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Ola Rosling

President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation

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Who is Ola Rosling?

Ola Rosling is the CEO and co-founder, of the Gapminder Foundation, which he founded together with his father Hans Rosling and his wife Anna Rosling Rönnlund. The Foundation focuses on changing the global quality of life. Gapminder was created to bring global statistical trends to a worldwide audience by turning them into interactive and stunning motion graphics.

What can you expect from a conference with Ola Rosling?

His TED Talk “How Not to Ignore the World” is one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. Rosling demonstrates that what people think they know about the world is statistically unlikely to be correct and provides a solution to be less ignorant through four ways.
As a speaker, Ola's fascinating knowledge of statistics and data, combined with his insightful delivery, make him an ideal choice for a diverse range of topics and events.

What has been his professional career? How has he contributed to society?

In 2013, Ola Rosling developed The Ignorance Project, with the goal of researching what the public knows and doesn't know about basic global patterns and macro trends, in order to develop appropriate teaching materials.

Previously, Ola Rosling led the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007, where he and his wife turned it into the Google Motion Chart. As product manager for Google's public data, Rosling democratized access to public statistics by integrating official statistical sources into Google search results through the introduction of DSPL (Data Set Publishing Language).

Publications and collaborations

Among his best-known publications is Factfulness, which he co-wrote with his father and in which he provides statistical evidence to show that the economic and social reality of the world is much better than we think.

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