The Team

Gerd Leonhard


Gerd Leonhard is a unique voice in today’s crowded futurist market. Not only does he take a distinctly pragmatic perspective on the future and avoids the pitfalls of prediction for the insights of actuality, Gerd teaches how the entire organization and the complete individual may futurize themselves, bringing together humanism and technology in a singular fusion. An early music pioneer of the internet, Gerd has evolved into an unmissable agent of positive change for corporates and public bodies of every size. His latest book, Technology vs. Humanity, outlines the present world’s most dramatic dilemma. Audiences treasure Gerd for his lucid talks, panoptic glances, his ironic take on events, and most of all his strategic recipes.

Jean François Cardella

Art Director and Producer

Producer, art-director and film-maker Jean-François Cardella enables organizations of all kinds develop and drive their media assets by creating film and art products from features, factuals and corporate video to web platforms and event movies. In the emerging age of visualization, Jean-François transforms complex enterprise concepts into immersive story experiences which grow audience and trigger buy-in. Together with Gerd Leonhard, he is currently reinventing the visual side of the meetings and conference industry to match film-world production value

Jens Ulrik Hansen

Chief Transformation Officer

Jens Hansen is an executive and non-executive leadership advisor. He inspires and advises on leadership, culture and business transformation to the digitalized and socialized 21st century. Jens is intensively working with leadership values and cultures, strategy, business model innovation and customer centricity under digital disruption. Many of his consulting engagements are industry disruption or post-merger leadership guidance for fast adaptation and building resilience to constant change, while maintaining the required market initiative. Jens holds simultaneously active advisor and leadership positions with The Futures Agency, Future Associates and Cimbria Capital.

Business Management

Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer

Business Manager International

Gabriele looks back at a well-travelled management career in airline and corporate travel, with considerable streaks of marketing, social media, digital distribution, and project management. She co-produced a musical in 2009, and is accounted for promotional campaigns for several international, independent musicians. The Swiss citizen with roots in Germany worked for Gerd Leonhard and his  The Futures Agency since 2010 (2012-2016 from Malta). Gabriele is the liaison for all international business matters, the speaker network, as well as Gerd Leonhard’s book ‘Technology vs. Humanity’.

Sykpe: tfa.europe


Melanie Schmitz

Business Manager D-A-CH

Melanie brings a rich portfolio in public relations, marketing, communications and methodical coaching to The Futures Agency with in-depth experience with companies and organisation in the German speaking region, primarily in event management and moderation on all levels and for diverse target groups. Part-time at The Futures Agency, as Business Manager D-A-CH she is our first stop for German speaking clients.

Skype: thefuturesagency