Expert on technology trends and corporate innovation
David Rowan explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now.
As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than 60 early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and is an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds.
The book, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out sixteen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — from “Turn products into services” to “Empower your team” and “Become a platform”.
David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and hosts a new podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders.
Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council; founder of IMS
Avi Jorisch is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and founder of IMS, a U.S-based merchant processing company. A thought leader in exploring global innovation trends, the Arab world, counterterrorism, and illicit finance, Mr. Jorisch previously served in the US Departments of Treasury and Defense.
An author of five books, Jorisch‘s articles have appeared in influential outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and Al-Arabiya.net. Jorisch, most recent bestselling book, Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World, is being translated into over 30 languages. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.
Previously, he worked as Digital Policy Adviser in the Government Office of Estonia – coordinating the digital policy planning and execution across the government. He also served in this role as adviser to three consecutive Prime Ministers on digital matters. Siim’s prior experience includes work in Estonian Development Fund, a public venture capital fund and foresight think-tank, and Estonian Ministry of Finance, in areas of national strategic planning and public financial management.
Siim Sikkut graduated in 2005 from Princeton University, USA with B.A. degree in public and international affairs. He also holds an M.Sc. degree in International Management from the University of London.
For more than ten years Christian works for the German Development Agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and advises its projects on how to best make use of the innovative potential of a digital society.
He is a digital aficionado and all excited about collaborative innovation: finding and working together with unlikely allies that share a similar vision but follow different paths to get there.
Christian studied economics and philosophy in his former life – and sincerely believes in the close relationship between romanticism and the open source movement.
Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tõnis Nirk is Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs in Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he was an Estonian Ambassador in Latvia, Ambassador to the United Nations and has held different leadership positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tõnis has a Master degree in economics from Tartu University. He has also studied at Estonian School of Diplomacy.
Dr. Arvo Ott joined the e-Governance Academy on November 1st, 2005. His main responsibilities include the coordination of e-governance studies (eGovernment and eDemocracy aspects), training programmes and general management.
Prior to joining the e-Governance Academy, Arvo Ott served as the Head of Department of State Information Systems (head of e-government office) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for 12.5 years. He was responsible of Estonia Information Society and e-Government strategy planning and implementation. For the last several years Arvo Ott has taken part in many international projects and programs on e-governance (information society policy and e-participation advice, e-government interoperability aspects, etc).
Director for Development and Strategy, Member of the Management Board, e-Governance Academy
Hannes Astok is an enthusiastic speaker for the information society, especially promoting the role of local governments and challenges of mobile governance and new technologies in government.
Hannes is Deputy Director for Strategy and Development at the e-Governance Academy. As a senior expert, he provides training and consultancy for governments in Central Asia, Caucasus, South-East Europe, Middle East, Africa and other transition regions. During the last years, he has been working closely with the governments of Ukraine, Namibia, Moldova, Palestine, Georgia, and Mauritius, among others.
Hannes served as Member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) in 2007-2011, where he mainly dealt with the development of information society and issues related to regulation of intellectual property and electronic communication. Prior to that, in 1997-2005 Hannes worked for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor. Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing its citizens and businesses with a wide variety of Internet and mobile services.
In 2012-13, Hannes was Adviser to the President of Estonia on Information Society development.
He started his political career in Tartu, working for the decade for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor. Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing for citizens and businesses wide variety of Internet and mobile phone based services.
Hannes holds a journalism and public relations degree from Tartu University.
Hannes speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish.
Programme Director of Smart Governance, Co-Founder of e-Governance Academy
When traversing the European tech scene of the last 20 years, you’ll likely run into Linnar. He’s a former executive at Skype and Fortumo, advisor at the Nordic Investment Bank, and Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. Linnar lectures innovation management in Estonian IT College and Tartu University and has been advising Estonian and many other governments on ICT and innovation policy. Linnar is co-founder and member of the board of Pocopay – all European everyday banking app and Mobi Solutions – active investment and holding partnership in European startup scenery. Not surprisingly at all – Linnar is one of the founders and early phase leaders of Estonian e-Governance Academy as well.