The Women's World Banking Team

David Shrier


David Shrier is a globally recognized expert on financial innovation. He is a Professor of Practice with Imperial College Business School where he is founding faculty of the Centre for Digital Transformation and leads the new Trusted AI initiative. David also chairs the Research group for the World Metaverse Council. He previously held a dual appointment at MIT and Oxford – in the latter role, he created and ran the Leadership & Diversity Program for Regulators together with Women’s World Banking.

David is best known for creating and leading the fintech and blockchain classes for MIT andOxford that expanded access in over 150 countries and revolutionized the business model for higher education online. His efforts resulted in nearly $1 billion of financial support for MIT, Harvard and Oxford. David’s government advisory work spans over 100 countries and has influenced policy affecting more than 2.4 billion people.

Through his venture studio, Visionary Future LLC, David works extensively with the private sector helping established organizations build innovative capacity, having developed $10 billion of value-creation opportunities with companies such as UBS, Dun & Bradstreet, Kyriba, Ernst & Young, GE and The Walt Disney Company, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He is CEO of a NYSE-listed company which he led through a 500%-oversubscribed IPO, and advises disruptive technology companies such as DandelionScience (neurotechnology) and Kaleidoco (metaverse).

He has published seven books in seven years; his eighth book, Basic Metaverse, is coming out June 8 from Little Brown and Harvard Business Publishing, to be followed by Basic Artificial Intelligence (also from Little Brown) in January 2024. More information at