Salim Ismail Speaker

Salim Ismail

Founding executive director of Singularity University, highly sought-after for his ‘mind-blowing’ and ‘jaw-dropping’ presentations on the impact of breakthrough technologies

Salim Ismail: Biography highlights

Salim Ismail is passionate about business, entrepreneurship and breakthrough technologies. He is a technology strategist, software engineer and a successful entrepreneur. Salim is also the author of the Amazon best-selling business management book “Exponential Organisations” which explores how organisations can leverage, control and manage the impact of new emerging technology in business. His highly acclaimed presentation on ‘Exponential Organisations’ has been described as ‘mind-blowing’ and ‘the best talk I think I’ve ever heard’.

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English, German, Russian

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Salim Ismail’s background

Salim Ismail is a technology strategist, software engineer and successful entrepreneur.

He is also a consultant on innovation and growth and believes that “If you are not disrupting your business or industry, someone else is.

Ismail is the best-selling author of the book ‘Exponential Organizations’ which is a guide to navigating the shifting business environment due to the introduction and proliferation of exponential technologies.

Salim is the founder of and was the executive director of Singularity University (SU) between 2008 and 2010 and has been their global ambassador for the last seven years. The company’s goal is to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to tackle some of mankind’s largest challenges. Singularity University has empowered people from eighty-five countries to apply disruptive technologies which include biotechnology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

Prior to founding SU, Ismail was a vice president at Yahoo. His last company Angstro was sold to Google in 2010. Salim has founded or been involved with seven start-up companies including PubSub Concepts and the New York Grant Company.

In his dynamic presentations, Salim shares powerful, mind-blowing insights on how companies can leverage technology and strategy to grow 10 times faster than their peers. He turns cutting-edge ideas into thriving startups and applies leading-edge thinking to invigorate industries.



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Accenture Innovation Conference 2017 - Salim Ismail
Accenture Innovation Conference 2017 - Salim Ismail
Exponential Organizations | Salim Ismail | Exponential Finance
Exponential Organizations | Salim Ismail | Exponential Finance
How do we fix civilization? | Salim Ismail | TEDxToronto
How do we fix civilization? | Salim Ismail | TEDxToronto
Exponential Organizations - Salim Ismail, at USI
Exponential Organizations - Salim Ismail, at USI
Edison Electric Institute

Salim Ismail was a genuine knockout hit at our executive conference. His message resonated deeply and his dynamic presentation totally captivated a sophisticated and demanding audience. He skillfully wove video and PowerPoint into his talk in ways that amplified his message. And people are still talking about it.'

Global CLP

'I wanted to let you know that Salim exceeded all expectations and was an amazing kick-off to our conference. His session was thought provoking, insightful, and an unbelievable fit with our SHIFT theme. I could not be happier, he spent time answering a ton of questions and hung out with our folks after at the bar.'

Association for Corporate Growth

'Salim is one of our highest rated Keynote speakers to date. Our attendees have many opportunities to meet and hear exceptional speakers and are not easily impressed. To say that Salim blew their minds would be an understatement. His presentation challenged them and led them to think about their business in a new light. Salim's willingness to create a custom presentation for our audience and to interact with attendees was appreciated. Salim was the highlight of our annual conference.'

'The best talk I think I've ever heard.'

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