist – Find More Opportunities
      • Decide! Make Better Decisions, Faster
      • There’s an I In Team – Keep The Best Talent
      • Customers On Your Side – Be a Truly Customer-Centric Organisation
      • Ask The World – Find Talent Everywhere
      • Channelling Chaos – High Performance in a Fast, Flat and Free World

      • JLL
      • Wesfarmers
      • Telstra
      • Elders
      • Siemens
      • TAL
      • AMP Advice
      • Aon Hewitt
      • Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
      • Foodco Group
      • MetLife
      • Macquarie Bank
      • Bank of Queensland
      • Stockland
      • Allianz
      • Sportsbet
      • Perth Airport
      • RTC North - Leeds, UK
      • Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL)
      • Offshore Project Safety Forum
      • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
      • Aqura Technologies
      • Australian HR Institute (AHRI)
      • FPA
      • MFAA
      • AMP Financial Planners Association
      • Engineers Australia
      • Queensland Law Society
      • Industry Fund Services
      • Procurement Australia
      • The Alpha Group
      • Wealth Today
      • ALUCA
      • Strata Community WA
      • BKR International
      • Intrepid Group
      • Travel Partners
      • Travel Managers
      • Ford & Doonan
      • WA Primary Principals Association
      • Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals
      • The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools
      • School Business Managers Association Queensland
      • University of Western Australia
      • Group Training Australia
      • Association of Tertiary Education Management
      • Australian Science Communicators
      • YMCA 
      • Builders Coach
      • Academic Selective Entry Network
      • St Stephen's School, Perth
      • Dexar Group
      • The Pittard Group
      • McGrath Estate Agents
      • Professionals Group
      • Australian Property Institute
      • Rent.com.au
      • Real Estate Academy
      • Leading Property Managers Australia
      • JWH Group
      • St John of God Health Care
      • Ramsay Health Care
      • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
      • Leading Age Services Australia
      • Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
      • Australian Private Hospitals Association
      • Cerner Corp
      • Australian Association of Practice Management
      • Aegis Aged Care
      • Nurses in Management - Aged Care
      • CH2
      • CASA
      • Procurement Australia
      • Energy Queensland
      • Redland City Council
      • Public Trustee of Queensland
      • LG Professionals WA
      • Critical Horizons - Housing Innovations
      • LGMA Queensland
      • LGFP Queensland
      • Whitehorse City Council
      • City of Busselton
    • What People Say


      Bansrelal Goshichand, Marketing Manager – Corporate Solutions

      "Gihan’s candid style and humour won over the packed house from the moment he began speaking. It came as no surprise when he received the highest rating of all the guest speakers we had on the day. If you get a chance to bring him into your organisation or conference, I strongly recommend you do so before someone else books him."


      Natasha Mutch, Corporate Communications Manager

      "Gihan’s professional, thorough and collaborative approach were evident in all our dealings with him. Framed by Gihan’s entertaining presentation style, his relevant knowledge of key issues in local and global context, practical tips and tools for the workplace, and his understanding of emerging trends resonated with the group and contributed to our leadership conference’s success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback and light-bulb moments from delegates."


      Louise Hazlehurst

      "A great closing keynote presentation - engaging and thought-provoking. Our attendees loved it, and it rounded off the day perfectly."


      Eszter Mattiassich-Aszody - Market Communications Manager and Business Partner

      "Gihan delivered an engaging and thought-provoking presentation, and moderated the panel discussion with intelligent, well-researched questions. It has been a pleasure to work with him, due to his outstanding responsiveness, effective and always reliable communications, and easy-going nature."


      Simone Kilby

      "A great closing session to our leadership forum. Delivered with thought, humour and energy, Gihan shared challenging insights about the pace of change in a disrupted world. One of the most engaging and interesting speakers I’ve had the pleasure of working with."

      Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

      Dennis Teale, State Manager - Western Australia

      “You have a lot of new fans in the Bendigo family. All I have heard about is how good the day was and how engaging and energetic your keynote was.”

      Bank of Queensland

      Anna Morrison

      “Gihan delivered 2 sessions for us and the feedback has been fantastic. He challenged our delegates thinking and left them feeling challenged in the best possible way!”

      Bank of Queensland

      Terri Stewart, Event Manager

      "Gihan was fabulous for the BOQ Breakfast Series. He was the consummate professional, incredibly flexible and a delight to deal with. His presentation was relevant and the audiences thoroughly enjoyed the content. We would happily work with Gihan again and recommend him to other clients."


      Damian Long - Regional Manager - Residential WA

      "Gihan provided a thought provoking, amusing and energetic opening to our Strategy 2017 Conference. Tailoring his insights to encourage us to embrace our ability to become ‘Change Agents’ enabled our team to take a different view on where our business is headed and explore avenues to collaborate with our customers. Truly a motivational and attention-grabbing session!"

      Australian HR Institute

      Dana Grgas, Manager, Development & Research

      "Our audience loved Gihan's content, and he provided an outstanding opening to our annual event."


      Andrew Gibson

      “I needed a thought-provoking presentation for our team and external supply partners, and Gihan delivered an enlightening and engaging presentation which was well received by all. I had only positive feedback after the event.”


      Mary Pozzobon

      "We were very appreciative of the work and preparation you invested in our National Summit. In the feedback, your presentation was listed as one of the most valuable features of the Summit."

      St John of God Health Care

      Robyn Sutherland, Group Manager Market Analysis & Development

      "Gihan's presentation in our strategic planning session was highly engaging and resonated well with those present. His approach and discussion stimulated the participants to think more about what could be in the future and provided an excellent pathway leading into the workshops that followed."

      Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

      Libby Buick, Business Innovation Advisor

      "Gihan exceeded our expectations in terms of professionalism, content and relevance. His approachable, energetic and entertaining presentation provided our organisation with a fresh perspective on innovation and how it can be embedded within our culture. Thanks Gihan!"

      Queensland Law Society

      "We engaged Gihan to deliver the closing plenary for our flagship event and from the moment he spoke we wanted to hear more. He had engaging and insightful observations on society, backed up with facts and sprinkled with self-deprecating humour. A rare speaker who can entertain and educate, Gihan gave clarity and confidence to our audience, and truly aligned his message with our event's theme. We would warmly welcome Gihan back to any future event."

      Pharmacy Guild of Australia

      Kos Sclavos

      "Gihan gave our audience an engaging and entertaining presentation. Importantly he adapted his key messages for relevance to our pharmaceutical industry."

      Offshore Project Safe Forum

      John Loughridge, Executive Vice President, DOF Subsea Asia Pacific

      "Gihan delivered an engaging, entertaining and relevant session which held everyone's attention."

      Enterprise Europe Network @ RTC North (UK)

      Sarah Pavlou, Innovation Programme Manager

      “A big thank you for your outstanding contribution to our event. Your presence on the stage, humour, stories, and the insights into the journeys, stories and experiences you've had across the globe were just outstanding. We have had incredible feedback, and the accolades and testimonials continue to come in.”

      Engineers Australia

      Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager WA

      “Our delegates at the Engineers Australia WA leaders conference this year were enthralled by Gihan’s keynote address. His energy and enthusiasm (with a good dose of humour) engaged the audience and set the scene for the rest of the day.”

      Leading Age Services Australia Ltd

      Susie Tillotson, National Events Manager

      “Gihan was an excellent choice of speaker who was motivational, humorous and thought-provoking. With a Congress objective to inspire and challenge delegates ,Gihan fulfilled the brief perfectly.”

      Industry Fund Services

      Damien Foley, General Manager - Advice Partnerships

      “Gihan was extremely approachable, engaging and accommodating at our financial planning conference.”

      Nurses in Management - Aged Care

      Kim Kee, Director & PCO

      "Gihan delivered an impressive Keynote which had the audience captivated. Communication leading up was very thorough."

      Intrepid Group

      Joseph Dabbous, Learning and Development Specialist

      ‘Gihan was outstanding. We have a very diverse team with varying degrees of seniority. His message resonated with so many, and he understood our brief perfectly. Thanks Gihan for a perfect start to our conference!’

      Professionals Real Estate Group

      Shane Kempton - CEO

      "Gihan really hit the mark at our International Conference. His unique message and humour engaged my diverse member audience and left them feeling inspired and empowered. I have worked with Gihan over many years and I am always impressed with how he evolves his presentations with the most current and future trends."

      Ford and Doonan

      Andrew Ford, Group Managing Director

      “We engaged Gihan for a keynote, then a half day workshop, for different audiences. All participants made special comment how they enjoyed Gihan’s presentation and what value they took away. His professionalism from my initial meeting through to post event follow up, was nothing short of outstanding”

      Energy Queensland

      Robert Fedrick, Manager Talent

      "Gihan's presentation was a great opening session at our recent senior leaders forum. He cleverly integrated his knowledge and facts about technology evolution and other global disruptions into a compelling story about the change occurring in our working lives, and how we can best respond to it as leaders and individuals."

      Australian Association of Practice Management

      Shayne Murray

      “We were extremely happy with Gihan as were our delegates for the Australian Association of Practice Management conference held in Perth 2017. Not only was I personally impressed with his professionalism and thoroughness but Gihan received an extremely high rating from the attendees (in fact one of the highest for our 4 day conference) and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to be informed, entertained and impressed! We need more Gihan’s in the world!”

      AMP Advice WA

      Frances Burgess, Marketing Manager

      "Gihan was extremely well received at our annual client event. The crowd was diverse in age, and Gihan’s presentation style and content meant everyone could relate to it. In our 12 years of holding client events, this is a rare occurrence! We would have him back anytime and highly recommend him as a keynote speaker. Thanks Gihan for making our 2017 client event so memorable."

      Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association (ALUCA)

      Jim Welsh - Chair

      "You presented a vital concept with an engaging style, simplicity and panache, and I had many members tell me afterwards how much they had enjoyed it and how they had learnt so much, with many take-outs for them both professionally and personally. We count ourselves so very lucky that you were able to join us for the conference, and our members were thrilled that you took the time to speak to so many of them individually afterwards."

      Group Training Australia

      Leonie Stanfield - National Communications Manager

      “Gihan is an expert at connecting with an audience and his keynote presentations at two Group Training National Conferences have generated overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates. The vast majority of people rating your session gave it a top score of 5 (awesome) for both content and relevance. Thank you for delivering an entertaining and productive close to the conference."

      University of Western Australia

      Di Regan-Roots - Associate Director, Student Administration,

      "What a fantastic opening address for our conference. Gihan is such a personable presenter, his address was engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and immensely enjoyable, with the content being relevant and regularly cited by speakers throughout the two days of the conference."

      Builders Coach

      Kurt Hegetschweiler

      “We had the pleasure of Gihan Perera presenting our biggest 2 Day Bootcamp for 2017. Gihan was one of many high profile speakers at our event and was regarded as the best of the entire event by a number of attendees. Gihan’s presentation was engaging, funny, insightful and inspiring, delivered with intelligence and charm. I could have listened to him speak all day. Highly recommend, five stars!”

      Australian Property Institute

      Kristy Anderson - Member Services Manager – Western Australia

      "Gihan Perera is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker, complementing our industry speakers perfectly, with an insightful glimpse into our future. The feedback we received from our delegates about his involvement was nothing but the highest praise."

      AMP Financial Planners Association

      Neil Macdonald, CEO

      "Gihan was the opening speaker for our first national conference. He was interesting, entertaining and insightful - which helped set the tone for the rest of our 3 day conference. I wasn't surprised to see most attendees giving him the highest rating."

      Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP)

      Amanda Blesing - CEO

      "Gihan set a new standard for our members. Great value, his content was fresh and new, plus inspirational and aspirational all at the same time. From an organiser's perspective he was extremely efficient and effective, delivered exceptional value and made my job of delivering excellence so much easier."


      Australian Institute of Management, Western Australia

      Andrea Walters AFAIM

      "We had high expectations for Gihan for our annual event exclusively for AIM WA’s senior executive Professional Members. The event booked out in 24 hours and we were not disappointed on the night! Gihan was both informative and inspiring, and kept the energy in the room high throughout with his entertaining style and wit. His thought-provoking insights will be a catalyst for many of us to plan how our organisations can remain ‘Fit for the Future’."

      Professional Conference Organisers Association

      Peta Moore

      "What a brilliant way to open our conference - Gihan was a big hit with the PCOA delegates! His presentation was informative, thought-provoking and entertaining. He listened to our brief, worked with us to promote the conference and delivered tailored content that led to many great discussions amongst attendees. A delight to work with."

      Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals

      Vicki Forbes, Executive Officer

      "The content was intellectually challenging and stimulating, and the delivery was very professional and surprisingly humorous. We appreciated the academic rigour and research behind Gihan's presentation; even some of our most experienced members had a few light-bulb moments!"

      Dexar Group

      Annie Gregg, Presentations Plus!

      “Gihan was personable, knowledgeable, informative, entertaining and took the conference to another level. A consummate professional."

      Hands Across the Water

      Peter Baines OAM

      "Gihan was rated extremely highly by the delegates, delivering real value in a compelling and entertaining way. He was as great to deal with off stage as he was on stage. I would strongly recommend Gihan to a team looking for a high energy speaker to open or close their conference."

      Travel Partners

      Simon Bernardi, Executive General Manager

      “Gihan spoke at our recent Travel Partners Conference and received a perfect score from the attendees. His presentation was insightful, witty and captivated the audience through the entire presentation.”

      RAC WA

      Jennie Milne, General Manager, Human Resources

      “Engaging, incredibly thought provoking and more importantly, you were able to link the content back to our organisation so it resonated with the audience. It has given us a lot to contemplate in terms of how we can proactively support the business going forward. Thank you again for sharing your insights, expertise and humour with us. You were an incredible ‘hit’ with our team.”

      City of Busselton

      Nikki Shaw - Human Resource Officer

      "Gihan provided a great opening to our staff conference, bringing a higher level of thought to participants about ideas and alternative perspectives about how we view the future."

      St Stephen's School

      Gerry Simpson, Director of Teaching & Learning

      "Gihan was entertaining and on message. The audience loved everything about the presentation: the points being made, the way the points were made, the pace of the presentation, the take-aways, the humour."

      Procurement Australia

      Debra O’Brien


      "Gihan was engaging, funny and witty. He gave an insightful global view of business which engaged the audience."

      Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL)

      Kim Banks, Event Manager

      "Gihan's presentation was engaging, informative and entertaining. Working with him in the lead-up to the event was seamless."

      School Business Managers Association Queensland

      Sharon Abbott, President

      “Gihan was fantastic! He was engaging and entertaining, and gave great advice in future-proofing our leadership skills."

    • More Than Just a Keynote

      Let's talk about including things like ...

      • Pre-conference interviews with key people
      • Promoting the conference on social media
      • Providing books to delegates
      • Promotional video for Gihan's session
      • Pre-conference self-assessment diagnosis
      • Post-conference online course
      • Additional downloadable online resources
      • Articles and blog posts for marketing
      • Coaching internal presenters
      • Downloadable audio programs for marketing and Early Bird registration

      For more ideas, download the e-book "The Future of Conferences".

    • Already Booked Gihan?

      Here are some resources you might need for Gihan's presentation


      MC Introduction

      A/V Setup

    • Get In Touch

      If you would like to know more, please get in touch by e-mailing gihan@gihanperera.com, phoning 0417 928 278 (or +61 2 8005 5746 from outside Australia), or fill in the form here and we will get back to you.

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