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Nicolai Andersen

Nicolai Andersen

Chief Innovation Officer, EMEA, Deloitte

“We can only create a desirable future if we are open to learn from each other, and we can only create a desirable future if we are open to lead the necessary change.”

Nicolai Andersen talks in German and English about


  • Corporate Culture
  • Innovation Enablement
  • Corporate Digital Responsibility
  • Ethics in the Digital World
  • Networking



Nicolai was first exposed to AI at the age of 15, when he tried to teach his Atari 1040 ST to think like a human through a BASIC program. That did not work out. In the 1990s he studied Business & Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and took courses in Genetic Algorithms for a second attempt at creating real AI. Again it did not work out.


In the meantime, he is heading The Deloitte Garage and serving as Chief Innovation Officer of Deloitte in the EMEA region. Through these roles, he is exposed to the question of how AI and other Tech Trends might replace our jobs – or how they could actually create new business opportunities.


Even more importantly, he was exposed to the following question: How can you transform a traditional corporate environment into a platform for innovation? This is much more about the human side of change than the technological side of change.


Nicolai thinks it is very important to build the future on the fundament of a well-educated society. He is a member of the board of “Initiative D21” and leads their group working on “Ethics in the digital world”. In his free time, he also likes to build fantastic desirable futures together with his four daughters and tons of Legos. And he loves to let his thoughts take journeys while he plays music or runs through the mud.

Highlight References

  • Member of the Board of Initiative D21 and head of their working group “Ethics in the Digital World”


  • Member of Ethics Council “Smart Hospital” of the University of Essen


What’s your personal utopia?

A completely united Europe, focused on creating wellbeing & wealth for the entire world.

What was your first touch with the future?

A book which I got for my 6th birthday: “Ich erforsche die Welt – Städte von morgen”. (“I discover the world – cities of tomorrow”)

Favourite Books

Alle Satiren, Ephraim Kishon

Das kleine Ich bin ich, Mira Lobe

1984, George Orwell

Favourite Movies

Bang, Boom, Bang

The Blues Brothers

Die Feuerzangenbowle

This inspired me the most…

Anybody who gives up a well paid job to start a business which aims at making the world a better place