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Josh Valman is a world leader in rapid innovation and manufacturing. He is the founder and CEO of RPD International, the consultancy powering more than 100 corporate R&D departments around the world. He brings a wide industry perspective of rapid product development, from telcos and consumer goods to transport and energy. Headquartered in London with offices in The Netherlands, China and Singapore, RPD runs over 120 factories allowing for the fast develop process of new products, rapid in-market testing, and manufacturing at scale.

Josh began his engineering aged 10, in robotics, entering to the TV show Robot Wars. He went on to teach himself engineering using Google, designing complex components and systems whilst still at school. For almost three years, from the classroom and his bedroom, Josh ran corporate supply chains across the US, Europe and Asia, demonstrating how enterprises could use Chinese production to cut their own costs. After clients discovered his age, at 17, Josh ended his early consultancy career having sold the business.

Josh has subsequently gone on to build RPD on a simplified approach that reduces the cost and risk of validating new products and markets. As well as a well a recognised figure in the innovation and engineering industries, his company now powers global R&D for the likes of Vodafone, Bosch, Pernod Ricard and Unilever. He is a regular speaker on the international circuit and still competes in Robot Wars.
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Josh Valman is a world leader in rapid innovation and manufacturing. As CEO of RPD International, he is involved in the R&D departments of some of the largest companies around the world - from Consumer Goods to Telecoms.

Josh began his engineering aged 10, in robotics, entering to the TV show Robot Wars. He went on to begin working with chinese factories whilst at school, supporting global businesses on how they could cut costs in their supply chain. At 17, Josh ended his early consultancy career having sold the business.

Josh has gone on to build RPD International, which powers global R&D for the likes of Vodafone, GSK and Unilever. He is a regular speaker on the international circuit and still competes in Robot Wars.
CV and Positions
CEO at RPD International
Josh heads up RPD from London, with offices in China. He is responsible for growing the business and it's global client list of corporate R&D teams.

Advisor at Royal Academy of Engineering
Josh works with the Royal Academy of Engineering to advise on innovation policy, and how we support engineering in education around the world.

Competitior on BBC Robot Wars
Josh has recently competed on BBC's show: Robot Wars as part of Team Rapid - reaching the grand final in season 10, which ended in a fiery explosion!

Regular Speaker and Lecturer
Josh regularly works with businesses, events and universities to help teams consider new approaches to R&D and Supply Chains.

Recent Conference Keynote and Consultancy Clients
"Excellent, his delivery was exceptional and the entire audience were fascinated by both Josh and what he presents"

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