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-Francois 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-Francois 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 conference industry to match film-world production values.


Gabriele 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 musicians. The Swiss citizen with roots in Germany worked for Gerd Leonhard and his The Futures Agency since 2010. Today, Gabriele is responsible for all contracting and invoicing matters, as well as Gerd Leonhard’s publishing business – ‘Technology vs. Humanity‘ in particular, and overlooks his business operation.
Contact Gabriele for bookings World and D-A-CH:
+41 79 861 41 42, Mon-Fri 09:00 – 15:00h (CET)


Stephanie Amsler

Executive Assistant

Stephanie’s roots, although Swiss and French, began in Montreal, Canada where she was born and raised. Hotels and restaurants were her stomping grounds before and after she moved to Geneva, then Schaffhausen, and finally settled in the countryside of Kanton Zurich. The hospitality business was her life until she became a municipal councillor in 2012.
Stephanie joined the TFA’s team in the summer of 2019 and handles Gerd’s international inquiries front office.
Contact Stephanie for bookings Europe:
+41 79 791 00 49, Mon-Fri flexible hours (CET)


Melanie Schmitz

TFA Speakers & Social Media

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 since 2015 as Business Manager for The Futures Agency, Melanie is our first stop for our network of selected futurists and related speaker liaisons.
Contact Melanie by email (CET)


Sylvain Collet

Film Editor & Motion Graphic Artist

Film Editor and Motion Graphic Artist, Sylvain Collet takes graphic design to a whole new level, bringing still graphics to life with visual effects, animations, and cinematic techniques to make our productions unique and engaging. Sylvain’s goal is communicating Gerd Leonhard’s messages on an entire new visual dimension, evoking an emotional response from our audience. Prior to joining Stories From The Future, Sylvain worked for EY, Accenture, Vinci PLC and Unilever.


Dr. James McCabe

Script Writer

Dr. James McCabe is a classical story designer who has pioneered the craft among many leading industrial and technology firms for over a decade. An award-winning Oxford scholar, the Irish author and speaker also works closely with creative entrepreneurs to navigate change and narrate value.  He has worked across Europe and the United States with multi-national companies as well as start-ups and is specialized in finding the language and story for new ventures. His unique approach – deploying artworld techniques of audience creation and growth within corporate scenarios – can be applied across any medium including, most tellingly, the spoken word. James has worked closely with Gerd over recent years on a wide range of future stories, helping to realize a steady flow of original insights and narrative kernels.