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David Rowan

Keynote Speaker

Technology Editor and Author; Keynote Speaker and Event Moderator

Using his skills as long-time WIRED Editor-in-chief, David Rowan translates what really matters in tech to audiences and inspires them to seize the opportunities of emerging technologies and avoid the risks of disruption with dazzling examples from the front line — and also some gentle British humor.

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David Rowan is the the preeminent voice guiding businesses through the labyrinth of emerging technologies and their profound impact on the corporate landscape. With over 600 captivating keynotes delivered worldwide, David is a sought-after expert who has moderated prestigious gatherings for the World Economic Forum, leading global corporations, and governments alike.

As the founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine UK, David cultivated an intimate understanding of tech titans like WhatsApp, Google, and Spotify, alongside a myriad of ambitious startups spanning continents. His acclaimed book, Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways To Transform How You Work (Penguin), encapsulates insights gleaned from a 20-country odyssey, offering tangible strategies for navigating technology-driven disruption.

A visionary investor in over 150 early-stage tech ventures, David’s commitment to the vanguard extends to his venture funds, focusing on health-tech and climate-tech innovations. Renowned as a technology columnist for esteemed publications including The Times and GQ, David’s expertise extends beyond the page, having founded conferences and consulting ventures at WIRED. With an insatiable curiosity propelling him ever forward, David Rowan continues to illuminate the path to the future.

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David Rowan’s Speech Topics

  • Speech Topics Include:

    • Why this is AI’s ‘Netscape’ moment — and what that means for finance
    • 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
    • What AI means for the data center
    • How exponential tech forces retailers to think like startups
    • The impact of AI on operational real estate
    • How exponential tech could impact aviation cybersecurity

What other organizations say about David Rowan

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.


What other organizations say about David Rowan

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.

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What other organizations say about David Rowan

I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for engaging with us at short notice, wholeheartedly and to such fantastic ends. The team was blown away and they are a hard group to impress.


What other organizations say about David Rowan

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


What other organizations say about David Rowan

Thank you again for presenting at yesterday’s Senior Management Forum. There has been a real buzz from attendees about your presentation and insights you shared, and we have already had requests for copies of a film to share with teams.

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