About David Shrier

David Shrier Managing Director

David Shrier is a venture builder and globally recognized expert on technology disruption, with expertise in institutional innovation and digital technologies (artificial intelligence, fintech, web3, data & cyber security, digital identity). His experience spans public and private companies as well as nonprofit and government advisory activities. In addition to leading venture studio Visionary Future, David is a Professor of Practice (Artificial Intelligence and Innovation) with Imperial College Business School, where he is founding faculty in the Centre for Digital Transformation and co-lead on the Trusted AI Alliance, and a Visiting Scholar with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published nine books in the past nine years on the impact of technology on society.

David specializes in helping established organizations build innovative capacity, having developed $10 billion of corporate venturing opportunities and inculcating innovative mindset with enterprises including GE, Evercore, Dun & Bradstreet, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Peoples Group, WebMD, Kyriba, Ernst & Young, Wolters Kluwer, HLB International, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, Pearson and Starwood, as well as leading private equity, VC and other financial sponsors. He led an oversubscribed IPO on the NYSE and the subsequent deSPAC into Griid Infrastructure, a green bitcoin infrastructure provider.

David Shrier


He serves on the Board of Directors of Griid Infrastructure (GRDI) and is Chairman of Phorum.AI, a computational chemistry company.


David is a strategic advisor to Dandelion Science, METHA.AI and The Emissions Capture Company.

He previously advised on:

  • the European Parliament on AI and on blockchain;
  • FINRA, the UK Department of International Trade, the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs, and the Commonwealth of Nations on fintech policy;
  • assisted ICIMOD to explore application of fintech to inclusion and climate in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region;
  • briefed the UK Cabinet Office on artificial intelligence;
  • testified to UK and EU parliamentary committees regarding blockchain legislation multiple times, and previously advised the European Commission on regional innovation ecosystems, Kyriba on creating an engine for repeatable horizon-2 growth, Millennium Advisors (a middle market credit liquidity provider) on strategic growth and leadership, and the Government of Dubai and the OECD on digital identity.


David also has a distinguished academic career. He presently serves as a Professor of Practice with Imperial College London and a Visiting Scholar with MIT. He is best known for creating the four most profitable online classes in history that deployed into over 150 countries, which formed the foundation of nearly US$ 1 billion in financial support to MIT, Harvard and Oxford, in the process revolutionising the online learning business model for top universities. He previously held a rare dual appointment as Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Associate Fellow with the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He created and led the Oxford Fintech, Oxford Blockchain Strategy, and Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders online programs. In collaboration with Womens World Banking and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, he created and led the Oxford Leadership & Diversity for Regulators Programme that helped policymakers drive financial inclusion for women in more than 80 countries impacting over 1 billion people. He taught courses and workshops for MIT such as Future Commerce, Data Academy (with the UN), Future Health, Health Data Analytics (jointly taught with Harvard Medical School) and Big Data and Social Analytics.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and he worked professionally as a dramaturg and director after college.


David’s books include:

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