Gavin Heaton

Gavin Heaton is the President of APAC Operations for He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Disruptor’s Handbook where he advises organizations on strategy, product development and innovation. Over the last 25 years, he has established and grown business units for global tech giants IBM and SAP, run new venture startups for PwC and set and delivered the digital strategy for clients like McDonald’s. Gavin volunteers as Chair of youth entrepreneurship not-for-profit, Vibewire, is a published author, startup mentor and public speaker. In his spare time he tinkers with Arduinos and rides motorcycles.

Articles by Gavin Heaton

  • Gavin Heaton

    Why Data Ownership is a Bridge Across Digital Divides

    Emerging markets have traditionally experienced “data poverty” – data that is inaccessible, and poorly captured, controlled and distributed. But big data sources are now serving as proxies for all kinds of information – on everything from GDP and growth to demographics and poverty. This represents a big opportunity for emerging markets to leapfrog the technical limitations faced by developed economies, writes Gavin Heaton of the company He sees a day when lower-income citizens have the opportunity to profit from their data, rather than being subjugated by it.

    data, digital inclusion, poverty alleviation
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