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Azeem Azhar – Keynote Speaker

Award-winning Entrepreneur and Chief, Exponential View

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Specialist Subjects

  • Business, Commerce and Enterprise
  • The Future of Computing
  • Technology and Humanity

Language

  • English

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Biography

Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our societies and ways of life will change under the force of exponential technologies. He is determined to bring together the two cultures of innovation and tech and of business, society and policy and help us understand the real implications of the changes we are witnessing; which he is able to do from the vantage point of a 25-year career as an entrepreneur, investor and analyst in the tech industry.

Azeem Azhar is the writer behind Exponential View which explains how society and the political economy are changing under the force of technology. He brings a unique background to explain the intersection of breakthrough technologies and the economies and societies in which we live. Subscribers include investors, academics, and journalists around the world.

Furthermore, Azhar hosts the Exponential View podcast, distributed by Harvard Business Review. This is a top ten podcast in technology in the UK and top 50 in the US. His guests have included Prime Minister Tony Blair, Yuval Harari, Reid Hoffman, Elif Shafak, Stuart Russell, Andrew Ng, Mariana Mazzucato and many others. It is a unique forum which sits convenes experts from the worlds of science, culture, politics, economics, technology, innovation and business. Exponential View has been lauded by publications like The Times, Wired, Fast Company and others. He also plans to publish his first book in summer of 2021.

Azeem Azhar is a senior advisor to professional services firm, PwC. He also advises breakthrough entrepreneurial firms, including Kindred Capital, Onfido, Ocean Protocol, ReInfer and quantum-computing startup, Beit. He is an investor in early-stage startups in AI, renewable energy, female healthtech, self-driving cars and marketplace.

Azhar is also on the board of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, the leading independent research institute focused on the ethics of AI and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future’s Council on the Digital Economy and Society.

Previously, he’s been an award-winning entrepreneur, founding the VC-backed, PeerIndex, which was acquired in 2014. He has also invested in more than 30 startups, with exits to Microsoft & Amazon amongst others. The early part of Azhar’s career took him to journalism, where he covered technology at The Guardian and The Economist. Azhar has also had strategy and innovation roles at the BBC and Thomson Reuters, and was on a non-executive board at Ofcom, the UK’s converged communications regulator.

Azeem Azhar has a meaningful social media presence. He is a LinkedIn Influencer with 450,000 followers and more than 31,000 followers on Twitter.

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