Speaking

Obi speaks on innovation, diversity and inclusion, and mental health. She has spoken at numerous technology and entrepreneur conferences, as well as private gatherings of CEOs and philanthropists. She was interviewed twice on stage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference. She delivered the opening keynote at Chautauqua Institution, where previous speakers included FDR, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has guest lectured at INSEAD, Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

How can we apply technology to help solve the big challenges of our times, such as climate change and healthcare? How can we create an innovation culture in any organisation, from small to large? How do we deal with failure gracefully? How do we learn fast? How do we bring the brightest, most diverse people to the table to invent the future we want to live in? How do we create a future of flourishing minds for all?

If you would like Obi to speak at your event, please get in touch via the Contact form.

Selected talks by Obi

EventType of engagementTopics
Bits & Pretzels, Munich
2020
Interview with Miriam Wohlfarth at Germany’s largest tech conferenceInnovation
Catalyst Girls in Tech conference, San Francisco
2017
Keynote at women in tech conferenceInnovation, diversity & inclusion
Changemaker Chats, San Francisco
2018
Fireside chat with Kati Schmidt, Q&A with women in techDiversity & inclusion, careers in tech
Chautauqua Institution, New York
2017
Opening keynote of summer season at venerable NY institution (previous speakers include Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg)Innovation
CPS Lectures, San Francisco
2019
Talk at San-Francisco-based discussion seriesInnovation
CPS Lectures, San Francisco
2020
Obi interviews Dr. Sam McLean on the Heroes Health Initiative, a project to support the mental health of frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Mental health
CPS Lectures, San Francisco
2020
Obi interviews Jessica Powell on her book “The Big Disruption”Life in Silicon Valley
CPS Lectures, San Francisco
2020
Obi interviews Stephen DeBerry on disparity by designInnovation, diversity & inclusion
Devex World
2020
Interview with Catherine Cheney at global development conferenceInnovation
Falling Walls, Berlin
2020
Panel with Miranda Wolpert, Shuranjeet Singh, Megan Jones Bell on a new superscience for mental healthMental health
Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, Laguna Beach CA
2017, 2016
2017 interview with Michal Lev Ram
2016 interview with Leena Rao
Innovation
Hello Tomorrow, Paris
2015
Opening keynote at deep tech entrepreneur conferenceInnovation
Helmholtz Horizons Symposium, Berlin
2018
Closing keynote at summit for European scientists and science policy makersInnovation
INSEAD, Paris
2012-2020
Various MBA guest lectures with Prof Annet ArisInnovation
Investec Entrepreneurs Summit, London
2010
PanelInnovation
ITV global employee conference, London/virtual 2021Talk & fireside chat at internal conference of UK broadcasterInnovation
Jacques Delors Institute Conference, Berlin
2016
Keynote “Lessons from Silicon Valley and Europe”
See my blogpost for transcript in English
Innovation, Silicon Valley culture
Learn Capital Summit, Utah
2019
Keynote/Q&A at Learn Capital’s annual summit for their founders/CEOs and partnersInnovation
Lesbians Who Tech, San Francisco
2017
KeynoteInnovation, Diversity & inclusion
London Tech Week, London
2020
Panel at Global Leaders Innovation SummitInnovation
McLean Technology in Psychiatry Summit, Boston
2020
Talk on tech-enabled mental health measurement at Technology in Psychiatry Summit, organised by McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolMental health
Milken Institute Future of Health Summit
2020
Panel on mental health innovation organised by nonprofit, nonpartisan think tankMental health
Milken Institute Global Conference
2020
Panel at on role of philantropy in mental healthInnovation, philantropy
OneMind Brain Waves podcast, 2021Conversation with Brandon Staglin and Dr. Helen Herrman on the impact of the pandemic on mental health. Mental health
OneMind At Work Conference, CA
2020
Panel on mental health innovation
Mental health
Oxford Union, Oxford
2018
Talk followed by Q&A with Oxford University studentsInnovation
Rolemodels, Berlin
2017
Interview with Isa Sonnenfeld as part of the Rolemodels series.Innovation, diversity & inclusion
Signals Academy, Berlin
2020
Keynote at annual founder summit organised by Signals venture capital firmInnovation
Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, London
2020, 2016
2016 Talk ‘Inside the Moonshot Factory’
2020 Fireside chat with Sherry Coutu, Q&A with female scale-up founders
Innovation
Singularity University, Mountain View, CA
2017
Closing keynote at Singularity summer programmeInnovation
Skoll World Forum, Oxford
2016
Session host & moderator ‘Leapfrogging Development: How New Technologies Will Accelerate Change’ featuring social entrepreneurs Sarah Martin, Jim Taylor, Andreas Raptopoulos, Sly Lee, Juliana RotichInnovation, social entrepreneurship
Smithsonian The Long Conversation, Washington DC
2018
Michael Govan interviews Obi Felten
Obi Felten interviews Michael Hill
Innovation
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
2012-2015
Guest lectures at d.schoolInnovation
Stern Stewart Institute Summit, Germany
2020
Talk at private gathering of German CEOsInnovation
Stifterverband Forschungsgipfel, Berlin
2017
Invite-only innovation & science summit with German business, science and politics leaders
Talk at ‘Inner Circle 2: Neue Wege für Innovationen – Wer übernimmt das Steuer?’ (in German)
Interview (in German)
Innovation
Tech Inclusion summit, San Francisco
2017
Firesite chat with Mary GroveInnovation, diversity & inclusion
The Philantropy Network Summit
2019
Talk at private gathering of philantropistsInnovation
Thomas Mann House, Los Angeles
2020
Fireside chat with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, hosted by Milena MertenInnovation, Silicon Valley
UBA Forum, Berlin
2017
Opening keynote (in German) at summit on the environment for industry and policy makers hosted by Umweltbundesamt (Federal Ministry for the Environment)Innovation
Udacity Intersect, Mountain View, CA
2018
Closing keynote at annual summitInnovation
University of California Berkeley, CA
2015, 2019
Executive MBA guest lecturesInnovation, Diversity & inclusion
Villa Aurora Salon, Berlin
2017
Talk followed by Q&A moderated by Alison Smale, New York Times correspondent (in German)Innovation
Wired UK, London
2014
Talk at UK tech conferenceInnovation
Women 2.0, San Francisco
2014
Keynote at women in tech conferenceInnovation
Women Techmaker Summit, Mountain View, CA
2016
Talk at women in tech conference “On Bravery: How to kill good things to make room for truly great ones”Innovation, diversity & inclusion, careers in tech
World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, San Francisco
2017
Keynote at global conference of TV and film producersInnovation

Selected speaking engagements

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

– Thomas Edison (maybe)