VBQ Speakers

David Rowan - Keynote Speaker

Book David Rowan as a keynote speaker with VBQ Speakers. David Rowan is one of the world's foremost experts on how technology is re-shaping the world around us. He is founding Editor-in-chief and now Editor-at-large of WIRED’s UK edition, and technology columnist for The [UK] Sunday Times. For more information on technology speaker David Rowan, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


david rowan

Expert on technology trends and corporate inovation

Speaker themes

  • 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

Travels From

London, UK



David Rowan, founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), is the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Transworld, 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption.

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 technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times. He's an early-stage investor in more than 50 tech companies and founder of Voyagers.io, a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures designed to build close community.

And he is still searching for the future…


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.

He 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.


Technology is changing ever more quickly. What does this mean for the business models of the future? How can we adjust our mindset to innovate and stay ahead of the competition? David shares what he has learned from the world's leading entrepreneurs and disruptors (Aruba, Paris, May 2017)

The future of shipping (Transas Global Conference 2017)

David explains why the world will never move this slowly again. (Microsoft, Bucharest, November 2016)

What technology means for financial services (September 2015)

***More videos at www.davidrowan.com ***



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