David Rowan

Expert on technology trends and corporate inovation

Speaker Themes

  • How to build a radical and resilient culture of innovation
  • How technology will transform your business/industry
  • The ten new rules of business
  • How to optimise customer engagement
  • What talent wants in the new world of work
  • Why purpose plus profit is the new business mantra

Travels from

London, UK


A globally renowned speaker and author, David Rowan obsessively investigates how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now.

As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.

He wrote a best-selling book, “Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways To Transform How You Work”, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption.

The book sets out 17 proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — from “Turn products into services” to “Empower your team”.

David has invested in more than 90 early-stage tech companies, including eight that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and runs funds that invest in health-tech and climate-tech.

David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and at WIRED he built a conference and a consulting business.

David Rowan has given more than 600 keynotes around the world, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments. And he is still searching for the future.

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David Rowan speaks about the most important issues facing the technology world, as well as discussing how these might impact a wide range of other industries. His talks center on themes such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, Web3, the metaverse and crypto. More recently, he has spoken about the Covid-19 pandemic, and how technology can be used to help companies grow despite rapidly changing economic outlooks.

An expert in technology trends and innovation, David Rowan is a speaker who is passionate about the future of tech. His talks are jam-packed with intriguing stories, engaging video content and inspiring examples from across industries. 

All of David’s talks are customised to suit the audience in question, ensuring the content is always engaging and relevant to all those in attendance. In the past, he has talked about issues affecting sectors like finance, fashion, utilities, television, insurance, shipping, travel, real estate and business software, amongst many others.

David Rowan has also spoken in depth about business models and how these can be changed to help companies make the most of innovative new opportunities.

Recent talks by David Rowan have included:

• FINDING OPPORTUNITY AMID THE CRISIS: Optimism for companies as they emerge from the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, discussing growth opportunities, new ways of thinking about supply chains and education.

• WHY BUSINESS INNOVATION HAS NEVER MATTERED MORE: How businesses have adapted in the wake of Covid-19, and what that means for the future.

• TEN LESSONS FROM THE NON-BULLSHIT INNOVATORS: Sharing lessons from his book, Rowan talks about how businesses can make the most of digital innovation. 

• WHAT TECHNOLOGY MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR INDUSTRY: Bespoke presentations for client meetings on a range of topics. Recent topics have included the future of food and drink, real estate, media and financial services.

• THE FUTURE OF THE WORKPLACE: How to attract the talented employees and inspire your team to help the company grow.


Below is a small selection of testimonials for David’s speaking.


“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

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