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About Dr Mark Van Rijmenam

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, the metaverse, and VR/AR.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a leading future tech strategist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. He is a globally recognised speaker 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 an international keynote speaker, 4x author and entrepreneur. He is the author of the book on the metaverse: Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy, detailing what the open metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet.

He is the publisher of the ‘f(x) = e^x‘ newsletter, read by thousands of executives, on the future of work and the organization of tomorrow. The Digital Speaker has spoken in >25 countries across the globe and collectively inspired over 100.000 managers, directors, and C-level executives. Dr Van Rijmenam runs several podcasts and he is one of the leading voices in technology, known for his candid, educated and balanced views on how technology can benefit but also threaten society.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is the founder of Datafloq and the Digital Futures Institute. Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data. The Digital Futures Institute focuses on ensuring a fair digital future for everyone. The research institute uses innovative storytelling to deliver a deep understanding of digital technology and its long-term implications for all levels of society.

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 organizations should deal with big data analytics, Blockchain and AI. He is a recognised speaker of the Professional Speaker Australia association and 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.

Dr Van Rijmenam is an expert in explaining new and difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand and thought-provoking way. He assists Fortune 1000 organisations with how these technologies can be applied to ensure sustained digital competitive advantage. He thrives in an environment where he can apply (digital) technology to reimagine business models and governments while considering the human side of technology to ensure the ethical application of such digital tech.

The Books

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Step into the Metaverse

How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Rewrite How the World Operates explores how the merging of physical and virtual worlds will irrevocably change the day-to-day experiences of individuals, organizations and even societies. By mapping out both the trillion-dollar opportunities and potential liabilities of the metaverse, this book aims to prepare business leaders, consumers, and government officials for the future of the Internet: live selling via streaming fashion shows, virtual movie screenings and concerts, digital twins of physical cities, digital products sold directly to avatars, and more.

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Platform Revolution


Platform Revolution

Blockchain Technology as the Operating System of the Digital Age

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The book declares a simple and important truth: Blockchain has achieved platform status and will be foundational for creating a decentralised society where data privacy and security are standard.

Edited with a preface by Don Tapscott, brought together by the Blockchain Research Institute and in collaboration with six other contributors, Christian Keil, Anjan Vinod, Dominique Guinard, David Mirynech, Alan Majer, and Michele Mosca, the book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the platform revolution.

The Organisation of Tomorrow


The Organisation of Tomorrow

How AI, blockchain and analytics turn your business into a data organisation

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

The Organisation of Tomorrow presents a new model of doing business and explains how big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence force us to rethink existing business models and develop organisations that will be ready for human-machine interactions. It also asks us to consider the impacts of these emerging information technologies on people and society."

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Transforming your business and our world

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, Dr Philippa Ryan

The internet was envisaged as a decentralised global network, but in the past 25 years, it has come to be controlled by a few, very powerful, centralised companies. Blockchain is a technological paradigm shift that allows secure, reliable, and direct information transfer between individuals, organisations, and things, so that we can manage, verify, and control the use of our own data.

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Think Bigger


Think Bigger

Developing a successful big data strategy for your business

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Big data--the enormous amount of data that is created as virtually every movement, transaction, and choice we make becomes digitized--is revolutionizing business. Offering real-world insight and explanations, this book provides a roadmap for organizations looking to develop a profitable big data strategy...and reveals why it's not something they can leave to the I.T. department."

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Boardroom Sessions

Every C-level executive should know understand how digital technologies affect their business and every organisation should focus on a digital approach to ESG. How do emerging technologies change your organisation and turn your organisation into a data-driven business? Where should you start, and what do these technologies mean for your organisation in particular? Dr Van Rijmenam has developed the Digital Transformation Framework to help your organisation remain competitive in today's fast-changing world.

However, big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence are not the only megatrends affecting your organisation. Your macro-environment is experiencing accelerated change, and numerous trends such as Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotics, 3D printing, VR/AR, the metaverse and many more are waiting for attention. What is happening in the world around you, and how can you explore these trends to gain a competitive advantage?

How can you build a product/service that is truly customer-centric and is based on data if you don’t know where to start? In this interactive boardroom session, Dr Van Rijmenam will guide executives into the world of Emerging Information Technologies, explain how they can change their organisation to be ready for the digital revolution upon us, and achieve digital leadership.

Keynote Speeches

The Digital Speaker’s (virtual) keynotes focus on how the future of work changes what we do and the metaverse of how we work. He covers topics such as 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.

Dr Van Rijmenam inspires organizations to dig deeper and spur them into action. By opening their eyes and informing them about the possibilities of adopting emerging technology into their business, but also being honest about the risks, The Digital Speaker prepares organisations for the digital future.


You can book Dr Van Rijmenam for any of the following topics.


In 2011 he circumnavigated Australia on a bike for charity. 14.122 km in exactly 100 days. This experience taught him everything about perseverance, focus, discipline, a positive mindset and how to plan for the unexpected. After this adventure, Van Rijmenam became an entrepreneur with a drive to have an impact on the world

This special initiative was all about realizing our dream. In precisely 100 days he cycled around Australia. The total distance was 14.122 kilometres. With the necessary resting days, the daily distance was approximately 165 kilometres. The main goal, aside from the mental and physical challenge of the tour itself, was accumulating as much money as possible for KiKa, a Dutch foundation committed to pioneering and innovative research in the area of children’s cancer. 100% of the funds (€ 25.000) collected were donated to this incredible foundation.

Van Rijmenam has more adventures planned in the near future.

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