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, ideation, 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.
Rob brings 18 years experience launching and running media businesses in the technology sector. 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.
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.
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.
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