Keith Coats

Director of Storytelling and International Leadership Expert

Keith Coats




  • Specialist Leadership and Global trends Consultant/speaker
  • 20 years of local and International experience
  • Co Founding partner of TomorrowToday

Areas of Expertise

As a founding partner in TomorrowToday Keith has the privilege to work across multiple industries in a global context at both an executive and senior leadership level. His focus is primarily on leadership in a changing world – what will be the shifts required of leaders and organisations in both their thinking and practice when it comes to leadership. Allied to this focus area are future trends and disruption, diversity and bringing out the best in those you lead.

The research our team does ensures Keith is always up to date and client relevant.

Keith has formally studied leadership teams in organisational change and has a background in both corporate banking and the non-profit sector in South Africa. He is a published author and at the request of the King of Sweden did work with the Sweden Economic Forum.

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What sets Keith’s apart?

Some unique distinctions include his extensive global experience – experience that includes presenting in places as diverse as Russia, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, multiple countries in South America and Europe, USA, Australia, Mauritius, the Dominican Republic and Kenya; Extensive experience in presenting to multi-cultural audiences across multiple industry and commercial sectors and through a variety of channels including business schools, associations, institutes and directly with the client.

Keith’s delivery style as a presenter is conversational, relaxed and confident. He wants to engage the audience to see things differently and think for themselves.

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Presentations and leadership development programmes

In TomorrowToday we work hard to ask the questions that aren’t being asked and then to build frameworks of understanding that illuminate insights into the specific area of focus – be that leadership, talent, disruption, diversity etc. These frameworks draw on our broad international exposure and experience. The frameworks, as part of their evolutionary process, are turned into dynamic, edu-taining keynote presentations. What this means is that the presentations and programmes that Keith delivers and designs are underpinned by global experience, research and the very best of our TomorrowToday thinking. They can be fully customised, are always being updated and are enhanced by the selective use of multi-media. In fact TomorrowToday pioneered the use of dynamic multi-media in the presentation space.

Business Schools and institutions including London Business School, Duke CE, GIBS and the East West Centre, Hawaii repeatedly request Keith’s input in their premier leadership programmes globally.

Client Comments

  • “An absolute privilege. Brilliant! The best Presenter ever!”
  • “Keith is an extraordinary person and it was an honour to be part of his class. An exceptional experience.”
  • “Absolutely mind blowing. So enjoyed it!”

“This was the first time someone got me thinking about the way I do things. Keith also has a phenomenal way of facilitating, he is well read, traveled and really passionate about his work. He really takes pride in what he does. He is excellent.” – GIBS Nedbank Senior Management Programme

“Amazing, radical, out of the box. Great thought provoker. Congratulations!! Best session from my perspective. Informative, considerate, fitted my needs.” – GIBS Executive Developmenet Programmes: Unicef

” I first met Keith in 2002, when I invited him to speak at the East-West Center in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), our flagship leadership education program. His pilot teaching was so successful that I have invited Keith back annually ever since for periods of 2-3 weeks modular teaching on i) the nature of leadership in a globalizing world, ii) learning how to learn leadership, and iii) learning to lead diversity.  His evaluations have consistently been the best in the program and he remains one of the most insightful people I know in the world on leadership.” – Nicholas H. Barker (Ph.D.) Director, Asia Pacific Leadership Program

Why use Keith and when should you do so?

If you wish to challenge the status quo and stimulate thinking and action then we believe Keith will fit the bill. He is comfortable in addressing sizeable conferences to executive teams sitting around the boardroom table. He is confidant that the thinking he represents (from TomorrowToday) is amongst the very best anywhere and is world class. We have repeatedly been told as much.