David Rowan

Leading authority on technology trends, an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker and Editor of WIRED UK.

David Rowan is a renowned authority on technology trends, journalist and keynote speaker. He is the founding Editor-in-chief and Editor-at-large of WIRED's UK edition and is The Sunday Times technology columnist. David is also the co-founder of FlowJourneys.com an organisation that takes amazing people for weekend adventures in the world's most extraordinary locations.

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Speaker Profile

About David Rowan

David Rowan is the founding Editor in chief and now Editor at large of WIRED’s UK edition, and technology columnist for The UK Sunday Times. He has taken 125 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 ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.

He is  currently researching for a book and is on a global quest for successful examples of corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. 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 and a consulting business. He's an early-stage investor in 40 tech companies and the co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. David is still searching for the future.

Background / History

David 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).


David's prolific experience as a successful technology journalist and editor has enabled him to gain a huge insight into emerging trends, and in particular, those technologies that influence businesses, our culture and the economy.

Having had the unique opportunity to travel the world and connect with leading global brands at the forefront of technological innovation as well as key influencers affecting change, David is clued up on the hottest apps, gadgets and tech-related developments, before they've even been released. As well as discussing emerging trends, David is able to provide wisdom on technology that has the potential to impact every aspect of our lives, and not just at corporate level.

Already a hugely influential keynote speaker and moderator on a global level, David is regularly sought after by big name brands to impart his invaluable wisdom. Based on his own experiences and knowledge gained from other entrepreneurs, David demonstrates key ideas that we can all learn from, and apply to keep abreast of changes. He has a unique ability to forecast thought-provoking trends, through the use of specific examples, in an interactive approach that truly engages audiences.

If you require an authoritative speaker who is one step ahead of technological trends, David Rowan is the man for the job. Call today to request availability.

As a Cambridge University graduate, David Rowan quickly earned a reputable name for himself writing and editing for broadsheet newspapers, such as The Times, The Independent and The Guardian. After a stint as editor at The Jewish Chronicle, David went on to become editor of the influential technology and innovation trends magazine, WIRED UK.

David frequently contributes his technological insight to a number of magazines, including GQ Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED magazine he extended the brand splitting it into conferences and a consulting business. He has also made regular appearances on news and radio programmes, and has made films for Channel 4 News.

As a leading authority on technology, David has proved an influential figure in assisting in political circles. He moderated David Cameron's G8 Innovation Summit, and has curated an exhibition showcasing British creative talent for the Government's Cabinet Forum conference.

David's respected opinions and wisdom have seen him judge various design awards. However, he is no stranger to receiving acclaim himself. David won Special Interest Magazine Editor of the Year in 2012, and also gained recognition as the UK's top technology journalist in the same year. As editor of WIRED UK, the publication also achieved an accolade in 2009 at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Editor-in-chief and Editor-at-large of the influential technology magazine WIRED, UK edition.
  • Technology columnist for The Sunday Times.
  • Deep knowledge of trends in technology, social media and consumer behaviour.
  • Interviews the world's disruptors and innovators in order to share that insight with business leaders.
  • 2012 Special Interest Magazine Editor of the Year - British Society of Magazine Editors.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • 2012 Recognised as the UKs 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

Speaking Style

As a speaker David is Educational, Informal and Interactive. He has recently presented talks at events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies and given high profile stage interviews including will.i.am, James Murdoch and David Cameron.

Speaking Topics

  • How smart companies are innovating  
  • How tech will impact financial services  
  • How artificial intelligence can boost (not destroy) your business  
  • Why the world will never move this slowly again  
  • The future of the workplace
  • Lessons from the great disruptors  
  • How the internet of things is redefining the relationships between business and consumers
  • How will emerging technologies affect insurance/ the legal industry/ motoring/ travel/ healthcare?  
  • How to embrace transformation in an exponential era
  • Ten technologies shaping our future  
  • How utilities will change in the decade ahead  
  • The future of television  
  • Ten lessons I’ve learned from the world’s fastest innovators  
  • New business models that are redefining industries  
  • The Future of insurance / television / food / energy / retail 
  • The Future of the customer experience 
  • The Future
  • The Digital Era
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Social Commerce
  • Media


"Thank 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, CEO 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 redev, 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 Petrn, redev

"As 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 Davids thinking on the subject of innovation culture to a select audience of senior government scientists and engineers." - Ben Addley

"Speaker lunch went great, had some really great feedback and clients enjoyed the topics that David covered." - Berenberg Bank

"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, G8 Innovation Conference

"You were a star and a dream to work with and the perfect speaker for this event. We could not have asked for more." - Audi, Ingolstadt

"You were a stellar moderator, insightful and challenging to the speakers, witty and engaging for the audience, and very positive to work with." - World Economic Forum

"You were a big hit and have inspired the creative teams and scared the hell out of the marketing heads!" - HSBC

"Thanks for the presentation. It was really well received and kicked off the conference exactly as I hoped it would. It was a pleasure working with you." - Useful Social Media

"Thank 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." - Monaco Media Forum

"Thank you for presenting at Engage, the feedback we received about your plenary was amazing. Everybody is raving to me about your plenary. It was fantastic!" - WebTrends

"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." - Best Buy CEO

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