The third DLA Piper European Technology Summit will bring together business leaders in the European tech industry and key figures who shape the regulatory and financial landscape.
It will focus on key issues affecting the growth of a world-class tech industry in Europe, with a roster of global business, technology and legal leaders who will share insights and analysis into emerging technology and innovation.
More than 200 senior executives from across Europe’s tech sector - representing blue-chip telecoms and software firms, tech finance and venture capital organisations and digital start-ups - will attend this exclusive event. Register your interest in the 2018 Summit >>
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Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
Senator George J. Mitchell
George Mitchell served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009 to May 2011.
Prior to that he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Senator Edmund S. Muskie, who resigned to become Secretary of State. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982 in a stunning come-from-behind victory. After trailing in public opinion polls by 36 points, Senator Mitchell rallied to win the election, receiving 61 percent of the votes cast. Senator Mitchell went on to an illustrious career in the Senate spanning 15 years.
In 1988, he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.
Senator Mitchell enjoyed bipartisan respect during his tenure. It has been said "there is not a man, woman or child in the Capitol who does not trust George Mitchell." For six consecutive years he was voted "the most respected member" of the Senate by a bipartisan group of senior congressional aides.
While in the Senate, Senator Mitchell served on the Finance, Veterans Affairs, and Environment and Public Works Committees. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, including new controls on acid rain toxins. He was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law. Senator Mitchell led the Senate to passage of the nation's first child care bill and was principal author of the low-income housing tax credit program. He was instrumental in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark legislation extending civil rights protections to the disabled. Senator Mitchell's efforts led to the passage of a higher education bill that expanded opportunities for millions of Americans. He was a leader in opening markets to trade and led the Senate to ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement and creation of the World Trade Organization.
Senator Mitchell received an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served in Berlin, Germany, as an officer in the US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps from 1954 to 1956. From 1960 to 1962 he was a trial lawyer in the Justice Department in Washington, DC. From 1962 to 1965 he served as executive assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie. In 1965 he returned to Maine where he engaged in the private practice of law in Portland until 1977. He was then appointed US attorney for Maine, a position he held until 1979, when he was appointed US District Judge for Maine. He resigned that position in 1980 to accept appointment to the US Senate.
In 1995, he served as a Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton on Ireland, and from 1996 to 2000 he served as the Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks. Under his leadership, the Good Friday Agreement, an historic accord ending decades of conflict, was agreed to by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political parties of Northern Ireland. For his service in Northern Ireland Senator Mitchell received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the US government; the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace Prize; and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.
In 2000 and 2001, at the request of President Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Chairman Yasser Arafat, Senator Mitchell served as Chairman of an International Fact-Finding Committee on violence in the Middle East. The Committee's recommendation, widely known as The Mitchell Report, was endorsed by the Bush Administration, the European Union and by many other governments.
In 2006 and 2007 he led the investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. He also served as Chairman of the Special Commission Investigating Allegations of Impropriety in the Bidding Process for the Olympic Games and was the Independent Overseer of the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, which provided relief for September 11 attack victims and their families.
Senator Mitchell served as Chairman of the global board of the law firm DLA Piper; Chairman of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company; a member of the board of the Boston Red Sox; and a director of several companies, including Federal Express, Xerox, Staples, Unilever and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He also served for ten years as the Chancellor of Queen’s University of Northern Ireland; as President of the Economic Club of Washington; and as Chairman of the International Crisis Group.
David Rowan is the Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK, the award-winning technology,
innovation and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are
building the future.
David has previously reported on technology for The Times and Channel 4 News, amongst
some unusual briefs the latter required him to illustrate the new iPod Video from the set of a
adult film shoot. He’s also written for The Sunday Times and Telegraph Magazines, and edited
the Guardian’s on-line content and commentary.
Under David’s leadership, WIRED has extended its reach into branded conferences, apps and
even a tech consulting business. David has curated an exhibition of British creative talent at
the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. He has also addressed TED Global and Google
Zeitgeist events, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He has
also written a monthly column for GQ and Condé Nast Traveller.
David is in touch with many of the world’s leading trend-setters and spotters. He travels the
world searching out the latest apps and gadgets, the cutting-edge R&D departments,
universities and start-ups that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect
of our lives from AI to wearable technology to smart homes. He also interviews key figures
with influence over the world of technology, business and culture from the founders of
Google, Kickstarter and Spotify to James Murdoch and David Cameron to will.i.am and Zaha
In presentations he looks at how technology is disrupting almost every sector, how apps
change consumer behaviour and why ‘social commerce’ is killing traditional marketing. He
also looks at how technology has evolved and reveals the ten trends that will change your
market in the next decade - and what you should be doing now to prepare.
As one of the founding partners of Skype, Jonas Kjellberg was part of one of the internet’s
biggest businesses - a simple, innovative idea that has gone on to revolutionise and disrupt the
Having worked with Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström on the management side of Skype,
Jonas eventually became VP of Global Sales and MD. Since the sale of Skype, he has worked
extensively advising other start-ups as well as consulting and starting his own businesses.
As a speaker, as well as lessons from the Skype story, Jonas addresses all aspects of contemporary business both in the tech sector and elsewhere. From the specifics of sales, product, innovation, culture and growth, to broader examinations of the business climate and entrepreneurialism.
Jonas was CEO and founder of Campuz Mobile, and Optimal Telecom, part of Tele2. He has also served as vice president of Bertelsmann for Lycos Europe and CEO of Wyatt Media group.
He lectures at Stanford University on sales cultures and how to bring product sales, profitability and the whole company together.
He is the co-author (with business academics at both Stanford and Stockholm universities) of Gear Up which looks at growth strategy within businesses, especially how tech companies deal with rapid expansion and scaling, and also Business Creation, a guide for new businesses and entrepreneurs to test the durability of their business models.
Senior Vice President –Corporate Development
Discovery Networks International
Nikhil is currently the head of Discovery Communications’ corporate development efforts across Europe, Middle East & Africa, and also for all sports-related activities and investments for Discovery/Eurosport and all digital-related activities for Discovery Networks International. In this role, he is responsible for the evaluation and execution of M&A, Strategic Partnerships and Investment activities for Discovery in these regions and businesses.
In this capacity, Nikhil has overseen Discovery’s expansion into Europe with the acquisition of SBS Nordics, into Sports with the investment into Eurosport and Formula E, and into content with the acquisition of All3Media.
Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Nikhil spent over fourteen years as an investment banker working across North America, Asia and Europe.
He spent three years as a part of Religare Capital Markets’ Senior Management team driving the build-out of their international operations.
Prior to Religare, Nikhil worked at Goldman Sachs’ telecom, media and technology investment banking franchise as an Executive Director in New York and in India. He was a core part of the Investment Banking Leadership Team in Mumbai, India that was responsible for setting-up Goldman Sachs' presence in India.
Before moving to Mumbai in 2006, Nikhil spent over ten years in New York. While there, he worked at Goldman Sachs’ TMT group since 2004 and at Salomon Brothers’ (Citigroup) M&A group from 1998-2004.
He has advised numerous clients around the globe on M&A transactions across various industries and has helped leading corporations access funding through the global capital markets.
Nikhil received a B.B.A. / B.S. (cum laude) in Finance from the Stern School of Business (New York University) in 1998, and a B.A. (honours) in Economics from the University of Delhi in 1996.
Nikhil serves as a Board Director of Formula E Holdings and sits on the Executive Management and Operations Committees for Eurosport and Discovery’s CEEMEA region.
He currently resides in London with his wife and two sons.
Martin Bartlam heads the UK Finance Practice at DLA Piper and is heavily involved in the FinTech sector advising participants in the sector ranging from start-ups to some of the largest financial institutions on their FinTech products and strategy. Examples include working with RBS on establishing their ground breaking automated treasury services platform for on line derivatives services and working with a number of banks on their electronic platform offerings.
Martin also works with new entrants and alternative credit providers on the establishment and funding of on-line platforms and has been actively involved with funding programmes for a number of companies in this space including Euroloan Group, Future Finance and BlueZest Capital. Martin is at the forefront of working with companies developing blockchain technologies such as Luther Systems and is developing protocols for blockchain based product that can be applied across the wider finance market.
In the context of his role at DLA Piper, Martin is a member of the technology group looking at the development of technology in legal services and is participating in the use of intelligent software such as Kira to streamline portfolio analysis and due diligence as well as the application of new technologies to provide greater efficiencies in the delivery of legal services.
Vice President of Security
Luke Beeson is Vice President of Security for BTs UK and Global Banking and Financial Markets customers. He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Prior to joining BT, Luke worked for Honeywell on Industrial Security projects in the Oil and Gas sector, predominantly in the Middle East.
Since joining BT ten years ago, he has had a number of roles all with a focus on Service Delivery and more recently Security Service Delivery.
Previously General Manager of BTs Cyber Defence Operations Luke spent two years in this role building and running a team of Security experts to counter the ever increasing cyber security threat.
Before this Luke was General Manager of BTs Metal Theft Task Force responsible for all BTs activities to minimise the impact of cable theft on its customers. As well as driving a number of internal initiatives to minimise the service impact of cable theft he also worked externally with Industry partners, Law Enforcement Agencies and Government to help increase the level of collaborative working to tackle the problem ultimately resulting in changes to legislation.
As Vice President, Security UK and Global Banking and Financial Markets Luke is now working to take BTs continually evolving security capability to market.
Professor of Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory
Georg Borges is a Professor of Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory and the managing director of the Institute for Legal Informatics at the Saarland University.
Georg Borges studied law at the University of Frankfurt/Main, the University of Geneva and the University of Bonn as well as economics at the Fernuniversität Hagen. During his studies, he worked for a Tax Law Firm and achieved the status of a tax law assistant. After his graduation, Georg Borges was employed in a law firm and as a researcher at the University of Cologne before he was promoted to professor in 2004. From 2004 to 2014, he was Professor of Law at Ruhr-University Bochum. Beside this, he was also a Judge at the State Court of Appeals, Hamm Circuit.
As an expert on Business Law with a focus on Banking Law and IT Law, Prof. Borges authored several statements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Interior Affairs and the German Federal Office for Information Security. He is leading the pilot-project “data protection certification of cloud servicese” of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy and is co-editor, together with Jan Geert Meents, of a handbook on cloud computing.
His current research is related to cloud computing, German and European data protection law, internet of things and autonomous systems with a special focus on liability. Georg Borges is a well respected expert, especially in IT Law, with a wide range of interests.
Director of Policy
English Premier League
The Premier League has organised the top-flight football competition in England since 1992. In that period attendances have grown by 60%, media rights are now sold to every territory in the world, generating more than £1bn per year and the Premier League has become the world's most-watched regular domestic sporting competition. The PL currently tops the UEFA coefficient of league performance in Europe.
Mr Bush's responsibilities at the Premier League include Intellectual Property, Public Policy, relations with Government and EU, relations with fans and consumers, and the Community programme.
Before joining the PL Mr Bush worked as a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister (1999-2001) and to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-2005) and was Head of Research for BBC News until 1999.
Chief Digital Officer
McCann Worldgroup EMEA
Jon runs digital strategy and oversees digital operations for McCann Worldgroup in Europe, and a number of global clients.
He is a long time digital leader, having defined and ran digital and mobile strategy and marketing for a global brands including Adidas, CocaCola, Samsung and Vodafone.
Jon has also launched 2 pioneering digital agencies. Marvellous, the world’s first mobile agency in 2002, that went on to have 5 international offices and joined Aegis (Dentsu-Aegis) in 2007. Somewhat, a multi-channel digital retail shop that became AOR for the BBC and a host of retail companies.
Key skills: Digital communications and operations strategy, client management, social platforms, digital media partnerships, emerging technologies, innovation, loyalty, phy-gital, campaigns.
Clients include: Nestle, Mastercard, Microsoft, Adidas, BBC, Chelsea FC, Diageo, Coca-Cola, Vodafone.
Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer
Tractable develops artificial intelligence algorithms that can learn and perform expert visual tasks on any type of imagery. Tractable has a team of 12 world-class researchers and is backed by Silicon Valley venture capital. As Chief Commercial Officer, Adrien is responsible for establishing Tractable’s commercial activities, with a focus on enterprise partnerships.
Adrien began his career at Goldman Sachs’s Investment Banking division in London. He then decided to move to a more entrepreneurial role and was hired as Commercial MD by an investment fund to build an e-commerce player in South East Asia. He spent 4 years between Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, building Lazada Group from the ground up into a $1.5bn market leader with 6,000 employees. Lazada was later acquired by Alibaba.
Adrien then joined Tractable in leadership and brings his unique experience in business execution to the team.
Adrien graduated with a Master’s degree in Business from HEC Paris and from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Giulio Coraggio is the head of the Italian Technology sector, the Global Co-Chair of the Internet of Things group and is considered among the top global influencers in the Internet of Things.
Giulio has achieved a strong expertise in advising world leading operators on data protection, information technology and Internet law issues in relation also to the Internet of Things, wearable technologies and eHealth projects as well as on e-commerce, e-payment deals, telecommunications, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising.
Furthermore he has obtained substantial experience in drafting international commercial and technology contracts, including cloud projects, sourcing, outsourcing and software license agreements, sponsorship agreements, product and service supply, distribution and franchising agreements also in the fashion sector.
Dr. Mark Darbyshire is SAP’s VP for HANA Cloud Platform, Integration Services covering EMEA. In this role, Mark helps with the understanding of the benefits SAP’s integration technologies - process orchestration, intelligence and analysis - can bring to an organization. As companies continue on their own evolutions, or digital transformations, they need to connect their capabilities and services with suppliers, customers and employees; they need to understand in real-time their processes’ behaviours.
Mark was previously SAP’s UKI Chief Technology Adviser, and has held CTO positions at TIBCO Software and Software AG. In these roles, Mark was an early pioneer in using event-driven systems and real-time databases to address customers’ needs in banking and communications as their businesses transformed. Mark has designed novel event-driven techniques and API gateways resulting in solutions for Internet of Things in utilities and customer experience management for telecommunications providers.
Mark has a Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Bristol.
Anthony Day has experience of some of the most complex and business critical IT, technology driven and outsourcing projects globally.
His particular experience is in high value, multi country transformation projects, including, a variety of outsourcing, off-shoring, systems implementation, data centre and cloud based transactions.
Amy De-Balsi is the owner of Herd, a company that connects that vibrant digital community in Leeds through a bi-annual job fair and job board, www.herd.careers.
Prior to starting the company Amy worked for Sky in Leeds for 7 years delivering a range of activity from online products to major events and PR.
During her career Amy has also worked in the public sector for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, delivering projects to develop the digital industries.
Thomas Depuydt is the Managing Partner of Smart Ventures, an early-stage investment firm focusing on technology companies that bring innovation to the financial industry.
Previously, Thomas worked as a Portfolio Manager for iMinds, where he supported the companies that graduated from iMinds’ incubation program in their fundraising and growth efforts. Before that, Thomas was active in management consulting at Accenture and more recently at Bain & Company, where he advised investment funds and corporates on strategic and operational matters.
Thomas studied Economics at KULeuven and Computer Sciences at University of Ghent and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and reading. Thomas was born and raised in Belgium and now lives in London with his spouse and son.
Kristof De Vulder
Country Co-Managing Partner - Belgium
Kristof De Vulder has vast experience in in the areas of technology contracts, outsourcing, cloud computing, complex technology transactions and large scale IT-disputes for national and global clients. With over 18 years of experience in the technology sector, he has reviewed, drafted and negotiated almost any type of technology procurement, outsourcing or cloud contract.
Kristof’s clients include large-scale sellers and buyers of services, technology products and technology solutions as well as international institutions and governments. His work ordinarily involves him on business critical and strategic projects all over the world.
Kristof is the co-Managing Partner of the Belgian offices.
Pete is the co-founder of Elder and previously co-founded Mopp, Europe’s biggest home services platform which was acquired by Handy in a multi-million pound acquisition in 2014.
Between September 2014 and January 2016, Pete served as Director of International for Handy, in London and New York, leading the international business.
Mopp was founded in late 2012 and scaled from Pete and his co-founder Tom in their kitchen HQ with one customer, to a team of 50 at Mopp HQ in East London, serving 90,000 customers with a $10 million turnover in a 19 month period.
Elder was founded in late 2015 to disrupt the multi-billion pound elderly care industry. Early team members have joined from Google, Amazon JustEat, Ocado and Babylon Health and some of Europe’s leading VC investors have invested $5 million in early funding.
Jim is CTO at Metail, a UK-based startup that creates products and tech to help people online understand how clothes will look and fit. Metail's tech team research, develop and combine technologies from machine learning, computer vision, physical modelling, graphics, data science, web and mobile tech and devops to create products and services to help people engage with fashion more fully, and buy clothes with more confidence.
After graduating with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, he has worked in roles and sectors spanning from consulting on financial services application performance to architecting academic software to working on information standards development. He joined Metail from the University of Cambridge where he ran a portfolio of Chemistry Informatics R&D projects, including the Microsoft OREChem project.
Andrew Dyson is an experienced technology lawyer. He advises clients on strategies for managing compliance with data protection legislation, emerging cyber security risk and procurement of complex IT systems.
He heads the data protection, privacy and security group in the UK.
Head of Research
Alice Enders is Head of Research at Enders Analysis. She undertakes landmark research on the challenges and opportunities for creative industries in the digital age.
Alice supplies consultancy services on music, licensing and B2B media. She is a former senior economist at the World Trade Organisation and was professor of economics at York University, Canada.
Alice holds a doctorate in economics from Queens University, Canada.
Head of Vertical Market Development (IoT)
Vodafone Group Enterprise
Ludovico joined Vodafone in August 2014 thanks to the acquisition of Cobra Automotive Technologies.
Ludovico is now Head of Vertical Market Development for Vodafone IoT. He is fully responsible, on a global basis, for driving new business and developing vertical industries such as smart metering, home automation, automotive telematics, industrial equipment and m-health.
"IoT is getting to a more mature phase. Multimillion-dollars IoT businesses are now reality. Multinational corporations are offering IoT products and services to their customers. Vodafone IoT, as the market leader, will drive this industry growth for the coming years. Leveraging on Vodafone key strength we will develop vertical propositions for our customers and partners" he says.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Ludovico was the CEO of Cobra Telematics (now Vodafone Telematics) leading 450 employees in 7 different countries. Ludovico started his career in the Private Equity industry in Italy and in the UK leading investments in different sectors such as logistics, luxury goods, gaming, renewable energies and food.
Ludovico holds a degree in economics and financial institutions from Università L. Bocconi of Milan (Italy). As well as his native Italian, he is fluent in English and French.
Dr Jan Geert Meents
Partner; Managing Director, Sectors and Clients
Jan Geert Meents is a partner in the Munich office of DLA Piper. As a technology lawyer, Jan has over fifteen years of experience advising IT companies and national and international businesses in IT-related matters. His practice covers a combination of corporate, intellectual property and other legal issues specific to the technology sector.
Jan has published numerous articles on tech law related matters and has co-edited the standard compendium for IT lawyers in Germany and a book on legal aspects of cloud computing.
Jan is a frequent speaker at tech conferences and holds a lectureship on IT contract law at the University of Oldenburg.
Luca Gori advises clients on a broad range of corporate transactions for private equity houses and institutional investors.
Luca's significant experience includes private equity acquisitions and disposals both in the UK and cross border, pre-IPO investment and venture capital investment for institutional and strategic investors in fields ranging from clean tech, oil and gas, and high tech companies.
Chief Executive Officer
Russell is Chief Executive Officer of BlueZest, the digital mortgage company.
A digital leader with over twenty years of experience initiating and driving business growth and digital solutions for some of the UKs largest brands, including Airtours, MyTravel, Thomas Cook, Norwich Union, John Charcol, Bradford and Bingley, HomeServe and Everline, Russell has extensive experience across the full product life-cycle and e-commerce model.
He started his career with ANZ Bank in New Zealand and more recently has been leading the evolution of business, and now, mortgage lending in the ‘Fintech’ arena. Russell’s passion for a challenge spills over to his personal life, where he is an active mentor for digital start-ups and recently won Bronze representing England at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Australia.
Clare Gregory has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious having practiced in this area for over 15 years. Her main practice focus is on the employment implications of business transfers and outsourcing.
Clare has a particular interest in collective consultation and outsourcing issues and has been involved in advising on a Court of Appeal case involving the application of TUPE, as well as cases of significant value in both areas. She regularly advises clients in relation to general counsel issues including in relation to worker status.
Clare is also experienced in managing cross border projects involving a variety of employment issues across several jurisdictions, and reporting to clients on multi-jurisdiction issues.
Imran Gulamhuseinwala is a Partner at EY and leads EY’s EMEIA FinTech and Corporate Finance Strategy teams; acting as a key SME in FinTech for the business.
He has over 17 years’ experience, bringing a unique perspective on the FS sector having spent 8 years advising on the sector with Oliver Wyman and a further 8 years investing in the sector with Bridgepoint and latterly with Resolution where he led the M&A team.
More recently Imran has also co-founded and is acting Chairman of FinTech 50-nomineeCommuter Club.
Further to his professional experience he has a master’s degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a CFA charter holder.
Vice President of International Services
Bill is the Vice President of International Services at Cylance, which helps organizations respond to and proactively protect against cyber security threats.
Bill's mission is to build out Cylance’s international presence so he can help his clients respond to breaches around the world and contain them in a short matter of time. This ensures a minimal impact to his clients day to day operations.
Bill has over 18 years of experience in Information Security. He has worked both on the offensive and defensive side of security as well as having operational experience in CISO roles in industry. He was worked on some of the largest breaches in the world and within all industry sectors from Defense, Government and Commercial Organizations helping defend them while they are under massive sustained active attack.
He has written many whitepapers/ blogs on the topic, his latest relating to issues with Cisco Routers.
Bill has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he specialized in advanced cryptography, and holds industry certifications.
McKinsey & Company
Tomas is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company.
He has 10 years of experience helping clients design and deliver large digital transformation programmes. He is currently focused on helping financial service firms redesign their core customer journeys - delivering radically improved customer experiences while reducing operating costs.
Prior to working in consulting he established, built and sold a web hosting business.
Dr. Hossein Kakavand
Angus Knowles-Cutler is London Senior Partner at Deloitte and leads their relationships with the city's major bodies, politicians and opinion formers. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Senior Advisory Group on the Economic Plan for London.
Angus also leads London Futures, part of Deloitte’s UK Futures programme which focuses on national and regional economic growth. His most recent report, ‘Agiletown: the relentless march of technology and London’s response’ explores the challenges and opportunities automation will bring to London and also to the UK in the next ten to twenty years. In collaboration with Oxford University, the study predicts that up to thirty percent of today’s London jobs will be replaced by technology but also finds that new roles will more than compensate for this in the capital. However, it finds jobs that currently pay £30,000 or less are eight times more vulnerable than those that pay £100,000 or more. The work has generated much political and media interest.
Other London Futures research has identified the city as clear global leader in high skills sectors and also employment.
Beyond his London senior partner role, Angus is head of Deloitte’s Transaction Services practice. He has personally worked on over 150 M&A transactions in the last thirty years.
Senior Software Engineer
Kristjan Korjus is the machine learning team lead at Starship Technologies, responsible for making their autonomous delivery robots intelligent.
In his spare time, Kristjan led a successful GitHub project where they were first to replicate the notorious Atari playing AI by DeepMind and he is also co-author of the 3rd best selling book in Estonia in 2014 "Bedside Reading About Mathematics".
He is finishing a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and holds a first class master's degree in mathematics from The University of Manchester.
Director of Digital Policy, EMEA
Cornelia Kutterer leads Microsoft's digital policy strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, focusing on issues related to the digital economy, the single market, and connectivity, as well as media and consumer laws. Prior to this, she represented Microsoft on privacy and security matters at an EU institutional level.
She has long-standing experience in information society and internet policies and represents Microsoft in various trade organizations.
Cornelia was previously Head of the Legal Department and Senior Legal Advisor at BEUC, the European consumer organization. She also has experience within a top 10 law firm in the fields of competition law and regulatory affairs, and in a German trade organization.
She began her career in 1997, as political advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament. Cornelia Kutterer is a qualified lawyer in Germany, and holds a master's degree in information technology and telecommunication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau (Germany), Porto (Portugal), Hamburg (Germany) and Strathclyde (UK).
Alastair Lukies CBE
Prime Minister's Business Ambassador for FinTech & Chairman
Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s globally FinTech industry.
He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE's AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1500 staff on four continents.
In January 2014, Alastair was first appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and today acts as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.
Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.
Managing Director, Head of Specialist Lenders and FinTech Solutions
Rory McHugh heads the Structured Finance and Automated Treasury Solutions team at RBS with an extensive track record of providing clients with innovative risk management and financing solutions.
Rory is closely involved with the development of RBS’ automated product offering for Financial Institutions, Specialist and Marketplace Lending, including the award-winning MicroRates platform – part of RBS’ automated financing and risk management toolkit.
Rory joined RBS in 2010 and has wide-ranging experience in a range of buy-side, structuring and issuer roles across securitisation, financing and derivatives.
Prior to his current role as Managing Director at RBS, Rory was Head of Structured Finance at UK mortgage issuer Bradford and Bingley, worked in the Securitisation team at Barclays Capital and spent time on the buy side at BW Bank Ireland. Rory holds a Bachelors in International Commerce and a Masters in Finance from University College Dublin and was awarded the CFA charter in 2004.
Sam Millar is an investigations specialist. Over the last three years, he has investigated complex cyber/data breach incidents for companies in the financial services, gambling and energy sectors.
He is the co-author of a book to be published by Legend in November 2016 on "Managing Cybersecurity Risk" and a frequent speaker at Data security conferences and seminars.
Dr. Chris Moore
ICT Technology Specialist
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
Chris is a Technology Sector Specialist at UK trade and Investment, working in the Technology Investment Team. In this role he assists ICT companies to establish a presence in the UK.
Immediately prior to this role, he spent nearly 2 years working in the Tech City Investment Organisation where he assisted large and small creative, digital and technology companies based outside of the UK to set-up in London’s Tech City. Chris specialises in the IT, Software, Digital Media, Printing and Security sectors, with specific interests in cloud computing, big data analytics, data centres and cyber security.
Chris was also the Programme Architect for UKTI’s Global Graduate Entrepreneurs (Sirius) Programme which aimed to attract entrepreneurial talent from around the world to set-up new businesses in the UK.
Chris has over 25 years' experience in industry, working in research, technology development management, manufacturing and marketing in the USA and Europe. He has experience covering knowledge transfer, innovation, Intellectual Property assessment, engagement with early-stage companies, the VC community and developing routes to market. Prior to joining UKTI Chris was Director of Venture Capital and University Investments for Kodak (Europe), where he identified and assessed more than 200 early-stage technology company opportunities. He has also advised other multinationals on setting-up Open Innovation infrastructures and acted as a technology scout on a consultancy basis. Chris has been responsible for 24 patents and holds a PhD in Chemistry.
IPSE - the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed
Annette has a broad range of public and private board experience and currently holds a number of Directorships. She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Maintel Holdings plc, an AIM listed unified communications services business. She is on also on the board of IPSE, the Association of Independent professionals and the Self Employed.
She is on the Advisory Board of the National Media Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, and a Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) Ltd, an events and networking group.
Annette previously held positions with ING Barings and the PA Consulting Group. Annette holds an MA from Oxford University and a Doctorate from the University of Dijon.
Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, UK Chapter
Anoop Nathwani is an experienced and passionate business-centric senior Alliances and Partnerships professional. With a strong pedigree in partnering, he has extensive experience in developing and delivering strategic, ground-breaking business development initiatives through Alliances and Partnerships of all types and in several industry verticals and PE backed firms.
Operating at strategic and execution levels, he has delivered multibillion-pound business development opportunities. He has also developed and managed global alliance centres of excellences for companies such as Nokia.
Major partners have included: Google, Yahoo, IBM, Vodafone, Barclays, Worldpay, NATS and Accenture. This is only a very small selection, but partners typically work in telecommunications, technology, professional services and energy.
Today’s business climate is fraught with complexity, with high proliferation of digital services. Customers are demanding more from organisations.
His toolkit consists of strategic leadership capability which extends to leading individuals across various organisations to work together to deliver mutually beneficial, commercial arrangements.
Anoop is also the President of the UK Chapter of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), which is the only professional body in the world aimed at promoting and elevating the partnering professionals. Partnering is in his DNA!
Frequently, he is invited to deliver presentations on Alliances and Partnerships and is a co-author of a strategy paper entitled ‘Alliances: Maximising success or minimising failure - the underlying motivations’.
Agcom, Italian Communications Regulatory Authority
Antonio Nicita is Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) and Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at Sapienza University of Rome. He has been Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena and Visiting Fulbright Professor at Yale University.
In 2005-06 he was a Non Governmental Adviser of International Competition Network (ICN) for the report on telecommunications sector.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, European Association of Law and Economics and of the International Society for New Istitutional Economics (ISNIE).
In 2006-07 he was an economic adviser to the Italian Minister of Communications and member of the Governamental Unit for the Improvement of Regulation. He was Economic Adviser for the 2009 OECD Regulatory Report on Italy.
He holds a Ph.D in Economics form the University of Siena, Italy. His research interests cover Industrial organization, Law and Economics, Competition Economics and Regulation.
Mark O'Conor is experienced in all aspects of IT law, majoring on public procurement, IT in the financial services sector and cloud issues.
Mark has advised technology suppliers, startups, content providers and public sector bodies on deals ranging from credit card processing outsourcing and online auctions to the creation of standard suites of agreements and digital transformation. Mark is the Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law.
Recently outgoing Senior Vice President and General Counsel
David Pahl joined DLA Piper's Media, Sport and Entertainment practice early in 2016 as a senior counsel in New York.
Most recently Chief Counsel of ESPN, he retired from ESPN after having led a team of 40 attorneys and staff from offices in Bristol, Connecticut, New York City, London, Buenos Aires, São Paolo and Mexico City. In addition to overseeing all of ESPN's legal affairs, David was involved in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of transactions for cable, satellite and content licensing; event and programming acquisition and licensing; event staging; major equipment and facilities acquisitions; advertising and sponsorship; and talent retention. He has also advised on legal issues associated with new network launches.
Recognised as one of the most respected executives in the sports industry, David has been integral to the growth of one of the world's iconic sports brands over a long and distinguished career. In the litigation arena, David has provided counseling and litigation management on copyright, trademark and rights of publicity infringement and licensing, as well as libel, defamation and First Amendment issues. He joined ESPN as an assistant general counsel in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become Chief Counsel in 1996. Earlier, he had been an associate with various law firms and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree from Beloit College.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Joel Perlman is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of OakNorth Bank, the Bank for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs. OakNorth received its banking license in 2015, has raised over USD 80m in capital, and has lent over GBP 160m in the last 10 months. It is the first bank in the UK to put its core system in the cloud.
Joel previously co-founded Copal Amba, an outsourced research company, and served as President for 12 years. During his time building Copal Amba, it grew to become 2,500 employees globally and was acquired by Moody’s Corporation in 2014.
Joel began his career at McKinsey & Company and has degrees from the London School of Economics and Georgetown University.
Sanjay Pradhan is the UK lead for IoT solutions at Salesforce. He is responsible for helping customers develop IoT strategy around connecting products to drive customer engagement.
He has a wealth of experience in the area of mobile, customer and user experience and has helped numerous mid tier and enterprise customer realise their digital ambitions. Sanjay has held various roles both technical and strategic to help customers define pragmatic roadmaps and deliver technical solutions to drive digital value.
At Salesforce Sanjay is leading the charge in how customers can leverage connected services to deliver superior Sales, Service and Marketing opportunities.
GCHQ Senior Exec.
Gareth Stokes helps clients make the most of new technologies.
Given the rapid adoption of transformative technologies it is easy for today's cutting edge technology to end up lagging behind the curve within the typical lifespan of most IT services contracts.
By building innovation and technology change into the DNA of the deals he works on, Gareth protects his clients from falling behind.
Recently he has worked on projects as diverse as blockchain-based secure payment systems for major clearing banks, secure video-enabled mobile apps for loss adjusters, and a number of artificial intelligence projects in the financial services and insurance sectors.
Senior Managing Counsel (EMEA)
Ian is Senior Managing Counsel for Intel Capital in EMEA, responsible for minority investments in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment and M&A organization, backs innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$11.7 billion in 1,445 companies in 57 countries. In that timeframe, 212 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world, and 383 were acquired or participated in a merger.
Ian and his team support investment managers located throughout EMEA and a current investment portfolio which has companies in more than 20 countries.
Ian joined Intel in 2000 and graduated from Oxford University with an MA.
Rene Summer is a Director of Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson Group primarily occupied with developing positive long term conditions in the global ICT sector, shaping Ericsson’s policy thought leadership and develops constructive long term relationships with key policy makers.
He travels frequently to meet policy makers and regulators in LATAM, Europe, MEA and Asia. He has been appointed by the Government of Sweden as expert advisor for the Swedish Digitalisation Commission and has been advising several governments in informal capacities on ICT policies.
He is also a frequent public speaker on ICT policies.
Previously, he held various, business development, market analysis, pre-sale and strategic assignments across different Ericsson Business and Market Units, including Director Sales Strategies and Senior Market Analyst.
Before joining Ericsson, he was working as a consultant at large US based IT Company as well as Swedish Telecom Software SME.
He has board experience from Internet Industry Association of Australia and from being a member of different working groups of various industry associations and government appointed working groups.
He holds an MSc degree from Reading University UK in International Business and Finance with expertise in Business Strategy, Economic Policy and Financial Markets.
Mike Sutcliff is group chief executive of Accenture Digital, which integrates digital assets, software and services across digital marketing, analytics and mobility to help clients drive growth and create new sources of value.
In his role, Mike focuses on leveraging the full breadth and scale of Accenture's cloud, systems integration and enterprise application capabilities - and its global delivery network - to help clients integrate digital into all facets of their organizations to transform their businesses.
Specifically, he speaks to clients, media and industry analysts to position the digital difference and the opportunities it brings to improved business performance. Mike sees two major themes driving the digital market: Digital Customers, Channels, and Markets, including designing and enabling improved multi-channel customer experiences, digital customer interactions, digital sales, and digital channel distribution capabilities; and Digital Enterprise, enabling new operating models and business processes, connected product platforms, analytics and collaboration capabilities to enhance productivity.
He oversees a global team of 30,000 people who provide a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology services, from developing digital strategies to implementing digital technologies and running digital processes on behalf of clients. Mike is also a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mike was senior managing director of Accenture's Financial Services business in North America, with broad responsibility for the group's strategy, client relationships and financial performance. Between 2000 and 2005, he led Accenture's Finance and Performance Management global service line.
Mike joined Accenture in 1987 and was named a partner in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical/computer engineering and a Master of Science degree in business from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Executive Director of Transformation
Johan, Executive Director of Transformation at IPsoft, is making it his life ambition to evangelize and create self-learning and self-healing expert systems that liberate talent and imagination for a more efficient management of businesses in the 21st century, infused by Digital Labor.
Prior to joining IPsoft, Johan was a customer of IPsoft, pioneering the robotic transformation within Europe's Management Service Providers. With a career spanning over 30 years, Johan’s previous work experiences include both CIO, CTO and Management Consultant roles for leading international organizations with the establishment of support organizations in high-tech companies as specialty.
When he’s not finding ways for cognitive technologies to enrich human experiences, Johan is trying to keep pace with his two kids.
Previously Senior Director at Microsoft, Dr. Ken Urquhart has a proven track record of success in envisioning and managing the development of cutting-edge new products that align customer needs, business goals and technology solutions.
Rob is a Director of Manifesto, the Growth Architects. Manifesto are strategic consultants who get stuff done. They help clients to build better propositions and experiences for their customers that deliver growth.
He has supported a variety of large and small businesses in defining, prioritising and executing customer led transformations that capitalise on the opportunities presented through Digital and Data. He is experienced in the practicalities of delivering tangible value to maintain traction throughout an organisation around a transformative vision.
Rob is presently working extensively within the Media & Entertainment sector helping several UK, European and Global organisations to navigate the rapidly changing customer dynamics and economics of this industry. Rob is also well versed in how Digital is transforming the Utilities, Insurance, Telco, Retail, Creative, Pharmaceuticals and B2B industries. He previously held senior Digital positions within Accenture and Ogilvy and was formerly a member of WPP’s Digital Council.
Prof. dr. Patrick van Eecke
Prof. dr. Patrick Van Eecke is an International Partner in DLA Piper’s Brussels office and global co-chair of DLA Piper's Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice. He has over 20 years of international legal experience in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He focuses on privacy and data protection issues and advises on the legal impact of big data, cloud computing and Internet of Things.
Patrick assists clients on a wide range of topics on a national or multi-jurisdictional basis, including creating in-house data-protection policies, advising on law-compliant communications and the transfer of personal data, drafting contracts and assessing privacy-enhancing technologies. He advises on the data-protection aspects of database sales, notification of databases with the national data protection authorities, trans-border data flow agreements, binding corporate rules, adherence to the Safe Harbour Agreement, consent forms for personal data collection, data-protection codes for employees, data subject access requests, the definition of personal data for the purposes of transferring medical data to the United States, and website privacy policies.
Since 2014, he is appointed as the data protection officer of the University of Antwerp and is chairman of the university's Advisory Council on personal data protection.
Nico van Eijk
University of Amsterdam
Nico van Eijk is Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate on government interference with broadcasting from the University of Amsterdam.
Among other things, he is the Chairman of the Dutch Federation for Media and Communications Law (Vereniging voor Media- en Communicatierecht, VMC), chairman of a committee on Paid Electronic Information Services of The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), member of the 'knowledge circle' of the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD) and member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW).
Carla Van Steenbergen
Carla Van Steenbergen joined Materialise in 2003 as Legal Counsel.
As the company’s sole lawyer until 2008, Carla quickly became versed in the opportunities and challenges related to 3D printing. Striving not to be an ivory‐tower‐legal‐counsel, Carla applied a working method of first trying to understand the wild ideas of her colleagues with the aim of striking the right balance between what they wanted and what was feasible (from legal point of view).
With her wealth of knowledge about the company and industry, Carla has also joined Materialise’s Executive Committee in addition to being Secretary to the Board of Directors. Her passion for the company and what it stands for - a better and healthier world aided by 3D printing - has recently seen her take a more public position as well. She has become one of the companies’ spokespeople, explaining the activities of the company, the unique benefits of 3D printing technology and the challenges faced by those in the industry.
Head of Insight and Futures
Wilson leads the Institute’s research department and is responsible for developing its futures and horizon scanning capability. He represents the UK on human capital metrics at ISO/TC260 (HR Standards) and is independent Chair of the Human Capital Standards Committee at the BSI. His career has spanned academia, corporate finance and national development policy.
Wilson’s PhD in Economic Psychology (Behavioral Economics) was on opportunity recognition. He’s on the Editorial Board of HRDQ and International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research. A member of the International Association of Applied Psychology and an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, he was called to the Bar in 1990.
*The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. Founded more than 100 years ago, and constituted by Royal Charter, the CIPD is independent and not-for-profit. It is the voice of a worldwide community of about 140,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives.
Chairman and a founding Partner
Møller PSF Group
Des is the Chairman and a founding Partner of the Møller PSF Group. He works with the leaders of global and domestic professional services firms in the development of strategy and leadership. Des has an international reputation in the development of high performance team working. He has designed and run strategically aligned leadership and client relationship programmes on a global scale across many market sectors. Areas include legal services, accounting and consulting professional services and within retail, telecoms and hi-tech sectors.
Des is a member of the Executive Education faculty at both the Judge Business School and the Møller Centre, Cambridge. He has a number of on-going research projects within the PSF market, focussed primarily on the strategies of firms, the business development tactics of rainmakers and the attitudes and behaviour of clients who buy professional services.
An organisational psychologist by background, Des was the head of professional and organisational development at Linklaters, a leading global law firm. Previously, he spent many years with Ernst & Young, a global accounting and consulting firm. He was variously the HR director, head of O.D. and head of learning for the firm. He has also held senior roles and directorships with a number of large retail and telecoms businesses.
Senior Director Emerging Solutions and Innovation Group EMEA
Peter Wüst has a profound knowledge of database products and is an expert in storage grids, virtualization and high availability.
In December 2015, Peter was appointed as Director of Cloud & Alliances EMEA, NetApp. He is responsible for the new platforms and solutions. This includes the global strategic alliance partners as well as the go to market for the cloud business and SPs in EMEA.
3rd platform, Analytics, OpenStack, Containers, Converged Infrastructure and Cloud are key elements that the team is driving in EMEA.
In 2015, he did take ownership on the Cloud & Alliances business in CEMA (Central Europe, Middle East and Africa and Russia).
In May 2012, Peter was appointed as Director of Strategic Pathways, NetApp. He was responsible for the management of all strategic alliances with manufacturers as well as the support of Global System Integrators and Service Providers in Germany. Furthermore, the strategic topic "Big Data" lies within his responsibility.
In 2010 Peter held the position of Sales Director, Germany and was responsible for NetApp´s entire sales business in Germany
Before this, he was Director of Systems Engineering and was in charge of the technical sales for NetApp.
Peter Wüst holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and started his IT career at a company that developed industry software based on Oracle technology. From 2000 he became a member of the executive team and responsible for a subsidiary focused on web applications and business process mapping with the help of Internet technologies.