Future of Work Speaker Profile - Andrew Spence
A renowned Workforce Futurist who delivers insightful and entertaining presentations on how to harness emerging technology such as Web3 and AI to build better organisations.
Andrew Spence, known to his friends as Andy, is a professional speaker with a passion for exploring the intersection of technology, work and society. With over two decades of experience in advising global organisations on workforce strategy, Andy has become a trusted voice in the field. He has worked for the Big 4 Consultancies, Start-Ups, and for the last 17 years his own consulting firm. His passion is to make work better. Andy’s pioneering work on the use of Blockchain in Work in 2018, with Don Tapscott and the BRI, continues to provide inspiration to entrepreneurs and technologists. He is recognised as a Key Opinion Leader in the Future of Work.
Andy has delivered keynotes at Events in Amsterdam, Athens, Beijing, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Shanghai, and Sydney. He has also delivered Executive Workshops around the World, and a series of webinars and podcasts.
In a rapidly changing world, he is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has a talent for communicating complex ideas in a way that is both accessible and inspiring. Whether he is addressing a group of global executives or a room full of front-line employees, audiences say they value the way he synthesises the global mega trends and converts them into actionable insights. He does this with a blend of data-driven analysis, engaging storytelling and a dash of humour.
Andy publishes the popular Workforce Futurist Newsletter with original research and industry insights on building a better world of work.
Commitment. Knowledge. Passion.
“Commitment. Knowledge. Passion – 3 words that would describe Andrew. Andrew spoke on People Analytics with a very engaging and insightful speech. Will strongly recommend Andrew as a speaker/host” Maddie Pozlevic – Perkbox
Latest Keynote Speech - “Building a Better World Without Jobs” Future.Works - Lisbon 2022
Andy talks about making work better, using technology to enhance our human qualities. He also has some interesting organisational stories from working on over 30 global transformation programmes. Here are the main topics with examples of events, and other relevant articles and podcasts.
Global Workforce Trends and Using Technology to Build Better Organisations
Using technology to shape a better future of work is an ongoing theme of my research, advisory work and speaking. I try and use a multi-disciplinary and critical approach to this topic.
I did a series of 4 live webinars with Zoho which have been popular, here is the last one, 10 Workforce Trends to Follow in 2022 :-
I have spoken on this theme in many different events, cities, and contexts. Here are some personal highlights :-
in Shanghai and Beijing in 2019 as the keynote for the largest HR conference in China.
I really enjoyed doing a keynote with Professor Eske Willerslev, the evolutionary geneticist, in Denmark with the Hartmanns Academy, ”from Evolution to the Work Revolution”
as opening keynote at Athens, Digi HR Conference, HR Congress in Brussels.
with the Corporate Research Foundation, a deep dive session with aspiring CHROs, “How Tech Will Shape the Future of Work”
and at the NHS HR conference HMPA, on “How We Can Use Technology To Build a Better People Profession”
Blockchain, Web3, The Decentralised Workforce and What it Means For The Future of Work
This was a talk in Lisbon at Future Works Tech Conference which was my first event in ‘real life’ for nearly 18 months! It was great speaking to a mixed audience of gamers, recent technology graduates and HR and tech professionals.
Here is a 3 minute video promotional video I made for a talk with People Analytics World on “Blockchain and the Decentralised Workforce”.
I have also spoken on this topic at Blockchain Live London 2018, at Unleash in London, Paris, Amsterdam, with CWI, and at the Optilon Supply Chain Conference.
The most relevant article on this topic is Blockchain and the Decentralised Workforce and here is a podcast I enjoyed with Rhonda Taylor from Fuel50, here,
At Tech HRSG in Singapore in 2019, my speech, and video, on “How Blockchain Will Change The Way We Work” has gone down well. You can watch it here :-
The most relevant Workforce Futurist articles are :-
Five Principles For Using Technology To Build Successful Organisations, The New Technology of Teams, The Great Flourishing - Why People Are Quitting Their Jobs
Zoom Back To The Office - A Guide for Leaders, Don’t Be Just Another Person With Data, How To Improve Workforce Inclusion With Technology
A chat with Enrique Rubio for Hacking HR :-
Future of Work Speaking Testimonials
“Andrew’s unique ability to understand global trends and its relation to technology makes him an expert you want in your corner. Andrew recently delivered a great keynote address at the 2019 State of Talent Conference, in Sarasota, Florida, where our audience was captivated by his insight.” Chris Laney – Director of Education at CareerSource Suncoast
“Andrew carried out a 2 hr workshop in Denmark focusing on the future of HR and HR technology trends. The workshop was highly captivating, and I perceive him to be the open, knowledgeable and curious type of person who positively influences any kind of conference or knowledge sharing event – on and off the stage. I highly recommend Andrew as a contributor/speaker on these topics.” Erik Blatt Lyon – VELUX
“Andrew’s keynote speech on “Opportunities of Automation in HR” was the perfect opening at the Digi HR Conference, in Athens. Andrew’s presentation was interesting, to the point, challenging for the traditional business mindset and also engaging. It was very well received from our audience as it set the tone for the future of HR and the prospects of digital technologies in people management. As a conference producer it was a pleasure working with Andrew too. He is a very positive person and an impeccable professional.”Aggeliki Korre – Conference Producer, Digi HR Athens
As an independent management consultant, Andy has worked to build people-centric organisations including, with the NHS, John Lewis Partnership, Novartis, Global Banks, AON Hewitt, Deloitte, Department of Transport. He has seen great teams but also situations where people have not reached their potential for systemic reasons.
His writing and media partners include :- Bloomberg, Mercer, RSA, Hays, Global Drucker Forum, HR Executive, The HR Director, Unleash (including start-up judge and moderator), Hacker Noon, Strategic HR Review, HR.com, BrightTalk (Podcast Moderator) and many others.
Full profile of Andrew Spence on LinkedIn.
How to book Andrew Spence for your event
If you think that I might be able to help make your event a success, then get in contact through my social media accounts or just reply to any Workforce Futurist Newsletter article.
You could also speak to my Speaker Agent, Madame DixPerCent, but it’s best to contact me directly.
We can set-up an introduction call and take it from there, including access to Speaker Media Assets, indicative fees etc.
Until then, some useful resources :-
Link to Podcasts Interviews including with Enrique Rubio, Rhonda Taylor, Anish Lalchandani, and Bill Banham.