Speaking Style; David Rowan delivers fascinating and knowledgeable presentations full of insight into the future of technology together with lively examples and engaging clips which reveal that in some cases the future is already here.
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BackgroundDavid Rowan attended the University of Cambridge where he got an MA in History. He began his career in journalism at The Times in 1988 and worked briefly at The Independent before joining The Guardian, where he edited their websites among many other writing and editing roles. He later re-joined The Times before taking up the position of editor at The Jewish Chronicle (2006) with a remit to modernize the paper. In 2009 he launched the new technology magazine Wired (UK).CareerAs editor of Wired, David Rowan has developed a unique insight into emerging technological trends. He has a particular interest in technologies which are disrupting the norm and changing the economy. He has hailed the arrival of the mobile internet age – the importance of data, understanding it and its potential and he has the inside track on all the latest social media networks and how businesses can get the most from them. He is also interested in how new technologies are changing human behavior.He writes the monthly “Digital Life” column in GQ magazine and the “Tech Traveller” column in Condé Nast Traveller. As well as having extensive broadsheet newspaper experience with features appearing in The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Observer, David Rowan has made TV films for Channel 4 News.In 2009 he curated an exhibition of British creative talent for the UK Government’s Cabinet Forum conference.His regular media appearances include BBC Newsnight, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and Channel 4 News.In 2010 he was a judge at the Brit Insurance Design Awards and the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller design awards.He is a regular speaker and moderator at global conferences including; TED Global, DLD, SIME and NEXT, and at private corporate events for organisations including; Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Best Buy UK, and Nectar. He speaks on topics ranging from the future of luxury brands to the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age and has worked with; IBM, American Express, British Insurance Brokers Association, Estee Lauder, Interactive Advertising Bureau, KPMG, and Deutsche Bank.Awards and accolades2012 Recognised as the UK’s top technology journalist in the Techmark awards.2012 Special Interest Magazine Editor of the Year - British Society of Magazine Editors.2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.TestimonialsThank you so much for your excellent presentation at our Annual Conference. Feedback has been extremely positive and there is no doubt that you added real value to our event. - Richard Lewis
Interchange & Consort Hotels; Best Western Hotels Great Britain; [The audience] were very pleased with how it went and the insights David provided. One of the execs did ask whether it would be possible to get a PDF of the presentation David gave, as it raised some interesting points of discussion that they would like to think about some more internally. - Meryl Hanlon, Accenture David Rowan did an excellent job as opening keynote at Øredev, the premier conference for software developers in northern Europe, by addressing our theme and audience very distinctly. I highly recommend Mr Rowan as a public speaker and hope to work with him again. - Mattias Georgson Petrén, ØredevAs part of my role as a senior scientific advisor for the UK government, I attended an event at Cap Gemini in London where David was speaking. It was a very impressive performance and I am keen to expose David’s thinking on the subject of innovation culture to a select audience of senior government scientists and engineers. - Ben AddleySpeaker lunch went great, had some really great feedback and clients enjoyed the topics that David covered. - Berenberg BankThank 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, BizsparkBrilliant with fantastic feedback! I would also like to personally thank you for your very engaging presentation - the initial feedback we have received is very positive! You generated a lot of interest in your presentation. - Kay Weatherley, CapGeminiWe just wanted to say an enormous thank you for providing such an interesting and inspirational session on future technical trends for our Digital Power Week. We’ve had terrific feedback from staff across the business who said they learnt so much, found you fascinating to listen to and came away really excited by the future possibilities with digital. - Tracey McEvoy,
BBC Worldwide, Thank you for the great presentation in Båstad, we have received very positive feedback. - Johanne Staugaard Johansen, Egmont International Thanks for a great and inspirational speech. - Elise von Maltzahn, Mediadagene, Copenhagen David Rowan - editor of Wired, stunning presentation, the man is brilliant!!! - Ruth Pavion, B&Q We have had great feedback on the event so thanks a lot of for the inspiring talk.
- Stephanie Carr, Marin softwareYour session caused quite a stir so we are including the interview in the material we are circulating to all of our delegates. Thanks for your insights and attendance - I really enjoyed it and hope we cross paths again in the future. - Niall Campbell, KPMG Thanks so much for coming along yesterday. You set the day up perfectly and we really appreciated you staying longer to answer questions. Your presentation inspired a client at a time when they are looking to transform their business – so perfect timing. - American ExpressThanks David! It was a fascinating presentation and we have all enjoyed it. - Patricia Shiu, Goldman SachsI know that everyone was really inspired by the examples and your own insights and ideas - it all fitted beautifully into the theme of the day, so thank you for all of that. A privilege to have you along at our day. - Tracey Follows, O2 innovations dayThank you so much for coming to give your presentation earlier. I have had some really great feedback already and as we discussed I think it was fairly new and informative for many countries so particularly interesting. - Georgina Robertson, International PR Manager, SchrodersThank you so much for joining us at our European Capital Markets Conference last week in Amsterdam. We have received extremely positive feedback from our clients and CBRE staff alike and I think you presentation hit the spot in challenging our guests to think about the impact of new media and technology. I am sure the sale of iPhone’s will have increased since last week as our clients begin to understand their true power! - Jonathan Hull, CB Richard Ellis Thank you once again for taking the time to share your wisdom with the WYSTC audience. Your keynote presentation was enlightening and inspiring, and it was a pleasure to meet you. We also appreciate your flexibility and patience in staying on a bit longer for the video introduction. - Jacqueline Kassteen, WYSE Travel Confederation Thanks again for your great speech and all your efforts. We received very much positive feeback to your keynote. - Carolin Klyk, medienwoche@ifa, Berlin Thank you so much for your time today, it has gone down a storm. Most people telling me it was one of the most inspirational speeches they have ever heard. - Andrew Harrison, CEO, Best Buy Thank you so much for such an engaging and insightful presentation. We have had such incredible feedback from our guests and your talk really added to our launch. - Brona McCafferty, Shiseido Thank you again for your contribution to our recent seminar. The feedback that we have received has been especially complimentary about your presentation. As a result of the seminar we have had quite a number of requests for meetings and some really interesting briefs so I hope you will allow us to take you out to lunch.- Liz Landy, Ipsos MORI Many thanks for your inspiring speech at our Innovation morning last Wednesday! Everyone really enjoyed your presentation and we got a lot to think about. We would love to continue working with you. - Anne Puukko, Nokia Your presentation was superb. We might need you for other speaking opportunities in the near future. I really want to share your presentation internally within my team. - Gaston Taratuta, CEO, IMS We wanted to thank you for doing such a great job for Unisys on Monday evening. All the feedback so far has been excellent. - Steve Eakins, UnisysThanks for a great presentation yesterday - certainly provoked a good discussion, and the feedback from the Board was positive. Let's keep in touch. - Caroline Connellan, Standard LifeThank you for doing such a fantastic job moderating the opening roundtable session “Air War.” Your session was lively and quick-paced and set the stage for the sessions which followed. You set the bar high for a great Forum. - Shari Rosen, Monaco Media ForumI just wanted to again say ‘thank you’ for speaking at our Creativity Day. You perhaps couldn’t see the numbers of people frantically scribbling notes during your presentation and the feedback we have had has been terrific. I think quite a few people will be looking at getting a WIRED subscription now. - Maureen Corish, The Random House GroupThank 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! - Andrea Newman, HSBCDavid, you were absolutely brilliant. You made a huge impression. Thanks again for that. - Joslyn Tinker, Sapient NitroMany thanks for an excellent job yesterday. People really liked it, and so did I. - Oliver Fischer, Bertelsmann…the event was ‘insightful’, ‘inspirational’, ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘an eye opener into the opportunities and possibilities available through technology’. - Amy Lavington, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising