Nicky Verd lives to blow stuff up. She is a Kickass Author and Digital Futurist helping organizations and individuals to navigate disruption and thrive in an AI-powered economy.

She is an International Keynote Speaker and Author of the hit book, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted. Nicky Verd is a leading thinker on driving innovation and digital transformation through culture.

Nicky Verd is Africa’s most sought-after technology Speaker, a thought leader on digital transformation and a leading voice for those who yearn to disrupt the status quo.

She is also a Conference Moderator and Corporate MC on all things Tech, Digital Disruption, the Future of Work, AI, future skills, startups, entrepreneurship, etc.

After being laid off from a job she held to for dear life, Nicky Verd hit rock bottom, literally but rose back up – reinvented herself and is now empowering others to disrupt themselves before someone else does it for them.

From living on food parcels after getting laid off to being recognised by Thinkers360 as one of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on Digital Disruption and the Future of Work

Read Nicky Verd’s Biography (Full Story) Here.

Nicky Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and is passionate about igniting human potential in the age of Artificial Intelligence(AI). Her book bridges the gap between everyday people and technology – giving lay people a glimpse into how emerging technologies are impacting the workplace and life in general.  

Nicky’s message is about empowering people not to fight technology but to embrace it and become part of the revolution. The age of AI is officially upon us, creating a demand for new skills and competencies.

Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted” is a tool to equip and empower people for the technological shift and disruption.

It goes without saying, “You cannot fight a battle you don’t understand.” 

Her book is Available at Exclusive Bookstores  Nationwide and on Amazon

Nicky Verd is on a mission to help organizations, C-suits Executives and governments in Africa embrace a human-centric digital transformation and unleash the full potential of their teams in an AI-powered economy.


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 tech, 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 people 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 throw herself into the world of technology, 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 the age of Artificial Intelligence and exponential technologies...

Nicky Verd hails from Cameroon and has been living in South Africa for over a decade. As a Digital Transformation Speaker in South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR) advocate, Nicky Verd inspires organizations and businesses to disrupt or be disrupted.

She empowers people to become their own heroes, to become disruptive and resourceful by embracing technology, creativity, latent talents, 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, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted, Nicky Verd writes, “You can do more today with your life by having just a smartphone with access to the internet and that’s an opportunity our parents and grandparents never had.”

Nicky continues to empower people to have a futurist mindset and embrace 4IR well beyond the podium, meshing her website and social media platforms, she continually adds value to her audience. Many engage with her content regularly on Facebook and LinkedinShe is one of the most relevant digital thought leaders and 4IR speaker you can follow on social media. 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! She is indeed Africa’s Digital Transformation Maverick.


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