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


Emily Berner

Business and Communication Manager

A Swiss national with a dual British citizenship, Emily joined the team in March 2018. With her background in fashion design and event management, she contributes creativity as well an in-deep passion for project management, communication and marketing. Full time at The Futures Agency, as Business and Communication Manager, she manages all international bookings and on- and offline promotions for Gerd Leonhard. Contact Emily on +41 79 861 4142, Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00h, time zone CET.


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 as well as recommendations from our network of selected futurists.

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Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer

Senior Business Manager

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 now the liaison for all contracting and invoicing matters, as well as Gerd Leonhard’s publishing and promotional business for his books, and  ‘Technology vs. Humanity‘ in particular.

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