Expert on technology trends and corporate inovation
The technology trends changing the way we live and do business
How technology is disrupting specific industries, from finance and healthcare to agriculture, manufacturing and travel
Corporate innovation in the face of disruption
How to create an entrepreneurial culture in your organisation
Embracing transformation in a fast-paced world
From augmented reality, artificial intelligence and cyber security to drones, nanotechnology and the genomic revolution, David Rowan is one of the world's foremost experts on how technology is re-shaping the world around us.
Founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), David is writing a book about bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption: Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas From The World’s Smartest Minds (May 2019).
He’s taken 130 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, and has spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.
His keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron.
David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. He's an early-stage investor in 45 tech companies and founder of a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations.
And he is still searching for the future…
David has an insatiable drive to understand the researchers, startups and investors changing the world.
His astonishing levels of travel and research mean his case studies and insights are always fresh and cutting-edge. But crucially, he is able to share his expertise clearly and accessibly, so that audiences always have that "aha" moment of understanding.
His presentations are fast-paced, energetic, visually stimulating, packed with concrete examples, and infused with wit. He always makes sure to tailor his content to particular audiences. Some of his recent talks include:
How smart companies are innovating
How tech will impact financial services
How artificial intelligence can boost (not destroy) your business
Why the world will never move this slowly again
The future of the workplace
Lessons from the great disruptors
How the internet of things is redefining the relationships between business and consumers
How will emerging technologies affect insurance/the legal industry/motoring/ travel/healthcare?
How to embrace transformation in an exponential era
Ten technologies shaping our future
Ten lessons I’ve learned from the world’s fastest innovators
New business models that are redefining industries
David is also an exceptional moderator.
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Below is a small selection of testimonials for David's speaking. You can view a fuller list here.
“You were a star and a dream to work with and the perfect speaker for this event. We could not have asked for more.” -- Audi, Ingolstadt
“Your presentation went down a storm (I knew it would) and I was able to refer back to it repeatedly over the two days as a stimulus to help drive the need for change.” -- Unilever CMO
“Your contribution at the event was terrific. The content was highly relevant & extremely interesting. We also appreciated that you took on board the detail discussed on the briefing call ahead of the event. Your talk received the highest audience review on the feedback application. The level of your professionalism is unrivalled.” -- Mercer, Hong Kong
“We received nothing less than fantastic feedback on your session and the insightful contribution you made to the panel.” -- BrainScape, Dubai
“David was fantastic. The content was perfect. David stuck to the brief we gave him and had clearly prepared materials that were bespoke to Sky. The talk was fast paced, interesting, relevant and accessible. It set up the innovation session of our agenda really well and I was delighted with the result.” -- Sky