Theo Priestley Speaker

Theo Priestley

Futurist, international speaker, author and advisor

Theo Priestley: Biography highlights

Theo Priestley is a globally recognised and sought after futurist and international speaker, an author and authority on the future of business, technology and society.

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Theo Priestley’s background

He has had the pleasure of appearing at some of the biggest conferences and at smaller, intimate corporate events, delivering keynote talks to audiences ranging from 50 to 4,000. He has been part of panel discussions and chaired conferences across the World including USA, Peru, Australia, Dubai, Germany, UK, Sweden, China, Malta and South Africa.

Theo has published more than 100 articles on topics including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Smart Cities, Education, Healthcare, Marketing, Digital Transformation and Virtual Reality, for Forbes, the European, WIRED and Huffington Post. He has also contributed to VentureBeat, GigaOM, The Times Raconteur and been interviewed for BBC Radio and UK national television news on technology trends.

He is widely known and sought after for his forthright views on the negative impacts of technology on society and currently works with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to research technology’s wider impact on society and public policy with a view to informing political leaders of the risks and benefits of adoption.

Theo has been listed as a Top 100 global technology influencer and thought leader on the Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Fintech multiple years in a row.

He hosts the “We Didn’t Start the Fire” podcast, examining the intersection of technology, business and society with guests.

His book, ‘The Future Starts Now’, co-authored with Bronwyn Williams will be available early 2021 from Bloomsbury.



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Would you be happy to follow a robot leader? | Theo Priestley | TEDxGlasgow
Would you be happy to follow a robot leader? | Theo Priestley | TEDxGlasgow
Building a connected world - but what are we building & who is it for?
Building a connected world - but what are we building & who is it for?

His assessment by the audience was best among all the rest of speakers. He grabs attention of delegates with highly professional content, combined with humor great energy and outstanding presentation skills.'

Conference Manager
Berkeley PR

'Theo is one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure ofworking with. He deeply understands technology but more importantly how it can impact the lives of business and people.'


'Theo is a man on a mission, he knows his stuff inside out and when he opens his mouth, you really ought to sit up and listen.'


'He challenges the status quo and therefore plays a vital role in driving innovation and thought leadership in the industry.'

Deloitte Digital

'His opinions on industry trends and market activity are well respected & despised at the same time, making him a true industry influencer.'

Wipro Digital

'He can process a few bits of information, do the necessary research, get a vision of a big picture and quickly form a pretty strong opinion of his own. And what's even better, that opinion is nursed in an open mind and is not hard-coded.'


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