Ben HammersleyAuthor, Futurist & Technologist
Ben Hammersley is an author, futurist and technologist, specialising in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. He enjoys an international career as a trends and digital guru, explaining complex technological and sociological topics to lay audiences, and as a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business.
He works within three areas of applied futurism: national security and development, personal futures-preparation, and ultra-high altitude to low-earth orbit space engineering.
He is a Fellow at The Brookings Institute in Washington, and Innovator-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies, University of London, and a non-executive director of Digital Jersey. Previously he was the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City in East London which aims to be Europe’s centre of innovation and the location of choice for tech and digital companies and investors. He also sits on the Tech City Advisory Board.
His first TV series, on cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, was broadcast on BBC World internationally, and BBC News Channel in the UK, in 2014.