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OIaf Groth

OIaf Groth

    • Professional Faculty, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
    • Professor, Hult International Business School
    • CEO, Cambrian Futures & Cambrian Designs
    • Network Member, World Economic Forum
    • VP for Strategy, Q-Cells USA; Executive Director, Boeing International
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OIaf Groth Speaker Biography

Olaf Groth is a seasoned global executive and thought-leader with experience in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has lived in the shoes of his audiences and understands their need for novel and differentiating insights that are relevant to their daily lives and decisions.

Having spent the past 25 years as an entrepreneurial executive, founder, capacity builder, and adviser who has helped guide strategies, projects, programs, and ventures that required investments or yielded returns anywhere from $3M to $3B he understands the pressures that professionals are under before and after they attend his talks or workshops. Dr. Groth has coached, trained, advised, and mentored thousands of leaders across age groups and industries on understanding and harnessing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) to their advantage.

He is a highly rated teacher (top 20% at one of the top 7 business schools and executive education providers in the world), trusted adviser to top brands, best-selling author, sought-after TV news commentator, op-ed writer, and thinktank leader who breaks new ground every year. Dr. Groth’s talks are at once richly informative, highly inspirational, and also actionable by way of their “off-ramps” with key questions and considerations, customized to the audience profile.

The Great Remobilization toward Globalization 2.0

In this talk, Olaf Groth identifies tectonic shifts in the architecture of the global economy. The 6Cs (COVID-like pandemics, cognitive technologies, crypto & web 3, cybersecurity, climate & carbon, China) converge to create the new global architecture. This paradigm sparks political, societal, and economic turmoil, which in turn creates new patterns in the operating infrastructure for executives and policy makers alike. Through a new FLP-IT framework that leverages scenario planning, zeroth principles thinking and portfolio theory we can chart a path into this future, taking us to new growth horizons while enhancing trust and anti-fragility in societal systems and strategies for our economies and ventures.

AI and You: Power and Position in the Cognitive Era

As machines and tools are getting smarter through the application of AI and data science at the dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution, we will see significant shifts in three dimensions of our lives as business and community leaders: power, people, and positions.

In this talk Dr. Groth will explore how that is happening, how the cognitive economy is unfolding, and what the promises and perils are for your roles within it. Time is of the essence, as code proliferates to hundreds of millions of people in split seconds. As a former executive, a think tank founder, an author, and professor for strategic futures, innovation, and economics, Dr. Groth will outline what you can do to prepare, how you can secure agency, defensibility, and prosperity as we embark on this journey.

Coronomics: Resilience in the Global Pandemic Economy

Beyond the flattening of the initial curve of COVID-19 infections in coming years, we will likely see a period of continued patchworks of restrictions by governments and behaviors by consumers for the next 18-24 months as populations grapple with the fallout and attain more stable levels of immunity. This, in conjunction with stimulus and innovation responses to the crisis will create waves of volatility and uncertainty on both macro- and micro-economic levels of our economies. Yet, in Albert Einstein’s words: “In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.” If we manage to harness it, we might in fact experience a period of higher growth and renewed prosperity coming out of the crisis.

In this talk, Dr. Groth will explore the different dimensions of resilient business leadership and opportunity framing as we navigate to those new horizons of strengthening personal leadership resilience, practicing how to motivate virtual teams, foreseeing emerging business growth opportunities, increasing agility of supply chains, and decentralizing and innovating on business models.

The Future of Work: Human-Machine Symbiosis

As we adapt to changing structures and dynamics in our economic, political, and social environments driven by the pandemic, the question of how the future of work will shake out is more paramount than ever. Uncertainties are abound: Will we see a de-emphasizing of physical presence? What shape will virtual interaction take and how will that work for human needs? How great will the pressure be to shed cost through automation? How valuable and defensible are human skills and capabilities? What role will data play and how will smart machines and humans collaborate to generate, collect, process, curate, interpret, sell, buy, and critique it? Will our digital twins be the virtual workers of the future? In this talk, Dr. Groth will give an overview of the current state of thinking in the field and then paint a thought-provoking picture of a plausible and highly disruptive future for work and productivity that is ours to shape to our advantage. This future rests on two powerful driving forces for the next growth horizon of the digital economy: humans as creators and curators; and data as labor in a $3 trillion market.

A Climate Cataclysm? A Techno-Optimist’s View from the Valley

In this talk global technology and economy speaker Olaf Groth will explore several reasons for optimism on climate change, provided we act fast. Among them are new models for climate accords, a reframe of carbon as a toxic substance, new methodologies and applications from carbon capture, sequestration to monitoring, packaging and trading that employ AI, quantum computing and advanced data science, the role of cities around the world, a new generation of visionary young change makers, and structural changes in the global energy economy brought about by geopolitics and global supply change economics.

In his typical accessible, high-energy style, Dr. Groth will take us on an intensely packed tour de force that demonstrates how we can support these trends to ensure they are the dominant ones and why that can indeed be a path to higher and more integrated human and economic growth and prosperity.

The Trillion Dollar Data Frontier and the Future of Trust-Driven Growth

It has been said that data is the new oil in the age of AI and machine learning. Indeed, as the 4th Industrial Revolution unfolds, we will generate immense amounts of data, north of 175 Zetabytes a year. AI and other smart digital tools will help us sort through, label and make sense of this data. Much of the data and the insights we generate from it will be deeply personal to individuals or highly confidential to enterprises. How do we balance the productivity promise, profit potential, and public benefit of those data-driven insights with the need to respect privacy and confidentiality? How will this natural tension evolve in future? How can we design use cases and business models that allow us to navigate this well and responsibly? What types of governance do we need to put in place to be trustworthy and achieve greater, not less, customer and stakeholder intimacy?

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