David Rowan – Keynote Speaker

The leading authority on technology's impact on business

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Specialist Subjects

  • Why This is AI’s “Netscape Moment”
  • Finding Opportunity amid the Crisis
  • Why Business Innovation Has Never Mattered More
  • Ten Lessons From The Non-Bullshit Innovators
  • What Technology Means For The Future Of Your Industry
  • The Future Of The Workplace
  • AI may be the future — but what does it mean for your business today?
  • How to be human in the emergent era of transformative AI, neural interfaces, simulated realities and planetary chaos
  • The Ten new Rules of Business
  • What AI means for the data centre
  • How exponential tech forces retailers to think like startups
  • The impact of AI on operational real estate
  • How exponential tech could impact aviation cybersecurity
  • The Ten New Rules Of Business
  • How To Optimise Customer Engagement
  • Why Purpose Plus Profit Is The New Mantra
  • What carbon accounting will mean for every business
  • How to build a radical culture of innovation
  • How emerging technologies will transform your industry
  • What AI, data analytics and blockchain really mean for business leaders
  • What Talent Wants in the New World of Work


  • English


David Rowan explains compellingly 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, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than 150 early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and is an adviser to venture-capital funds, the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, and numerous tech businesses.

David’s Amazon #1 business bestseller Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways to Transform How You Work (Penguin) has been published in Japan, Korea, Russia, Ukraine and beyond. The book, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out 17 proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — helping leaders build resilience in an uncertain world.

David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times. He has been asked to give more than 600 keynotes in recent years, and has received repeat requests to present for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever. David has moderated events for the World Economic Forum, WIRED and the UK and French governments, and is increasingly in demand to host virtual conferences.

David deconstructs tech trends in real time, unpacking how major innovations like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, and more, are changing businesses and consumers. He focuses on how technology-led innovation can build prosperity even in economic downturns and amid market crises. He delivers fascinating and knowledgeable presentations full of insight into the future of technology together with lively examples and engaging video clips which reveal that, in some cases, the future is already here. He’s typically asked to speak about how innovation and technology are likely to impact a particular sector (from manufacturing to motoring), and what incumbent companies can do to protect themselves. He customises every talk, and in recent months has addressed audiences in finance, fashion, utilities, television, insurance, shipping, travel, real estate and business software. He also speaks a lot about changing business models, and how companies can develop a culture of innovation.

And he is still searching for the future.

Popular Talks by David Rowan

Why This is AI’s “Netscape Moment”

How to understand the impact of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools. What they mean for business resilience, the job market, process automation.

Finding Opportunity amid the Crisis

Technology offers hope for optimism as we enter an era of uncertainty and financial fragility. Here are the growth opportunities — from re- inventing supply chains to building new brand heroes.

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