Provocative ideas presented in person

Taking you on a "tour d'horizon" of your possible futures

I am a frequent facilitator of custom-tailored workshops aimed at generating a portfolio of future scenarios that a company (or industry) could face.  In addition, I'm also invited to speak at conferences and other business gatherings on the subject of scenario planning and how (and why) organizations can benefit from it.  These presentations have taken me around the world, from Mexico to Oman, from Glasgow and Moscow to Tokyo and Amsterdam:







To me, there is nothing more exciting than interacting with an audience about how the future could develop in unusual and unexpected ways. A typical presentation of mine might be entitled "A 60-Minute Tour of the Future" or "How to Differentiate Yourself for Customers in the Year 2020”.  I've been thrilled to be asked to join the program at events all over Europe, Asia and North America.

Examples of the kinds of gatherings where I've contributed range from a private seminar for commodity trading executives organized by the Swiss bank UBS, to the annual conference of senior managers of a company offering geosciences services to the oil and gas industry, or a two-day exercise to develop scenarios for the future of one of the United Arab Emirates, attended by the leaders of all its key government agencies.


Some recent testimonials


“As one of our keynote speakers, Woody created an excellent atmosphere between him and the delegates. His speech was highly motivational and I can surely say that Woody is ranked among the best speakers I have ever encountered. It would be a great pleasure to work again with him in the future!”

Eirini Giorka, Project Manager, 

                Mediterranean Hotel Management & Investment Forum, 



“I had the pleasure of working with Woody while he was a keynote for HFTP’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017. Woody’s presentation was both thought-provoking and highly applicable, not only to a business environment but also to one’s personal career planning. Very well received and easy to apply.”

Carson Booth,

Vice President,

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

and Global Hospitality Technology Leader




“Woody took us through the steps of scenario planning at our department retreat. His presentation was lively, entertaining and very professional. Not only did we enjoy it, but more so we learnt a lot from his valuable contribution. We look forward to next time.”

Vic van Vuuren, Director, 

                International Labor Office, 



“Woody delivered an excellent talk on 'Thinking differently about the future' to a group of senior business leaders in Muscat. The audience was very pleased with this thought-provoking session, which was well planned and delivered. We were very satisfied.”

                 Khalid Hilal Al Yahmadi,

Chief Executive Officer,

Muscat National Development and Investment Company

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


“Woody broadened our horizons into scenario planning, a topic not usually covered by our organization, which proved to be a great success. He was able to bring out the enthusiasm from the group which led to good questions, both during and after the talk, continuing right up to the close of the event. Woody has a natural talent as a speaker and it was really interesting to see how he was able to flexibly adapt to different themes and audiences. He is obviously a very organized person with a very broad knowledge.”

                 Rita Royappa,

Programme committee chair,

Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

Basel, Switzerland


"Woody’s presentation in Cyprus on the importance of scenario thinking was so good that I invited him to speak to the participants of one of my key hospitality conferences in London. His talk is polished, funny, and intelligent – and he really gets you to see that you need to visualize different futures that you might find yourself operating in, not just a single projection of 'the' future. Very eye-opening, and very enjoyable.


Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media




“At the end of Woody’s session at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai, the participants were clamouring for more.  Excellent feedback from the delegates.”

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman and CEO,

Bench Events,



“Woody’s presentation at HITEC was very interesting and entertaining, delivered in a sort of ‘Bill Bryson meets Steve Jobs’ style, which is just superb...”


Simon Cole

COO, Molewood Consulting




“Having heard Woody talk about his mind-changing concepts, I decided that one day I wanted to have him over as a speaker in front of our group of managers in Russia. We accomplished this in Moscow recently, and the audience was blown away by his ideas.”

Tatiana Veller

Managing Director,

HVS Executive Search,




“Woody was the best presenter throughout the whole week. Very professional and interesting.”

Anonymous feedback

from a participant at the

2013 European Assn. for International Education conference,



 “It was a pleasure to have Woody at our conference in Düsseldorf. He is a great speaker. He knows how to set the right points in his speech, and he fascinated the audience with his creative presentation and thought-provoking ideas about the trends affecting the future of the hotel industry.”

Gisela Kaschner,


The Conference Group GmbH,



“By presenting different scenarios at our conference in Lisbon, Woody really approached our business from outside in. His presentation was very fascinating, and he was engaging with the audience. We received really positive feedback from our customers.”

Judith Wolting,

Marketing Manager

Philips Lighting,

Eindhoven, Netherlands


“We engaged Woody to lead an exercise in our executive course on foresight and strategic planning. The theme was ‘The Future of ISIS’. The setting for the exercise was complex, as our participants came from a variety of professional backgrounds and countries. I was very pleased with Woody’s contribution and performance. He began with a clear and well-organized presentation on the fundamentals of scenario planning. He made sure our participants had a baseline understanding of this technique and how it can be applied. Woody was engaging with the participants, helping them construct their alternative futures.”

Gustav Lindström

Head, Emerging Security Challenges Programme

Geneva Centre for Security Policy






“When we invited Woody to speak on scenario planning at our summit, we didn’t know what we were in for… But what a treat! He completely changed our way of thinking, delivering the perfect amount of energy and drive that was needed to cap the event. Above all, he was so approachable, positive and enthusiastic.” 

Camille Plumey

Executive Team member,

Young Hoteliers Summit 2012

Lausanne, Switzerland




It's always a thrill to share offbeat and surprising ideas about the future with an interested and engaged group of executives, no matter what industry they're from. The energy level is high, and the discussions afterward always provide plenty of food for further thought.

Interested in discussing how I could add some provocative new perspectives to an upcoming conference, meeting or event of your own? Use the "Contact Us" form (right here) to get in touch with me, e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call me at +41 21 784 3303.

I would be very pleased to help round out the program of an event of yours with an hour of stimulating ideas and observations about how the future will change your business environment.




Some recent speaking engagements and workshops:

  • Trinidad & Tobago: Assessing future threats to the country, Office of the Prime Minister
  • Amsterdam: Keynote at HITEC international conference on hotel technology
  • Bali: Keynote at Transformational Leadership conference, Bank Indonesia Institute
  • London: Looking at future fundraising landscapes for the Red Cross
  • Bangkok: Terrorism and migration scenarios for the National Security Council of Thailand
  • Geneva: The future of international student recruitment
  • Muscat: Muscat National Development and Investment Company
  • Tokyo: GLOBIS University Graduate School of Management
  • Kuala Lumpur: MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.
  • Geneva: International Labor Office (ILO)
  • Lausanne: Medair, "How will humanitarian action be financed in the year 2020?"
  • Dubai: The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
  • London: The Serviced Apartment Summit
  • Istanbul and Prague: European Association for International Education
  • Barcelona: The future of augmented reality
  • Ras al-Khaimah (UAE): Sheikh Saqr Programme for Government Excellence
  • Lisbon: Philips Lighting, client event
  • Houston: CGG international senior managers meeting
  • Bangalore: Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts
  • Fukushima: Read for Action
  • Basel: Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
  • Kuala Lumpur: Bank of Indonesia Institute
  • Cyprus: Mediterranean Hotel Management & Investment Forum
  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean Commission
  • Düsseldorf: Deutscher Hotelimmobilienkongress
  • Cancun: Marriott International
  • Moscow: Hospitality Ideas & Trends
  • Geneva: Harvard Club of Switzerland
  • Kuala Lumpur: United Laboratories Inc. (Philippines)
  • London: European Spa Convention
  • Glasgow: HIT Scotland
  • Dubai: Arabian Hotel Investment Conference
  • Martigny: The Future of Alpine Tourism
  • Lausanne: The Future of the Silk Road
  • San José: San José State University, The Hotel of the Future
  • Freiburg i.B.: International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators
  • Cork: Irish Hotels Federation