We draw on the experience and talent of our members to share their expertise, insights and inspiration.
Laura is a researcher and writer who began working with D/SRUPTION as an intern in 2015. She has written for a number of publications including technology blog Mind the Horizon, and was News Editor of student magazine The Yorker. She studied BA History at the University of York.
Kev’s focus is on technology, culture and disruption and its impact on business, society, and life. An experienced writer, editor and creative director, he helps our contributors shape their work and is usually found talking about things like – creativity, innovation, future thinking, language, context, culture, advertising, communication, experiential design, behavioural economics, brands, identity and the power of knowledge sharing to effect positive change.
John is a leading authority on emerging technologies and author of the guide book to Disruption: iDisrupted. He’s a serial entrepreneur with three successful exits, and an active early stage venture capitalist and Non-Executive Director at several digital and data startups. John advises IBM Watson IoT and McKinsey and Co and was previously Chairman of Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board. John is actively involved in transforming enterprise-level technology strategies as well as creating new entrants and services.
Kamales Lardi is a strategist specialising in digital business transformation focused on helping companies transform their traditional business to compete in the digital economy. With over 16 years of management consulting experience, Kamales has advised companies across Europe and Asia in corporate strategy, business process optimisation and technology implementation.
Calum Chace is an acclaimed author and speaker on how AI (artificial intelligence) is set to re-shape the global economic and social landscape.
He is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the death of capitalism (2016), and “Surviving AI: the promise and peril of artificial intelligence” (2015), a concise, easy-to-read guide to what’s coming, explaining technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a super-intelligence (the technological singularity). He is also the author of “Pandora’s Brain” (2014), a novel examining the possible impact of super-intelligence.
Born in Bonn and resident in Zurich as well as San Francisco, Gerd is a global citizen of the future who spends his life travelling through global meetings and conventions on transformational change. A star speaker on topics of major strategic import – from digital disruption to business remodeling to specific vertical scenarios across public and private sectors, Gerd is a rare hybrid of artist and scientist with a pioneering background in digital music ecosystems and a head start in the disruption game. For the last fifteen years he has been the first choice in business leaders’ minds for inspirational and paradigm-shifting advice.
Timothy Chou is the former president of Oracle On Demand, Lecturer at Stanford University and chairman of Lecida, an industrial machine learning company, and recently authored the book – Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things
Nicholas D. Evans is a Vice President and General Manager at Unisys, a BCS Fellow and author of the new book Mastering Digital Business published by the British Computer Society (BCS). One of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants, and one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, he has 25 years of consulting under his belt and is also a widely recognised digital business speaker and author.
Content and social media strategist, Jacqi has been with IBM since 2010. She has blogged on numerous IT topics, most recently focusing on Internet of Things, she has previous experience in the healthcare, construction and sports industries.
Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm Agency.com in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009. Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch. He has been a weekly columnist about the new economy for the Financial Times, a member of GartnerG2’s first advisory board on online advertising and spoken at numerous conferences including TED. He has yet to receive any royalties from obscure pop songs released by a minor independent record label in Europe.
David Passiak is a keynote speaker, innovator, futurist, and author of three books – Empower, Disruption Revolution, and Red Bull to Buddha. A former religion scholar who did Ph.D. studies at Princeton on “Great Awakenings,” his work focuses on building movements, co-creation, crowd-based innovation, and emerging business models that will reshape the global economy.
Jeremy Basset is Founder & CEO of CO:CUBED, a company which works with large corporates to help them define and execute their collaborative innovation capabilities. Prior to launching CO:CUBED, Jeremy spent 13 years at Unilever where he was responsible for launching and leading the Unilever Foundry.
Terence Mauri is an author and entrepreneur, his new book The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption is a global bestseller – described by MIT as ‘a fine read for anyone looking to take their leadership skills to the next level’.
Ian Smith trained as a product designer, then moved into the IT industry, working with new ventures continuously challenging business-as-usual approaches to digital innovation. Most recently, he has been engaged with NTT Data subsidiary Everis, focusing on the problem of integrating health and social care.
Rob is a professional futurist who helps organisations manage uncertainty and prepare for the future. He conducts on-going horizon scanning and researches emerging trends and technologies, exploring their impact across business and society. He is an experienced leader of strategic foresight projects, working with organisations to help them create more resilient strategies.
Rob also leads PA’s Digital Innovation Lab and has extensive knowledge of a wide spectrum of technologies, applications and markets. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society. Prior to joining PA, Rob worked as a Technology Analyst at Ovum.
Tanya has been at the forefront of emerging creative technology spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, Transmedia VR, AR and AI. She is the creator of the the VR Writers Room and the co-organiser for the VR & AR focused meetup group “Augmenting Reality”, a Trustee for both the World Youth Organisation and UN Influx, the winner of a Women in Games Award (Unsung Hero) and the vice chair of BAME in Games
David Swan is the Director of the Cyber Intelligence Defence Centre, part of the Center for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS). A retired Canadian Army Intelligence officer, his background in technology started in customer service progressively migrating until selected as a Chief Technical Officer tasked with developing RFID systems. A self described Intelligence evangelist, David uses his experience to provide training and intelligence integration to people and organisations. David is also a member of the CSCSS Board of Directors.
Dr Phil Reeves is VP of consulting at Stratasys and leads the company’s expert services consulting activity. With his team he specialises in helping companies across numerous sectors to identity where 3D printing can increase sales and decrease waste. stratasys.com
Arguably the highest profile patent attorney in the UK, Gwilym advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.
Dr Louis Rosenberg is a Stanford graduate who founded Unanimous AI to amplify the intelligence of human groups. A prolific inventor, he has been awarded more than 350 patents for his technological efforts in AR, VR, collaborative systems, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction