Keynote Speaker Category: Business, Digital Equality, Digital Technology, Digital Transformation, Disruption, Diversity, Innovation, Leadership, Technology,


Ramesh Srinivasan engages with technology companies, businesses, consumers, and governmental agencies to develop ethical technology solutions that support innovation and diversity, equity and inclusion.


I/automation & financial services,  assessing the impact on the work and the workers

– The Future of the Metaverse and Impacts on Global Businesses

– Artificial Intelligence: Ethics and Regulatory Futures

– How to resolve political polarization in a positive way?

– How do we engineer AI systems to be more inclusive of diverse people?

– What are the regulatory discussions that are underway?

– How far should ‘de-platforming’ practices go in order to deter and solve abuse of key social media platforms ?

– Why a ‘Digital bill of rights’ is needed now and what it should cover

– Technology ethics – privacy issues and the need to ensure that big tech plays fair

– The economy post pandemic, the future of work has come earlier than we thought

– Online retail giants – how we can reign in dominant retail sites to protect smaller retailers and to protect consumer rights

These are topics that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest Ramesh’s range and interests.  Ramesh researches each and every company he speaks to and for and the final topic is always finalised that works best for the needs of the audience.


Opinion | Cyberspace Plus Trump Almost Killed Our Democracy. Can Europe Save Us?


Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” (2019 – NYU Press)

After the Internet” with Adam Fish.

Beyond the Valley”


Ramesh Srinivasan speaks about the intersection of technology, innovation, politics, business, and society.  He is a leading voice pointing the way toward a digital world that supports democracy, economic security and business interests. He blends his skills as a leading academic, author, engineer, social scientist, storyteller, policy adviser, and thought leader to shine a light on how technology and innovation, from all quarters and countries, will make a balanced world possible, for all.   His mission is to help repair the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us: toward a more democratic internet.

He has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments. He is the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab which offers a unique, people-focused analysis of new technologies working across every continent and dozens of countries across the world. This lab examines the means by which new media technologies impact businesses, economics, cultures, politics, labor, and the environment through collaborations with global partners. He explores the future of algorithms, AI, automation, and cryptocurrencies with these themes in mind. He holds degrees from Stanford (B.Sc in Engineering), the MIT Media Laboratory (MSc), and Harvard (PhD)

Ramesh is the author of three books: “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” (2019 – NYU Press) and “After the Internet” with Adam Fish.

His most recent book outlines how the future of the internet still hasn’t been written. In ‘Beyond the Valley’, Ramesh argues that Tech can be fairer and more democratic, while still serving business interests. If we look beyond the confines of a small slice of Northwest USA, we’ll find people from all over the world creating a new narrative by using ingenious ways to leverage limited resources to join the digital space and how they are reinventing technology to suit their situations.  In the research for this book, Ramesh explored technology’s impact across nearly 70 countries – economically, politically, socially.

BEYOND THE VALLEY was named a top ten 2019 book in Tech by Forbes.

Ramesh appears frequently on NPR, The Young Turks, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and other major media networks. His articles and interviews have been published by the Washington Post, Wired, The Economist, Quartz, Financial Times, CNN, Forbes, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, among others.

In February 2021, Ramesh was cited in an opinion piece by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times.  Mr. Friedman reiterated Ramesh’s suggestion that America urgently needs to enact a digital bill of rights that “sets the right balance between free speech and algorithms that make hate speech and blatantly false information from unreputable sources go viral.

“Beyond the Valley shows how we got to a place where a few big tech companies pull the strings and the rest of us work on command, without a secure future. Like the Green New Deal, it also shows us a way out, toward a digital new deal where we can reclaim the power and shape a world that includes us all. Read this book for its compelling vision of digital economy that provides decent work, wages, and justice for everyone.”

Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance; Host of The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show on CN

Ricardo did an amazing job. At the time of his keynote, people were tired after a long day, but he managed to get their attention one more time. We got especially good feedback on his session around midday. I don’t know how comfortable Ricardo is with presenting in German – that (maybe) would have been the only thing I can think of that could have elevated his presentation (but that would have just been the cherry on top of the ice cream).

Julius MeltzerXING

Thanks a lot for the creativity and resilience to manage this Inspiration Tour in such a great manner. Great leaders (and some great example of how we do not want to come across), inspirational stories, challenge our believes (loved obviously Ricardo Semler) and many insights for the future. Thanks a lot!

Head of large pharmaceutical company – Costa Rica

After the workshop I spoke to some of the business relations that we had invited. They were positive without exception. Present were, among others, a partner of a large law firm, a company that offers HR services with the aid of self-developed software and a partner of an international recruitment and selection agency. They all asked questions about specific challenges in their companies and were amazed at Semler's knowledge of their specific business model and challenges. To be repeated!

Han MesterHan Mesters, Sector Banker Business Services ABN AMRO Bank

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for 10 days in Botswana without internet so I am writing to you quickly now. Firstly, thank you for coming to SA and thank you for the time you spent with me and the effort you put into your presentation. You are a rare person and have an enormous amount to offer the world. We did get a lot of feedback and all presentations were rated. You rated highly and there were quite a few comments. When I get back I will collate these and send them to you.
Thanks you, Robert

Robert PhillipsThundermark


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