Author, Ex-editor of Wired Magazine & Columnist for GQ Magazine
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David Rowan is WIRED UK founding editor 2009-2017. He’s taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.
His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian.
At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.
David’s book THE DISRUPTORS: An Ex Wired Editor’s Quest for Non-Bullshit Innovation by David Rowan was published in 2019 by Bantam Press/Transworld. The book outlines David’s global quest to identify “visionary leaders who have managed to recalibrate their businesses in radical ways to grow and succeed in the digital age” – and shows where he discovered “genuinely exciting innovation … in places you might not expect”.
“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.” David Cameron, Prime Minister
"Thank you so much for talking to us today. You were a big hit and have inspired the creative teams and scared the hell out of the marketing heads!" HSBC
“David gave a unique and fascinating presentation on the future tech trends which are shaping our industry. He was a very engaging speaker - I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to expand the minds of their audience.” Broadband World Forum
"Thank you for being such an amazing moderator during the recent Bizspark European Summit. It was an amazing event best ever summit in my view and your contribution was a tremendous factor in this. Thank you." Bindi Karia, Bizspark
“Your presentation went down a storm (I knew it would) and I was able to refer back to it repeatedly over the two days as a stimulus to help drive the need for change.” Unilever CMO