I’m Marc, speaker, author and educator. My mission is to demystify digital innovation and to empower you with the tools, insights, and skills to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.

I’m Marc Mekki, keynote speaker, author and educator. My mission is to demystify digital innovation and to empower you with the tools, insights, and skills to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.


I’m a speaker, author, consultant and advisor on digital innovation, lean startups, design thinking and the future of travel and tourism.

Having spent the last 20 years taking up entrepreneurship challenges in China, Europe and the Middle East, I’m well placed to offer actionable advice and co-strategise on innovation and digital transformation projects.

As a speaker I focus on demystifying technology and innovation, entrepreneurship challenges and solutions, the future of travel and design thinking.

Since 2009 I’ve been invited to speak and advise on technology, innovation, and travel at events, academies and organisations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America for brands like

• The Dorchester Collection
• Amadeus
• Bombardier
• Adobe
• Visit Flanders
• Barcelona Tourism Authority
• Shanghai Innovation Summit
• Eventex
• Jacobs Media Group
• SP Jain School of Global Management
• Spanish Tourism Bureau
• Boardroom Magazine

For more background information, read my story



Marc, both a inspiring communicator and empathetic guy, is a great partner to have when you’re not sure which direction to go to. His out-of-the-box thinking and awesome tech skills has allowed Boardroom to explore new ways to reach its audience and to create new services.

Remi Deve

Boardroom Magazine

  • Boardroom Magazine contributor
  • Arabian Business contributor
  • AMI magazine contributor
  • INTELAK hub startup mentor (Dubai)
  • MIT Sloan Certified Mastering Design Thinking

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I’ve delivered keynotes on four continents for both small and large events, as well as a growing number of virtual talks. Choose from existing keynotes like ‘The Art of a Thousand Mistakes’ and ‘Something out of Nothing’ or book a custom keynote tailored to your audience.

The Art of a Thousand Mistakes

This high-energy keynote encourages audiences to absorb and implement an iterative process to break through barriers and deliver profound change to their organizations and within their lives. From the design and creation of the iPhone to the creation of all life on earth, we investigate and admire the raw power of an iterative approach to the design and development of products and services.

Something out of Nothing

This keynote dissects the lean approach to innovation and value creation; what methodologies can we apply to create new products and services quickly and without major investment. We investigate compelling case studies and look at both the past and future of lean innovation so that we may arrive at practical solutions for the present.


I’m a frequent contributor to online and print publications reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. My writing is engaging and very accessible to non-technical audiences. Contact me for commissioned writing of op-ed articles, blog posts, and reports. 

You failed, congrats!

“Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: Never try.” So advises Homer Simpson, the fictional personification of abject failure and, ironically, a success story of global proportions. Why has a fictional character that epitomises mediocrity and broken dreams captured the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers for a stupendous 32 seasons spanning more than 30 years?

The Edison Doctrine

One of the most paralyzing addictions many associations share is the desire for certainty and guarantees before implementing the level of change and innovation often needed to safeguard their future success. Paradoxically, waiting until the perfect solution presents itself often leads people to do very little, very slowly, which is exactly the wrong approach in this 21st-century technological paradigm. 

Travel, Right or Privilege

The Great Reopening of travel is also increasingly looking like The Great Reckoning. Everyone agrees we can’t go back to our old ways, but those old ways certainly were profitable and convenient. The dilemma is more precarious than ever and yet the possible solutions abundant. What choices will we make?

Technology Roadmap to 2030

The challenge now is in finding the balance between doing nothing and ‘jumping the gun’ by throwing every shiny new tech tool at the problem in the hopes of success or just to be seen doing something proactive; neither will serve you in the longer term. Entropy is a reality in business life too; it will be very hard to undo decisions made in 2020 ten years from now, just as you can’t unscramble an egg.


I provide group-based and individual coaching, training and workshops both virtually and onsite in Europe and the Middle East. Enroll in one of my cohort-based Digital Skills, Innovation Management or Design Thinking courses, or contact me for a custom curriculum or ad hoc training session. 

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a powerful approach to new product development that begins with understanding unmet customer needs. It’s a human-centered design process that approaches problem-solving with understanding the user needs. Design thinking encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. When design thinking approaches are applied to business, the success rate for innovation has been seen to improve substantially.

Lean Innovation

The sheer pace of innovation engulfing the world is forcing us to reconsider how intra-corporate, startup or governmental innovation initiatives are structured. Success in innovation now depends on speed and frequency as well as a willingness to fail fast and iterate, which can be prohibitively expensive unless you apply lean innovation principles and methodologies. This training curriculum is designed to teach teams how to innovate quickly and affordably.


Every relationship starts with a conversation. I’d love to hear from you to discuss how I can add value and significance to your project, audience or customers.

Please fill out the form or you can connect with me on Linkedin where I’m active on a daily basis, I welcome all new connections.

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Some of the brands I’ve recently worked with