Adjiedj Bakas

Trendwatcher in many business field from the environment to leadership

Speaks on how to capitalize on the current world crisis and how companies can make the best use of "economic warfare" when the going gets touch. Other topics are leadership of tomorrow, the new energy economy and the consequences of demographics.

If you can’t laugh, don’t start a business’ is the motto of trendwatcher Adjiedj Bakas. Identifying economic, technological, demographic, environmental, spiritual and security trends has been his core business throughout his working life.

In The Netherlands where he currently lives, he was elected Trendwatcher of the Year’ in 2009 and ‘Most Influential Trendwatcher 2010’ by the Dutch Marketers’ association. He has sold more than 500,000 books worldwide and was one of the first commentators to predict the current economic crisis – and the path to recovery.

Adjiedj Bakas has written a number of authoritative books, including Beyond the Crisis (about the future of capitalism), World Megatrends (about the future of humanity) and Living Without Oil (co-authored with fellow trendwatcher Rob Creemers).

Adjiedj Bakas is known as an inspiring, visionary and entertaining speaker. His ability to share his knowledge in an entertaining way makes him a much sought-after speaker at conferences and other gatherings. According to the press he is ‘engaging’ (BBC), ‘inspiring’ (The Guardian), ‘very knowledgeable and with star appeal’ (China Daily) provocative (TV2 Magazine, Denmark). ‘a true citizen of the world’ (Times of India.

He delivers lectures for companies, governments and universities including CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) in Shanghai and Emory University, Atlanta (US). He can tailor his lectures for small audiences, such as the Boards of multinationals (clients include DSM, Corus/Tata, ABN AMRO Bank, ING Bank and Rabobank), audiences of 50-100 people (clients include Deloitte, Apple, Microsoft, Pepsi, KPMG, the Parliaments of Hungary, the government of Austria) and larger audiences of up to 1,000 people. In The Netherlands he hosts his own TV show about the future.

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