David Rowan – Keynote Speaker

Founding editor-in-chief of WIRED's UK edition

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  • Big Data
  • The Mobile Age
  • New Technologies
  • Consumer Trends


  • English

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David Rowan is founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition, currently writing a book searching for bold corporate innovation. He’s currently on a global quest for successful examples of corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption.

Rowan has interviewed influencers ranging from will.i.am to James Murdoch, Zaha Hadid to David Cameron. He has keynoted on technology, business and innovation themes from Melbourne to Monaco, and has chaired and moderated high-profile events for the UK and French governments, for Google Zeitgeist and TED Global, and for international banks and Fortune 100 businesses.

David Rowan has written columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, Campaign, The Times and The Guardian. He also has wide experience as a newspaper editor, including editing The Jewish Chronicle and The Guardian's websites and Comment pages. He has made TV films for Channel 4 News; and has written long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and Observer.

He's an early-stage investor in 40 tech companies and co-founder of a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations.


“Thank you for a very thought provoking and entertaining presentation.”

“David Rowan 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.”

“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.”
--Terrapinn Limited

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