Author & Futurist, UNITED KINGDOM

Ben Hammersley is an author, futurist and technologist, and specialises in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. As a trend analyst, he invented the term "podcast," and expounds his wisdom to audiences at every level, on complex technological and sociological topics.


Hammersley was the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to Tech City in London from 2011-2013. He was also the Robert Schuman fellow on the Global Governance programme at the European University Institute in 2013; a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom – and a non-resident fellow of the 21st Century for Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C from 2012-2013.


Hammersley is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then,’ which is a guide to the new concepts of the modern world. He is Editor at Large of WIRED Magazine and writes regularly for The Financial Times.


Previously, he was Head of Digital at SIX Creative where he was responsible for creating, building and managing an international team dedicated to bringing cutting-edge internet strategy, design, and production to leading fashion and beauty brands worldwide.


Hammersley’s TV series “Cybercrime, with Ben Hammersley” was broadcast worldwide in 2014 on BBC World News and on the BBC News Channel. In this groundbreaking 6 part series – shot in the US, China, Nigeria, the UK and across Europe – He investigated the darker side of the internet: from government surveillance and NSA whistleblowers in Washington, to scammers and spammers in Lagos; from hardware hackers in Shenzhen, to cyber-warriors in London.

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The IHRSA European Congress features presentations delivered by executives from inside and outside the health club industry, providing thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry. Networking events, focus group discussions, and lunch and evening receptions provide the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from throughout Europe.