Ian Russell

Tagline: Digital Disruption

Talent Highlights

  • Transformational Leadership: Ian Russell’s tenure as CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, showcases his ability to lead organizations through transformative phases, driving growth and innovation.
  • Strategic Vision: With a keen strategic vision, Ian has consistently anticipated market trends and positioned organizations for success in an ever-changing business landscape.
  • Thought Leadership: Ian’s thought leadership extends beyond traditional business domains, encompassing topics such as digital transformation, leadership development, and the future of work.
  • Engaging Speaker: Ian’s dynamic speaking style captivates audiences, delivering actionable insights and real-world examples that resonate with attendees across industries.
  • Customized Presentations: Ian’s ability to tailor his presentations to suit the specific needs and objectives of each event ensures a customized experience that leaves a lasting impression on audiences.
  • Versatility: Whether addressing a large corporate audience or a gathering of industry professionals, Ian has the versatility and expertise to deliver impactful presentations that inspire and provoke meaningful dialogue.

Keynote Topics

Before Corona. After Corona.

Worlds apart. Leveraging a Survive/Revive/Thrive mindset, Ian tackles what it takes to  be a successful business and leader in the AC environment.

Ian focuses on the  fundamental shifts we must all make in our ways of trading, ways of leading and ways of thinking to not just survive but leverage the ultimate disruptor event for the benefit of  your company and your career.

This talk is rooted in deep operational experience of  leading 3 businesses and 1 school through the 2020/21 events – here Ian really speaks  from the heart, with every lesson having been learnt the hard way.

PEGI Rating – 18+…

Remember Nokia? Recall Kodak? Want to be the next Blockbuster or Toys R Us? Ian  strikes through to the heart of what business and personal relevance is and shows how  losing that relevance can be terminal.

All is not lost though.

In this keynote, Ian Russell will lay out a clear 5 point plan that any business can quickly grasp  and execute upon, that will create a step-change in their ongoing relevance to their customers

Objects in the Rear-View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Really Are Business’ obsession with what has happened in the past, and with what their competitors are doing, is fundamentally damaging their chance of success in the future and limiting what they can achieve.

In this keynote, Ian powerfully argues that businesses must change the way they lay out  their strategies, re-platform the way they measure success and re-magine what their  business can be, if they are to release a new growth path and finally look forward  through the windscreen towards the horizon.

Perhaps Ian’s most famous keynote, Fuzzy Logic dispels the myth once and for all that  organisations take decisions rationally and logically.

Ian Russell highlights clearly the key reasons why organisations do not take decisions rationally,  and the consequences of these failings.

Concluding the keynote, Ian creates a 5 point roadmap that any organisation or  individual can employ to reduce the levels of ‘fuzzy logic’ around decisions, and a route  forward to create long term success.

Travels From:

  • Cape Town, SA

Fee Range:

  • Fees: R50,000 - R75,000



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Ian Russell is a seasoned professional, currently serving as an independent, freelance business advisor, speaker, and professional non-executive director. With a rich tapestry of experience, Ian has navigated the intricate landscapes of corporate leadership and technological innovation with aplomb. His most recent tenure as the CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, underscores his proficiency […]

Ian Russell is a seasoned professional, currently serving as an independent, freelance business advisor, speaker, and professional non-executive director. With a rich tapestry of experience, Ian has navigated the intricate landscapes of corporate leadership and technological innovation with aplomb. His most recent tenure as the CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, underscores his proficiency in steering organizations toward unprecedented heights. Under his stewardship, BCX flourished, boasting a formidable turnover of $2 billion and fostering a workforce of 10,000 individuals.

Ian Russell | Digital Disruption

Background and Expertise:

Ian Russell’s journey in the corporate realm spans decades, marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a keen eye for strategic foresight. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of business dynamics, Ian has held pivotal roles across various sectors, accruing invaluable insights along the way. His tenure as CEO of BCX exemplifies his adeptness at orchestrating transformative change within complex organizational structures, solidifying his reputation as a visionary leader.

With a nuanced understanding of technology’s evolving landscape, Ian Russell has been at the forefront of pioneering initiatives aimed at harnessing innovation for sustainable growth. His proficiency in leveraging technological advancements to drive operational efficiency and foster digital transformation has been instrumental in shaping BCX’s trajectory and positioning it as a trailblazer in the industry.

Beyond his corporate endeavors, Ian’s commitment to excellence extends to his role as a professional non-executive director, where he lends his expertise to guide organizations toward strategic alignment and sustainable success. His strategic acumen and astute leadership have been instrumental in steering companies through periods of transition and uncertainty, earning him acclaim as a trusted advisor and thought leader in the corporate sphere.

Ian Russell’s expertise transcends traditional boundaries, encompassing a broad spectrum of topics ranging from leadership and innovation to digital disruption and organizational resilience. His dynamic speaking style coupled with a wealth of real-world experiences ensures that audiences are captivated and inspired, leaving a lasting impact long after the event concludes.

Reasons to Book Ian Russell:

Event planners seeking to elevate their conferences and corporate gatherings to new heights should look no further than Ian Russell. With a proven track record of delivering engaging and thought-provoking presentations, Ian brings a unique blend of expertise, insight, and charisma to every speaking engagement. His ability to distill complex concepts into digestible insights resonates with audiences of all backgrounds, making him a sought-after speaker for events seeking to foster innovation and inspire change.

Moreover, Ian’s unparalleled understanding of technology’s role in shaping the future of business positions him as a trusted advisor for organizations looking to navigate the complexities of the digital age. Whether delving into topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, or digital transformation, Ian brings a fresh perspective and actionable strategies that empower audiences to embrace change and seize opportunities in an ever-evolving landscape.

Why Book Through WeSpeak Global:

When it comes to securing top-tier talent for your next event, WeSpeak Global offers unparalleled access to a roster of world-class speakers, including Ian Russell. As a premier speakers bureau, WeSpeak Global takes pride in curating exceptional experiences tailored to meet the unique needs and objectives of each client. With a dedicated team of professionals overseeing every aspect of the booking process, event planners can rest assured that their event will be in capable hands from inception to execution.

By booking Ian Russell through WeSpeak Global, event planners gain access to a comprehensive suite of services designed to streamline the logistics of hosting a successful event. From personalized consultation and speaker selection to seamless coordination and on-site support, WeSpeak Global offers end-to-end solutions that ensure a seamless and memorable experience for both organizers and attendees alike.


In conclusion, Ian Russell stands as a beacon of leadership and innovation in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. His illustrious career, marked by achievements at the helm of Africa’s largest technology company, speaks volumes about his expertise and strategic acumen. As a sought-after speaker and advisor, Ian continues to inspire audiences around the globe with his visionary insights and passion for driving positive change. Whether addressing large audiences or intimate gatherings, Ian Russell’s impact is felt far beyond the confines of the stage, making him a transformative force in the world of business and beyond.

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