Emma Birchall – Keynote Speaker

Former Managing Director at HSM a specialist research consultancy founded by Professor Lynda Gratton.

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Specialist Subjects

  • Future of Work
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Collaboration
  • Improvising to Success
  • Future of HR


  • English


Emma Birchall is the former Managing Director at HSM, a specialist research consultancy founded by Professor Lynda Gratton. She is a writer, speaker and experienced researcher on the future of work. She leads the Future of Work Research Consortium and the Banker of the Future Programme, exploring what work will look like in the years ahead, and what individuals and organisations must do now to prepare. Birchall draws inspiration from the creative arts, in particular improvisational theatre, which she studies and performs in London and Chicago.

Emma Birchall writes for the US Business Section of the Huffington Post. Emma works with clients to anticipate the trends shaping the future of work and how they will need to adapt working practices to future-proof their success. Prior to joining the Hot Spots Movement (HSM), Emma was a management consultant with Accenture Sustainability Services, and a manager within the Strategy Team at Transport for London.

Birchall’s academic achievements include a postgraduate degree in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a combined undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Rotman School of Management-University of Toronto and King’s College London.

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