Keynote Speaker Ozan Varol

Ozan Varol

Bestselling Author, Former Rocket Scientist, and Contrarian

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Germany Oregon, USA

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 Speaker Ozan Varol’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor, author, and podcaster. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend university. He became a rocket scientist and served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface.

Ozan then pivoted and became a law professor to influence others to make interplanetary leaps on Earth. He graduated first in his class from law school, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history. He has written numerous award-winning articles that are taught in colleges and graduate schools. He’s the author of The Democratic Coup d’Etat, published by Oxford University Press.

Ozan’s work has been featured in various domestic and foreign media, including Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, and Washington Post. Bestselling authors with large followings—including Tim Ferriss, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Susan Cain, among many others—have featured Ozan in their weekly newsletters.

Ozan’s forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, will be published in Spring 2020 by the Hachette Book Group in the United States and by Penguin Random House in several foreign markets.

Ozan blogs weekly on his website, He’s a regular contributor to Ladders and Heleo. His work is also frequently featured on Flipboard. Through these platforms, his articles reach millions of readers each month. Ozan’s podcast, Famous Failures, was selected by iTunes for inclusion in the top 25 podcasts in the business category.

Ozan is a sought-after speaker. He’s given countless radio and television interviews, and delivered keynote speeches both to small and large crowds at major corporations, nonprofits, and government institutions.


Testimonials 5

  • “Ozan is well on his way to becoming a household name. He is incredibly bright, professional, easy to work with, responsive and kind. He speaks with ease and keeps his audience intrigued and engaged. His stories are fantastic. For all he has accomplished, he’s incredibly humble. Book him. You won’t regret.”

    Anika Hedstrom

    Vista Capital Partners

  • “Ozan’s presentation rocked the house and got rave reviews from the attendees. Many called it the ‘highlight of the conference.’ I highly recommend him!”

    Jess McMahon

    Senior Events & Creative Producer, Avvo

  • “If you’re interested in absorbing complex issues, learning how to attack a concept from multiple angles, or simply seeing the world for what it is, read anything with ‘Ozan Varol’ on the by-line.”

    Gokalp Gurer

    Structure Law Group, LLP

  • “Thank you again for a very well received Keynote Presentation […] We received a lot of positive feedback. Many speakers during the rest of the two-day meeting made references to the concepts you had introduced. Thank you for incorporating some of the facts we had discussed about Pharma R&D and customizing your talk so well to our industry.”

    Dr. Christian Harcken

    Senior Research Fellow, Boehringer Ingelheim

  • “This was one of the best presentations I have seen so far and I was deeply impressed by Ozan’s charisma and presentation style.”

    Sr. Executive

    Boehringer Ingelheim

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