Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Trust, Foresight, Innovation

Examples of Keynotes

  • Organisational trust and authenticity
  • Hope, community & resilience as the way forward
  • Leveraging trends & insights for multi-sector innovation
  • Illuminating future scenarios and creating strategic responses

About Sean

A research/foresight/strategy consultant, and UK Associate Partner with CIFS, Sean delivers actionable insights re: #NowNextWhy for clients ranging from corporates to agencies to NGOs, working on national and international projects.

He’s the author of two books: 'The Post-Truth Business' that went to No1 in the business charts, whilst 'Influencers & Revolutionaries' was shortlisted for the 'Business Book of the Year' Awards. (His next book ‘Swans, Rhinos & Jellyfish’ will help organisations prepare and respond to future scenarios.) His podcast #TheNewAbnormal features guests from academia to business to activism, and has over 150,000 downloads.

A public speaker, he’s given keynotes at events in the US/EU/MENA/Asia for over a decade, speaking at venues including boardrooms, congress halls, stadiums and festivals. Sean has also been a university lecturer (on brand strategy / applied foresight / disruptive comms) for twenty years. Finally, he’s proud to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sean has given speeches for those including: Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Visa, Citycon, Microsoft, Harrods, Contagious, L’Oreal, Beiersdorf, Carrefour, MTV, Diageo, Estee Lauder, NTR, John Lewis, Baker McKensie, Otava, Nokian, Ikea, The European Lottery, Postnord, Euroconsumers, Coca-Cola, DNV GL, Unilever, Tech BBQ, Conde Nast, EU Communications Summit, The Tate Modern, YMS, KPMG, Sistema, Braun, iNovuss, Asahi-Pilsen, Quadient, Coty, along with many advertising, media and PR agencies

“The World Retail Congress is renowned for attracting excellent speakers for each of its annual events. Following on from his previous speeches at the congress, this year Sean gave a superb talk as part of our Leadership Programme for CEO’s. He also chaired dynamic panels with innovative brands and leading-edge agencies, I’d highly recommend him for companies seeking a deeply informed and entertaining speaker!”
- Ian McGarrigle, Chairman, World Retail Congress
“Influencers & Revolutionaries is full of signposts to possible futures in tourism, health, fashion, entertainment, transport and more. Sean Pillot de Chenecey's is a singular voice in the often-contradictory worlds of innovation, marketing and consumption; and his refreshing forthright prose is the next best thing to hearing him give a speech."
- Ben Hughes, Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology
“The Post-Truth Business provides invaluable insight into how brands can earn trust and play an authentic and meaningful role in consumers' lives. Sean has always had a knack for uncovering human truths and cultural insights, and he delivers again with this book. It's a must-read."
- John Dunleavy, President, McCann Worldgroup North America


Following a decade with cutting-edge agencies, Sean became a research consultant and has conducted ethnographic & trend research around the world. He’s fascinated by the individuals, movements & events that shine a light on social and cultural change. As a result of this, he has a very deep level of knowledge regarding the genuine issues impacting brands and brand futures.

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