Based in San Francisco, Roger Spitz is the founder of Techistential, the global Foresight, Strategy & Futures Intelligence platform. Roger sits on a number of Advisory Boards of Companies, Venture Capital funds & Academic institutions worldwide. Techistential’s renowned Board, Governance & Investor practice works with leaders and their organizations globally to capitalize on disruption as a springboard to drive value. Roger is also Chairman of the Disruptive Futures Institute.
He has two decades leading investment banking businesses, advising CEOs, Founders, Boards and Shareholders of companies globally on how to future-proof their business.
As the former Head of Technology M&A with BNP Paribas, Roger advised on over 50 transactions across the world with overall deal value of $25bn, and which raised $2bn in capital. He launched the bank’s US Mergers & Acquisitions practice in San Francisco and spearheaded its European Technology investment banking franchise in London and Paris.
With an early career in Venture Capital, Roger remains an ardent supporter of the venture-backed ecosystems both as a deep tech investor and an advisor to several Incubators, Accelerators and VC funds in Silicon Valley.
Roger is a contributing writer and member of MIT Technology Review, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF, Washington), Foresight Institute (San Francisco), Institute for the Future (Palo Alto) and World Futures Studies Federation (Paris). He holds a professional degree in Foresight Strategy from the University of Houston and also studied Complexity Science & Systems Thinking (Santa Fe Institute), Design Thinking & Innovation (Stanford d.school) and Exponential Technologies (Singularity University).
Roger is an advisor and speaker on Artificial Intelligence, and has invested in a number of AI startups. He Chairs the Disruptive Futures Institute’s Center for Artificial Intelligence, is a professional member of IEEE, of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in Palo Alto, and of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence & Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) in the UK. He also holds a certificate in AI & Business Strategy from MIT Sloan School of Management and Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).
Roger has lived and worked in 10 different cities across 3 continents.