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Ignite a culture of innovation and creativity within your company


As the Former Head of Innovation & Creativity at the Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle is an inspiring and engaging keynote speaker, as well as a provocative and results-driven business consultant, who applies his creative talents and unconventional methods to help companies and individuals get to those breakthrough ideas that lead to extraordinary results.

With an infectious energy and playful collaboration, Duncan pushes executives and their teams to overcome preconceived ideas, act more audaciously and dare to dream up with the exciting new things consumers are looking for.

He shares his unique Id8&Innov8 model, honed at Disney, as a creativity speaker and design thinking coach for top brands (Coca-Cola, Ford, Johnson & Johnson), agencies (McKinsey, Thinking Heads, Rock Orange) and Universities (UCF, Rollins, Full Sail). By combining play, fun and daring, Duncan teaches and coaxes his audiences to pull themselves out of their own River of Thinking, to think and act disruptively and creatively.

Previous experience

Duncan spent 25 years as a senior executive for the Walt Disney Co. In his most recent role as Vice President of Innovation & Creativity for Disney, he founded the Creative Catalyst team, where he developed a design thinking toolkit that enables both individuals and teams to increase their capacity to innovate, as well as a series of tangible Innovation Tools and Creative Behaviours. Together with his team, Duncan trained over 3,000 professional and executive Disney cast members from Pixar, Lucas film, Marvel, Animation, Disney Institute, Imagineering and Disney University how to unlock their creativity using tools that encouraged them to think more audaciously to solve challenges big and small and create innovative new storylines, products and services.

Duncan was Vice President of Global Public Relations and Vice President of International Marketing & Sales for the Disney Parks division. Duncan served in an executive role for the Walt Disney Company in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mumbai and, most recently, Shanghai.

In 2008, he was honoured with the “Outstanding American Citizen Award” at the White House and in 2014 he was awarded a Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Talking Points

Think Different

Duncan’s shares insights from his time as Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, providing a unique set of Innovation Tools and Techniques that everyone can use to Think Different.

Embedding Innovation Into Everyone's DNA

How do you create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism, allowing everyone to innovate? Here Duncan shares how he infused a culture of innovation across the world’s most creative company, Disney.

Customer Experience Magic

How to transform a product centric culture into a consumer centric one? How companies can create Customer Experience Magic by deeply understanding their consumer and how they can transform their culture with amazing results.

Demystifying Design Thinking

Takes participants through a unique creative problem-solving process, including a series of practical “Lateral Thinking” tools to help build confidence, take smart risks and try something new on challenges big and small.

Leading For Creativity

Creativity is now considered one of the biggest competitive advantages. This workshop provides participants with a series of unique creative tools and behaviors to help foster a culture that embraces innovation and creativity.

Insights for Innovation

In a world of increasingly disruptive technology, innovation must become part of everyone’s DNA. This workshop will fuel your company’s innovative culture by helping participants uncover insights in new and unusual ways, delivering breakthrough ideas.


  • Creativity
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