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Mark Van Rijmenam


The Digital Speaker

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is a future tech strategist, international keynote speaker, author and expert on disruptive innovation and how we can benefit from emerging technologies such as big data, blockchain, AI and VR/AR.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is the founder of Datafloq and co-founder of AKVO.

Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data and use technology in ways that benefit employees, customers and citizens. AKVO enables users to immerse themselves and create lasting memories with friends & family by experiencing the virtual worlds together. He recently launched the Between Two Bots podcast with Dan Turchin, covering the cultural, technological and ethical implications of artificial intelligence, technology and the metaverse.

He has a bachelor’s in hospitality management, a Master of Science in Marketing Management, and a PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. His research was on how organisations should deal with big data analytics, Blockchain and AI.

He is a globally recognised speaker on big data, blockchain and AI, a future tech strategist and author of 3 best-selling management books. His last book, The Organisation of Tomorrow, discusses how AI, blockchain and analytics turn every business into a data organisation. He has been named a global thought leader on big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence many years in a row. He is the publisher of the ‘ f(x) = e^x’ newsletter read by thousands of executives.

The Digital Speaker has spoken in 20 countries across the globe and collectively inspired over 100.000 managers, directors, C-level executives and high-level government officials. He is a recognised speaker by the Professional Speaker Association Holland, and he is a member of the Global Speakers Federation. He is the founder of The Tech Journal, where The Digital Speaker discusses the digital world from inside the digital world.

​​His (virtual) keynotes focus on the future of work, the digital employee and how to build the organisation of tomorrow using emerging technologies such as big data, blockchain, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. The Digital Speaker believes that every organisation is a data organisation, which brings massive opportunities but also comes with significant responsibilities. In his talks, he discusses the importance of data security, data governance and data privacy to help organisations build a customer-centric business using emerging technologies.

The Digital Speaker’s (virtual) keynotes target organisations who understand they have to digitally transform their business or organisation but do not yet know where to start and want to learn how to remain competitive in a digital world. Dr Van Rijmenam is an expert in explaining new and difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand way and assisting organisations with how these technologies can be applied to ensure sustained competitive advantage. He thrives in an environment where he can apply (digital) technology to re-imagine business models and governments while taking into consideration the human-side of technology to ensure the ethical application of such digital tech.


How the Metaverse will change organisations and society

The future of work revolves around three megatrends: data, decentralisation and automation. Together, these trends will change how we manage organisations and how we run our society. As a consequence, we can state that we are living in exponential times, as due to the convergence of technologies such as big data, blockchain and AI, organisations will become data organisations and industries are becoming data networks. Recently, another major trend is taking the world by storm: the Metaverse. The metaverse is only possible due to the convergence of these technologies and this future version of the internet will have a major impact on the organisation of tomorrow. In this talk, Dr Van Rijmenam, also known as The Digital Speaker, will share his insights on how these megatrends require business leaders to change their perspective if they want to remain competitive in the years to come

Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?

Artificial intelligence offers tremendous opportunities for mankind and AI can be our friend and be a force for good. Already, artificial intelligence is helping humans tremendously in a wide variety of disciplines, enabling humans to do more with less and creating bionic organisations. These advantages range from offering private banking services to the general public, which are normally reserved for the rich, to helping aid workers in times of disaster, to improving healthcare and making it more accessible or to making our roads safer with self-driving cars. However, AI remains a neutral tool that can also be used for bad and can bring significant harm to humanity. There are ample examples of biased AI causing serious harm to companies and customers. How can you ensure that you only apply responsible AI in your organisation? In this keynote, Dr Van Rijmenam explains the need for ethical AI and what you can do to ensure AI is a force for good in your business and for society.

Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?

We live in exponential times and simply having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. In order to transform an organisation – as well as the meetings and events industry – and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers and machines is increasingly becoming key.

The organisation of tomorrow is a data organisation. So, how can organisations use technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence to bring together different stakeholders, collaborate and co-create the future. Organisations need to put the data to work. When they do, blockchain will change the power dimensions between organisations and customers not the least because of self-sovereign identities and trusted peer-to-peer interactions, while artificial intelligence will create new human-machine interactions that changes the concept of what is an organisation.

Viewing your organisation as a data organisation will completely change all your processes and customer touchpoints. When you see your organisation as a data organisation, a ‘gestalt shift’ will occur; all of a sudden, you will see your organisation from a different perspective. This change in perspective will help event organisers remain competitive in an increasingly data-drive world. This keynote will prepare the audience to participate in the workshops with a different perspective on their organisation.

AI is like Lego; preparing your business to become a bionic organisation

Artificial Intelligence is like Lego; to build something nice, you need to combine the right pieces in the right way. Different algorithms have different strengths and weaknesses and the Chief AI should manage the process of offsetting the weakness of one AI with the strengths of another algorithm and vice versa. So, for an organisation to become an bionic business, where humand and machines collaborate successfully, it is more about the application of artificial intelligence rather than the development of new tools and reinventing the wheel, which is why your organisation needs to hire a Chief AI. In this talk, The Digital Speaker explain how AI is changing the world and what you need to do to remain relevant in the autonomous future.

How to Prepare for a Data-Driven Future

We live in exponential times and simply having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. Black Swans such as Covid-19 disrupt your business. In order to transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers, business units and even things is increasingly becoming key. In this keynote, Dr Van Rijmenam will discuss how big data, blockchain and AI will change collaboration and in doing so enable a networked society.

Other Subjects include –

  • The Future of Work
  • How to Prepare for a Data Driven Futrue
  • How will Leadershipe Change in Todays World
  • How the Role of IT is Changing
  • DEFI, Blockchain and the Revolution of the Financial Industry




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He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.