Former Head of Venturing Europe, LEGO Ventures, Co-founder of Diplomatic Rebels
Through his experience, David has obtained several unique insights and developed approaches to how businesses can stay afloat in an ever-changing world and transform the organisation into a change-leading innovator. He believes that anybody can become an innovator in their own organisation or as he calls it a “Diplomatic Rebel”.
Innovation and Disruption
David Gram biography
David has worked with radical innovation and lean start-up methods in small businesses and large global corporations for the last 15 years – as Head of Innovation at Scandinavian Airlines and Senior Innovation Director for front-end development at LEGO. Using design thinking and agile development, David has been developing and leading front-end organisations and projects from early incubation to full maturity.
At LEGO’s Future Lab, David headed up a multidisciplinary team of brilliant designers, marketers, project managers and engineers tasked with inventing the future of play. With a lean start-up approach and an intrapreneurial mindset, the team developed breakthrough business initiatives from insights gathering and early concept development to market validation and transition to core business. Using agile development, pretotyping and strategic partnerships to build new learning and capability fast. David and the Future Lab team has been featured in the Fast Company article “How LEGO Became the Apple of Toys”.
“Insightful and provocative – David has given our organisation a lot to consider”Finbar Sheehan, Senior Research Funding Manager, Cancer Research
"Fantastic presentation by David and the interactive building experience worked very well. It is a great idea to have guest speakers coming along to highlight best practices and mindsets adopted in other firms that we can consider in our roles."
"I found the guest speaker [David] to be the highlight of the conference. Some of the information presented was information I could use day to day with my job. Thanks!"
"By far the best of these types of session I have ever attended … the … input (David from Lego) made it very interesting but also relevant."
"Some comments after David delivered a talk to a group from a leading financial institution."