Ray Hammond - Keynote Speaker
Ray Hammond will be the UEIL 2014 Annual Congress of the European Lubricants Industry’ keynote speaker! Being Europe's most experienced, most successful and most widely published non-fictional futurologist, Ray will talk about the eight key driving elements of the future – with special focus on technological developments and its potential to the lubricants’ industry.
For over 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future.
In 2010 he was honoured with a UN gold medal for services to futurology by Mikhail Gorbachev. In the accompanying citation President Gorbachev said:
"We are delighted to honour Ray Hammond for his constant commitment to research and for his stunning speculations about the future enlightened by scientific knowledge and an evident concern for humankind.”
Ray is also a successful and proven business leader and serial entrepreneur. In 1974 he co-founded the company that today owns and operates the British terrestrial television outlet Channel 5 and publications including The Daily Express, The Daily Star and OK! magazine.
After selling his shareholding advantageously in that company he founded and led International Magazines plc which he later sold to EMAP International in a multi-million pound deal.
Today, Ray is the author of 17 books about the future, a body of work which he began in 1980 and which stands as testament to the long-term accuracy and reliability of his foresight. He is now living in the future he first described three decades ago.