Speakers Profile - Oliver Freeman

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Oliver Freeman is Managing Director of the foresight business, The Neville Freeman Agency, which he co-founded with Richard Neville in 2002. He was also the co-founder of GBN Australia that he founded with Professor Richard Bawden and Dr Richard Hames in 1992.
In 2003 he was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology in Sydney and re-appointed in 2007 and 2011.

Oliver is acknowledged as having done more for the uptake of scenario planning in Australia than any other practitioner by guiding hundreds of people and organisations through his scenario planning projects as well as his training programs.

He is also an internet entrepreneur – co-founding www.ebooks.com in 1998; www.leagle.com in 2005 www.homepagedaily in 2006 and www.larrikinpost.com in 2012.

He is a career publisher, a profession he entered in 1967 as an academic rep for McGraw Hill in the UK. His publishing career advanced rapidly and he has been Managing Director of various companies since 1978 with a special emphasis on academic, business and professional topics.

He is an accomplished public speaker and also worked with Wendy McCarthy as a mentor to senior executives in banking, finance etc.
Oliver was a director, and Vice-Chairman when Catherine Livingstone was Chair, of the Australian Business Foundation and was responsible for its highly successful Alternative Futures project. He has undertaken many other scenario planning and ‘futuring’ projects – in particular on the future of book publishing, teaching, electricity, government, primary industries, financial services, broadband, telecommunications, libraries, printing and gaming and shipping.

Oliver has an MA from the University of Oxford and an MA from the University of Essex. He is past chairman of Publish Australia, the Copyright Agency Limited, Viscopy and Australia’s leading independent academic publisher UNSW Press. He served as a director of The Australian Business Foundation from 2002-2008. He is past Vice President of the Australian Publishers Association.

In 2012 Oliver’s book FutureVision Scenarios for the World in 2040, co-authored with Richard Watson, was published by Scribe in Melbourne and in the UK in July 2013.