Kai Arne Gondlach

Futurologist, senior researcher
Digitisation, future, disruption, inspiration
Language(s): German, English

The future doesn’t just happen, the future is created!

Do not believe in any mega trends! Although this statement may sound a bit strange coming from a trend researcher, it was said in all seriousness: Kai Arne Gondlach was a senior researcher with the biggest trend research institute in Europe’s German speaking countries. He continuously tracks down the upcoming trends and the disruptions of the coming years – without a crystal ball but with scientific methodology. Possible futures are his passion and the people that create them, his daily partners in discussions and meetings.
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Gottfried O. Rieck - R.I.E.C.K. Railconsult und Gesellschafter Majestic Train de Luxe GmbH

"I would like to thank you again for your impressive lecture and I will consult with my partners whether it is somehow possible to repeat this forward-looking lecture in Vienna. One of the best lectures in my life! Thank you!"

Andrea Friederike Behr - Europastadt GörlitzZgorzelec GmbH

"Many thanks to Kai Arne Gondlach for the presentation. The participants of the city of Görlitz reflected a very positive feedback to me. I am sure that one or the other player of this city will include the rapid inevitable future developments in his considerations in the future, which was reflected to me by many of our guests. Kai Arne Gondlach was thus indeed able to set a real impulse for the future with his presentation."

lectures by Kai Arne Gondlach

the "internet of things" - business model of the future

More and more everyday objects are connected to the internet and partly networked with each other. The “Internet of Things” is fuelled by the exponential increase in the performance of computers while prices are falling at the same time. Around 25 billion devices – computers, smartphones, vehicles, traffic infrastructure and many more – now communicate with each other worldwide via the internet. This gigantic network releases undreamt-of network effects that increase exponentially with the number of individual transmitters. Futurologist Kai Gondlach shows in this exciting lecture what effects the “Internet of Things” will have in the future, how our consumer behaviourism will change and gives answers on the question, how miscellaneous economic sectors will change in the course of digitalisation.

how will artificial intelligence change our future?

Already today AI is our constant companion. Most of the time we don’t even recognize it anymore but Alexa, Siri, Cortana & Co are part of our everyday life. It is not surprising that the discussions around the topic AI don’t decrease. And justifiably so, says the futurologist and Global Topspeaker Kai Gondlach. Next to supporting our daily life, AI is also becoming a prominent part of our business world. Shelves in supermarkets get filled in order of limited intelligent Big Data algorithms on the needs of local customers. Thereby the logistic, purchasing and storage of goods changes. What is the status quo nowadays and how much of our future will be focused on artificial intelligence?

the future of municipalities

The city of the future will become a smart city: In his presentation, Kai Arne Gondlach illustrates what citizens expect from urban services in the future and how municipalities and city administrations can prepare accordingly. Innovative technologies are changing urban coexistence – for municipalities, this development brings new challenges. The Global Topspeaker and futurologist offers his audience amazing insights into the world of urban technology and visionary concepts for urban development.

life and security in the city of the future

Adaptive cities, urban technology, smart homes and buildings as well as green energy & Co will characterise the city of our future. Thus, living and security structures adapt to a modified lifestyle. Accompanying the trend for urbanisation, the search for identity, for possibilities of shaping life and above all for freedom will be part of the culture of the future. The urban citizens of the future do not want to burden themselves with a car but at the same time expect their mobility and freedom to be guaranteed. They do not want long-term rental agreements for living space but prefer dwelling, working and living flexibly in several places at once. Welcome to the future of sharing economy.

New Work

The world of work is in a state of upheaval: employers are struggling to find qualified specialists, and the supply of average employees is also dwindling in times of demographic change. Rapid technological progress replaces jobs in historically unseen quality and quantity - even expert occupations are not safe from the current wave of automation. And then there are the employees themselves, who are placing ever higher demands on employers in terms of their individual employment structures. Sabbatical, job sharing and hospitation here, part-time, BYOD and home office there. As a consequence, the personnel departments are overtaxed with bureaucracy and have no time for personnel development or operational health management.

health and immortality

"The first person that will live to be 1,000 years-old has already been born," said biomedical gerontologist and immortality researcher Aubrey de Grey. He is one of the internationally renowned experts with whom Kai Gondlach, a 5-star speaker and futurologist, regularly discusses the topic of health and medicine of the future. It sounds incredible and like science fiction - but what if de Grey and other experts in the field are right? Have the courage to think the unthinkable!


Kai Gondlach, born in 1987, is one of Germany’s first academic futurologists. He asks the deciding and frequently uncomfortable questions about the future and looks for answers in meetings and discussions with the world’s most important decision-makers on innovations. How will our living environments in smart homes and smart cities feel like? What is demographic change and a life expectancy of considerably more than 100 years really about? What trends and disruptions will shape your industry sector in the coming ten years and what new customer requirements will you have to meet? What kind of technologies have long since been „state of the art“ in your industry and which ones will be ready for the market in the next years – and why? Will we still be working in times of artificial intelligence and if so, in what kind of environment? What will the ultimate implications be if cars no longer feature a steering wheel and machines do have legal liability?

Gondlach’s presentations build a scientifically sound bridge between science fiction and what is already in the cards for our future today. Entertaining, surprising and in-depth. Baffling research results, swift changes of media and times, subtle punch lines – the futurologist truly captivates the audience with his particular blend of scientific facts, visionary thinking and fast-paced multi-media effects. He is the dynamic counterpart of formal frontal lectures. However, his interest in futurology does not mean he has his head in the clouds. To the contrary, Gondlach always focuses on practical use. His motto is: „Future is a matter of perspective!“ And how the future might look like is what he lets his audience experience first-hand.

Being a lateral thinker and visionary, Global Topspeaker Kai Arne Gondlach thinks way far outside the box and studies how and in which direction our ever more digital society is going to develop. Apart from university, the futurologist accumulated the tools for this studies and lectures during numerous practical assignments in various companies. He is a sociologist and political scientist and in this capacity has analysed social phenomena in scientific projects. With his study “Unternehmensnachfolge in Berlin 2030“ (Corporate succession in Berlin in 2030) and his master thesis „Kostenloser ÖPNV: Utopie oder plausible Zukunft?” (Public transportation free of charge: utopia or a plausible future?), he created a stir that even reached the political stage in Berlin. In addition to his scientific career, he has been designing websites and online shops for companies on a freelance basis since he was 19 and also advised these businesses on IT issues. He worked for several consulting offices in PR, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs and dealt with the strategic organisation development in a large mobility corporation.

Afterwards, he built up the marketing and innovation management of a Berlin-based start-up company in the publishing sector. Trend researcher Kai Arne Gondlach is a modern Enlightenment philosopher who keeps his feet firmly on the ground, a trend scout with an extensive network. One thing becomes obvious in the Global Topspeaker’s lively presentations: We are all part of the future and are actively engaged in shaping it. And so, utopia is no longer un-thinkable but becomes tangible. Everything goes hand in hand – today, we all are setting the foundation of what our world will look like one day.

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