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International Leader - Board Director - Entrepreneur - Speaker - Advisor

Daryl Dunbar

I am passionate about building businesses and have done so in start-ups and inside larger organisations, often in markets that are experiencing disruption.  


I am a Proven Global Leader, CEO/MD, Board Director, Speaker, Advisor, P&L Owner, and Entrepreneur with extensive expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, innovation, business design, corporate development and venture across IT, Telecoms, Media, Software, Real Estate, and Healthcare from start-ups to FTSE 50 and Fortune 100 companies. 
I have demonstrated Successful Profit & Loss (P&L) accountability ($100M+ revenue, $1B+ EV) as well as large budget (£500M+) and organisational responsibilities (>500 people).

I am the Lecturer in Strategy at International Management Education (IME) Singapore and a regular guest speaker at MIT Sloan on both Innovation and gaining competitive advantage from environmental sustainability.

I am a citizen of the US & UK and hold a Singapore EP.


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Oct 2017

Creating Competitive Advantage through Environmental Sustainability

MIT Sloan

Apr 2014

Innovating During Market Disruption

MIT Sloan



  • LinkedIn - White Circle


Daryl Dunbar worked at Digital Realty
Daryl Dunbar worked at Colt
Daryl Dunbar is a rocket scientist
Daryl Dunbar worked at BT

Digital Realty

Managing Director, APAC

I was hired to stabilise the region and provide local leadership after numerous recent leadership changes. Provide Executive Team presence in region for US corporate headquarters. Develop and execute growth strategy for the region.
Director of all local entities across APAC and US, Hong Kong Joint Venture Board Director.



Colt Technology Services

EVP IT Services

I had P&L accountability for c.€80m line of business with 450 staff.

Achieved full restructuring and refocusing of the business to drive toward profitability and cash flow positivity; rationalized portfolio, focused on sales and customer experience, right-sized and delivered automation. Delivered customer solutions in ITIL framework.



Change Logic

Associate Director

I worked with business leaders to overcome the challenges of significant market disruption. Based on the research of Professors Michael Tushman (Harvard Business School) and Charles O’Reilly (Stanford GSB), into the patterns of technological and market change. I applied this approach at BT Group PLC, General Dynamics, Shire, USC, LexisNexis and others.



Eight Roads Ventures

Venture Partner

During the initial £100M venture capital fund after spinning out of Fidelity Ventures, I focussed on the Healthcare IT sector. I identified potential investments, performed due diligence, and negotiated investments in growth companies across the European Market, leveraging my specialist knowledge gained from working with Elsevier Clinical Solutions.



Reed Elsevier Group

Sr Vice President of Innovation

I was hired by a main Board member to drive innovation across the entire group of companies including, LexisNexis, Elsevier, and Reed Business Services.

I led and grew a team dedicated to supporting innovation across the Reed Elsevier Group to accelerate the company’s growth through significantly improved innovation capability and impact.



Daryl Dunbar worked at Reed Elsevier

British Telecom

Director Portfolio Innovation

Responsible for the group portfolio strategy and ensuring we had the right portfolio to meet customers’ needs and group financial targets. Championed innovations from across the business and outside of BT and delivered 

customer propositions. Wrote critical strategic analysis of market and technology trends. Partner on internal Venture Capital Board.


Xdrive Technologies

CTO, Co-Founder

One of the most exciting ventures in my life, I designed, engineered, and purchased the system infrastructure for the delivery of the service, the underlying Internet Data Platform, and corporate IT platform for the first provider of intelligent access and management of stored data. Assisted in crafting the corporation’s business plan and raising over $120M in investment.




Marshall Space Flight Center

I began my career at NASA as a graduate engineer working on all kinds of exciting projects including Return to Flight, Space Shuttle Main Engines, and the International Space Station.


I am a rocket scientist.



Daryl Dunbar co-founded Xdrive
Daryl Dunbar worked with Change Logic
Daryl Dunbar worked at Fidelity Ventures

MIT Sloan School

Guest Lecturer

I have been lecturing to and working with graduate classes at MIT for the last 10 years.  I mostly speak on the difficulty of innovating in large companies who often find themselves in markets under disruption.  I also mentor student teams on real-world business projects sponsored by corporations.

Scene & Heard

Trustee & Treasurer

Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals. We give the children intensive, one-to-one adult attention, enabling them to write plays which are then performed by professional actors.

Daryl Dunbar lectured at MIT
Daryl Dunbar is a trustee at Scene & Heard
Daryl Dunbar is a Fellow of the RSA

Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Fellow (FRSA)

The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. 

Charity / Academic


International Management Eduction Singapore

Senior Lecturer

I am the permanent Senior Lecturer in Strategy for IME. The course covers all aspects of Strategy and the tools necessary to be successful in business. The students leave with a complete toolkit and real-world knowledge in how to apply them.

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