Disruptive Technologies

Soren Kaplan’s diverse, hands-on experience with disruptive technology, product and service innovation, and new business models, gives him a unique perspective that keeps his audiences on the edge of their seats. With an eye on the future, he outlines the intersecting trends, technologies, and the forces shaping new opportunities. But he doesn’t stop there. He also reveals the emerging and potentially disruptive applications of these trends, while drawing connections and outlining implications for business leaders and organizations as they move into their increasingly fast-paced and uncertain futures.

Business Model Innovation Keynote Speaker

The Future of Disruptive Technology Innovation

Soren outlines the three opportunities with disruptive technologies:

  • Scanning – How do you identify emerging disruptions?
  • Collaboration – How do you identify and partner to apply technology?
  • Solutions – How do you transform technologies into products & services?

Soren possesses deep knowledge and experience around the dynamics of disruptive innovation and change, including the implications for executive leadership and organizational strategy. Having worked in the field of “strategic innovation” for over 20 years, he has led strategy initiatives for companies including Cisco, Disney, Visa, Colgate-Palmolive, Red Bull, Medtronic, Roche, SK Telecom (South Korea), and many others. He has also led innovation research and executive development programs for the Danish Technology Institute, the Copenhagen Business School, Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation), PwC and the Melbourne Business School (Australia), and other universities and government organizations. Having previously served as the head of strategy and innovation consulting for Hewlett-Packard (HP) and as the founder and advisor of start-ups, Soren also understands the practical challenges of leading “disruptive” innovation.

Soren’s visually rich keynote presentations reveal high-impact future trends that are forming now as “weak signals” – and which he brings to life through storytelling, humor, and engaging case examples from across a range of industries. He customizes every keynote presentation to his unique audience to ensure that the trends, scenarios, implications and opportunities are relevant to all.

For inquires about Soren’s speaking engagements, including his experience working across specific areas and industries such as healthcare, design, financial services, consumer products, manufacturing, food and beverage, media and entertainment, and others, click here.

Some previous presentations include:

  • Chevron
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Frito-Lay
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Wells Fargo
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • American Association of Museums
  • Cisco Systems
  • Disney
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • PepsiCo
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Harvard Business School
  • Credit Union Executives Society
  • American Society of Association Executives

What Clients Say

Teppo Paavola
Vice President & Head of Global Business Development, PayPal

Soren’s talk inspired our organization while providing both strategic and practical approaches for driving breakthroughs in the business and for our leadership.

Tatyana Kanzaveli
Organizer, TEDx Bay Area / Silicon Valley

Soren’s new spin on the popular topic of innovation kept the entire audience on the edge of their seats. His talk was amazing.

Paula Wallace
President, Savannah College of Art & Design

Thank you for your brilliant remarks during the winter faculty conferences in Savannah and Atlanta. The assembled faculty and staff will embark upon the academic quarter buoyed by your inspired and witty words on the nature of innovations, which are sure to favor those who embrace surprise and eschew predictability.

Meredith Anastasio
Managing Director, Lincoln Healthcare Group

As a professional conference organizer, we initially asked Soren to deliver a top level, executive education workshop to kickoff an event with over 300 C-Suite executives from the healthcare industry. The feedback was so outstanding we invited him back to lead a similar discussion at another event. Soren’s unique ability to tailor his message, facilitate collaboration, and push the thinking of senior executives, puts him in the top tier of speakers we work with.

Scott Munn
Vice President & Security Product Management, Cisco

Soren’s presentation was unique, timely and relevant to our business challenges without a re-hash of common platitudes. He especially engaged with our entire leadership team, whether present in the room or attending remotely.