Adjiedj Bakas (1963) is a highly acclaimed trendwatcher, author and speaker with roots in India, Latin-America and Europe. His main interest throughout his working life has been identifying economic, technological, demographic, environmental, spiritual and security trends. Bakas is a much sought-after speaker for conferences, strategy sessions and other business gatherings. He is captivating, stimulating, visionary, humorous, inspirational, challenging, and accessible. He is provocative but always positive, even in these times of economic decline, hence a favourite phrase is: ‘A kite rises highest when it flies against the wind.’ According to the press he is ‘engaging’ (BBC), ‘inspiring’ (The Guardian), ‘very knowledgeable and with star appeal’ (China Daily) ‘provocative’ (TV2 Magazine, Denmark) and ‘a true citizen of the world’ (Times of India).
Bakas is owner of Trend Office Bakas, based in Amsterdam. In The Netherlands he hosts his own TV show, Studio Innovation & Co-creation. His books about the future have been published in countries ranging from Brazil and China to Norway and Germany and have sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide. His successful English language titles from his trend series include: Beyond the Crisis in 2009 (about the future of capitalism) and number one Amazon.com bestseller, World Megatrends in 2009 (about the future of humanity) and Living without Oil in 2009 (co-authored with fellow trendwatcher Rob Creemers). The Future of Faith in 2010, explores how economic, political and environmental changes will reshape the ethics, morality, religion and spirituality that underpin our lives. The Future of Privacy is the latest book in the series of trend books by Adjiedj Bakas.
These books are used at universities, among government officials and within most industries
He delivers around 200 lectures each year for clients including Samsung, Apple, Credit Suisse, Philips, Air France KLM, DSM, Google, Microsoft, Shell, JPMorgan, ING Bank, Nike, Aegon, Canara-Robeco, Rabobank, ABN AMRO Bank, PWC, KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y and BMW. He was voted ‘Trendwatcher of theYear 2009’ and ‘Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year 2008’ in The Netherlands. Dutch magazine ‘Management Team’ placed him in their list of the 25 most creative Dutch people, magazine ‘Sprout’ has described him as one of the 50 most influential Dutch people under 50 years of age, the Dutch Marketers’ Association NIMA elected him the most influential trendwatcher in the country, and he was voted one of the 30 most influential people in the Dutch financial industry by magazine ‘Fonds.nl’.
“It was a great pleasure to meet Adjiedj Bakas recently in Oslo. I’m really impressed by his charisma, creativeness and progressive way of thinking.”Andrey Korzh, 3rd Secretary Russian Embassy in Oslo, Norway
“Adjiedj Bakas recently lectured for our customers. It was a great speech. I heard a lot of positive feedback.”Casper Zweers, Country Manager Motorola Solutions Netherlands & Belgium
“It was a pleasure to have Adjiedj Bakas as the key note at our conference. His professionalism as well as his provocative (in the most positive meaning) style really blew the hair back on all the attendees and that was what I hoped for.“ Truls Berg, chairman of Innovation Forum Norway.
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