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Ola Rosling

speaker location icon Stockholm, Sweden

Specialist on global issues and the impact of misconception

CEO, Gapminder Foundation (2010-present)

Product Manager of Google Public Data (2007-10)

Ola Rosling, son of the data guru Hans Rosling, is a leader in promoting a fact-based world view to work against personal misconceptions, outdated facts and news bias.

A university dropout, Ola was a Product Manager for Google Public Data from 2007 to 2010. He led the development and integration of Official Statistics into Google Search results, making them easier to find.

Ola is currently serving as CEO of the Gapminder Foundation, a non-profit venture which he founded together with his father Hans and his wife Anna in 2005. Gapminder promotes sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.

Ola was instrumental in the development of the Trendalyzer software at Gapminder, which was later acquired by Google in 2007. Playing a fundamental role in the presentation of the Rosling lectures, Trendalyzer seeks to unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. Ola also initiated the Ignorance Project in 2013, which is measuring public lack of knowledge about global facts and identifying the most neglected statistics.

Our Comment

"Ola speaks with great energy and conviction that to fight devastating ignorance, we have to be more systematic about spreading facts that matter. He believes that through a fact-based world view, we can develop truly internationally-minded, globally-engaged young inquirers, who recognise their biases and know how to learn more about the truths of the world we live in now and into the future."

TEDtalk: Hans and Ola Rosling show how not to be ignorant about the world (2014)

[youtube http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_and_ola_rosling_how_not_to_be_ignorant_about_the_world?language=en#t-7274]

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