“Without buying into the shallow potential of the latest fad, be that Twitter or Facebook, Botsman takes a more intelligent long view of how technology will change the terms on which people live and work.” — Monocle
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 recognized as one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers and honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Rachel 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 work Who Can You Trust? (Penguin Portfolio, 2017) is a profound exploration of how technology is revolutionising human trust. It has been praised by Adam Grant, Marc Benioff, Sherry Turkle and Don Tapscott and has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards.
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 work has been widely published in The Guardian, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Wired and other publications.
Known for her clear insights and warm storytelling, Rachel has been invited to speak to companies as diverse as Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Dorchester Collection, 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 4 million times.
As the go-to voice on trust, Rachel has a strong, insightful and engaging media presence across channels, including the BBC, CNN, NPR, and ABC.
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
What people say
The feedback from her session on trust has been wonderful! All of our delegates really felt they could take a lot away and actually apply it, which of course is our ultimate goal.
Not one single day has gone by since the event without external & internal commendations on her engagement with our audience. Her message really connected and impacted the entire audience. It was also evident via our social engagement metrics.
From the moment we spoke about what I was trying to achieve with the conference to the feedback received it was evident that Rachel is a genuine world class speaker who knows how to stir thinking and encourage an audience to open their minds. Her polished but warm style coupled with her relevant and clever stories leave an audience with a genuine sense of wonder and awe but most importantly it leaves them curious and hungry for more!
— Commonwealth Bank
The feedback on her closing session has been
outstanding - it really was incredibly relevant for the audience and I think it will be talked about for some time to come
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.
— Microsoft Research
Rachel Botsman was the standout favourite for all our delegates.
— CEO Magazine Executive Conference
We had a wonderful event with Rachel. She was pretty amazing — an accomplished, intelligent and humble speaker who was a delight to work with. Her subject matter was highly relevant and members loved it — rating it 9.7.
— Entrepreneurs’ Organisation
Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynotes we've had!
— The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Rachel's presentation was on topic, interesting and engaging. Our audience was thrilled with her presentation. The anecdotal feedback has been fantastic for both Rachel and her content.
— Hewlett Packard
Rachel Botsman was a brilliant speaker at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She captured imaginations when speaking about how collaborative technologies are reshaping our relationships and reinventing the world around us in life-changing ways.
— Clinton Global Initiative
The feedback on Rachel’s Spark presentation was outstanding! It was a high-energy, thought provoking session, and a wonderful way to close the conference. I am sure participants left with new perspective on their businesses. I look forward to working with you again.
— Cap Gemini
Rachel's presentation was exceptional. It has generated much discussion and thinking, and was a great way to close out our forum.
— Lend Lease
The ratings from our audience for Rachel were the amongst the very highest we have ever received. Rachel's presentation was both motivating and energizing, seasoned with critically important cases studies from companies that are transforming industries and lives.
Rachel is one of a very rare breed of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them possibility and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candour in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning. But more than all that, her presentations resonate with you and your organisation long after the chairs have been stacked away. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough.
— LJ Hooker
The audience responses we have received about Rachel's presentation were overwhelming. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP as well as from audience members in general. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending her!
Rachel Botsman led her audience of tourism industry experts and local government councils on a discovery voyage as her presentation on Collaborative Consumption opened up a world they "kinda knew but not really", and accentuated the change occurring all around us; she didn't lose them for a moment, and left them better educated and aware of new opportunities and worldwide trends.
— Local Government and Shires Association, Sydney
Rachel possesses the skill and wisdom to excite and broaden the minds of any audience.
— Elite Media Group
I would recommend Rachel to anyone! She listened to her briefing and her material was excellent for our audience. Her delivery was also highly engaging with the right mix of substance, humor and passion.
— LimeBridge (Aust) Pty Ltd
Rachel Botsman was captivating, relevant to our theme and an outstanding presenter. We were grateful to have had Rachel kick start our 3-Day Conference.
We had approximately 400 people attend the conference over the three days and everyone we spoke to said they had taken away an abundance of ideas which they were excited to implement into their respective organisations. Very inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.
— Australasian Better Boards Conference
She brought our audience a fresh, new and provocative perspective on the sharing economy - with timely updates on how this was shaping global macro economic trends and consumer behaviour. Our delegates were a buzz after her presentation. Without hesitation we would welcome Rachel back to G-Force!