Amy Webb

Founder

  

Amy Webb advises CXOs of the world’s most-admired companies, three-star admirals and generals, and the senior leadership of central banks and intergovernmental organizations. Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures, Amy Webb pioneered a data-driven, technology-led foresight methodology that is now used within hundreds of organizations. Forbes called Webb “one of the five women changing the world.” She was honored as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020 and was named to the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.

Webb is a is a professor of strategic foresight at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she developed and teaches the MBA-level strategic foresight course with live case studies. Webb is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. Webb was elected a life member to the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. She is a member of the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Global Future Council on Media, Entertainment and Culture and the Stewardship Board of the Forum's Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture. She was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.

A lifelong science fiction fan, Amy Webb collaborates closely with Hollywood writers and producers on films, TV shows and commercials about science, technology and the future. Recent projects include The First, a sci-fi drama about the first humans to travel to Mars, an AT&T commercial featuring a fully-autonomous car directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, and an upcoming film based on Webb's hilarious and heart wrenching memoir about data, algorithms and online dating (Data, A Love Story). Webb is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has served as a Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge. "[Amy Webb] showed Comic-Con how it’s done” declared the Los Angeles Times, describing the 2019 main stage Westworld session she moderated with the show’s actors and showrunners.

Amy Webb is the best-selling author of several books, including The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (PublicAffairs/ Hachette 2019), which was longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, won the 2020 Gold Axiom Medal and was named Amazon’s best book about technology for 2019. The Big Nine is a sobering analysis of the present state of artificial intelligence, the conflict between the US and China, and what will happen to business and society during the next 50 years as AI evolves. A Washington Post bestseller, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs/ Hachette 2016) explains Amy’s strategic forecasting methodology and how any organization can identify risk and opportunity before disruption hits. Signals won the 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award, the 2017 Gold Axiom Medal, and was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 8 million times and translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. To date, her books have been translated into 19 different languages. Her upcoming book is about the future of synthetic biology.

She attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and holds a B.A. in political science, game theory and economics from Indiana University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test. In addition, she earned the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Aikido, but a serious accident during training a few years ago forced her to retire. She lives in Baltimore and in New York City.

 

Press Kit

Full and short-length bios and photos can be downloaded here. For additional information, please contact Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com.

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Media Requests - General

If you are a reporter and want to interview Amy Webb for a story, or if you need FTI research, please contact Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com or 267-342-4300. This includes requests for broadcast appearances. 

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Media Requests - Books

The Big Nine (hardcover 2019; paperback with new material launched February 2020)
If you are a reporter or reviewer, please send your request to publicists Mark Fortier, Lisa Barnes and Jamie Leifer. Mark can be reached at mark@fortierpr.com, Lisa at lisa@fortierpr.com and Jamie can be reached at 212-364-1100 or jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com. Please make sure to cc Cheryl Cooney cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com

The Signals Are Talking (hardcover 2016; paperback 2017)
Please send your request to Jaime Leifer at PublicAffairs: 212-364-1100 or jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com, and make sure to cc Cheryl Cooney cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com

Data, A Love Story (hardcover 2013; paperback 2014)
Send your request to Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com.

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Lecturing and Speaking Engagements

Amy Webb is represented exclusively by Stern Speakers. Please be in touch with Danny Stern at danny@sternstrategy.com, Mel Blake at mblake@sternstrategy.com. You can also reach them at (908) 276-4344.

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TV/ Film consulting requests

If you are a producer or writer working on tech/ science/ future-themed shows and film projects and would like to work with Amy Webb, please contact Mel Blake at mblake@sternstrategy.com or call (908) 276-4344.

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Film rights for Data and my TED talk 

The rights have been claimed and a movie is already in production.

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