Adah Parris

Adah Parris

Diversity speaker, Adah Parris is an award-winning polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, anti-disciplinary artist, tech futurist, activist, and keynote speaker.

An expert in fields including systems design, digital and ecological technology, and living systems, she has an unique perspective on innovation, technology, and transformation. She is both empathetic and subversive, challenges the status quo, and helps people to recognise and bridge the gap between their external stories and internal behaviours.

Since 2020, Adah has been chair of Mental Health First Aid England, a social enterprise that offers expert guidance and training to support mental health in the workplace. She is also Chair for The Centre for Cultural Values Advisory Group.

Adah Parris is co-founder of Ism.Earth and Artist in Residence at the Santa Barbara Centre for Art Science and Technology. She was an Artist in Residence at the Design Science Studio and the Living Collaboratory – a partnership between The Design Science Studio and the Emergent Media Lab at the University of California Irvine.

In 2018 Adah Parris was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology; she was then noted as one of TED Talks’ Global Emerging Innovators in 2019, and long-listed as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology in 2020.

Adah is a storyteller who empathetically subverts the status quo by encouraging her audiences to become critical thinkers, creative innovators, philosophers and immersive storytellers.

ChatGPT describes Adah Parris as “the tech shaman who channels ancient wisdom and makes immersive and wearable art on the side”.

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Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Adah for being her insightful self yesterday and challenging us all to question and to be more deliberate. I hugely appreciated her arriving early so that she was able to have greater context of the event and the preceding panels to her presentation. Adah definitely delivered on what we were hoping she would do. She provided a fresh, ‘Nowist’ perspective that the audience really held onto from the feedback post event. I think she fired us all up to really appreciate the opportunity and responsibility we have as communication experts – and to continue to broaden the narratives being created and told. All we wish for at these annual events is to enthuse everyone, by providing a chance to think differently, out with the day-to-day detail. Adah did just that.
Fiona Couper, Chief Marketing Officer, VCCP

I had the pleasure of working with Adah on a talk she gave for our team. She impressed us with her knowledge, but what really stood out to me was how she establishes connections across several topics to put together the bigger picture. This provided us with immediate actionable learnings but also lots of food for thought, which is invaluable to truly allow us all to grow.
Andy Posteret, DSBO Channel Sales and Activations, DACH at Google

Adah hosted me in a lively and challenging discussion with BIMA, about the future of humans in an age of intelligent machines. Her grasp of the issues raised in my book Clear Bright Future was thorough and I actually learned stuff about my own work. It was one of those discussions you have to spend days unpacking in your head – and I can’t wait to encounter her ideas and expansive imagination again.
Paul Mason, Journalist and Film-Maker

During the Uniqlo Tate Late, Adah led a round table on ‘cyborg shamanism’. It was thoughtfully crafted and skilfully facilitated – engaging visitors in dynamic discussions on the future of technology and how it impacts our lives and shapes our experience.
Liat Rosenthal, Senior Creative Producer, Uniqlo Tate Lates

The buzz in the room was palpable during our #NT100is5 panel discussion, and there’s no doubt it was enhanced by Adah’s energy and passion. Her insights into the future of tech, business and humanity have been a valuable addition to our podcast series Our Lives + Tech.
Charlotte Knight, Social Tech Trust (formerly Nominet Trust)

We approached Adah to explore both company brand positioning and personal branding for our fundraising team. It was an invaluable experience and we now use many of her tips and tools to grow our external positioning.
Jonathan Keeling, Head of Partnerships at Crowdcube

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