Duncan Wardle was the global Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Corporation from 2011-2017. A 30-year veteran of the company, Disney is widely regarded as one of the world’s most creative and innovative organisations, Duncan now helps other companies to make innovation part of their DNA.
At Disney, Duncan led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate — creating magical new story lines and experiences for literally millions of consumers around the world.
Duncan spent his career at Disney developing some of their most innovative ideas and strategies; ideas that would forever change the way Disney expands its impact, trains its employees, and solves problems creatively.
Born in London, educated at Edinburgh University and currently living in Florida, he has has served in various executive roles such as Vice President - Innovation & Creativity, Vice President - Global Public Relations, and Vice President - International Marketing & Sales, working in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Shanghai.
In 2008, he was honoured with the “Outstanding American Citizen Award” at the White House and in 2014 was awarded a Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty the Queen. Duncan is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and the University of Florida.
However, despite all of the above accolades, and while Duncan loved the challenge of running the creativity and innovation teams at the world’s most creative company, he understood that his ability to successfully teach others to develop an innovation toolkit was something that could have a massive impact for people and organisations across the globe.
So, as a veteran employee, he left Disney to launch a creative consulting company which has quickly become one of the top innovation consulting firms in the world, and in the process, has allowed Duncan to share his creative consultant services and innovation workshops to thousands of employees and executives at companies such as Ford, McKinsey, Coca-Cola, NBA, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Forbes.
With an infectious energy and playful collaboration, Duncan Wardle pushes executives and their teams to overcome preconceived ideas, act more audaciously, and develop their own innovation “light switch”, which is a method to activate their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.