The CEO Futurelab combines fresh insight with peer-level conversation to position your organisation ahead of critical shifts.

The world isn’t changing as fast as many believe. However leaders risk being too far removed from the changes happening all around them. As a result new competitors and disruptive strategies evolve in their blind spots.

The CEO Futurelab shifts this by providing Chief Executives with critical insight into the latest innovations – and more importantly, the new thinking behind the change. The format combines accelerated insight presentation with reflective peer group discussion.

FUTURELAB FOCUS March 2018: Reinventing Organisations

It used to be that the term not-for-profit signalled an organisation’s focus was on social good – people before profit. Corporations would set up foundations to be socially responsible and leaders would pledge to do more with the wealth they had acquired through less socially focused ways.

However as society realises that this division of intent is placing our planet and future at risk, a new generation of CEOs is redefining what it means to lead an organisation. From Jean Liu, CEO of the world’s most valuable startup, China’s Didi Chuxing to Keller Rinaudo, Zipline CEO – running the world’s largest drone delivery system in Africa – we explore the mindset of these Future Thinkers.

As a peer group event the CEO Futurelab then also provides the space and time to explore what this societal shift means at a personal level for the year ahead. Hearing how other CEOs are going about aligning their personal purpose with shareholder expectations.


The Seafarers Members Lounge & Screening Room combines presentation and working zones with inspiring harbour views and relaxed breakout spaces

Next event:
Thu 22 March, 8am-11:30am

2018 event dates:
Thu 22 March, 8am-11:30am
Tue 3 July, 8am-11:30am
Wed 17 October, 8am-11:30am

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52 Tyler St, Britomart
Auckland, New Zealand

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The CEO Futurelab is run by Dave Wild, a Futurist who works with Executive Leadership Teams, Boards, Digital Leaders and high potential leadership groups. 

Dave has led workshops in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Unique to his approach is a futurist focus on the new, which he applies when facilitating strategy sessions and coaching innovation workshops for clients such as The Warehouse, Kiwibank and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

The best thing about working with Dave is that if you have allowed yourself or your organisation to become even the tiniest bit complacent he quickly concentrates minds by ensuring we are looking forward to what might be, rather than allowing ourselves to be captured by the here and now or the past. Not once I have come away from a session with Dave without learning something new or having my preconceptions tested. There aren’t too many people that I have worked with over the years that I could say that about.
— Peter Jensen
Chief Executive
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Dave challenged us to move our modes of thinking towards longer-term future possibilities and away from just the obvious and immediate. Dave’s impact on our organisation has been profound. We have aimed to develop a more free-thinking, creative approach to problem-solving and really try to continuously imagine what the future could look like and determine how Bluelab will evolve and thrive in that future state.
— Greg Jarvis
Chief Executive

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Dave’s facilitation is engaging and challenging. He takes you to places you’d never considered and supports you to imagine a very different future and direction. He is motivating and stimulating! He leaves you with an energy and enthusiasm for the future.
— Sally Pitts-Brown
Chief Executive

Jack Ma, Founder, Alibaba shares how he looks 30 years ahead, then 10 years – while consciously disregarding the year ahead

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Komal Ahmad, CEO, Copia highlights the impact of refocusing on bigger… dumber… problems – while scaling their mission beyond solving hunger to redistributing anything

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Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft advocates that leaders need to shift their mindsets from fixed to flexible – while understanding that the pursuit is not to be excellent 

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Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM explains why artificial intelligence is just a subset of an even more significant shift

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Image credits : Apple Lam / Copia / Microsoft / Fortune