Marcus East – Keynote Speaker

Technologist, Investor, Venture Capitalist, Board Director, Mentor, Trustee - Fractional CDO / CIO / CTO with a passion for Digital & Tech Transformation

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Specialist Subjects

  • How AI is Changing Lives
  • Tech Disruption
  • Working With Dinosaurs: Tech Modernization
  • What's Next? Predicting the Next Decade
  • Driving Digital Strategy
  • Commercial Management and Negotiation
  • People Management and Leadership
  • Product & Technology Leadership
  • Driving positive change through the use of Technology
  • Digital Transformation
  • Agile
  • Harnessing the Power of Technology
  • Diversity in Technology
  • Managing Technology Talent
  • Project Management
  • Innovation
  • Consumer Technology Trends & Futures
  • The Future of Retail
  • Innovation in Large Organisations
  • Social Tech


  • English


Tech transformation is a double-edged sword. It’s essential for success, but most attempts fail. Why? There’s a disconnect between tech giants and traditional businesses. Marcus East bridges that gap.

He’s a seasoned technologist with a unique perspective. He’s led innovation at tech titans like IBM, Apple, and Google. He’s also steered non-tech organizations like Comic Relief, National Geographic and T-Mobile through digital disruption. This experience fuels his thought leadership and drives real change.

With over 30 years across three continents, Marcus has a global view on harnessing technology for business impact. He’s passionate about sharing his expertise through his book, “Working with Dinosaurs,” and his captivating speaking engagements.

Imagine an insider’s perspective from Silicon Valley delivered with refreshing honesty. Marcus cuts through the noise of generic presentations and consultant jargon. He speaks from the trenches, having managed billion-dollar budgets and led successful (and failed) tech transformations.

Your audience will be entertained, stimulated, and challenged. Marcus delivers thought-provoking presentations and insightful Q&A sessions that will leave your event buzzing.

Popular Talks by Marcus East

How AI is Changing Lives

Marcus has been actively involved in health-tech since his role as Expert-in-Residence at the University of Oxford’s Foundry where he helped brilliant scientists to turn their ideas into business ventures – many of them driven by AI. At Google, where he part of the Office of the CTO, he worked on several pioneering AI initiatives that can provide inspiration for others looking to harness the power of AI.
In healthcare, for example, he has worked with groundbreaking innovators who are saving lives and improving quality of life through AI, and he is an advisor or investor to many AI-driven including:
– Oxford Cancer Analytics, which is pioneering early cancer detection using proteomics – achieving 96% accuracy for lung cancer from a small sample of saliva.
– Ufonia, which is innovating with autonomous clinical conversations with patients that provide doctors with greater insights – built by doctors for doctors
– ILOF, which is using photonics and AI to create optical fingerprints that are ushering in a new era of personalized medicine.
– Shiftsa, which is using AI to identify toxins in seeds radically reducing the risk of wasted crops and protecting lives in the Global South.
– Ki, the world’s first AI-driven insurance syndicate, developed by Google Cloud for Brit Insurance.
Marcus will use his experience of working with these companies and others to explore how Data & AI will have an impact in your specific industry, and how it will potentially shape its future.

Tech Disruption

Marcus has been heavily involved in tech-drive innovation since the late 1990s when his role at IBM exposed him to pioneering techniques and technologies in IBM e-business Solutions Unit which blazed the trail for digital innovation with renowned projects for Charles Schwab, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Wimbledon.
Since then, Marcus has navigated well-known organizations through the challenging waters of tech transformation; he was Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Marks and Spencer, EVP & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at National Geographic and EVP & Chief Digital Officer at T-Mobile USA.
When talking about Tech Disruption, Marcus goes beyond the typical soundbites to provide an operator’s perspective with practical advice on how to successfully deliver digital and tech transformation – and the pitfalls to avoid.

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