Dr. Mark van Rijmenam is a speaker and best-selling author on the future of work and technology. A Digital Speaker, he has deep expertise in how AI, big data, blockchain, the Internet of Things, and other digital technologies disrupt businesses, governments, and society.
Rijmenam has inspired businesses, their employees, and audiences to embed smartness in their organizations, remain competitive in years to come, and apply technology responsibly. Nonetheless, he has worked with the likes of Santander, EY, 3M, Nestle, Fujitsu, Microsoft, Wipro, YonYou, FWD, and Capgemini.
He has a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management, a Master of Science in Marketing Management, and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. He has collaborated on research topics:
– Revising the ‘science of the organisation’: theorising AI agency and actorhood.
– Avoid being the turkey: how big data analytics changes the game of strategy in times of ambiguity and uncertainty.
– The politics of openness.
He is the founder of Datafloq, the one-stop source for big data, offering information, insights, knowledge, and opportunities to drive innovation with data. It is the best place to find talent, receive leads or share your knowledge with millions of users, and is Ranked as the number 2 Big Data blog globally by Feedspot.
He recently launched the Between Two Bots Podcast with Dan Turchin to discuss topics like the cultural, technological and ethical implications of artificial intelligence, technology and the metaverse.
In 2011, he circumnavigated 14.122 km in Australia in 100 days on a pushbike to raise money for a Dutch foundation, KiKa, committed to pioneering and innovative research in children’s cancer. 100% of the funds (€ 25.000) collected were donated to this incredible foundation.
As an author
Dr. Mark van Rijmenam is the author of the book on the metaverse: “Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy”. In there, Dr. Mark van Rijmenam details what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet.
In this book, he delivers an insightful discussion about how the world will fundamentally change as the physical and digital worlds merge into the metaverse, impacting the everyday experiences of people, companies, and societies.
He is also the author of three other best-selling management books: Think Bigger, Blockchain, and The Organisation of Tomorrow.
In a recent interview with Dinis Guarda, Dr. Rijmenam said it is time that we move to a system of value creation where if someone is putting an effort to create something should be rewarded for that content.
“That’s where NFTs are so important. Because they allow us to have a different perspective and monetize whatever we create in ways that we want. It’s a lot of hard work in an open metaverse to create a fan following, build a community, and market yourself to create a brand. But at least in the open metaverse, those efforts are fully rewarded, instead of handing over 50-70% of the money that you make.”, he added. He also insisted on transitioning from the shareholder model to a stakeholder model where every stakeholder contributes to building a thriving space.
He has spoken in 20 countries across the globe and collectively inspired over 100,000 managers, directors, and C-level executives. He is a recognized speaker by the Professional Speaker Association Holland and is a member of the Global Speakers Federation. He has over 120,000 followers.