J. Walker Smith is Executive Chairman of Kantar Futures, the leading global futures consultancy. Walker has been described by Fortune as “one of America’s leading analysts on consumer trends,” and he is the co-author of four highly regarded books, a columnist, a blogger, an avid tweeter, and a former public radio commentator. He is a 2012 inductee into the N.C. Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2014 and 2015, he won the WPP Atticus Award for Strategy and in 2013 for Consumer Insights. Walker holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.