Meet our Team
John is a serial technology entrepreneur with 5 startups (martech and searchtech) and 5 exits behind him (including one to Microsoft).
He was Chair of Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board to 2016, and CDO during it’s digital transformation. He authored a book on disruptive technology, iDisrupted, and is an active VC in early stage start-ups including insuretech disruptor BoughtbyMany and ecommerce disruptor Ctrlio
John has been Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company since 2016.
Since authoring iDisrupted in 2016 John has given over 100 speeches exploring the effect and use cases of AI, chatbots, layered data, IoT, blockchain and VR/AR – his thinking has now evolved to the next level of technology disruption – TheConvergence – what happens when all of these advanced technologies integrate to- the genesis of Industry 5.0. John takes a balanced view between the hype and reality and make real world predictions of how TheConvergence will emerge.
For insightful and inspiring speeches on the new world order John provides simple explanations and real world studies of how TheConvergence changes business and economics.
For booking enquiries please email Sam Bailey at Speakers Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob brings 18 years experience launching and running media businesses in the technology sector. Prior to D/SRUPTION Rob was commercial director on the respected industry title, Internet Retailing, for 10 years, after launching it and growing it to become an invaluable powerhouse of events, shows, awards, research and resources for digital retailers. Rob is motivated by bringing together industry experts to push boundaries of knowledge, and disseminating game-changing technological insight to the business community.
Tania worked for media owners such as Marketing Magazine, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard before moving into marketing consultancy across a wide range of industry sectors. Her interest in digital transformation and technologies lead her to founding and selling a disruptive eCommerce business, and heading up marketing for tech startups such as FutureLearn. She has an MBA from Ashridge and a Diploma in Digital Business from the Academy of Digital Business Leaders.
Kev’s focus is on design, innovation, culture, technology, and disruption and their impact on business, society, and life. An experienced design thinker, creative director, writer and editor, he helps our contributors shape their work and our team devise new projects. He is often found talking about things like – design, creativity, innovation, futures thinking, language, context, culture, advertising, communication, experiential design, behavioural economics, brands, identity and the power of knowledge sharing to effect positive change.
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.
Sarah studied Philosophy and French at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University, and recently completed the MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. A writer and content editor, she previously held a Marketing role for a Sports Insurance business.