Editor of the British edition of Wired magazine, contributor to GQ and Tech Traveller
David Rowan is the Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK, the award-winning technology and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future.
David has previously reported on technology for The Times and Channel 4 News; amongst some unusual briefs the latter required him to illustrate the new iPod Video from the set of a adult film shoot. He’s also written for The Sunday Times and Telegraph Magazines and edited the Guardian’s online content and commentary.
Under David’s leadership WIRED has extended its reach into branded conferences, apps and even a tech consulting business. David has curated an exhibition of British creative talent at the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. He has also addressed TED Global and Google Zeitgeist events, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He has also written a monthly column for GQ and Condé Nast Traveller.
David Rowan is in touch with many of the world’s leading trend-setters and spotters. He travels the world searching out the latest apps and gadgets, the cutting-edge R&D departments, universities and start-ups. He studies all the things that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to IoT. He also interviews key figures with influence over the world of technology, business and culture from the founders of Google, Kickstarter and Spotify to James Murdoch and David Cameron and Will.i.am.
His most recent awards include Techmark Technology Journalist of the Year, DMA Editor of the Year and British Society of Magazine Editors’ Editor of the Year. He has written regular columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, Campaign, The Times, and The Guardian.
In presentations David Rowan looks at how technology is disrupting almost every industry and market, how apps change consumer behaviour and why ‘social commerce’ is killing traditional marketing. He also looks at how technology has evolved and reveals the ten trends that will change your sector in the next decade – and what you should be doing now to prepare. He explains how organisations have to adapt, and how they can foster a culture of innovation.
Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group.
Former NASA Lead Virtual Reality Innovator
Expert in Economic Politics. Founder & CEO, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (UCL)