David Rowan keynote speaker

Founding UK Editor-in-Chief at WIRED, Author, Technology Columnist, Moderator, Adviser & Investor
  • A Non-Bullshit Guide to How Tech Will Impact Publishing
  • AI May Be the Future — but What Does It Mean for Your Business Today?
  • Artificial Intelligence: Time Saver or Skills Slayer?
  • How Tech Will Impact Tomorrow's Transport Industry
  • Why This Is AI's 'Netscape' Moment
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David Rowan is today’s leading speaker on how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now. He’s given more than 600 keynotes around the world, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum, the biggest global companies, and governments.

As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine in the UK, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His best-selling book, “Non- Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways To Transform How You Work” (Penguin), is a 20-country quest to identify genuine 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 “Build an ecosystem”.

David spends his time at tech’s cutting edge: visiting university research labs and startup clusters to meet the people building the future. He’s invested in more than 150 early-stage tech companies, and runs venture 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. And he is still searching for the future.

David will customise a talk for your meeting, or will moderate your event in his accessible journalistic style.




“The team was blown away and they are a hard group to impress.” –Google

“Truly inspirational.” –Warner Bros

“Fascinating.” –Goldman Sachs

“David Rowan was awesome.” –Salesforce

“Magnificent.” –Sky

“Just perfect.” –Temasek

“You set the tone for the day perfectly, engaging the audience and steering the presenters through a very full agenda. The feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive, which is largely due to your dynamism, good humour and professionalism.” –David Cameron, G8 Innovation Conference

“A stellar moderator – insightful and challenging to the speakers, witty and engaging for the audience, and very positive to work with.” –World Economic Forum

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