Ray Hammond is Europe's most experienced, most successful and most widely published futurologist.
For over 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future.
He is also a successful and proven business leader and serial entrepreneur. In 1974 he co-founded the company that today owns and operates the British terrestrial television outlet Channel 5 and publications including The Daily Express, The Daily Star and OK! magazine.
After selling his shareholding advantageously in that company he founded and led International Magazines plc which he later sold to EMAP International in a multi-million pound deal.
Today, Ray is the author of 17 books about the future, a body of work which he began in 1980 and which stands as testament to the long-term accuracy and reliability of his foresight.
He is now living in the future he first described three decades ago.
His 1984 work The On-Line Handbook was the world's first book to identify the importance of the Internet and to identify 'search' as the driving force behind on-line advertising and ecommerce.
In 1986 his ground-breaking publication The Modern Frankenstein became the first book to predict the importance of genetic engineering, cloning and the emergence of super-intelligent machines that may become rivals to the human species later in the 21st Century.
Ray is also the author
of four futuristic novels and his books have been best-sellers in the USA, UK, France, Spain, Poland, Japan and China. He is published globally by Macmillan.
Recently the Intel Corporation commissioned Ray to write a short story based on Intel's research for The Morrow Project. A podcast of Ray's story 'The Mercy Dash' can be heard here.
(And you can listen to one of Ray's recent podcasts for the BBC here.)
As a gifted and inspirational keynote speaker, Ray is in world-wide demand by business, government and non-government organizations.
His speaking topics include the impact of technology and innovation on business growth, the importance of sustainable business models and the continuing significance of globalization.
Based in London, Ray also provides many academic lectures around the world. Listen here to his podcast for Oxford University, 'The Seven Key Drivers Of The Future' or you can watch video of his recent lecture for The Cass Business School at the University of London.
Ray is a contributor to the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, U.S.A. and he is an elected Fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.).
Ray has also been awarded with the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for services to futurology.
The award was presented at the United Nations Pio Manzü International Research Centre in Rimini, Italy.
Ray receiving his medal from Giuseppe Verde, Italian Minister for Education
In the citation accompanying the honour President Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Pio Manzü Centre, said: “The Pio Manzü Centre is delighted to honour Ray Hammond for his constant commitment to research and for his stunning speculations about the future enlightened by scientific knowledge and an evident concern for humankind.”