Lauren Razavi is executive director at SafetyWing, a Y Combinator alumni and fully-remote company, where she leads Plumia, the nonprofit mission to build an internet country for digital nomads. She was an early adopter of remote work and has lived as a digital nomad since 2013. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology, business, policy and human behaviour.
Lauren was a 2021 Tech Policy Fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where she initiated a policy project advising governments on remote work, digital nomads and the future of citizenship. She regularly provides expert commentary to global media brands like Le Monde, NPR, BBC News, Sifted, Tatler, and Condé Nast Traveller. In 2021, she was named one of the world’s most influential voices in remote work by Remote.com’s Influencer Report.
Lauren’s first book, Global Natives: The New Frontiers of Work, Travel, and Innovation (Holloway 2022), looks at the past, present and future of digital nomads and the work from anywhere movement. Her writing on business, politics, technology, and innovation appears in titles such as Wired, The Guardian, VICE, and The Atlantic.
Formerly Google’s managing editor for the future of work, Lauren was an in-demand ghostwriter for senior tech executives and built and led remote teams of top creative talent from around the world. She has also advised and consulted for major companies including Amazon, Emirates, Randstad, and Royal Bank of Canada.
Lauren shares insights and stories about remote work, digital nomads, travel, creativity and borderless living in her Counterflows newsletter, read by thousands of people each week, and tweets @LaurenRazavi.
Examples of Lauren Razavi’s presentations and interviews:
Lauren Interviews Parag Khanna | Plumia Speaker Series:
How to Make Hybrid Work Truly Work with Lauren Razavi | Borderline Live:
Lauren Razavi at The Future of Workspaces Summit | NORNORM:
Integrating Your Work and Life with Digital Nomad Lauren Razavi | Principled Podcast
Testimonials for Lauren Razavi
“Lauren is a relaxed and organised professional. She’s well prepared for anything, whether it be a more informal chat or structured lecture. She’s very broadly educated and experienced, which makes her an inspiring and highly articulate speaker and partner.”
Sophie Op den Kamp, Managing Director at TNW Spaces, Jun 2021
“Not only is Lauren’s breadth and depth of understanding around the rapidly shifting world of work razor sharp, but she brings a rare wisdom and gravitas to a discussion. I very much look forward to working with Lauren again.”
— Peter Barden, Partnerships Lead at Forward Democracy, Apr 2021
“Lauren is an incredible moderator! She helped us turn our speaker series into an experience that inspires, sparks conversation, and encourages creative thinking. She is excellent at leading the discussion, keeping it engaging, and really digging into the heart of the topic. Lauren adds tremendous value with her perspectives, experiences and expert knowledge as a guest speaker in her own right too.”
— Barbara Jovanovic, Head of Content at SafetyWing, May 2021
“We have worked with Lauren a few times now and she has always been super inspiring. The amount of preparation she does for each engagement is tremendous. She also shares so many nuggets of advice and is open to trying new things with and for us!”
-– Emelie Helsen, Creative Entrepreneurship at Ravensbourne University, Feb 2021