Public speaking

If you’d like me to speak at your event, biog & notes are here – please email me.

worldbank 041014_Talking_Data_125_FI am as comfortable on stage with the President of the World Bank at their spring meeting (left); at the G8 (below); in front of a room of C-Suite executives; at a hacker gathering defining new standards, or at an arts festival talking about the intersection of astrophysics, music and algorithms.


I have been recognised as one of the most influential people in data: winning awards for innovation and expertise, as a member of the Smart London Board, the Ministry of Justice Data, Science and Evidence Board, and as a London Tech Ambassador.

Upcoming/recent talks with Gavin Starks


I present at public conferences and private meetings on impact@web-scale; the impact of data and the web on businesses, countries and society; how entrepreneurship and policy can meet; bringing clarity and meaning to language (open banking, open data, big data, algorithms, blockchain, internet of things, artificial intelligence, personal data, GDPR, PSD2); how culture, innovation and tech collide.

Talks engage audiences around the impact of data and the web on society: on businesses and governments; on the economy, environment and society; the potential of new business models, government policy, startup innovation, standards and communications. They provide direct, practical examples from my personal experience in developing world-leading initiatives such as the Open Data Institute and the Open Banking Standard.

Audience feedback often highlights being inspired, learning something new, changing the way they perceived an issue, or developing a new idea or innovation that they would like to pursue.

If you would like me to speak at your event, please email

I undertake both paid and unpaid talks and panels: please be clear about your event upfront.

[above: US Secretary of Agriculture’s panel on data]

Previous talks (selection)

  • Open Government Partnership, G8 meeting, Lancaster House, London, UK
  • The future of data, British Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
  • Data as culture, Churchill Room, HM Treasury, London, UK
  • The open data revolution, World Bank, Washington DC, USA
  • Open data, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • ‘State of the Nation’, for 8 years and counting, at OpenTech, London
  • Open data, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Malta
  • Open data impact, US Secretary of Agriculture’s roundtable: open data for agriculture and nutrition, World Food Prize, Iowa, USA
  • Innovation in the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet – The Private Residence of the Ambassador of Finland, UK
  • The data revolution (keynote), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Cartagena, Colombia
  • Social impact data, Gates Foundation, Washington, USA
  • The future of data, Aspen Institute, Aspen, USA – Knight Foundation
  • How the Web of Data is Changing Business, Government … and Lives – Verge, San Jose, USA
  • Data as Culture, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • City data infrastructure, Mayor’s Office, GLA, London, UK
  • The future of data, Wired conference, London, UK
  • Open data infrastructure, OpenUP, Omidyar conference, London, UK
  • The future is open data (keynote), Cloud Expo Europe, London, UK
  • Open data in Finance – Hatton Garden, London, UK
  • Data-driven sports innovation – Science Museum, IMAX London, UK – Sport England
  • Business innovation with data – Henley Business School, UK
  • The Age of Social Machines – Privacy and Trust in the Era of Big Data Analytics – Web Science Institute, UK
  • The Digital Economy – Imperial College London, UK
  • Data for everyone, Future Everything, Manchester, UK
  • Data for the web of things, IoT Expo, London, UK
  • Data for open government, both Conservative and Labour party conferences, UK
  • Music and open culture – the future of music business models, Music 4.5, London, UK

this is a small selection from hundreds of presentations, panels and roundtables.

Examples of public talks and interviews

How the Web of Data is Changing Business, Government … and Lives – Verge, San Jose, USA

Hosting the Open Data Institute Summit at the BFI, London

Interview at Strata London 2012 following my talk

TEDxEast 2010: Codifying sustainability. Open environmental data to tackle climate change.

Providing evidence to the UK Government select committee on the impact of ‘big data’

Reuters on the Road: open data, business, universities and government

(thanks to the TEDxNY team for choosing the one still frame where I’m sticking out my tongue)

Presenting at the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) 2017 National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) on acoustic cosmology

Gavin at NAM RAS

Presenting at EMF camp on Acoustic Cosmology and Binary Dust