Innovator, Author, Entrepreneur, Futurist, Edtech Advisor, Educational Consultant
Rohan is the director of the Dubai Science Festival. He is the founder of Intelligent Optimism and Café Scientifique Dubai.
He is currently the Director of Innovation and Future Learning at GEMS Education (world's largest private education provider). In his role as the Innovation Lead at GEMSX he led strategic planning, industry partnerships, and future-readiness across 40+ international schools in the UAE. Central to his role is the generation and expansion of programmes and strategies aimed at redefining institutions as places in which new ideas, solutions, and products are developed, shared, and scaled, and lead to significant improvement outcomes.
In 2017, he was invited to the inaugural Expo2020 World Majlis to share his views about the future of Education and was part of Dubai Plan 2021 that describes the future of Dubai through holistic and complementary perspectives. In 2022, he keynoted at LEAP, one of the world's largest tech conferences. In recent years, he has moderated panels for SciFest Dubai and Emirates LitFest. In 2019, he was featured at the World Government Summit as one of six individuals embodying the Advanced skills of the Future.
Rohan is an avid astronomer and has developed programmes for the Saudi Space Commission. He is also the Lead Curator at Project Tesseract. He has been described in the media and by those who know him as a Renaissance Man, a Polymath, a Multi-potentialite, and an Interdisciplinary Systems Thinker.
Rohan has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, a PGCE from Sunderland University, and a CICTT diploma from the University of Cambridge.
Rohan is a Microsoft Certified Master Trainer, a Google Certified Educator, and has won numerous national and international awards in the field of Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
In recent years, he has collaborated with MIT SOLVE, MIT Lemelson, and Harvard's Project Zero. Since 2017, he has collaborated with Singularity University in creating a Global Futures Curriculum about the impact of exponential technologies, accelerating change, abundance mindsets, and disruptive innovations.
Rohan is the Director of SciFest Dubai. He is the Founder of Intelligent Optimism, and Cafe Scientifique Dubai. He is also the Co-producer of The Adjacent Possible Podcast.
Director of Innovation & Future Learning
Advisor & Keynote Speaker
Speaker, Host, & Moderator
Selected as one of six UAE Residents embodying the Advanced Skills of the Future
Keynotes & Conferences
Rohan has keynoted at numerous national and international conferences and panels, including at:
UNESCO Expo Science
World Education Summit
Aspen Ideas Festival
Global Education Forum
and many more....
In 2016, he was the host of the Global Innovation Summit.
From award-winning educator, innovation expert, and Global Teacher Prize finalist, Rohan Roberts, comes a provocative look at why our current education system is not fit for purpose and why we need to overhaul it. Cosmic Citizens and Moonshot Thinking: Education in an Age of Exponential Technologies takes a fresh approach to what we need to do differently to prepare our children for a world of exponential technologies, disruptive innovations, and ubiquitous A.I.
In this ground-breaking book, Roberts outlines the purpose of education in a world of increased outsourcing and automation and explains how we can future-proof our youth to survive and thrive in a world of accelerating change. Through interactions with corporate leaders, interviews with principals, meetings with parents, and surveys of students, this book considers how the best and brightest students would overhaul their education system.
The book highlights the role of neuroscience in education and explores several fascinating concepts such as radical openness, abundance mindsets, the gig economy, the technological singularity, intelligent optimism, the age of imagination, humanics, transhumanism, and the importance of Enlightenment values as we advance into the 21st Century. Underpinning this book is a constant focus on the importance of bringing a sense of awe into education and fostering a sense of cosmic wonder when contemplating human purpose and human existence.
"Roberts takes a fresh approach to what we need to do differently to prepare our children for the future."
Rohan has been featured extensively in national and international media.
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In 2019, Rohan was selected as one of six UAE residents embodying the Advanced Skills of the Future and was featured at the World Government Summit.
Rohan has co-created the Global Futures Curriculum in collaboration with Singularity University.
In March 2019, Rohan was invited to about art, creativity and aritificial intelligence at the Global Art Forum | Art Dubai
In 2017, Rohan was invited to participate as a speaker at the very first World Majlis. Since then, he has been the moderator for numerous sessions of the World Majlis.
Rohan has participated in eight Burns and designed and built the 2017 Temple at the Netherlands Burn.
Rohan was a keynote speaker at the 2014 UNESCO Expo Sciences conference.
Rohan has consulted on numerous ocassions for the Dubai Knowledge and Human Authority (KHDA).
Rohan has been a host and moderator for numerous panels at the Emirates Festival of Literature.
Articles and blog posts by Rohan as featured in