Matthew Rowlands


An experienced former journalist, Matthew delivers international media campaigns for clients that span the creative and technology sectors.

Matthew is a core part of the team that runs the international media campaign for One Young World, which brings together 1,500 of the most talented young leaders from across 196 countries to tackle the globe’s most pressing issues – from climate change and human rights, to gender equality and conflict resolution.

He leads our work with Advertising Week Europe, the continent’s largest celebration of the creative industries, which generates front-page stories throughout the globe. He currently heads up the team working with RocketSpace and Priya Guha as the former British Consul General to San Francisco brings the tech campus to London.

He advises the senior leadership team at Octopus Ventures, Europe’s leading early stage investor and the backers of Secret Escapes, Digital Shadows, Eve Sleep and Depop, along with the co-founders of the wider Octopus Group – E&Y’s Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Matthew also works with quantum-technology pioneer M Squared, the two-time Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners that develop lasers and tools used by Nobel Prize-winning scientists, some of the world’s top universities and innovative manufacturers.

He led the international media campaign for Tech Nation 2016, the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital economy, which was produced by Tech City UK in joint partnership with Nesta.

Matthew heads the team working with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre – a world-class machining and materials research campus – and its Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett.

Pro-bono experience includes providing support for Professor Muhammad Yunus, the economist who invented microcredit, founded the Grameen Bank, and earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work towards alleviating poverty.

His time at Seven Hills included a lengthy secondment in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he built the media profile for the firm’s US clients.

Prior to joining Seven Hills, Matthew was based in Beirut, Lebanon, where he served as a reporter for The Associated Press and as a desk editor at The Daily Star – one of the Middle East’s leading dailies. He read Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and holds an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from SOAS.