Futurology may be a science or it may be an art, depending on your point of view, but accurately forecasting social, economic and technological trends requires a rare combination of skill-sets. Few have the abilities to make such predictions and even fewer have the ability to put these complex issues across to audiences in a way that is compelling. One person who certainly can is Dr James Bellini, a leading futurologist and author with a considerable reputation as a thought-provoking speaker and moderator at top-level management conferences and business schools around the world.
James has spent more than twenty-five years as a respected TV broadcaster, futures analyst and writer, with a strong focus on social, economic and technological trends up to Horizon 2025, the eighth phase of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.
After gaining a Masters in law and history from Cambridge University and a PhD from the London School of Economics, James joined the US-headquartered futurology 'think tank', the Hudson Institute, as its first British member. He subsequently moved to the BBC to present The Money Programme, Newsnight and Panorama and then moved to independent television as presenter, writer and narrator of a wide range of award-winning documentary series, current affairs programmes and environmental reports.
James has been the recipient of many accolades, including the Shell Cawston Prize, the Golden Nymph Prize and the Prince Rainier III Prize at the Monte Carlo International TV Festival. He also gained a UN Award for the twelve-part series The Nuclear Age. For seven years he was a studio presenter with Financial Times Television and Sky News.
James has written many books and special reports and is a regular contributor to leading publications. He has also held senior executive positions in advertising and corporate communications and served on the European Advisory Board of the global future forum. He is also a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In January 2007, James was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg.
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- Journalist and academic former economic columnist at The Guardian and senior editor at The Economist.
- News Presenter and correspondent for the BBC.
- Presenter of BBC Hardtalk who was recently named 'International TV Personality of the Year' by the Association of International Broadcasters.