The former editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine's UK edition from 2009 to 2017, David Rowan is a keynote speaker on the corporate circuit who shares his insights into consumer behaviour, the digital era, social commerce and media. Connected with the world's leading trend-setters and spotters, David travels the globe searching out the latest technology that is, or soon will be, impacting our lives and disrupting business in almost every sector.
David Rowan is the Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, which won 2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.
His knowledge and understanding of trends in the world of consumer behaviour, the digital era, social commerce and media have allowed him to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit. He moderated David Cameron's G8 Innovation Summit.
In 2017, it was announced that he would be stepping down from his role as editor-in-chief of Wired UK, to become the magazine’s editor-at-large, in order to explore the latest trends that will be changing the world as we know it. He has been busy investigating the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.
Previously he wrote the monthly Digital Life column in GQ magazine; the Tech Traveller column in Conde Nast Traveller, and tech and trend-watching columns for The Times.
Trained at The Times, David edited The Guardian's op-ed, education, analysis and Saturday features sections. In 2006 he was brought in as editor to modernise The Jewish Chronicle.
David has edited The Guardian's websites, made TV films for Channel 4 News, and written features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and The Observer.
In 2009 David curated an exhibition of British creative talent for the UK Government’s Cabinet Forum conference as a speaker.
As a keynote and corporate speaker David has travelled to Amsterdam, Dubai, Geneva, Moscow and Shanghai, to motivate and educate on topics ranging from the future of luxury brands to the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age. He has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Breakfast News, Radio 4's Today Programme and Channel 4 News.
David is at the cutting-edge of innovation and has spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter and Spotify to stay the the forefront of innovation and change.
In 2010 David was a judge in the Brit Insurance Design Awards and the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller design awards.
David can educate audiences on the lessons we can learn from tech entrepreneurs, and how to generate this type of innovation in your own business. His disruptive thinking makes him an asset to the growing technology sphere.
His speaking topics include:
- New business models for a digital age
- What technology megatrends mean for your business
- The new power of the crowd: from crowdfunding to collaborative consumption
- Robotics, automation, and the future of the workplace
- What Silicon Valley can teach you about "growth-hacking" your business
- Wearable technology, the Internet of Things, and the future interface of computing
- Exponential technologies and today's untapped billion-dollar opportunities
- How to win in e-commerce
- The imminent hardware revolution: from 3D printing to the new "maker" culture
- Technology megatrends that will transform the hospitality industry/ finance industry/ insurance industry/ travel industry / TV industry etc