• About Theo

    One of Europe's foremost futurists.

    Theo Priestley is a globally recognised and sought after futurist and international speaker, an author, and authority on the future of business, technology, and society.


    He is also founder of Tenth Man, acting as a specialised script consultant and writers' room advisor for science fiction TV and movie productions, blending professional futurism and science fiction to provide scriptwriters, producers, and directors with creative input and bespoke consultancy.


    He has had the pleasure of appearing at some of the biggest conferences, and at smaller, intimate corporate events, delivering keynote talks to audiences ranging from 50 to 4,000. He has been part of panel discussions and chaired conferences across the World including USA, Peru, Australia, Dubai, Germany, UK, Sweden, China, Malta, and South Africa.


    Theo has published more than 100 articles on topics including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Smart Cities, Education, Healthcare, Marketing, Digital Transformation, and Virtual Reality, for Forbes, the European, WIRED, and Huffington Post. He has also contributed to VentureBeat, GigaOM, The Times Raconteur, and been interviewed for BBC Radio and UK national television news on technology trends.


    He is widely known and sought after for his forthright views on the negative impacts of technology on society, and currently works with organizations to research technology's wider impact on society and public policy.


    Theo has been listed as a Top 100 global technology influencer and thought leader on the Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Fintech multiple years in a row.


    Theo has also served as a startup mentor to technology accelerators, sits on Advisory Boards, and consults on new business development for deep tech startups.


    His book, 'The Future Starts Now', co-authored with Bronwyn Williams will be internationally available early 2021 from Bloomsbury.

  • Script Consulting

    The 'tenth man' in the Writers' Room

    From time to time Theo consults and offers specialised script consulting for science fiction TV and movie screenplays and productions via his company, Tenth Man, blending professional futurism and science fiction to provide scriptwriters, producers, and directors with creative input and bespoke consultancy.


    He also acts as the 'tenth man' within a series Writers' Room, ensuring that worldbuilding futuristic visions and technologies have a basis in fact, are consistent but still entertain the audience without breaking immersion.


  • The Future Starts Now

    Now available from Bloomsbury for pre-order via leading international booksellers and online.

    The Future Starts Now looks toward the various innovations and technologies that may shape our future. Authors Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Williams have brought together the world's leading futurists to articulate and clarify the current trajectories in technology, economics, politics, and business.

  • Highlights

    A selection of some of Theo's more popular published articles and conference appearances discussing emerging trends and technologies.


    "Would you be happy to follow a robot leader?"

    A question posed at this TEDx talk on living in a future with Artificial Intelligence, and where it may lead humanity next.


    "Everything is connected in the Internet of Things", a little WIRED piece I wrote a few years back.


    "AI and IOT are inseperable."


    A piece on Forbes considering a future where AI and IOT live hand in hand.

    Bosch C-World

    "Building a connected world."


    Keynote address at Bosch Connected World, discussing and asking the question, 'just who are we building this new world for?'

  • Testimonials

    Don't just take his word for it.

    SVP, HPE

    This is a tough recommendation to write, because it's going to come off sounding like a paid advertisement - but it simply reflects the incredible talent and experience that Theo brings to the table.

    Conference Manager, IDC

    His assessment by the audience was best among all the rest of speakers. He grabs attention of delegates with highly professional content, combined with humor great energy and outstanding presentation skills.

    Director, Pegasystems

    Theo is a man on a mission, he knows his stuff inside out and when he opens his mouth, you really ought to sit up and listen.

    MD, Berkeley PR

    Theo is one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure ofworking with. He deeply understands technology but more importantly how it can impact the lives of business and people.

    MD, Deloitte Digital

    His opinions on industry trends and market activity are well respected & despised at the same time, making him a true industry influencer.

    CEO, Elements.Cloud

    He challenges the status quo and therefore plays a vital role in driving innovation and thought leadership in the industry.

    CTO, Pegasystems

    I had more creative ideas from Theo in 6 months than I have had in 6 years from most people. Working with Theo can be a white knuckle ride, fast, exhillerating and fun.

    Director, Wipro Digital

    He can process a few bits of information, do the necessary research, get a vision of a big picture and quickly form a pretty strong opinion of his own. And what's even better, that opinion is nursed in an open mind and is not hard-coded.

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  • Contact Theo

    Feel free to get in touch for consulting, speaking or writing engagements.

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