Marcus East is a technologist with a passion for driving change through the use of technology — a love affair that started when he was taught to program in elementary school at the age of nine. Since then, he has built a reputation for being a ‘creative technologist,’ someone who enjoys solving difficult problems in innovative ways, whether they are complex business challenges or life-changing social issues.
Marcus is currently Chief Technology Officer for Google. Previously he was Executive Vice President of Product & Technology, and Chief Technology Oﬃcer for National Geographic, based in Washington DC where he led the teams responsible for building world-class digital experiences for audiences around the world.
He has spent half of his career working for leading technology companies building world class technology (Apple & IBM) and the other half of his career helping brands to harness the power of technology to drive business value — including Comic Relief and Marks and Spencer.
Marcus attended The Latymer Grammar School in London and subsequently read for an honors degree at the London Metropolitan University majoring in Management & Information Technology, and a Master’s in Management (major in Social Enterprise) from the University of Cambridge.
He is a Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society) Chartered Institute for Information Technology (FBCS) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).
In addition to his expertise in delivering value for commercial organisations, he also has a passion for the use of technology to drive positive social change, and spent two years building and leading Comic Relief’s technology function, during which time he drove the delivery of award-winning technology and digital products, including the record-setting donations platform that supports Red Nose Day; he has also advised and acted as a trustee for a number of charities.
Marcus combines vision and foresight with real hands-on experience from having delivered major transformation programmes and initiatives; he brings real-world experience from a successful career built on three continents, whilst also having one eye on the future and the potential that comes from developments in consumer technology.
Having lived and worked in the UK, Asia and America, he has a truly international perspective on the challenges facing organisations and societies today, and how technology affects them — he has strong views on social exclusion, diversity in technology, managing technology talent and how large corporations should react to the challenges and opportunities that the advent of the digital age brings.
He talks with energy, enthusiasm and humour and his audiences always find him thought-provoking, entertaining and informative in equal measure – bringing both real experiences with stimulating, well-informed thoughts about the future.
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