Futurist. Speaker. Author.
She forecast the tech bubble burst of 2000; she foresaw the economic crisis of 2008 years before the recession crashed into the United States; she foresaw the game-changing social impact of the Internet. Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux’s ability to analyze emerging trends and translate them into profitable business opportunities is legendary. She is a visionary who bases her approach on evidence, research, in-depth analysis, proprietary processes, and unfailing intuition. One of the world’s leading futurists, Mary’s steady eyed forecasts have enabled organizations to face the future with proactive strategies and aggressive innovation finding targets no one else can see.
World Leading Futurist
Mary’s transformative forecasts, leading edge trend analysis, and insightful advice has made her a sought-after speaker and consultant to scores of senior executives and a wide range of blue chip companies, including Apple, BASF, CITIC-Pacific, Chevron, Coca Cola, Disney, Oracle, P&G, and Ericsson, and nonprofit organizations including the Asia Foundation, National Council on Aging, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, United Way, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the World Bank.
Mary is the founder and CEO of Global Foresight, a think tank and strategic consulting firm. Prior to that, she honed her expertise in global affairs and forecasting with the Institute for the Future. As Senior Research Fellow and Director, Mary worked with global corporations, nonprofits, and governments to analyze emerging trends in society and business and develop cogent strategy. During her time with the Institute, Mary also co-led the Emerging Technologies Outlook Program and founded the Center for the Future of China at Beijing University.
A world-renowned China and Emerging Markets expert, Mary’s books, Global Work: Bridging Distance, Culture and Time, China Five-Year Forecast: Creating the New Marketplace and China’s Generations: The Transformation of Daily Life are considered the best guide for business leaders who want to engage in the myriad opportunities presented by the world’s fastest growing economies.
After accurately forecasting the “Great Recession” of 2008, Mary wrote Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation, an authoritative guide for surviving and thriving in this time of unprecedented change. With practical tools, strategies, and deep understanding, Navigating the Badlands focuses on the innovation opportunities in the midst of chaos and how to make it to the far foothills of the future.
With unparalleled global and cross-industry experience, Mary is a sought-after keynote speaker and inspires and guides audiences to the future with carefully researched, customized, eloquently delivered experiences. Engaging, interesting, and, most important, accurate, Mary’s keynotes offer targeted forecasting and implications for businesses and leaders.
Her ability to spot emerging trends early and find targets no one else sees, that no one else is looking for, allows organizations to get to the future fast and first. The necessity for business leaders to see into the future is not optional; it is a must for survival and developing competitive advantage for a future that won’t resemble the past.
Mary’s work has been featured on Bloomberg, TV, Fox TV, CCTV China, National Public Radio, AARP Radio, Wall Street Journal Asia, the LA Times, and more. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, and Fielding Graduate University and served on the faculty of the School of Medicine at US Davis for many years. She was recently a professor at Peking University, has been a visiting professor at several universities around the world and has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards.