Roger La Salle

Engineer, director, entrepreneur and Matrix Thinking pioneer.


Roger La Salle is a challenging, dynamic and sought after speaker and facilitator who brings to his unique presentations a lifetime of experience and successful business creation. Opportunities will materialise before your eyes as he simply speaks and draws on a whiteboard. As inspirational as they are interactive, Roger’s presentations involve not a single overhead or PowerPoint slide, inspiring innovation with every word as he simply walks and talks.

Roger not only speaks on innovation and business building but is also actively involved in business, creating four companies based on his own technologies. To him, these are not concepts or theories, but something he has been doing all his working life, and he speaks passionately and with authority from real life experience.

Previous experience

Chair: A professional electronic engineer, director and a successful business entrepreneur, Roger’s credentials include Chair of Innovation at Belfast’s The Queens University in 2005, Chair of The CEO Institute, Director for 22 years and past CEO of the Innovation Centre of Victoria, two TEDx presentations in the space of six months in 2012 and 2013, and regular appearances on the ABC’s New Inventors and Channel 7’s Kochie’s Business Builders.

Author: Roger’s methodology, known as Matrix Thinking, is documented in his four books – Think New, Think Next, Think Again and Innovate or Perish – and an extensive workshop manual, licensed in over 26 countries and to Deloitte, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Roger works across all industry sectors and has fostered unique skills in seeing and developing applications in seemingly unrelated fields, where the implementation of ICT solutions can open doors previously considered unavailable. Matrix Thinking is essentially the distillation of a lifetime’s work, and since it was first introduced in 1999 has shown rapid growth and adoption in many businesses worldwide.

Business: Roger has worked in numerous telecommunications businesses, banks and technology companies across the world and brings to business a completely new structured paradigm in thinking that connects the physical world to the digital domain, a place where opportunities abound.