Mark van Rijmenam

Global Big Data & Blockchain Influencer

why book mark?

  • Recognised as a top 10 global Big Data influencer, Mark is dedicated to driving disruptive innovation and making a positive impact
  • Mark explores how organisations can leverage Big Data, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence to maintain competitiveness
  • He authored ‘Think Bigger,’ a globally published book on developing successful Big Data strategies


Mark van Rijmenam is Founder of Datafloq is the One-Stop Source for Big Data, creating the Big Data ecosystem by connecting all stakeholders within the global Big Data market. Datafloq connects data and people.

He is an entrepreneur with a drive for (disruptive) innovation and to make a difference and inspire others. His objective is to be a catalyst for global innovation and to enable organizations and societies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. He has been named a global top 10 Big Data influencer.

Mark believes in sustainable, social and economic responsibility when doing business or creating companies. He calls for companies to use the latest trends in technology to change and improve the world and create a better place for all.

Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has received two scholarships to do so. His research question is how organizations can use Big Data, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to remain competitive.

He is the author of the book ‘Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business’, which was published globally in 2014 , with a Chinese translation coming out in 2016. He is a frequent blogger on Datafloq and other platforms.

He is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker on big data and disruptive innovation. Mark has given lectures at the Business University Nyenrode and has spoken in Australia, France, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Colombia, United States, Dubai and The Netherlands among others. He is founding partner of think tank The Digital Leadership Initiative in Sydney.

In 2011 he circumnavigated Australia on a bike for charity. 14.122 km in exactly 100 days. This experience taught him everything about perseverance, focus, discipline, a positive mind-set and how to plan for the unexpected. After this adventure, Mark became an entrepreneur with a drive to have an impact on the world.

The main goal, aside from the mental and physical challenge of the tour itself, was accumulating as much money as possible for KiKa, a Dutch foundation committed to pioneering and innovative research in the area of children’s cancer. 100% of the funds (€ 25.000) collected were donated to this incredible foundation.


Big Data in Business: how to be ready for a data-driven future

A Changing Society and Disruptive Innovation

Accelerated change is the only constant: which trends will affect your organization the most

Inspiration and Motivation: how to prepare your business for the unknown

Virtual reality

Nanotechnology and 3D printing


The internet of things

Big data, robotics and artificial intelligence

Mark van Rijmenam


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I am so grateful to have had Mark as one of our keynote speakers at Global Big Data 2016 Application and Research Forum Qingdao China. 16-18 Nov 2016 ( His big data and Blockchain expertise is very helpful for helping us thinking outside the box. As a person, he is great to treat and if you are looking for a speaker, Mark is one on top of the list.

Tina Fu, Forticy Group Inc.


As a leader he shared his knowledge with all attendees and the organizers. After the event the attendees satisfaction survey showed Mark had one of the best keynotes and the majority of them wanted him back for our next conference. This shows the professional and important knowledge he can share. His pitch involved people and he invited them to connect with the topic.”

Fernando Masmela Diaz, Big Data World Insights 2015, Colombia


“Mark van Rijmenam delivered an excellent keynote presentation at Big Data Week London 2016. I knew it was going to be a great talk, since his reputation preceded him, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that his expertise goes beyond the big data field. Mark has a way of framing topics through an extensive web of inter-disciplinary insight and know-how that pushes the conversation forward for all of us. If you are in search of a speaker that can bring both inspiration and actionable advice to your event, Mark is your guy.

Lavinia Bucur, Programme Director Big Data Week

“Capgemini asked Mark to support us for a customer workshop on Big Data roadmap. Mark was instrumental in setting up the workshop format and structure. During the workshop he shared his views on Big Data and a possible way forward. Mark combines big data content with a personal drive to create an inspiring Big Data story.”

Jorgen Heizenberg, Capgemini CTO NL Insights & Data


” Mark participated in our Bridge-ing Big Data Workshop and did an excellent job. His Big Data and Technology expertise and insight greatly added to the tenor of the conversations and helped many traditional engineers think “outside the box.” I wouldn’t hesitate to include him in similar discussions in the future!”

Daniel Linzell, Professor and Department Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


” Thanks to Mark, Africa’s retailers now have invaluable in-depth insight into the need for Big Data and the multiple ways retailers can make use of the trend. Our delegates loved him and so did his fellow speakers. As the Conference Manager for Retail World Africa 2015, I would recommend Mark to any other event organiser or industry who is looking for insights into Big Data and the many ways Big Data can bring big rewards to you.”

Jerodé Moodley, Conference Manager, Retail World Africa 2015