Kenneth Cukier is Senior Editor, Data and Digital at The Economist where he oversees data analytics and manages their new digital product development. Prior to this he was Data Editor following a decade at the paper covering business and technology.
Kenneth’s talks are fast-paced and witty, fact-filled and insightful. And they are packed with real-world examples of how pioneering companies are applying new technologies to reap substantial business advantage. He reveals trends, explains how technologies work, shows what they mean for business. He gives leaders new ideas and inspires teams to do great work.
Cukier is the coauthor of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. It is the first systematic treatment of this emerging science, which Kenn argues is a revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press. Kenn explores the amazing new possibilities big data opens — in business, health, politics, education, innovation, and much more. But he also describes the fresh threats it creates, from the inevitable end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven’t even done yet, based on big data’s ability to predict our future behavior. Big Data is a clear, striking work — the first big book about the next big thing.
Its followup, Learning with Big Data, shows how these trends are transforming education. Kenn moves beyond the online courses we’ve heard of to tell us about the truly fascinating changes in how we measure students’ progress and use that data to improve education — from homework assignments that learn from students to textbooks that talk back. Learning with Big Data offers an eye-opening, insight-packed tour through these new trends, for educators, administrators, and readers interested in the latest developments in business and technology.
From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, working on the Internet and international relations. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Japan business and finance correspondent, and before that, The Economist's global technology correspondent based in London, where his work focused on innovation, intellectual property and Internet governance. Previously, he was the technology editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and a regular commentator on CNBC Asia. Earlier still, he was the European Editor of Red Herring and worked at The International Herald Tribune in Paris.
His writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others.
Mr. Cukier serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
Kenn tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.
Disruption and Business Strategy: Lessons for Leaders
New technologies are changing how to run a business and the nature of competition in fundamental ways.
AI and machine-learning means tasks done by people can be automated — in particular white-collar “knowledge work”.
The internet of things (putting sensors and chips into everyday things to collect information and connect them to a network), mean that products will become services, and a new commercial power-struggle emerges between manufacturer and retailer — and customers.
Big data means existing firms are sitting on a goldmine of information they can tap to unlock new forms of economic value, be it improving existing products, services or operations — or developing new revenue streams.
Harnessing Big Data
It is impossible to predict the future — but it is often knowable within a reasonable probability if we tap the world's new abundance of information. Big data lets us observe phenomena and behaviors that we were never able to track before — vital for risk managers in industries as diverse as insurance and banking, to transport and energy. By harnessing big data, we can spot patterns and identify trends that in the past were largely based on hunches, not empirical evidence. Kenneth Cukier, the data editor of The Economist and co-author of the bestselling book "Big Data," will unveil many of the ways that businesses can put data to use to reduce risk and improve corporate performance.
Winning the Big Data Revolution: What Businesses Leaders Need to Know
Everyone has heard of big data but few know what it means, or how
companies can harness its power for a competitive edge. This talk,
designed for a general business audience explains — in clear language
and with fascinating examples — what big data is and why it matters.
It reveals the new business models that are emerging and the ”big data
value chain.” It also notes how all kinds of companies can restructure
their processes and develop the “mindset” to become successful
Big Data Beyond the Bull$#%!
For IT professionals, the idea of big-data is hardly new — but there
is a risk that the recent hype blurs the very real ways that the
technology can help companies unlock new forms of business value. This
talk, aimed at a high-level audience of business executives with
technology expertise, looks at some of the latest developments in the
field and points to ways in which firms can use data to improve
existing operations or innovate by developing new business areas.
Tomorrow’s World Today: Nine-and-a-Half Trends Changing Business
Everything you know about the future of business is wrong — because
smart executives naturally focus on big opportunities and miss the
“weak signals” that point to the future. This talk reveals nascent
trends and surprising places they lead. In this amusing, fact-filled,
anecdote-driven speech, Kenneth unveils trends such as:
- Managing an “Upsourcing” world
- Big data’s invisible assets: sensors and sensibility
- Turning products into — and into intellectual-property
- The end of “emerging economies” and rise of “frontier markets”
- Not brand equity, but brand “ubiquity”
- The secret value in Womenomics
It is perfect as a luncheon address or after dinner speech, to get
business leaders and their teams to see the world around them in an
entirely new way.
- Lessons for Business from Obama’s Big Data Victory
- The Regulatory Risks of Data-Driven Businesses: Privacy & Prediction
- The Mystery of Sushi: What Japanese Business Can Teach the Rest of Us
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Kenneth rocked the place.
A truly inspiring and insightful presentation.
We are very satisfied and only got super positive feedback.
Two comments from a market-leading global news and information analysis organization:
Dear Kenneth: Huge thanks for being so wonderful. From the way you handled the Q&A before your speech to the fascinating insights you shared with us. I love your book, loved your talk and am grateful for the shift you have enabled us to make today. Several people have contacted me with ideas for follow up from your speech. I couldn’t have wished for a better result.
Kenneth was fantastic…we were all delighted with his presentation and what a very nice, approachable and impressive person he is! Thanks for everything and, again, we were delighted with Kenneth’s professionalism and contribution to our conference.