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Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Former Disney Head of Innovation and Creativity Award Winning Innovation & Creativity Expert


In his 25-year career at the world’s most innovative organization – The Walt Disney Company – Innovation and Creativity Keynote Speaker Duncan Wardle learned many important things about building a profitable business and a winning creative culture. The most important? If you want to be different, you have to Think Different!

We were all born creative.

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences.

He now brings his extensive Disney expertise to audiences around the world using a unique approach to Design Thinking, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas.

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Innovation toolkit helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Duncan is a multiple TED speaker and contributor to Fast Company, Forbes & the Harvard Business Review. He teaches innovation Master Classes at Yale, Harvard, and Edinburgh University.

Eradicate the status quo.

On a mission to embed a culture of innovation into every company’s DNA, Duncan will empower your entire organization to redefine how they think about problems and solutions to immediately drive positive growth for your organization.


Create ideas that are literally out of this world!

From working with NASA to launch Buzz Lightyear into space, to teaming up with brands such as the Star Wars empire, Marvel superheroes and so many more, Duncan’s diverse experience will guide your company to new galaxies!



Honorary Doctorate, Business Administration.
Edinburgh Napier University.

“In recognition of Duncan’s global and unique approach to design thinking and his dedication to Disney where he spent 30 years leading the innovation and creativity team.”

The White House American Citizen Award.

For services to fellow immigrants, creating a United States Citizenship ceremony on Main Street USA at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for 1,000 new U.S. citizens and their families on July 4, 2000.

Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Presented in the presence of H.M Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Corporate Testimonials:

one of the best presentations i’ve ever heard. you really opened my mind and I just want to thank you!

look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.

thank you for giving us the tools to set us up for change, innovation and success.

you inspired me and took part in reassuring me how much I do believe in “magic” and the real possibilities of turning your passions into a business model.

duncan’s ideas and activities around innovation are methods we still use in our creative brainstorming exercises and have resulted in much richer results.