Azeem Azhar

Founder, Exponential View

Azeem Azhar is a strategist, analyst, product entrepreneur, influencer and writer with a passion for all things technology. Azeem is also the Senior Advisor of Artificial Intelligence to the CTO of Accenture, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Digital Economy & Society, Advisory Member of HFS Research and Advisor to CognitionX.

Azeem runs the very popular newsletter on the societal implications of technology called Exponential View which has garnered more than 30k subscribers including investors, academics, and journalists around the world. Up until recently, Azeem was also the Vice President at the global media company, Schibsted Media Group.

Previously, Azeem has been an award-winning entrepreneur, backed by venture capitals, with a successful exit. He has also been an investor in many tech startups, especially in the AI sector, and held corporate strategy roles at Reuters and the BBC. Azeem has spoken on TV and radio (BBC, Sky and CNN, to name a few), is an FT Columnist and has lectured or spoken at LBS, Harvard, TechCrunch, WHU Founders Conference, Medialaan, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Oracle among many others. 

The early part of Azeem’s career took him to journalism, where he held corporate roles at Reuters and the BBC, and served as an editor at The Guardian and The Economist.

Azeem founded PeerIndex in 2010 where they applied machine learning to large-scale social media graphs to make predictions about web users. Brandwatch acquired PeerIndex in 2014.

In 2017, Azeem was accepted onto the editorial board of the Harvard Business Review, and from March 2018, Azeem was appointed as a member of Cairncross Commission for Press Sustainability, acting as an advisor on the future of high quality journalism.

Azeem was named in the Top 10 must-know Influencers driving the business conversation in the UK and beyond by LinkedIn in November 2018.

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