2019 Speakers

Jennifer Anderson, CTO, Incuto

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Michael Anderson, The Technology Leadership Insider

Michael Anderson, MBA, MA started out his career behind a keyboard pounding out code. Technically adept yet socially awkward, he kept sabotaging his own career growth with his lack of soft skills.  Despite himself, he did manage to climb the corporate ladder and worked as an international director and VP for enterprise software companies in the USA, England, Denmark, and Singapore. 

In 2005 he moved back to California and started three software companies over the next 5 years. After almost losing everything in a lawsuit with a business partner, he figured he better quickly learn how to be a leader. He put all his effort into growing personally and professionally, including earning a unique Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology. It was worth the investment as things started to fall into place. His one company, Radiant Technologies, made the Inc. 5000 list and was voted the #1 Best Place to Work, and he won Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Now he teaches his uplifting and empowering Elevated Leadership to other companies and leaders who want to elevate themselves as well as their teams, and do it all from a place of service. As a best-selling business leadership author, former radio show host, and contributor of entrepreneur.com, he’s spreading his message of positive leadership all over the world.

Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti, CEO and Co-Founder, Medicalchain

Dr Albeyatti is the Co-Founder and CEO of Medicalchain. He graduated from Imperial College London as a doctor in 2011. He has always had a passion for innovation and problem solving and has developed solutions to inefficiencies he found whilst working in the UK National Health Service.  He continues to treat his patients on a weekly basis at a clinic in Leeds.

The company’s headquarters are in London, UK but plan to roll out this platform worldwide.  As well building Medicalchain, Dr Albeyatti continues to be involved in patient care and sits on the board of IGB at NHS Digital.

Dr Albeyatti believes that blockchain technology has the ability to revolutionise the healthcare system by providing a platform that empowers people with full access and control over their own personal health records. Being an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow shows the appetite for this technology within our healthcare.

As a result of his experiences and profile he is a sought after speaker in the world of healthcare and blockchain and has presented internationally at prestigious conferences as well as official government events.

Matt Ballantine, CIO and CTO Advisor, Stamp London

Matt Ballantine is in his third decade working in the technology industry. Today he helps his clients to understand how to organise and deliver improved innovation and collaboration, and his experience spans a broad spectrum of industries. Previously he worked in senior management positions at Microsoft, Reuters, BBC Worldwide and global marketing agency Imagination. He writes for Forbes on the impact that technology is having on work, has been a judge for five years on the UK CIO100, and also co-hosts the successful technology management podcast WB-40.

Amanda Brock, Chair of Open Source (OS) and IP Advisory Group, United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL)

Amanda is the Chair of Open Source (OS) and IP Advisory Group of United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL).

Amanda is also a European Representative of the defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network; a Director of OpenUK;  joint-organiser of the UK Open Source Awards, www.opensourceawards.org, having been a judge of the awards in 2014 and 2015; a member of the OASIS Open Projects’ Advisory Council (open source and open standards); and Chair of the Open Source (OS) and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs.

She was General Counsel of Canonical, setting up the global legal team and running this for 5 years and has worked in a variety of sectors, ranging from Fashion to Fintech, across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of the UK and Amsterdam. 

As well as many years of structuring and negotiating a multitude of deals, her roles have included contribution to, and leadership of, a number of multi-organisational collaborative projects and open source initiatives. She has expertise in open source software, governance, IP, compliance audits, policies and processes as well as commercialisation and contracting around open source.  Amanda was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee during its set up in 2012.

Amanda is a regular international speaker and author covering technology, collaboration and legal issues, an Executive Editor and co-Founder of the International Free and Open Source Law Review,  Fellow of Open Forum Academy and Editor of the book, Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

Michael Baxter, Editor, Information Age

Editor Information Age; writer with a specific interest in technology, economics, investment writing, and disruptive technology. Also an author. Have just completed a book entitled The Great British Disruptors, featuring interviews with nine of the UK’s top entrepreneurs and to be published later in the year. In 2014 co-wrote iDisrupted a book looking at disruptive technology and how it is changing the world. Also an accomplished public speaker, have spoken on disruptive technology, the economy and Brexit at various locations in the UK and US and facilitated conferences on GDPR and digital marketing.

Ewa Magiera, Head of Communities, Code First: Girls

Ewa works with Code First: Girls to introduce more women to the tech sector. She is responsible for the UK-wide programme of free coding courses, community events and other initiatives targeting young women who are considering a career in tech. She makes sure the organization is on track with the 2020 Campaign, whose aim is to teach 20,000 young women to code by 2020. Ewa is a linguist with a computer science degree, which she completed just to prove the point that women can do it if they want to. 

Andrew Burgess, Strategic Adviser on AI and RPA, AJBurgess Ltd.

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Sarah Burnett, EVP and Distinguished Analyst, Everest Group

Sarah Burnett is an Executive Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Everest Group with global responsibility for the company’s Service Optimization Technologies (SOT) research program. As part of this, she researches and advises clients on digital and automation technologies, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and global service provider’s capabilities in these fields, best strategies for adopting and best practice in implementing them.   

Sarah is chair of BCSWomen, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants. In 2018, AI Accelerator was a finalist in Equals in Tech awards, set up by UN Women, ITU and other partners to encourage more women into the field of technology.

Sarah is one of Computer Weekly’s 50 most influential women in UK IT (2016 – 2019), AI Leader finalist by Information Age in 2018 and Digital Leaders’ Champion for the UK South East 2017.

As well as contributing to media, Sarah often speaks at clients’ and industry events and webinars. She is active in social media with frequent blogs and Twitter posts (@SarahBurnett). 

Christopher Conroy, Data Consultant - Head of Data Science

Strategic data science leader with a proven track record in delivering production solutions in the cloud, as well as building data science functions from the ground up. Highly knowledgeable about monetising data science. Strongly focused on objectives and outputs, and the roadmaps and data strategy to deliver them. Experienced in data transformation, both technically and culturally.

I’ve recently been advising a number of companies on a range of big data initiatives, with a primary focus on getting data science and AI into automated production.

I was previously the Head of Data Science at Rank Group (better known for its core brands Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos), building the company’s first data science team in 2015/16, where we developed from early use cases and prototypes to an end to end production architecture in Azure, delivering one of the UK’s first scale rendezvous architectures.

My earlier career was spent in public transport, at Arriva and First Group.

Jonathan Cosgrove, Associate Director, Programme Manager & Advisory to VP/CAO HR, IT & Corporate Services, EBRD

Jonathan is an accomplished strategic planner with deep financial and legal expertise. He has been instrumental in developing and delivering organisation strategies, digital transformation and new service-delivery models (including global sourcing) across Corporate Functions (HR, IT, Operations) yielding significant benefits to people, culture and profitability.

He has initiated value creation leveraging digital and technological disruption, re-shaping over 10 global business units across Media, B2B Events and Financial Services. He is a well-versed programme and project manager (Agile and Waterfall).

For over 12 years, Jonathan served as an Officer in the Irish Defense Forces leading deployments in Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Macedonia, achieving several service medals in the process. He was the youngest to reach each rank held and graduated Top 5 in all the leadership and development programmes he completed. His experience here, paired with his data-driven approach brings unparalleled direction to C-suite strategic discussions.

Outside of work he is athletic and adventurous, often found summiting some of the world’s highest peaks.

Robert Darling, CCO and COO, Eko

 
Robert is COO and CCO of Eko Group Holdings, bringing over 15 years of experience to Eko to drive the company’s global expansion and business development strategy forward.  
 
Before moving to his current role, Robert served as Eko’s Head of Engineering and Product. His knowledge across multiple departments provides Robert with a unique perspective to Eko. Now, Robert champions cross-team collaboration and global alignment across our offices. His work is reinforced by the proven success in his career which includes leading AMEX’s international web product across 20+ countries, and selling his own UK startup. 
 
Robert holds an MBA from John Hopkins and a BSc in Computer Science, University of MD.
Ricky Delandro, Head of Business Innovation, HSBC Corporate Banking
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Anna Dick, CTO, Hiring Hub

Beginning within the frenetic world of digital agencies, Anna joined Moneysupermarket in 2006. The pursuit of technical progress within a fast-growth environment suited Anna, who found similar homes at OTB & Hotels4u, building teams that continuously challenged ways of working. Anna worked on large transformation and digital projects for the BBC & Co-op, before being headhunted by Hiring Hub where she is now CTO.

Dr Nancy Doyle, CEO, Genius Within UK

Dr Nancy Doyle is a Chartered Psychologist expertise in organizational and occupational psychology.  She is a specialist in understanding ‘neurodiversity’ – for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and more. Her goal is to work towards a future where all people with neurodiversity will be able to maximise their potential and work to their strengths.

Nancy founded and is now CEO of Genius Within, a Social Enterprise which supports thousands of clients each year to improve their productivity at work through diagnosis, assessment and coaching of ‘neurodiverse’ conditions.  Genius Within operates in the UK and USA providing consultancy and interventions around disability and employment, in the corporate, employability, criminal justice and education sectors. 

Asha Easton, Manager ImmerseUK, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

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Karima-Catherine Goundlam, Founder, Red Dot Digital

Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Digital, which she launched in 2014 to bring her forward-thinking, data-driven approach to the world of digital strategy and management consulting. KC brings 20 years of international integrated campaign and project management experience to the firm. Before Red Dot Digital, she managed digital and social media for Deloitte Canada and its global team and mentored Deloitte’s CEOs on digital transformation. She also directed social media for Ford.

KC is regularly invited to share her experience and industry expertise all over the world. Most recently, she gave a keynote address at the 2019 Transatlantic Conference of the British-American Business Network in Birmingham, UK. She has spoken for the Imperial College MBA program (London), the Grenoble Management School Master’s program (Paris), the Ivey Business School at University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), and York University’s Global Enterprise Forum (Toronto), the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (Birmingham), and the Entrepreneurship Society’s Disruptor’s Lounge (Toronto).

In 2018, KC became the new VP of the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce. That same year, she received the JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award from the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). In summer 2019, KC founded Tech Advocates Canada, part of the Global Tech Advocates network. That same summer, she founded B2BeeMatch.com, a business matchmaking platform for SMEs.

Rufus Grig, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Maintel Europe Ltd.

Rufus Grig is Chief Technology and Strategy officer for Maintel, one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud and managed communications services – where he is responsible for business strategy & products. Rufus joined Maintel in May 2016 as part of the acquisition of Azzurri Communications, where he was CTO. He has over 20 years’ experience in communications technology, predominantly in contact centre and unified communications and he has a keen interest in the impact of technology on the user and customer experience.  Prior to his current role, he was Managing Director of UK Contact Centre software vendor Callmedia, which was acquired by Azzurri in 2003 and is now an active and thriving division of Maintel. In the even more distant past, he studied Physics at the University of Manchester.

Rufus is an advisor to the Direct Marketing Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and a regular writer and conference speaker.

When not at work, Rufus is a husband, handyman and musician, although he is usually to be found providing extensive taxi services to his four children.

Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor has 25 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world. In 2011 he joined EE and was accountable for the technical launch of 4G as well as the Integration of the 2G/3G Orange and T-Mobile networks. Mansoor was Director of Radio Networks and a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. At BT he was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018. From September 2018 Mansoor is the CTO of Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. As CTO he is head of the technology profession across the organisation, ensuring that the technology aspects of all Ofcom’s policy work are informed and robust, and is a member of the Policy and Management Board. He also leads Ofcom’s activities in network security & resilience as well as engagement with CTOs at our stakeholders, industry bodies and with Government. Outside of Ofcom, Mansoor is patron of the ITP, a member of the Steering Board of the UK5G Innovation Network, and on the Advisory Boards of the Satellite Applications Catapult and UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept.

Jonathan Hassell, CEO, Hassell Inclusion

Professor Jonathan Hassell is one of the top digital usability & accessibility thought leaders in the world, with over 18 years’ experience of embedding accessibility within digital production teams in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He set the accessibility standards and strategy for BBC Future Media, and authored the new International accessibility Standard ISO 30071-1 and its predecessor BS 8878 to help share this best-practice with other organisations to help them get more customers by making their goods and services easily available to disabled and older people.

He leads Hassell Inclusion’s team of accessibility experts providing strategic accessibility transformation services to organisations worldwide. He specialises in: training and consultancy to embed accessibility strategically within the software development lifecycle process, leadership of innovative digital projects to make inclusion easier and cheaper to implement, and creation of best-practice international web standards.

He has won awards for product managing: the accessibility features of ‘BBC iPlayer’; the accessibility personalisation tool, ‘MyDisplay’; the accessibility information site, ‘My web my way’; the innovative sign-language-recognition games, ‘Boris Games’; and the ‘Nepalese Necklace’ mobility games for blind and partially sighted children.

Leah Hutcheon, CEO & Founder of Appointedd

Leah Hutcheon is the Founder & CEO of Appointedd, a cutting-edge online booking and scheduling solution. Appointedd’s award-winning technology is trusted by enterprise across multiple industries to create omnichannel booking journeys that positively affects conversion, UX, operational efficiencies and revenue.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Appointedd empowers some of the worlds most trusted brands; from Marks & Spencer and Mamas & Papas, to one of the Big Four accounting firms, to transform service offerings into bookable experiences. Our technology enables people to book online, at any time, from any device, in any timezone.

Leah has been the Natwest UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and is a Scottish EDGE Award winner. An employee-owned company, Team Appointedd use their wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that drive results.

For more information, please visit www.appointedd.com 

Lee James, CTO – EMEA, Rackspace

Lee is responsible for helping Rackspace’s customers maximise their cloud investments across people, process and technology, as well developing new products and services.

As the Chief Technical Officer EMEA Lee’s experienced in developing and delivering industry-leading cloud, analytics and SAP services for global organisations. He’s also previously been awarded for innovation after building BP’s first multi-cloud platform. 

In a prior role at Betfair, Lee was responsible delivering a DevOps-driven platform that performed more transactions than all the European stock markets each day. He particularly enjoys leading on global cloud transformations, advanced analytics platforms and cloud-inspired organisational transformation which delivers significant business value to customers.

Finbarr Joy, Technology Leader, Superbet

Finbarr is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the global online gaming industry. With over 20 years’ experience in Technology, from ‘engineer’ to ‘leader’, via startup co-founding, global consulting, and FTSE 100 executive experience, Finbarr is dedicated to developing breakthrough business models, powered by tech. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill and Lebara, having previously co-founded Answer Digital, an award-winning UK-wide Digital Transformation consultancy. 

Finbarr’s early experiences included two years with Netscape as a member of the team that brought the Web to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation that propels the best of today’s Consumer Internet. 

Dan Klein, Chief Data Officer, Valtech

Dan looks after all things ‘data’ in Valtech, delivering differentiated value to our clients. He is fascinated by how the use of data can disrupt existing business models and revels in being able to tell novel stories with information that engage both Valtech clients and their customers. He leads all the business Valtech undertakes in the ‘data’ space. Dan still can’t believe he has made the jump to follow his other passions of scuba diving, sailing and climbing in very cold parts of the planet.

Jenny Knott, CEO, FinTech Strategic Advisors

Jenny Knott is both a board level investment banker with over 30 years’ experience as well as a leading innovator in financial technologies. Jenny has extensive board experience having served on Boards of Global Investment Banks, Corporates and Charitable organisations for over 25 years.

Jenny is the Finance Trustee for OCA, a scientific research charity for female cancers. As the Chairwoman of Equiida, a global, senior executive leadership advisory firm, she promotes the science that greater inclusivity improves business performance. Jenny is the founder of FinTech Strategic Advisors, assisting Clients with their FinTech investment and adoption strategies and supporting start-ups to achieve scale and commercial success. 

As an investment banker, Jenny was CEO of a UK bank, CFO and COO; she is widely respected for leading the modernisation and transformation of her organizations and for her knowledge of technical finance, emerging technology and regulatory environments. Jenny believes that inclusivity and cognitive, demographic and experiential diversity are a ‘must’ for a successful business and acts as mentor and advisor to a number of CEO’s. 

Jenny is a public speaker on emerging FinTech as well as the commercial benefits of truly inclusive Board and Corporate cultures.

Jacqui Mann, Founder, J Mann Associates

Jacqui Mann is the Founder of J Mann Associates and author of ‘Recruit, Inspire & Retain’, How to create a company culture to grow your business.

She is an HR Expert who specialises in creating great places to work. As well as providing HR services to business owners across the UK, she helps forward-thinking business owners implement the P.E.O.P.L.E. ™ System.

Jacqui has studied the wide reaching impact people make to an organisation for over 20 years. She’s seen first-hand the difference the right culture and environment can make to a company’s results. Company culture and change management is her speciality. She has worked with both public and private sector companies supporting them with culture change programmes.

She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a member of The British Psychological Society and a certified DiSC trainer. She is a qualified business coach and a Graduate of the Institute of Master Coaches and has coached business owners and Fortune 500 company leaders and their teams.

She trained with the Tavistock Consultancy on Organisational Development and Change. She runs regular workshops and speaks about company culture at conferences and events.

Dr Vince Ming, Regional Director, FST Network

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Sharon Moore, CTO for Public Sector, IBM

Sharon Moore MBE was appointed IBM UK CTO for Public Sector in January 2019.  She marries the needs of industry with the potential of technology and breadth of IBM, to transform technical capability into real business results.  You will often find her on stage discussing the impact and value of technological advancements such as AI, IOT and Blockchain on industry. Sharon has moved into this role following success in IBM’s outsourcing, consulting and sales organisations, building a career as a technical architect with a focus on integration and enterprise architecture.

Sharon is also a board member of the CENSIS Innovation Centre. She was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours 2018 for services to women in technology based industries, and presented with the ‘Inspirational Women in Leadership’ award at the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards 2017.  She is Deputy Chair of BCSWomen, leads BCSWomen activity in Scotland, and is a board member of Scotland Women in Technology.

Joe McFadden, CTO, HealthUnlocked

Joe is a strategically focused technology leader and speaker with 20 years of experience within the creative industries and charity sector.  Most recently, as CTO for the Royal Opera House Joe delivered a major programme of digital transformation to reach new audiences, improve the venue experience and drive increased income. Prior to that Joe was the IT Director for the National Theatre.

In August 2019 joined HealthUnlocked as CTO, leading a team building the world’s largest online patient network with a unique HealthGraph AI technology to improve global population health. Joe is also founding his own start-up, Dark Forest, which is developing a mobile app platform to gamify helping people to reduce their impact on the planet. 

Edward Nass, Manager and Account Director, Darktrace

Edward Nass is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence. Edward advises companies from a variety of industries on the use of artificial intelligence for cyber defence, including financial services, public sector and retail. Edward holds a BA in Management and Media from Vanderbilt University.

Georgina Owens, SVP IT Services, DAZN

DAZN is a digitally native company that relies as much on Information technology as it does on broadcast and video technology; This presents challenges organisationally around processes that need to be implemented as well as requiring a transformed approach to management of service; Georgina will share some of her experiences in this fast paced world of live sports streaming.

Dr Anushka Patchava, Expert Advisor (Healthcare: AI & Blockchain) – United Nations (CEFACT)

Dr Anushka Patchava is an experienced strategist having supported the commercialisation of several pharmaceutical assets and the implementation of digital strategies in the Healthcare and Lifesciences sector. Prior to this, Anushka received her Medical Degree from University of Cambridge, and has practiced in both the UK and US health systems. She has a particular interest in architecting data-driven environments and is passionate about creating a Connected Care ecosystem; harnessing IoT, 5G, Blockchain and Digital Therapeutics to drive data-fluidity and improve patient outcomes.

She has advised a variety of health related seed and early stage start-ups, drawing upon her unique experience to bridge the interface between physician, patient, payer and policy. She has also worked across cross-functional and cross-sector teams, driving conscious collaboration and agile methodologies to disrupt legacy systems and behaviour with deliberate digital design.

She holds qualifications in a breadth of areas including Digital Strategy and Leadership, Value Based Healthcare (Harvard Business School), Innovation (Stanford Business School), Digital Marketing and Analytics (Google Squared) and most recently, Intermediate Python.

Her role as an healthcare expert advisor to the United Nations (CEFACT) is focused on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and her ideas and experience will be shared in an upcoming book chapter on the role of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

Timo Peach, Creative Director, Momo:zo

Timo Peach is a music maker and creative and the bloke from Momo. In front of the camera or behind, his work as an artist, performer, writer and designer, as well as the voice of playful futurism cast Unsee The Future, explores the challenges of the human planet that are shaping different tomorrows, and how they fit together. He aims to encourage the possibilities found where art, place, advocacy and more hopeful human business meet, and says: “All design is theatre really, man.”

 

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Andrea Petrone, Strategic Advisor and Leadership Expert, AP Executive Coaching

Andrea is a leadership advisor, speaker, certified executive coach, facilitator primarily working for tech leaders and their organisations. He has 17 years of executive experience working for a very different set and size of businesses (from listed companies to small enterprises to family businesses to startups) and he worked internationally throughout all his career (West Africa and North Africa, then Middle East, Scandinavia, South Europe, and now in the UK). His experience spans from Oil and Gas, Engineering and Construction, Management Consulting to Technology. 

Thanks to his hands-on experience and lessons he learned across his career, Andrea has developed specific frameworks, tools and solutions to help leaders to solve their most pressing issues, from individual leadership challenges to more organisational development initiatives such as for example strategic planning, building high-performing culture and teams, leading change, merges, sales.

Andrea earned his Executive Master in Management at IE Business School in Madrid, and he is a Certified Executive Coach at Centre of Executive Coaching in Florida, US. Andrea is also a member of the Development Committee of Right to Play UK, a leading international non-profit organisation that protect, educate and empower children to rise.

www.andreapetrone.com

John Pillar, CTO – Digital Ventures and Innovation, RBS

John Pillar is a technology executive with a track record of driving digital innovation and transformation.

He has spent the past 22 years immersed in digital, building, scaling and transforming technology teams to be digital leaders by combining context, discovery, aspiration and content with high-end customer centric e-commerce experiences.

Whilst leading those teams they obtained various awards, including the Retail Week technology award and Retail Week’s IT Team of the Year.

Currently John is disrupting the banking world at RBS where he is the CTO of their commercial and private banking ventures arm where he is helping scale out 7 new business. His previous career highlights include transforming M&S’s technology echo-system into a multi-channel innovator. He also helped build the technology team and systems at the U.K.’s leading online fashion retailer ASOS.com, which propelled the business to be at the forefront of online retailing.

Before the world of fashion John helped shape the transformation of the retail mortgage industry through revolutionary technology at GMAC–RFC with the first online mortgage application capturing and automated decision processing echo-system.

He is passionate about Agile, Cloud and IoT technologies.  John can be regularly heard sharing his insight and experiences as a keynote speaker at various conferences such as Velocity, National Retail Federation’s The BigShow, Cloud World Forum, Apps World Europe & Cloud Expo Europe and ITDF to name a few. Whenever he gets spare time John also acts as an advisor to a few technology based start-up’s in London.

Sandeep Roychowdhury, Founder and Director, SMEinnovation

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Richard Tang, Founder and Chairman, Zen Internet

Richard is the founder and Chairman of Zen Internet, the UK’s largest independent telecommunications and technology service provider. Recognised as Which?’s Best Broadband provider, Zen was first launched by Richard in 1995 with only a handful of dial-up modems. The rise of the internet since then has been remarkable and Richard has been at the forefront of an industry that has fundamentally changed the shape of how we communicate and do business.

Richard took over his current role as Chairman to dedicate time as the company’s brand ambassador. He is now fully focussed on ensuring Zen’s ethos underpins every aspect of the service it provides, all whilst taking on the ‘Big Four’ by making the right decisions for long-term success and sustainability and challenging the bad practices the industry has become renowned for. 

Richard has been instrumental in creating a people-first culture at Zen ensuring customers get an award-winning service that has many times been voted the UK’s best. His fundamental long-term objectives for the company are Happy staff, Happy customers, Happy suppliers. Zen is a Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Patrick Tomasini, Research Development Innovation, Bouygues UK

As an early adopter of VR in an Engineering firm back in 2008, Patrick’s passion for immersive technology has been a constant throughout his career. Having then worked for the creative and media industry for many years, he extended his expertise in 3D content production to cover a broad range from digital, VFX and gaming.

Now with over 10 years of experience delivering digital products, he currently researching and developing immersive technologies.

Leila Willingham, Development Executive, Liz Lean PR

Having left education at 18, Leila is Development Executive at Liz Lean PR and has been the driver behind the agency’s youth brand Digipigz, a youth insight service that aims to help bridge the gap between businesses and the next generation. Currently writing a white paper on ‘Attracting, retaining and benefitting from young talent’, she is passionate about encouraging businesses to see beyond the bad reputation the headlines have given Millennials and Gen Z. Leila helps businesses develop strong ways of working with this cohort, maximising the potential for both sides.

Leila has become an ambassador and voice for the next generation of professionals. Giving youth opinion on a BBC News features, as well as speaking at several conferences, on podcasts and spreading her message in school and community groups. She’s known for expressing her opinion and kick-starting change.

Mohan Yogendran, Director, Rockpools

Mohan is a Director at Rockpools, a headhunting firm, and much of his work is in international and emerging markets.  Prior to this he was Recruitment Director at EY focusing on senior hires, and helping develop other client offerings from scratch.  In his earlier career, he was at PwC in their Executive Search & Selection practice after working in HR in local government in Gloucestershire and London.  He started his career at a Race Equality Council. An Economics graduate from Cambridge University, he has a Masters in Race Relations from Bristol University and is a Corporate Member of the CIPD.   He was a Board Member and People Committee Chair of Notting Hill Housing Group. Mohan is active in his local church, has a passionate interest in soul and jazz music, and plays keyboards in two bands.  He is married with two daughters.

Kanaway Yusingco, Managing Partner, Uniquely Wired

Kanaway Yusingco is the Founder and Managing Partner of Uniquely Wired, providing Tech for Good and Blockchain businesses with full-stack marketing. She supports clients to identify what makes them unique and enables their success by helping them take their service and products to market. She brings a human side to Blockchain, working with a number of global Blockchain business to develop their story on how they solve today’s problems.

Kanaway has experience in a diverse range of international and industries including fundraising and profile building for Blockchain projects, Tech for Good,  Start-Ups, Retail, Mobile, Connectivity, Banking and Insurance.  She was instrumental in one of UKs biggest mobile retail merger for Multi-network giant Carphone Group in 2016 and was named for one of Women in the City London Awards.