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Innovate from within

With Dr Amanda Goodall, Cass Business School and Natasha Maw, Quattrain

How do leaders contribute to innovation in the organisation and the self? In this talk, experts present hard data on the role that CEOs and managers play in creating the right environment for innovation to flourish, and examine the soft skills necessary to foster innovation from the inside.

The future is fast: lessons from Formula 1

With Dr Paolo Aversa, Cass Business School

When is the optimal moment to pioneer an innovation? Companies are competing in ever changing environments and markets are increasingly more dynamic and volatile. New technologies suddenly arrive and disrupt industry standards, new business models emerge, and interconnectedness turns local phenomena into global megatrends.

In such growing complexity, striking the ideal moment to launch an innovation in the market is one of the most challenging decisions an executive can face. This session leverages research and examples from Formula 1 racing to understand external changes and help identify the optimal moment to pioneer innovation.

Are entrepreneurs born or made?

With Professor Vangelis Souitaris, Cass Business School

What role does ‘nature versus nurture’ play in entrepreneurship? In this session, Professor Vangelis will share his insights using his extensive years of research and empirical data to consider what role education plays in developing today’s entrepreneurs.

Paradoxes of innovation: leading through tensions of creativity, product development and change

With Professor Marianne Lewis, Cass Business School

As uncertainty and change intensify, so do the innovation tensions experienced in organisations. How do leaders ensure that their organisations excel at leveraging existing capabilities today and radical innovation that enables tomorrow? How do they shape market disruption, without undermining their current products? How do they build global integration and scale, as they meet diverse and dynamic local needs?

Faced with such tensions, managers can become defensive and even paralysed, approaching competing demands as trade-offs to prioritise one side and sacrifice the other.

Through two decades of research, Professor Marianne Lewis has found that a ‘paradox mind-set’ helps leaders to not only cope in this environment but to thrive. She will share insights and examples of paradoxical leadership as well as the downsides to mismanaging tensions.


Innovation in social businesses

With Mark Salway, Cass Business School and Sarah Ramsey,  For.Good Network

When setting up or running social purpose organisations, there is a real tension between head and heart. That is especially true for charities, social enterprises and profit with purpose businesses whose intent is to generate money and also create social returns.

This workshop draws on Cass CCE’s recent report on social investment (‘Social investment as a new charity finance tool: using head and heart’) to explore this tension. You can also learn the methodology to develop your own social purpose business.

Exploring AI, algorithms and ethics

With Sarah Rench, EY

In this session find out what exactly is AI and machine learning and discover examples of where this new technology is being used. Explore the impact of increasing amounts of data and use of algorithms and machine learning to process it. Consider the ethics and implications of using AI and machine learning and where you can learn how to programme and develop your own AI.

How to build meaningful networks?

With Dr Santi Furnari, Cass Business School

Overwhelming evidence shows that professional networking is crucial for career advancement, new business generation, and collaboration within and outside organisations. Yet, networking for business can also feel instrumental and ‘unauthentic’. So what is the right networking style to build productive and meaningful professional relationships? In this workshop, learn about networking styles and practise the principles of relational networking – a meaningful and more learning-oriented style than traditional transactional networking.

Raising capital through cryptocurrency

With Greg Jarzabek, Lukasz Rzeczkowski and Radek Kukula, Trustedoctor

In this session, you’ll learn more about ICOs (initial coin offerings) and why you might decide to raise capital this way. The founders of Trustedoctor will be on hand to talk about their own experiences in raising funds through an ICO and discuss the pros and cons of this method versus other methods such as venture capital, angel investment and crowdfunding.


In conversation with Laura Degiovanni & Becky Downing

Laura Degiovanni, serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of TiiQu - The Trust Quotient and Becky Downing, CEO and founder of buzzvault, will be interviewed by Prasana Murthi, Head of Product (Hybrid Brain) at Receipt Bank and Cass MBA alumnus.

In conversation with Jessica Butcher MBA

Jessica Butcher MBE, co-founder of Blippar and award-winning entrepreneur, will be interviewed by Professor Costas Andriopoulos, Cass Business School.

In conversation with Julia Hobsbawm OBE

Julia Hobsbawm OBE, the founder of Editorial Intelligence, author and speaker, will be interviewed by Professor Cliff Oswick, Cass Business School.

In conversation with José Ignacio Valenzuela

Healthtech entrepreneur Dr José Ignacio Valenzuela will be interviewed by Dr Annelore Huyghe, Cass Business School.

Panels (in partnership with Thomson Reuters)

The workplace of the future

Co-working and collaborative practices have changed our work context of the last years, but what and how does space contribute to a changing work environment and organisational context for knowledge work today?

In this session, the panel will seek answers to important questions such as: what is really new in co-working spaces, compared to traditional organisational workspaces? How do businesses and work practices change in co-working spaces?


  • Jason Choy, Welcome Gate
  • Professor Stefan Haefliger, Cass Business School
  • Lucinda Kelly, Popertee
  • Lynne Robertson, Santander


  • Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Smart Cities

In this session, you’ll hear from the people who are at the forefront of urban innovation and discover how smart cities are using information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.


  • Peter Cooper, McKinsey & Company
  • Professor Feng Li, Cass Business School
  • Naomi Matthewman, Pavegen
  • Dama Sathianathan, Bethnal Green Ventures
  • Stefan Webb, Catapult Future Cities


  • Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Tech for Good: social enterprise business models

This session focuses on technology for the greater good. The panellists will explore themes around the principles of business model innovation, what factors should be considered to effectively reconcile social objectives and financial and how technology can contribute to this endeavour.

There will be case studies and real-world examples demonstrating how these principles have been put into practice and how organisations have overcome the challenges they’ve encountered. The session will also reflect on how policy plays its part in the wider discussion.


  • Simon Bransfield-Garth, Azuri Technologies
  • Hajdi Cenan, DRAP and vHealth Labs
  • Dr Sam Kamuriwo, Cass Business School
  • Emeka Obiodu, GSMA
  • Jean-Marc Stenger, Gravity


  • Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Demystifying FinTech

What is FinTech? Originally, the term applied to technology applied to the back-end of established consumer and trade financial institutions, but times have changed and now FinTech includes any technological innovation in the financial sector, including innovations in financial literacy and education, retail banking, investment and even crypto-currencies like bitcoin.

In this session, you’ll hear from and speak to the people working in the industries at the forefront of FinTech’s expanding frontier and leave with a clearer understanding of what this exciting world has to offer.


  • Megan Caywood, Starling Bank
  • Ruth Doubleday, Monzo
  • Iqbal Gandham, eToro
  • Zihao Xu, Octopus Ventures


  • Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters