David has worked with radical innovation and lean start-up methods in small
businesses and large global corporations for the last 20 years – e.g. as Head of Innovation at Scandinavian Airlines, as Senior Innovation Director in LEGO’s Future Lab, and recently as Venture Partner in LEGO Ventures. Using design thinking and agile development, David has been developing and leading innovation units and projects from early incubation to full maturity. He has recently been instrumental in building and launching LEGO Ventures, the new strategic venture arm at the LEGO Brand Group. David is co-founder of Diplomatic Rebels; a company dedicated to empower companies and intrapreneurs around the world to become stronger innovators.
David is passionate about transforming large organizations into lean innovators.
Believing that companies not only have an opportunity to better leverage their
resources, assets and expertise in creating value, but also a responsibility to lead the global change in a way that has a long term positive impact on human beings and the planet.
Through his experience, David has obtained several unique insights and developed approaches to how businesses can stay afloat in an ever-faster changing world and transform the organization into a change-leading innovator. He believes that anybody can become an innovator in their own organization or as he calls it a Diplomatic Rebel.
As an experienced international key-note speaker and executive advisor, David is
using his passion for breakthrough innovation to inspire and infuse this new mindset and toolbox in organizations around the world.
“From Corporate Giant to Agile Ecosystem – Leveraging Corporate Venturing”
Growing big is no longer a clear strength for companies as they risk becoming slow and unable to adopt. It seems that with size comes a growing fear of failing which paralyzes experimentation. Understand how to transform the growing organization into a nimble and adaptive ecosystem of capabilities, assets and talent.