Over the past 18 years, Rohit Bhargava has advised hundreds of global brands as a former executive at two highly respected marketing agencies (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett). He has a reputation for seeing and executing on innovative ideas before they become mainstream. At Leo Burnett, he helped start the agency’s first digital team in Australia back in the year 2000. At Ogilvy, he was a founding member of one of the first Agency groups dedicated to social media strategy, and a team that eventually grew to be the world’s largest such group, advising brands such as IBM, Marriott, American Express, and Intel.
He is a citizen of dual countries (USA and Australia) and has lived and worked in multiple countries. Since leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, Rohit has founded multiple companies focused on inspiring more innovation, publishing trend research, and delivering strategic advice to some of the biggest brands in the world. While never becoming a full-time sheltered academic, Rohit is a popular Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. teaching signature courses in digital marketing strategy and persuasive storytelling + pitching.
Always a prolific writer since earning his Masters in English, Rohit is the author of five best-selling business books including the Wall Street Best Seller Non-Obvious. He has won the prestigious Gold Atticus award for thought leadership and his books have been translated into ten languages. He is a two-time TEDx speaker and routinely rated among the top speakers in the world on marketing, branding, innovation, digital strategy and actionable business trends. His signature trend research report (published annually in December) is called the Non-Obvious Trend Report and has been read and shared over a million times.
Due to his reputation as an entertaining, humble and non-boring keynote speaker, Rohit has been invited to headline events in 31 countries around the world where his popular talks have inspired audiences from 10 to 10,000 people. When working with event planners, he prides himself on going above and beyond delivering a great experience on stage to truly BE part of an event and do anything he can to make it successful, from sharing drinks with attendees after he speaks to helping promote an event to his significant social media following.