David Rowan

David RowanFounding UK Editor-in-Chief, WIRED | Author of Amazon #1 business bestseller Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin)

Keynote Speaker

  • Finding Opportunity Amid The Crisis: Technology Offers Hope For Optimism As We Emerge From The Coronavirus Crisis. Here Are The Growth Opportunities — From Re-Inventing Supply Chains To Rethinking Education To Building New Brand Heroes.
  • Why Business Innovation Has Never Mattered More: COVID-19 Has Forced Business Leaders To Move Insanely Fast To Adapt. But How Do You Build A Culture Of Effective Innovation? Here Are The Lessons From David’s 20-Nation Quest For Non-Bullshit Innovation.
  • Ten Lessons From The Non-Bullshit Innovators: David Rowan Travelled Across The World To Understand What It Takes For Businesses And Governments To Leverage Digital Transformation In Exciting Ways.
  • What Technology Means For The Future Of Your Industry: David Researches And Prepares Bespoke Presentations For Client Meetings. The Future Of Food And Drink The Future Of Aviation; The Future Of Real Estate; The Future Of Media; The Future Of Healthcare; The Future Of Financial Services
  • The Future Of The Workplace: How To Attract Talent, And Motivate Your Team To Perform Its Best Work
  • Why It’s Time To Challenge The Tech Monopolies
  • The Ten New Rules Of Business
  • How To Optimise Customer Engagement
  • Why Purpose Plus Profit Is The New Mantra

Speaker Profile

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 start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than 60 early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and is an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds.

David’s Amazon #1 business bestseller Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin, 2019) 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 sixteen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — helping leaders build resilience in a post-COVID- 19 world.

David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and hosts a new podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders. 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 and the UK and French governments, and is increasingly in demand to host webinars and 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 the COVID-19 crisis. 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.


“I wanted to thank you for your time to moderate the G8 Innovation Conference. 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.”
—UK Prime Minister 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

“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

“Your opening talk was just fabulous and perfectly set the stage for the next few days. I am forever in your debt for playing such an important role and being so giving of your time throughout the week. The feedback on your talk has been extremely positive.”

“A HUUUUGE thank you as always for being the one we trust to make any conversation bright, enlightening, energetic, thoughtful and insightful- always so, so grateful. Many people said how much they enjoyed the fireside chat.”
-Founders Forum NY

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

“I can’t thank you enough for your truly inspirational talk. We’ve had wonderful feedback and it set the day up perfectly.”
-Warner Bros

“David was fantastic. The content was perfect. 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.”

“David Rowan was awesome, lots of amazing feedback.”

“David was incredible and we’ve had some great feedback already from our analysts and leadership team that were there. We were engaged, inspired and enjoyed every minute of his keynote.”

“David did an amazing job with his presentations and panel discussions. He was very professional, spoke/presented brilliantly and was well received by the audience. He was also punctual and easy to communicate with. Comments I have received from organizers and attendees included:
• ‘a very well researched and fact-based presentation’
• ‘Provided really useful information I have not heard of before’ • ‘Perfect choice in speakers to end the two day forum: maintained everyone's attention and excitement’
• ‘David was brilliant. What a great speaker!’”

“Your insights and perspective into the companies and entrepreneurs who are changing the world created a buzz around those assembled.”

“We had nothing but praise for his forward thinking piece, it was both informative and entertaining. I didn’t see a single attendee checking their smartphone during David’s talk, which is a testament to his skill as a speaker. I will definitely recommend him to our other offices around the world.”

“He enthralled the audience… He is great to work with, has a fantastic presentation and was an asset to the panel session. The feedback from clients and Mercer folk has been excellent.”

“David was very well received. His presentation aligned very well with the themes running through the conference.”
-KPMG, Shanghai

“Absolutely excellent. Excellent moderation, excellent presentation.”

“Very good facilitator, understood the brief, researched thoroughly and it showed.”
-Lloyds of London

“A big hit with the team, some really great feedback…content, delivery and messaging was spot on.”

“You have exceeded our expectations at our event in Barcelona, and we would like to bring you back once again. I heard so many positive things about your keynote. You delivered an outstanding session.”
-Accucore Group

“David – thanks so much for what was an incredibly popular speech – just perfect for what we wanted!”
-Temasek, Singapore

“Thank you so much for an excellent session. You left the team in no doubt about the risks of disruptive factors and how they can impact any industry. Ours more than any is wide open here. Totally the right way to end the conference.”
-JP Morgan

“It was a fascinating presentation and we all enjoyed it.”
-Goldman Sachs

Word Cloud

  • Virtual Keynotes

  • Digital Transformation

  • Future of Business

  • Disruptive Innovation

  • Future of Mobility & Smart Cities

  • Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

  • Pandemic

  • Covid-19

  • Futurist

  • Moderator