Rachel Botsman is a leading expert and author on trust in the modern world. By distilling complex ideas into clear and compelling content, she gives us the tools to understand trust – what it means, how it works and why it’s essential for every aspect of our lives.
She has been recognised as one of the world's 50 most influential management thinkers and honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Rachel has also been selected as one of the top 20 speakers in the world by Monocle.
Rachel has spoken three times at the prestigious TED conference and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of all speakers at events she attends.
Rachel Botsman is the author of two groundbreaking books that have been translated into 12 languages. What’s Mine is Yours (Harper Collins, 2010) predicted the rise of the ‘sharing economy’ and was subsequently named by TIME as one of the “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World”.
Her highly acclaimed second book Who Can You Trust? (Penguin Portfolio, 2017) is a profound exploration of how technology is revolutionising human trust.
Rachel is a Trust Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School where she designed and teaches new courses on trust and technology. She is also an advisor to boards, senior leaders and governments around the world, helping organisations to build trustworthy cultures.
Her articles on trust have been widely published in The Guardian, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Wired and other publications.
As the go-to voice on trust, Rachel Botsman has an insightful and engaging media presence across channels, including the BBC, CNN, NPR, and ABC. Rachel is the host of Trust Issues – a podcast that explores trust through the lenses of popular culture, politics, business and psychology.
Rachel has lived and worked on four different continents, giving her a global perspective on the important issues of our times. She currently lives in Oxford with her husband and two children and is passionate about empowering the next generation to make informed decisions about trust in a rapidly changing world.
Honours and awards:
Young Global Leader–World Economic Forum
Breakthrough Idea Award–Thinkers50
Top 50 Management Thinkers in the World–Thinkers50
Top 100 Most Creative People in Business–Fast Company
Top 20 Speakers in the World–Monocle
‘Progressive Voice’ Women of the Year Award 2018–InStyle
Known for her clear insights and warm storytelling, Rachel Botsman has been invited to speak to companies as diverse as Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Xero, Microsoft and Salesforce, as well as at conferences such as the Drucker Forum, the World of Business Forum and the World Economic Forum.
Her TED talks have been viewed more than four million times and audiences consistently rate her as the top keynote speaker at global events and conferences. By forming an immediate—and lasting—connection with those in the room, Rachel’s presentations resonate long after the final word.
Without buying into the shallow potential of the latest fad, Botsman takes a more intelligent long view of how technology will change the terms on which people live and work.
She kept our 2000 delegates on the edge of their seats for over an hour not only with the quality of her content but also with her humour and engaging speaking style.
Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.
Not one single day has gone by since the event without external and internal commendations on your engagement with our audience. Your message really connected and impacted the entire audience. It was also evident via our social engagement metrics.
The audience scored Rachel 4.84 out of 5.00. That’s amazing! She helped to more than double the attendance of the conference this year over last.
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