About Nicky

Nicky Verd lives to blow stuff up. She is a KickAss Author, Speaker on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how companies, governments and individuals can take control of their own digital upskilling and opportunities. Nicky Verd Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and was recognised by  Thinkers360 as one of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption 2019. 


Nicky Verd is passionate about igniting human potential in an era of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and bridging the gap between lay people and the understanding of how emerging technologies are impacting the workplace and life in general.  She is a show-stopping source of inspiration and a voice for those who yearn to recreate themselves in a world that’s fast changing. 


Nicky’s new book is titled “DISRUPT YOURSELF OR BE DISRUPTED – Escape Conformity, Reinvent Your Thinking and Thrive in an Era of Emerging Technologies and Economic Anxiety” and is now available in BookStores across South Africa. In this book, Nicky Verd is bringing 4IR awareness to the lay person and empowering youths across Africa not to fight the Fourth Industrial Revolution but to embrace it and become part of the revolution. The Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR) is creating a demand for new skills and competencies and “ DISRUPT YOURSELF OR BE DISRUPTED ” is a tool for people to equip and empower themselves for this shift in paradigm.


According to Nicky, many people think of disruption only in terms of new business models but disruption also work at a personal level, where people who want to pivot change and move ahead in life can disrupt and reinvent themselves, Personal disruption at its core is the ability to adopt forward thinking, evolve and reinvent yourself supplemented by a cycle of learning, unlearning, relearning and repeat. Nicky Verd strongly believes that personal development is the vehicle through which success and economic growth travel and that you cannot fully develop yourself if you don’t understand the world around you. 


Understanding what 4IR is all about will help put into perspective how some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Blockchain, IoT, AR, 3D Printing and many others will impact your own life. It goes without saying, “You cannot fight a battle you don’t even understand.” You can click  HERE to purchase your copy of Nicky Verd’s Book on Amazon Today! Also Available at Exclusive Bookstores and Bargain Bookstores across South Africa. 

Her Story

After being retrenched from a job she held unto for dear life, and crying herself to sleep for months, Nicky Verd started to get that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of her stomach, the kind of nagging feeling that yelled “You are better than this – there is more in you!” Her quest led to a completely new world. Her curiosity led her to the discovery of emerging technologies and how they are playing a major role in job displacement and redundancy. Having no University Degree or background in IT, Nicky Verd armed herself with nothing but curiosity as she embarked on a journey to understand the holistic nature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is now dedicated to empowering employees to understand how disruptive technologies are impacting the workplace, as well as youths/students to rise above their circumstances, disrupt the status quo, embrace 4IR, upskill themselves and become part of the revolution. However, Nicky Verd is no stranger to struggles, she has experienced deep pain, loneliness, betrayal, rejection, poverty, abuse, heartbreak and shame. She dug deep into her shadow to overcome her struggles and a crippling low self-esteem and now dedicated to inspiring others to do the same. She is not confused by her mandate and her calling is clear as crystal – To ignite human potential in this era of exponential technologies…

Nicky Verd hails from Cameroon and has been living in South Africa for over a decade. As a writer and speaker on the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR), personal development, the impact of automation on employment in South Africa, Nicky Verd inspires young people to become their own heroes, to become disruptive and resourceful by embracing technology, creativity, talents, passion, purpose and ultimately discovering their unique soul-print to break free from social conditioning that creates mediocrity, self-loathing and self-rejection. In her book, Nicky Verd writes, “You can do more today with your life by having just an internet connection; and that’s an opportunity our parents and grandparents never had.” Nicky continues to empower people to embrace 4IR well-beyond the podium, meshing her website and social media platforms, she continually add value to her audience. Many engage with her content regularly on Facebook. She is one of the interesting and relevant voices on 4IR you can follow on social media. Click  Here  to follow her on Facebook.  

Her book, articles and keynote speeches have been called transformational and disruptive because they produce results that remain long after she has left the podium.  

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