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Tags: Business / Future of Work / Change Management / FinTech / Artificial Intelligence / Blockchain & Web3 / Management / Future Trends / Startup / Innovation / Leadership / Technology


Timothy Papandreou is a trusted global thought leader on emerging technologies, moonshots, smart cities, and the future of life & work. Currently, Tim is the Founder and CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors, providing investors, companies, and governments with clarity and guidance on how to best position themselves for massive disruptions ahead.

Previously, Tim led key strategic partnerships at Google X Moonshot Factory where he worked on humankind’s most pressing problems, applying the world’s most advanced technologies and methodologies to create new pathways to market for vital innovation projects. As such, Tim was an early, key member of the founding team behind Waymo – the world’s first self-driving robotaxi, trucking, and delivery vehicle technology.

Tim is also the former Chief Innovation Officer at San Francisco MTA -where he led cross-functional teams, and on behalf of the Mayor, implemented urban mobility technology centered on sustainability, social equity, and climate resiliency – making him an expert in holistic community-centered smart city tools that benefit the broader economy.

He presently serves as a trusted key advisor and mentor in several emerging technology spaces – including Google X, Stakeborg’s web3/crypto investment and education platform; the expert in-residence at 11.2 venture builder studio (mentoring AI & fintech supply chain startups); and a Senior Partner at Monaco Foundry- a first-of-its-kind platform that increases the early success rate of sustainability-focused startups through accreditation and unique web3 support systems. He is also a holder and member of the Onchain Monkey community- a web 3 non-fungible token community focused on building the web3 metaverse.​

Tim is a digital nomad, as he regularly attends and presents at conferences and events around the world. His diverse public and private systems experience makes him a highly sought after speaker.

Tim has had the honor of speaking for prestigious international audiences, including The World Bank, OECD, Google, and addressing the UN in Geneva. Tim’s keynote speeches engage, educate and inspire audiences from top tier investment banks, Universities, Governments, and industry associations. Tim’s unique insights and thought leadership draws from his strong track record to see the signs, lead cross-functional teams, build partnerships and deliver moonshot innovation.


The AI revolution is underway: What is it, what does it mean for your organization?

Embark on an extraordinary journey into the disruptive realm of innovation s-curves of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and witness its profound impact across key sectors of the economy. AI presents a tipping point in human evolution. It is transforming the way we live, work, and experience what it means to be human and thus it is ultimately a story about humanity rather than just technology.

As an early participant in the AI revolution, Timothy was part of Google’s Self-Driving company Waymo which launched the world’s first AI robo-taxi and robo-trucking service. As a practical futurist with hands-on experience from his coveted role as special advisor to X the Moonshot factory (Google’s top secret AI and ML innovation lab) he dives deep into areas like: 

  • Healthcare:  AI-driven algorithms revolutionize disease detection, and personalized medicine, and enhance patient care.
  • Construction: Automation, predictive analytics, and robotics transform project management, safety, and productivity.  
  • Financial:  AI algorithms and data analytics reshape banking, investment, and risk management, improving customer experiences and fraud detection.
  • Legal:  Contract analysis, legal research, and predictive modeling benefit from AI-powered tools. 
  • Insurance: AI streamlines claim processing, risk assessment, and fraud detection.
  • Real estate:  AI redefines property valuation, market analysis, and customer experience.

In this highly coveted talk, Tim breaks down AI and all its components in simple-to-understand terms to prepare your organization as you begin your transition journey. He brings actionable insights to dispel the myths, cut through the hype, clarify the state of play and provide actional insights for his audiences to seize the AI opportunities while minimizing the negative impacts.

AI & the Future of Work: Leading in the New Never Normal Workplace

The future of work whether it is remote, onsite, hybrid or all the above is upending all our preconceived notions of leadership,  team performance, the workplace, and work-life balance. Generative AI tools like open AI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard are already disrupting tasks and roles in professional services while manual tasks in manufacturing and construction are being robotized. In addition, key emerging technologies such as blockchain and automation are already changing work tasks, creating new job opportunities, streamlining processes, and further accelerating disruption while increasing value in the workplace.

Workplace culture is the glue that keeps organizations together. All these trends especially AI are challenging you to rethink your team and keep them happy,  healthy, and productive.  In this highly sought-after speech, Tim prepares his audience of leaders with practical hands-on experience to seize the latest emerging technology tools and create a highly effective, competitive, and resilient work culture, where wellness is at the center of the new never-normal workplace.

Smart Cities: The future of life & work is not what you think

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, a trend that is accelerating, luring billions from the countryside for a better life. At same time, the cities are all increasingly vulnerable to climate disruption and growing complexities. Technology is disrupting how we live, work and get around. Our way of life has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 – and the next ten will have even greater changes. We can’t afford business as usual.
The converging trends of AI automation, blockchain, biological planning, and on-demand “lifestyle as a service” have already started and they will continue to accelerate profound changes to all our lives in both subtle and dramatic ways. No one group can do this alone, we must center our communities and bring together government, business, and educators to solve these very complex problems to not only survive but thrive in this once-in-a-generation opportunity. In this captivating speech, Tim explores the intersection of emerging technology, sustainability, and innovative infrastructure – and how life as we know it will never be the same again.

Key Trends I Smart Cities I Sustainability I Climate I Resilient Cities I Bio-Planning I On-Demand I Electrification I Automation I Innovation I Infrastructure

Moonshots: Combining courage, audacity and technology to achieve the impossible

The courage to set audacious goals and explore new applications of disruptive technology is identifying a third way of achieving success – commercializing radical solutions and challenging what we thought wasn’t possible. Tim spent years at X-the Moonshot Factory, the renowned Google innovation division, positioned at the apex of a global problem, a radical solution, and breakthrough technology. Synonymous with the Google X brand, ‘Moonshot’ thinking refers to a visionary technique of implementing a future-oriented approach to solving some of humankind’s most challenging obstacles. The philosophy is named after John F. Kennedy’s dream to send a man to the moon. Another definitive example of a moonshot is often self-driving cars – the exact project Tim worked on – helping the team deliver Waymo to market.
The megatrends of AI-centered automation, DNA sequencing, energy storage, blockchain and robotics are converging resulting in s-curves feeding s-curves of innovation simultaneously. This is creating the opportunity for multiple moonshot ideas to commercialize and solve some of the most daunting challenges facing our species. In this riveting speech, Tim takes the audience on a journey on how to think big, be fearless, and land the moonshot.

Moonshots I Key Trends I Innovation I Startups I AI I DNA Sequencing I Blockchain I Energy I Mobility I Agtech I Drones I Space

The Future of Work: The New Never Normal Workplace

The future of work is upending all our preconceived notions of a team, the workplace, and work-life balance. The global Covid pandemic bifurcated our economy into those that can work from home and those that can’t. The idea that people will have one full-time job for life is fading while many roles are already being automated or robotized. In addition, key emerging technologies such as automation, blockchain & artificial intelligence are already changing work tasks and processes further accelerating disruption in the workplace.

Workplace culture is the glue that keeps organizations together. All these trends are challenging you to retain your team and keep them happy, healthy, and productive. In this highly sought-after speech, Tim prepares his audience of leaders to create a resilient work culture, where wellness is at the center of the new never normal workplace.

Leadership I Cross-Functional Teams I Design Thinking I System Thinking I Rapid Prototyping I Change Management I Moonshot Strategy I Innovation I Work Culture

Web 3: What is it, why does it matter and what does it mean for your organization

We’re at the sunsetting of Web 2 (our current internet, where you are the product and your data is owned by a few mega-corporations) and at the dawn of Web 3 (which is more decentralized and you own your data ). From blockchain, cryptocurrency and the metaverse to digital assets (art, music, etc) centered on radically transparent smart contracts, there are boundless opportunities for new areas of growth and capitalization. There is also so much hype and so many terms, and not very user-friendly interfaces and tools, it’s hard to keep up and see what’s real and what’s just fluff.

In this welcoming talk, Tim breaks down Web 3 drawing from his own personal experience in this space, and all its components in simple-to-understand terms to prepare your organization as you begin your transition journey. Tim provides a compelling call to action, explaining market opportunity, as this is the biggest generational change in how we source information, transact contracts, procure and secure digital assets, and so much more.

Key Trends I Metaverse Strategy I Community Education I Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) I Web 3 I NFTs I Crypto Currency I Blockchains I Fintech I Smart Contracts I Digital Assets I Digital Wallets I Staking I Proof of Work




  • "Timothy, thank you so much for your keynote at this year’s conference. We are honored to have you share your expertise with our audience.” Global Real Estate Company, Dallas, USA
  • "Timothy, our audience was riveted by your presentation and even more impressed during the Q&A. Thank you" Swiss Bank, Zurich, Switzerland
  • “Thank you so much for your brilliant moderating style, you kept everyone engaged!” Global Investment Bank, Hong Kong
  • “Thank you so much for your incredible energy! Many have commented on your presentation and perspectives specifically.” Multinational Development Corporation. Toronto, Canada
  • “Timothy, as you were such an excellent speaker at the TRANSITION Forum, I’m writing to invite you to speak again at this year’s event” Transition Forum, Paris, France
  • “Many thanks for joining us yesterday Timothy – great presentation as always– sure we’ll see you again soon.” US Bank, New York USA
  • “Your presentation was so engaging for the class- they've really enjoyed it!.” Ivy League University, Connecticut USA
  • “Tim - your session was a blinder! so many takeaways- everyone was furiously taking notes!.” Private Equity Firm, London, UK

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