Keynote Introduction

Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D.

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux is one of the world’s leading futurists. A legendary trend-spotter and steady-eyed business forecaster, over the last 25 years she has established a global reputation for helping thousands of leaders and senior executives worldwide scan, scout, and steer their way to targets no one else can see.

The author of the best-selling Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation and China Five-Year Forecast: Creating the New Marketplace, Mary correctly forecast the dramatic upheavals now taking place in the business and social landscape.

Now—in profound, provocative, pragmatic dispatches from the frontlines of the future—she uses her deep crossindustry, cross-cultural expertise to deconstruct the economic and social fault lines that are shaping a turbulent phase of global transformation.

Mary has consulted with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Procter & Gamble, Intel, The Walt Disney Company, and Coca-Cola to Chinese giants such as CITIC-Pacific and preeminent non-profits like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of California.

She is a top-rated keynote speaker for organizations ranging from Apple, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Oracle, Merck, BASF, Heineken, and China Merchant Bank to the Milken Global Institute, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the National Council on Aging.

Mary is founder and CEO of Global Foresight, a think tank and strategy consulting firm in San Francisco. She served as a senior director at Silicon Valley’s Institute for the Future, a spin-off of the Rand Corporation. Recently she was a professor at Peking University, with previous faculty positions at the University of California and the University of Hawaii. She serves on a number of company and non-profit boards and chairs a CEO Group in San Francisco.

Mary appears on Bloomberg TV; Fox Television; CCTV in China; National Public Radio; and in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and other prominent publications.

Won’t you please join me in giving a warm welcome to Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux.

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