Keynote Speaker Category: Disruption, Diversity, Leadership, Marketing, Trends,


Rohit Bhargava is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original speakers on disruption, trends and marketing in the world. He is on a mission to inspire more non-obvious thinking in the world. He is the #1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of eight books.

For Rohit Bhargava’s Full Bio see below.


  • How to be a Non-Obvious Thinker (and see What Others miss). See What Others Miss and Shift Your Perspective.
  • The Art and Science of Non-Obvious Marketing (In a Skeptical World). 
  • How to Anticipate What Comes Next & Trends that Matter
  • The Non-Obvious Method To Leading Diversity (When It’s Not Your Day Job)

These are topics that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest Ricardo’s range and interests. Rohit 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.


Sparrow at SXSW: Day 4 Pfizer CEO, author Rohit Bhargava + visit to Australia House

Companies & Projects:


Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World

Non Obvious Megatrends: How to See What Others Miss and Predict the Future (Banner of Truth Booklets,

#1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of eight books


Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert, skilled facilitator, and keynote speaker.

He has worked at two of the largest agencies in the world (first Leo Burnett in Sydney and then Ogilvy in DC), building his career during a pivotal time in the world of marketing when digital tools were just emerging and a growing understanding of behavioral science was changing the way companies in all industries understood persuasion itself.

In 2004, Rohit became an early adopter of social media and started writing a marketing blog that would soon become one of the top 25 blogs in the industry, according to Ad Age magazine.

Across nearly 20 years, publishing thousands of posts, he has continually introduced new groundbreaking ideas to the marketing world—from first inventing the concept of social media optimization (SMO) to publishing a manifesto for content curators that is widely used in digital marketing courses across the world.

The growing popularity of his blog led Rohit to earn his first book offer in 2008, a traditional publishing deal with McGraw-Hill to publish his first book, “Personality Not Included”. The book was critically acclaimed, won a prestigious Gold Atticus award and was adopted by many tech leaders (one keen reader spotted the book in a Businessweek magazine article photo on the desk of former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer!) … but never become a global bestseller.

After writing two other moderately successful books (one with another large traditional publisher and one self published), Rohit decided to leave his role at Ogilvy in 2014 and along with his wife Chhavi founded a new independent publishing company called Ideapress Publishing to publish his next book, “Non-Obvious”.  The book was wildly successful, immediately hitting the Wall Street Journal bestseller list in early 2015 and propelling Rohit’s keynote speaking career to the next level. Soon after, Rohit started the Non-Obvious Company as a consultancy and lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring leaders to be more open minded and innovative.

The Non-Obvious Trends series that he first started as an online trend report and then turned into a book in 2015 became his signature online publication, with annual editions for the next five years, and culminating in the international bestseller Non-Obvious Megatrends, which hit #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and also the USA Today bestseller list. To date, the series has been read or shared by more than 1 million readers and won more than twenty international book awards including recognition by the Leonard L. Berry Marketing Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Business Book of the Year and a Gold Medal in the Axiom Awards.

As a keynote speaker, Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations and stages in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, CES, SXSW, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others. At SXSW in particular, the long lines outside his popular Featured Session talks have wrapped around the entire Austin Convention Center and down the stairs to the lower level. After his packed session one year, an attendee tweeted after his talk that “he’s no Beyonce, but definitely worth standing in line for.” It’s one of Rohit’s favorite after-talk endorsements.

Outside of his time on stage, Rohit also spent several years teaching popular overbooked courses on storytelling, persuasive speaking and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In academia, he has also been invited to deliver guest lectures at many other prestigious schools including Stanford, Wharton and recently his alma mater – the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

The most consistent connection for his fans, though, has continually been his popular email newsletter which he calls the Non-Obvious Insights newsletter and has been publishing regularly every Thursday for the past six years. In 2022, the Non-Obvious Insights Newsletter was honored by the Webby Awards (the Internet’s highest honor) as the Best Email Newsletter, alongside submissions from the New York Times and CNN.

Thanks to his many years of sharing insights, Rohit has been recognized alongside visionary business leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tom Peters as a “Top 100 Thought Leader In Trustworthy Business Behavior” and was named by global recruiting firm Korn Ferry as one of the “Most Influential South Asians In Media and Entertainment.”


An urgently needed, eminently practical book that every leader should read which takes on a tough topic with sharp minds and open hearts.”

Daniel H PinkNew York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

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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