About Nicky

Nicky Verd holds a record for shaking crowded tables and blowing stuff up. She is Africa's most sought after Speaker on the impact of Emerging Technologies, Disruption, Innovation, Future of Work and Digital Transformation. She is the Author of the hit book, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted. Nicky Verd is a leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption, a show-stopping source of inspiration and a voice for those who yearn to recreate themselves in a world of disruptive technologies. A Digital Strategy Consultant, Content Strategist and an Africa Enthusiast.


After being retrenched from a job she held unto for dear life, Nicky Verd hit rock bottom, literally. But rose back up, upskilled/reinvented herself and is now empowering others to do the same. From living on food parcels and contemplating suicide just over four years ago to being recognised by Thinkers360 as one of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption and the Future of Work 2019 and 2020 respectively. 


Nicky Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and is particularly passionate about igniting human potential in the age 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.  


Nicky Verd'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" 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 you to equip and empower yourself 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 Industry 4.0 aka 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 purchase your copy of Nicky Verd's Book on Amazon Today! 

Also Available at Exclusive Bookstores and Bargain Bookstores across South Africa. 


Nicky Verd is on a mission to help youths, individuals, organizations and governments in Africa unleash their full potential and drive innovation and digital transformation through personal disruption.  

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 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 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...