I focus on how technologies can solve big problems at scale in business and society. This is expressed across academia, private sector work, and government advisory.
David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He is the CEO of Esme Learning Solutions, an AI-enabled digital learning company that works with top universities like MIT and University of Oxford, and Adit EdTech (NYSE: ADEX.U), a 'blank check' company (SPAC) focused on education technology, education-related services, training, and other education opportunities. David is also on the board of Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading.
David holds a dual appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London and Associate Fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford. He previously was a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinouts.
David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, as well as the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation. David is a member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on artificial intelligence applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.
David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation across Europe.
David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Trusted Data (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), and Trust::Data. David’s most recent book, Basic Blockchain, was published in January 2020 from Little Brown, who will also publish his next book in 2021 Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI. David’s writing has appeared in Forbes.com, Newsweek.com, Coindesk.com and CNBC.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press. He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.
David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally in theatre after college.