Brett StClair is a business rebel technologist, digital pioneer, entrepreneur, lecturer, and keynote speaker.
After spending a decade in England, Brett returned to his hometown of Johannesburg in South Africa to launch his own digital marketing and media company. He has worked for some of the world’s leading digital businesses, including Admob, Google, and Barclays Africa.
As well as his own work plus his speaking duties, Brett has served as the co-chair of the South Africa Mobile Marketing association with the aim of establishing mobile marketing as a separate industry.
His expertise, knowledge and passion for the field have impacted thousands of audience members from around the globe. He promises to help structure a business’ operating model to ensure growth, and helps companies understand how to build and utilise AI systems to ensure improved customer happiness. With over 15 years of experience, Brett has worked in 32 countries, speaking at thousands of events, ranging from intimate conferences to events with 25,000 attendees.
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Brett StClair aims to “empower businesses by taking them on a journey of self-discovery”. His goal is to “make a positive impact through disruptive innovation and state of the art tech”.
After Google bought Admob, Brett became the head of the new productions and solutions for South Africa, Greece and Israel. Whilst at Google he was also responsible for Google Mobile, Google Display Network DSP and RBT, Google Plus, and for exponential growth in Google’s business YouTube. Whilst at Google, he was approached by Barclays Africa, who wanted him to help rebuild their digital stack, and to implement a newer, more modern way of working. Between them, they managed to launch their data-driven technology into the market. Their banking NLP Chatbot was named by the Financial Times London as their banking technology of the year.
As well as Google, Brett has worked for a range of high-level blue-chip companies, including DataTrue, Cerillion Technologies, Empower Interactive, AdMob, Mobile Monday South Africa, Barclays, and Siatik. He has sat in a number of roles such as software engineer, sales director, head of mobile, DevOps executive, and AI sales director. He is also the founder of two companies. The first of which was Be-Mobile, founded in 2006, and the second was Teraflow.ai, founded in 2019, to help make AI work in large businesses such as banks and healthcare.
Brett’s expertise has seen him appear as a guest on a range of television channels and printed media, including BBC, CNBC, Daily Maveric, Forbes, Business Day, Financial Times and BusinessTech. He has also co-hosted several podcasts, including CliffCentral, a futurology podcast, and WTF: What’s the Future, a podcast looking at the intersection of AI and business.
In 2018, Brett was a finalist at the South African IT Personality of the Year awards.
Fuelling the Innovation Engine: The Indispensable role of Rebel Technologists in Business
Brett uses this keynote to speak about how rebel technologists in the AI era can help promote innovation and growth in businesses, especially if they are at the crossroads of AI and machine learning.
– Learn to identify rebel technologists in your company
– Empower rebel technologists to harness AI for innovation and growth
– Master techniques for transforming potentially disruptive ideas into successful business ideas
Embrace Generative AI: Seize the Future and Disrupt the Disruptor
Brett explores the world of generative AI – where AI threatens to jeopardise jobs and replace humans. As technology advances, we need to learn and harness this potential to better humanity and improve business.
– Demystify the technology and uncover its potential
– Grasp the AI landscape in simple terms
– Empower your teams with strategies that leverage technology in a positive way
– Disrupt or Be Disrupted
– ChatGPT: The Key to Unlocking Business Productivity
– Rise of the Machines: How to Future-Proof Your Business
Brett StClair has been a guest lecturer at a range of global educational establishments, such as Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, the Graduate School of Business, Henley Business School, Regenesys University, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch Business School, the University of Cape Town, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and Wits University.
Clients include AVIS, Bain & Company, Barclays, BlackBerry, BMW, British Airways, Boston Consulting Group, BP, Coca Cola, Dell, Deloitte, Facebook, FNB, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, KFC, McDonalds, Mercedes Benz, MTN, Nedbank, Nestle, Nokia, Pfizer, Samsung, Shell, SPAR, Toyota, Travelstart, Unilever, Visa, Vodafone, Woolworths, Xylem.
Brett StClair’s AI Keynote was such an informative, educational, thought-provoking and (of course) entertaining presentation in true Brett style. ChatGPT, Midjourney & Co. are fascinating to watch in real time (especially AI generated Indiana StClair) and one cannot help but wonder what it means for our professional lives going forward. What a time to be alive.
MyBroadband has used Brett as a speaker for multiple coferences, and he always provides a brilliant presentation at exactly the right level. His strong tech knowledge and experience in the global digital landscape helps him to bring complex concepts together and deliver it to the audience in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way. We can highly recommend him for any conference – he is a world-class speaker and a pleasure to work with.
Brett StClair’s responsibly radical approach to all things AI is enthralling. Our marketing team hung on every word as he walked us through the latest developments in ChatGPT. He delivered this fundamental keynote with great passion and deep knowledge, arming us with a potent grounding in and understand of this digital disruptor.
Thanks Brett for being our MC and Keynote Speaker at the Africa DevOps Day conference. You brought an energy to the event that I believe has not been there before. A lot of feedback has been that this was the biggest yet most relaxed Africa DevOps Day conference yet. Your keynote presentation on the Culture Behind DevOps was also very well received. I most enjoyed your point of becoming uncomfortably excited. Your personal approach to interviewing each speaker gave these interviews a vibe of intimacy enabling the speakers to relax and open up.
Brett spoke at our Integrated Marketing Communication Conference. He blew our audience away with his amazing stage presence and in-depth knowledge of the digital and AI world, which makes him an educator as well as an entertainer. Our audience loved Brett and we can’t wait to invite him back onto our stage again.
Jaco Van Zyl – IMC Conferences