David Bodanis is a futurist, historian, scientist, business advisor and prize-winning author, and keynote inspirational speaker.
A highly experienced speaker his talks cover a range of topics, including how to navigate uncertain futures, how fairness helps businesses succeed, and creativity in the workplace.
Having studied mathematics, physics, and economics at the University of Chicago, David became a teacher at Oxford University where he created and ran a course called the “Intellectual Tool Kit”- which ended up being semi-mandatory for all new postgraduate students in the social sciences.
His work at Oxford led to him working with Royal Dutch Shell’s Scenario unit, helping model economic futures as well as working with the future planning unit at the World Economic Forum (Davos). David also worked on an international study for the UK Treasury on the future of High-Frequency Trading and with the British government on developing hi-tech hubs in Lebanon and Dubai. More recently he has worked on Facebook’s virtual reality projects and is presently an adviser to TED’s idea curation groups, and continues with his consulting work on scenarios and trends (specifically around coronavirus in recent times).
A highly successful author, his 2000 book E=mc² sold over a million copies and was published in 24 languages and was even turned into a ballet winning the Southbank award for best dance in the UK. His book Electric Universe was the Royal Society’s Book of the Year, Passionate Minds was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and Einstein’s Greatest Mistake (published in 2016) was named ‘Science Book of the Year’ by the Sunday Times.
His latest book The Art of Fairness: The Power of Decency in a World Gone Mean – was published in the UK in November 2020, and received praise in Sunday Times, Financial Times, and The Economist among others.
“Bodanis is clearly one of the good guys, and The Art of Fairness is a cheering, timely, inspirational reminder that we can succeed without losing our souls.” — The Sunday Times, November 2020
David Bodanis has always been fascinated by what makes people tick and how we can do better and delivers engaging presentations around futures, innovation, and creativity. He is revered for having a unique skill in drawing out lessons and ideas from science that are relevant to the everyday world, such as the transformational impact of technology.
His topics include –
- How to navigate uncertain futures;
- Finding the Right Levels to Guide Teams
- How Globalisation has Failed and Succeeded in the Past
- The Corporation of the Future
- Innovation and the Future
In line with the publication of his most recent book “In the Art of Fairness” David has also been delivering talks about “How Fairness Helps Business & Individuals Succeed”. In this presentation, David uses case studies to show how simple fair decency can prevail and charts a refreshing and sustainable new approach to cultivating integrity and influence.
Some of his speaking clients have included Adobe, Anglo American, General Dynamics, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Mischcon de Reya, Ogilvy, Unilever, and others.
“David is a superb storyteller, both clear and entertaining.”
— Radek Boschetty, Senior Producer, BBC
“I’ve been on panels with David on a number of occasions, mostly discussing where the world of energy is heading...He’s able to educate his audience to such an extent that the lessons are used on a regular basis, and deserves my recommendation.”
— Maarten van Wesemael, Director for Energy and Commodities, Lloyds
“He speaks every bit as beautifully as he writes... Statistically speaking, David Bodanis should not exist.”
— Rory Sutherland, Vice-Chairman, Ogilvy