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Phil Ruthven

Phil Ruthven


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Founder -IBISWorld - Futurist & Strategic Leader

Australia’s foremost strategist, futurist and forecaster, Phil Ruthven’s big picture insight has made his company, IBISWorld, the leader in its field. Company director to several organisations, advisory boards and charities, Phil’s comments on business, economic and social issues are dispensed across radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries. He continues to be one of the nation's most frequent and prolific commentators, delivering numerous speeches and addresses each year to eager audiences.

Phil Ruthven is the founder and Executive Chairman of the IBIS Group, Australia’s best known business information, forecasting and strategic services corporation. He is also a director of other companies, advisory boards and charitable organisations.

IBIS’ main business is the provision of information and forecasting, covering industries, enterprises and the business environment. It also provides Strategic Planning, Top Level Management Consulting and advice on takeover and merger projects.

IBIS’ has earned the reputation as an astute forecasting and advisory corporation, based on its unique and comprehensive databases. Its foresight and insight of business trends is outstanding, with the most envious record of accuracy amongst its peers in the nation. Their clients include one-third of the nations top 500 corporations and government authorities. IBIS has become the premier provider of information to the Australian business community.

Australia's Most Respected Futurist

Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. He continues to be one of the nation’s most frequent and prolific commentators in demand by the media, and is arguably Australia’s most respected futurist.

Phil is a science graduate from the University of NSW. He added to these qualifications with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and he was a Rotary awardee to the USA in the late sixties. He spent over ten years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in December 1970.

Phil is Australia’s most in demand speaker in his areas of expertise. He addresses around 75 congresses, seminars and conferences each year and has done so for more than two decades. His involvement as a commentator and informer at conferences takes him around Australia and overseas into the Asia Pacific, North America and Western Europe.

Phil is an incisive and entertaining speaker whose presentations are backed by ‘State of the Art" data and analysis.

Phil using the resources of IBIS tailors each presentation to the clients needs and outcomes. He presents incisive and practical analysis and assessment whether for large corporations or small business.
Phil is the ‘resident economics forecaster and strategist’ at Australia’s largest annual convention, the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) National Convention. For many years he has addressed.

Presentation Topics Include

  • Business growth potential and future trends
  • Australia's most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters


“Excellent – Phil made it all so clear and simple – even I understood.  Can I have a copy of his speech so I can impress my friends at my next dinner party with my knowledge.”
“Very Good – Informative and analysis well prepared.”
Westfield Shopping Centre Management
“Very Good – Phil had certainly done his homework.  Our congress delegate noted him as “most informative.”
World Federation of Direct Selling
“Excellent – An obvious “professional”.  
Melbourne Direct Marketing Club

“Excellent – An informative and most importantly, positive presentation."

“Excellent – An excellent presentation with provocative ideas delivered with enthusiasm."
Institute of Municipal Management

“Excellent – The information provided was both informative and useful."
National Office Products Association of Australia

“Excellent. Phil is a delight to work with. His presentation is exceptional – well researched and substantial, entertaining but without the fluff you often get from speakers."
Australian Human Resources Institute

Phil Ruthven can make a difficult subject appear simple in a delightfully humorous way. Everyone listened with enormous interest.

Excellent. A very timely, relevant speech on the economic status quo and our future prospects. Well delivered and well received by the participants. Top marks!

Excellent presentation. Lived up to and exceeded our expectations. Informative and thoughtful. Very accessible presentation of global topic.
Ice Creameries of Australia

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