Dr Robin Wood is an unusual blend of global thinker, entertainer, futurist, straight talking innovator & change agent - an explorer of the far frontiers of technology, business, culture and society. Robin takes his audiences on journeys of discovery through the critical trends & possibilities that enable us to transform the future & realise our brilliance as individuals, organizations and societies.
Robin works with leaders and organizations globally to co-create thriving futures as a speaker, writer, consultant & as President of The Renaissance2 Foundation. He has worked at board level with the world’s leading organizations across all sectors in 35 countries on 4 continents over three decades, & founded, developed & supported hundreds of organizations to realize their full potential in sustainable ways. He is also an entrepreneur, jazz musician & poet.
Dr Wood is author of several award winning books & has been a Fellow at the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. His doctorate from LBS focused on strategic alignment, leading to the development of the alignment wheel organizational diagnostic system used in hundreds of major organizations.
• Vision 2050: Co-Creating a Viable Future for a Smarter Planet
• The Future of Western Civilization and You
• Getting Your Act Together for the Great Shift
• Designing a Planet for a Second Renaissance
• The Evolution of Business 2.0- Creating a Living, Intelligent Economy
• Thrival- Beyond Sustainability and Resilience to Shared Value
• The Future of Strategy- Business Design and Business Ecosystems
• How to Follow Your Bliss Without Losing Your Shirt – My Journey
• Leadership for the 21st Century
• FutureHealth- Transforming Healthcare
The Great Shift- Catalyzing the Second Renaissance – Renaissance2 Publications 2010
Managing Complexity-How the New Sciences can Help Businesses Adapt and Prosper-
The Economist Books 2000. Sunday Times Book of the Week & Director Magazine Book of the Month
Industry Expertise (3)
Junior Mayor of Sandton (professional)
First Junior Mayor of Sandton South Africa. Raised millions for charities and Keep Sandton Clean, Green and Serene Campaign
Presenter & Facilitator: Global Fitness Forum & Horizon Programs ZF Group (professional)
Co-designed and led two management development initiatives for the top 100 executives in ZF globally: The “Global Fitness Forum” and the “Horizon Programme”. Both programmes focused on the response of ZF to the globalisation of the automotive industry, while developing practices required for a learning organisation.
Fellow at the Centre for Management Development - London Business School (professional)
Working with Prof Len Waverman and other colleagues from the School, Robin co-designed and presented a highly-rated strategic leadership programme for the top 100 executives in Vodafone globally.
Leadership Development: Department of Health- Eastern Cape Province S Africa (professional)
Robin and his colleagues led a major organisational transformation project for the director of East London Hospital Complex, including the assessment of the top leadership team and and the development of a roadmap for the way forward for the Complex and its leaders. This involved the application of the Organisational Alignment Wheel together with Peoplescan Values Analysis.
Founder: Château La Tour Apollinaire (professional)
Transformed an Italian–Gothic chateau in Perpignan situated between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, creating a serene location for, personal, team & leadership development.
Co-founder: Renaissance2 (professional)
In Renaissance2 we pioneered multi-stakeholder innovation processes which help organizations scan, map, connect and collaborate around new opportunities that align personal, cultural and infrastructure capital in accelerated, sustainable ways.
Private Pilot’s License- SA & UK (personal)
Member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and owner of a share in a Grob 109B motor glider.
Law Student’s Representative on Students Representative Council (personal)
At university Robin was one of the leaders of the campaign for social justice in S Africa. He was extensively involved in leading fundraising efforts for various charities and University Rag.
Member of the Executive Committee of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) (personal)
Robin co-led the campaign against apartheid and for the release of Nelson Mandela, on a broad range of fronts. Many of his fellow student leaders were arrested, tortured and some unfortunately died in prison. Luckily Robin is still alive to tell the tale.
First Lieutenant in South African Defence Force (professional)
Military Legal Advisor to the Generals in SADF
London Business School: PhD, Technology Strategy 1995
Strategic Alignment- The Role of IT in Long Term Strategic Corporate Performance
Harvard/Damelin: Dip IFM, International Financial Management 1981
University of the Witwatersrand: B Com, Economics 1976
University of the Witwatersrand: LLB, Law 1979
Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa
- Workshop Leader
- Author Appearance
- Corporate Training