John Ellis

Technology and Futurist Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Software Expert, and Former Global Technologist with Ford Motor Company

John Ellis is a top technology and futurist keynote speaker, best-selling Author, software expert, and former Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company. His work in the field inspired the book The Zero Dollar Car: How the Revolution in Big Data will Change Your Life. For the past 19 years, he has been the managing director of the industry consultant firm Ellis & Associates.

  • John Ellis` Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken


  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • John Ellis`s Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken


  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Internet of Things (IoT)

Trends in Technology

The Future of Connected Cars

Connected Cities, Ecosystems, and Culture

About Keynote Speaker John Ellis

John Ellis is an expert in new and emerging transportation technology, and how it is changing the way cities, airports, and transportation authorities manage our public spaces. He is an engineer, software developer, and business development veteran  with more than 25 years of experience. John works with public agencies to help them  prepare for and manage the rapid influx of technology in the transportation sector. As a former executive at Motorola and Global Technologist at Ford Motor Company, John led or participated in teams that built many of the innovations we see today in connected vehicles on the ground and in the air. Since then, he has helped cities and organizations understand how technology is affecting the way they operate our streets, sidewalks, and curbs, now and into the future.

For the past 24 years, John has been the managing director of Ellis &  Associates, the management consulting firm he founded in 1997. Originally established as a boutique training firm focused on international business and culture, the firm now serves clients in the world where automotive, consumer, connectivity and software  intersect.

John served as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame University teaching financial math to Executive MBA students from 2002-2010 as well as a translator in the 1992  Summer Olympics.


John Ellis looks ahead and connects the dots of the utility of the automobile and the incredible data that is generated from understanding how we use it. His vision and insights will ignite your creativity.

Tim Sullivan, Managing Principal

Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company

John’s experiences as a technologist, strategist, and head of an automaker developer program have positioned him as a valued advisor on the future outlook of the auto industry and evolving technologies driving change within it. His perspectives on the influence that data will play on consumer experiences, product development and the underlying ecosystems that connect both are fascinating and foreboding for those in, and outside of, the automotive industry.

Aaron Schulenburg, Executive Director

Society of Collision Repair Specialists

John Ellis’ insights and expertise take you directly to the frontlines of technology disruption and new business opportunities.

John Waraniak, Vice President Vehicle Technology

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA



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