Keynote speaker

Tom Ilube CBE

Tom Ilube is the founder and CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity, a technology company that works with Universities invested in cybersecurity research to bring their cutting-edge ideas into the commercial world.

As a tech entrepreneur, Tom has been successful in building companies such as the internet bank Egg, where he was part of the founding team as Chief Information Officer. Previously, he founded Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, which he sold to Experian in 2011. During his tenure as CEO, he persuaded Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, to join his board of advisers.

As an educational philanthropist, he launched the African Science Academy in Ghana – now the leading girl’s science and technology school in Africa. Tom is Chair of Governors of ADA College, the UK's National College for Digital Skills. He is also Chair of the African Gifted Foundation and was founding Chair of Hammersmith Academy. Tom was named as the most influential person of African and Caribbean heritage in the Powerlist 2017, and in the same year, Tom was appointed as a non-executive director of the BBC.

Tom is a Cass MBA alumnus and honorary graduate. He was awarded a CBE for services to Technology and Philanthropy in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2018.

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Twitter: @tomilube


Paolo Aversa

Dr Paolo Aversa is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy at Cass Business School and Course Director of the Full-Time MBA. He is considered one of the leading academic experts in the motorsport industry and his empirical fields of research are often based on Formula 1, motorcycles, and automotive.

Paolo is a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, a Fellow of the Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation (CAMI) at University Ca' Foscari in Venice, and Research Fellow at the Center for Sport and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics. Paolo has been widely published in academic journals and practitioner outlets, and he is a regular media commentator.

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Twitter: @aversapaolo

Amanda Goodall

Dr Amanda Goodall is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Management at Cass Business School. Her research looks at the relationship between leadership and organisational performance, showing that leaders who are experts in the core business are strongly associated with better organisational performance. Amanda also works on the gender gap in pay and promotions.

Amanda is the co-creator of Executive Masters in Medical Leadership and a research fellow at Cornell University, Zurich University and Yale. Amanda has been widely published in academic journals and practitioner outlets, and she is a regular media commentator.

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Twitter: @AmandaGoodall1

Marianne Lewis

Marianne W. Lewis is Dean of Cass Business School and Professor of Management. She is an international thought leader in the field of leadership and organisational paradoxes examining how change and complexity accentuate tensions – competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds. Her research applies a provocative paradox lens to such domains as organisational change, governance, and innovation, and appears in the leading management journals

Professor Lewis was a UK Fulbright in 2014 and is currently completing two, related books. Her paper, 'Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide' received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award and is among the most cited in the field. She joined Cass after a decade as associate dean at the University of Cincinnati, having earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky, and her MBA from Indiana University.

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Twitter: @MarianneWLewis

Natasha Maw

Natasha Maw is a leadership trainer and executive coach with a background in broadcast journalism. While working at the BBC, she co-developed the BBC Creative Leadership Course that was rolled out across the organisation. She has worked in several public and private sector organisations helping experts to develop as leaders.

Natasha is a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School where she teaches Personal Leadership Development for Experts and Professionals on the Executive Masters in Medical Leadership. She uses a coaching approach in her work with leaders with an emphasis on self-reflection, collaboration and applied project-based learning. Natasha is a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and a member of the Association for Coaching.

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Vangelis Souitaris

Vangelis Souitaris is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. He joined Cass in 2004 and founded the Entrepreneurship group at the school. and he is the current subject-group leader. He is a Fellow of the RSA and was named as one of the top global 100 entrepreneurship professors in 2015.

Vangelis specialises in behavioural and social aspects of technology entrepreneurship. His behavioural portfolio includes studies on entrepreneurial inspiration, polychronicity, analysis versus intuition, halo effects, and escalation of commitment. Vangelis brings his expertise to practice by advising large technology business and small tech startups that spin-out from engineering universities.

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Twitter: @Souitaris


Santi Furnari

Dr Santi Furnari is Associate Professor of Strategy (Reader) and Director of the Centre for Research in Corporate Governance at Cass Business School. His research focuses on the emergence of new industries and new work practices, the design of business models, and social networking and collaboration. His research has been published in world-leading academic journals.

Santi has designed and delivered several Executive Education and Strategic Leadership programmes for international corporations, including global banks, global executive search firms, and high-profile UK media and manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Cass, he was an IRI Foundation Fellow at the University of Chicago.

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Greg Jarzabek

Greg Jarzabek is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Trustedoctor, a social enterprise that provides access to trustworthy and borderless healthcare advice to help patients and their families in the fight against cancer. Greg’s mother died of cancer, an event which drove him to put his full energy into founding the Trustedoctor network.

He gained extensive experience in the financial services industry. He has worked and studied in many countries and is an alumnus of Harvard, ESCP and Warsaw School of Economics.

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Radek Kukula

Radek Kukula is the Chief Operations Officer of Trustedoctor, a social enterprise that provides access to trustworthy and borderless healthcare advice to help patients and their families in the fight against cancer.

Radek is a Cass MBA alumnus and a holds a Master's degree from Warsaw School of Economics. In the past, he worked as a commodity trader in the City of London as well as a strategy manager in a private health clinic in Poland. He was brought up in a family of doctors. Radek is responsible for operations at Trustedoctor.

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Sarah Ramsey

Sarah Ramsey is a Cass Consultant and Founder of ForGood.Network, whose focus is on building innovative, agile and sustainable social businesses. Working with a diverse range of organisations from start-up through to maturity and transformation, current projects include business model design and financing for a transformative environmental project, COO of a global social enterprise that empowers young women, and strategic advisor for a social impact technology platform.

Passionate about working with international social enterprises, charities and NGOs to help them achieve their goals, particular themes throughout Sarah's career include social leadership, multi-sector partnerships, and technology.

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Sarah Rench

Sarah Rench is a Senior Manager in the advanced analytics, robotics and AI division at EY and manages global teams to deliver AI solutions for financial service clients. She currently leads developing the ‘Data Quality & Machine Learning Tool and EY Algorithm Library’ using machine learning algorithms to solve client data quality problems across various business sectors. She has experience carrying out AI due diligence and previously worked for IPsoft delivering virtual agents with NLP, machine learning and RPA capabilities.

She is a TechWomen50 Award Winner and nominee for Future Star in AI award, TedX Speaker and on the advisory board for the Artificial Intelligence All-Party Parliamentary Group supporting MPs and businesses to evaluate the impact and implications of AI on the UK.

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Twitter: @sarahlrench

Lukasz Rzeczkowski

Lukasz Rzeczkowski is Chief Development Officer and co-founder of Trustedoctor, a social enterprise that provides access to trustworthy and borderless healthcare advice to help patients and their families in the fight against cancer.  Serious medical problems in his family became his personal calling into the Trustedoctor project.

He is a business development specialist with a background in finance and management consulting. An alumnus of the London School of Economics, Warwick and UWC Poland, he leads various non-for-profit organisations.

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Mark Salway

Mark Salway joined the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE) at Cass Business School, as Director of Social Finance in 2014, and changed to Director of Sustainable Finance in 2017 to better acknowledge his true role. He has focused on developing social businesses, social investment and innovation in charities. His work concentrates on how people can use these tools to create more sustainable organisations.

Mark has worked for both small and large charities across the UK and internationally, as well as, commercial organisations. He has personally been involved in establishing Lendwithcare – an online peer to peer lending platform. Mark is a practical academic who is passionate about creating impact for the poorest.

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Costas Andriopoulos

Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Cass Business School in September 2014. Before joining Cass, he held a Chair in Strategy at Cardiff Business School, and, prior to that held posts at Brunel Business School, University of Aberdeen Business School and the University of Strathclyde Business School. His main research interests focus on how organisational paradoxes enable innovation in the face of changing technological environment.

Costas is an award-winning teacher. He has taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage organisational change and innovation, high-performing teams, entrepreneurial/design thinking, strategic paradoxes and breakthrough innovation.

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Twitter: @candriopoulos

Jessica Butcher MBE

Jessica Butcher is an entrepreneur who co-founded Blippar, a leading computer vision and augmented reality technology platform. Blippar was funded to the tune of over $100 million in 2017 and ranked within CNBC’s global ‘Disruptor 50’ list alongside the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat and Spotify.

Jessica is the recipient of numerous entrepreneur and tech awards including BBC’s Top 100 Women and Fortune’s Most Powerful female entrepreneurs and is a passionate start-up mentor, public speaker and writer. She was awarded an MBE for services to digital technology and entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.

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Twitter: @jessbutcher

Laura Degiovanni

Laura Degiovanni is CEO of TiiQu, a platform that uses blockchain technology to create an immutable digital ‘passport’ as verified proof of an individual’s professional trustworthiness. Laura possesses years of business and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to starting TiiQu, she worked in her family’s retail business before launching her own franchise with 23 stores across Italy.

The idea for TiiQu was born when Laura had the idea of an “Airbnb style of consultancy”, envisioning accountable individuals who would be enabled to choose work fitting their values. She then paired this with the concepts of blockchain technology which matched her vision of the future of work.

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Twitter: @degiolaura

Becky Downing

Becky Downing is the CEO and founder of buzzvault, the world’s first digital asset vault built on the blockchain. By making it effortless for customers to securely catalogue their possessions, all from the convenience of their mobiles, buzzvault is creating a new kind of home insurance: transparent, data-rich and tailored perfectly to customers' needs.

Already recognised by TechCity Insider in 2015 as ‘One of the 200 Most Influential People in Tech (UK)’, she won 2017's Connecticut County VentureClash competition and, most recently, the prestigious DIAmond Award at the Digital Insurance Agenda in Amsterdam in May 2018. Prior to founding buzzvault, Becky worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at top City law firms.

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Twitter: @BeckyDowning1

Julia Hobsbawm OBE

Julia Hobsbawm OBE is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. She defined Social Health as the antidote to the 'Age of Overload' for businesses, government and individuals. Her new book has been shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s Management 'Book of The Year; and for 'Business Book of the Year'. Julia regularly consults, writes, teaches, and gives speeches and workshops on the topic.

Julia is also a broadcaster and has written and presented two series for BBC Radio 4 and regularly appears on television and radio networks and podcasts. Julia was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2015.

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Twitter: @juliahobsbawm

Annelore Huyghe

Dr Annelore Huyghe is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School since 2017. Previously, she worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. Her research interests include consequences of passion in entrepreneurship, role and identity dynamics in collective action, and drivers and processes of research commercialization, and her work has been published in the leading journals in her field.

Her scholarly activities have received international recognition, such as Best Paper Award at ACERE Conference 2015 and Distinguished Reviewer Award from the AOM Entrepreneurship Division in 2014. Annelore currently teaches courses in entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate and MBA level.

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Twitter: @annelorehuyghe

Prasana Murthi

Prasana Murthi is a product leader within Big Data and AI world and heads Artificial Intelligence product line in Receipt Bank, a London based global Fintech firm. Previously, he worked in a similar capacity at Gamesys and has led products and tech in IBM, Cap Gemini, Nokia. Prasana is passionate about innovation and creativity within the digital landscape. In his 18 year career spanning from dotcom boom/burst to re-emergence of AI, Prasana has worked closely with industry veterans in key global companies. His current passion is to drive innovation through value creation and realisation via emerging technology in Fintech industry vertical.

Prasana holds an Executive MBA from Cass, MSc in Technology Management from Lancaster Management School (LUMS) and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from CEG.

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Twitter: @prasanamurthi

Cliff Oswick

Cliff Oswick is Professor in Organisation Theory at Cass Business School. His research focuses on the application of aspects of discourse, dramaturgy, tropes, narrative and rhetoric to the study of organisations and organising. He is particularly interested in the study of leadership processes, employee engagement, and organisational change. He has published over 120 academic articles and is the European Editor for the Journal of Organizational Change Management and Associate Editor for the Journal of Change Management.

Cliff is a co-director of ICROD and a member of the CIPD. He is also the chair of the board of trustees for The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and a member of the Executive Board of the Organisation Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.

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José Ignacio Valenzuela

José Ignacio Valenzuela a doctor and a pioneer of Health Informatics in Latin America. His work led to the first health eLearning programme in the country, the creation of ‘Doctor Chat,’ the first medical orientation service in Latin America, as well as the first Center for Telehealth. He has consulted for the Ministry of Health and was formerly a member of the National Council for Science, Technology & Innovation.

José's contributions have been recognised internationally with multiple awards such as the NHS Professional Award in IM&T and the 2018 Global UK Alumni Award by the British Council. Currently, José acts as the Director of Biomedical Informatics at Universidad El Bosque in Bogota and Head of Medical Affairs for the Andean Region at Bayer. He is an active leader of digital health innovation in his region.

He is also a City University alumnus and holds postgraduate degrees in health management and an MSc in Health Informatics.

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Twitter: @joseival


Simon Bransfield-Garth

Simon Bransfield-Garth is CEO of Azuri Technologies, a commercial provider of pay-as-you-go home solar solutions for off-grid homes in Africa. Azuri has a presence in 12 countries in Africa and continues to innovate and develop home solar products to help bring electricity and modern services to millions without access to power.

Simon has 30 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including semiconductor, automotive and mobile phones. He currently sits on the Governing Council of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), and his career includes 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. Named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Simon is also the founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd and was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University.

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Megan Caywood

Megan Caywood serves as Chief Platform Officer for Starling Bank, a technology company with a banking license that is disrupting finance at its core. With its first funding round of $70 million in January 2016, the company has launched the first mobile-only current account in the U. K. It has also been granted regulatory approval to launch Starling Marketplace, an app-based suite of financial products.

Prior to Starling, she was a product manager in financial technology in San Francisco. She moved to the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa in 2016 to help start Starling, and has since been named on Forbes 30 under 30.

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Twitter: @megancaywood

Hajdi Cenan

Hajdi Cenan is the COO of DRAP, the most-awarded digital marketing/tech/innovation agency in Croatia, as well as the co-founder and COO of vHealth Lab, a HealthTech startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help save lives of cardiac patients. She is also the co-founder of non-profit association PWN Zagreb, part of the larger global network working on promoting gender-balanced leadership.

She started her career in EPH in 2002, the leading media company, where she held numerous positions including Director of sales and marketing and Director of tourism publishing. A regular speaker and panellist at business conferences, she was also named among top 100 most influential Croatian businesswomen and last year nominated for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in Croatia.

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Twitter: @_hajdi

Jason Choy

Jason Choy founded Welcome Gate in 2003 after spotting a gap in the market for clients who needed impartial advice on their physical security system needs. With a background in the commercial property sector, specialising in property and facilities management, he worked on many large-scale projects including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Jason’s passion for sharing ideas with fellow entrepreneurs, Jason co-founded the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors Forum in London and in 2009 was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the G8 Young Business Summit in Italy. He was elected Chairman of the Institute of Directors’ Central London Branch in 2011, representing over 5,000 Directors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of West London.

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Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper blends business with academia, working as an expert in smart cities at McKinsey & Company while holding a PhD in the topic of new digital business models. Peter works with public and private sector leadership to understand emerging urban digital innovations that tackle environmental issues, drive economic growth and improve the quality of citizen life. Peter has also recently been involved in McKinsey’s new Smart Cities report, which reviews 50 global cities on their progress to date.

Peter has spent time at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and IESE Business School. He has earnt recognition as a Royal Academy of Engineering Top 30 Young Engineering Leader, a place in the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Top 3 Graduates of the Year and as a resident guest lecturer at the University of Bristol. Peter also holds a seat on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Alumni Panel and is a member of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Smart Cities.

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Ruth Doubleday

Ruth Doubleday is the Chief Risk Officer at Monzo Bank, a fintech app-only retail bank in the UK which gained its banking licence in 2017.

Prior to joining Monzo, Ruth worked for the UK's Financial Conduct Authority where she held a range of roles, primarily in prudential supervision and most recently leading the Brexit unit. She also spent 3.5 years at the Basel Committee Secretariat in Switzerland setting up the Basel Committee's implementation work (RCAP) and GSIB resolution (TLAC).

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Iqbal Gandham

Iqbal Gandham has almost 20 years of entrepreneurial and business strategy experience, and an in-depth understanding of how to accelerate growth in young, internet-enabled companies. He joined eToro, the world's leading social trading and investment network in 2016 as UK Managing Director, where he is responsible for developing new products and driving growth in the UK.

Previously he was CMO for Nutmeg, the world’s first online investment manager, where he helped take the business from an unknown brand to having over half a billion pounds in assets under management. Having originally trained as a spacecraft engineer, he’s held senior roles in India and the UK as both a technologist and marketer. Previous career achievements include co-founding India’s largest domain registration and web hosting provider Net4India, and helping to take several technology start-ups through to successful listings.

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Twitter: @iqbalgandham

Stefan Haefliger

Stefan Haefliger is Professor of Strategic Management & Innovation at Cass Business School. Stefan focuses on co-creation strategies, knowledge reuse, creation, and design in innovation processes. Prior to joining Cass, Stefan worked as a researcher at ETH Zurich where he is currently affiliated as a faculty member at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics. His work on knowledge reuse and private-collective innovation has contributed to a deeper understanding of the development strategies and practices of open source software developers as well as the entrepreneurial consequences of user innovation.

Stefan’s current research focuses on collaborative innovation as a strategy and a social practice centred around technology determining how members in organisations seek and share information, follow or break rules, communicate and build on each other’s work, and cultivate motivation to strive for excellence in their work.

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Sam Kamuriwo

Dr Sam Kamuriwo is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy at Cass Business School. Before joining Cass in 2007 he had extensive executive-level industry experience in Africa. Sam’s research focus is on strategy and organisational innovation using alliances, networks and acquisitions. His research has been published in leading innovation and management journals, appearing in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

In 2010, he was a Visiting Scholar at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Sam teaches core strategy courses in the master's programmes and a long-running venturing elective for the MBA at Cass.

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Twitter: @samkamuriwo

Lucinda Kelly

Lucinda Kelly is CEO and Founder of Popertee, developing a smart platform that identifies and recommends spaces based on audience and location intelligence data for experiential marketing campaigns.

She started her career in Ireland's leading telco where she managed the content and advertising for the portal. She then went on to Paddy Power where she held senior positions in product and marketing. Lucinda set up Popertee in 2016 from Ireland's leading tech accelerator, NDRC Launchpad. She closed a 500K seed round in 2017 and is based in London from Wayra, the Telefonica accelerator.

Lucinda has a BA Hons in Information Studies and French in University College Dublin and then continued her studies with an H Dip in Entrepreneurial Studies in Michael Smurfit Business School.

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Twitter: @popertee

Feng Li

Feng Li is a Professor and Chair of Information Management at Cass Business School. For the past three decades, Feng’s research has investigated how digital technologies can be used to enable strategic innovation and organisational transformation in different industries and sectors. Another focus of Feng's research is on digital business innovations in emerging economies, particularly in China.

Feng is an elected Fellow of the British Academy of Management (FBAM). He was a Council Member of BAM, and the Founding SIG and Track Chairs for BAM e-Business & e-Government. He served as a Judge for the 2017 National Technology Award; and a member of the Funding Allocation Panels for the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) at both the EPSRC and ESRC. He appears regularly as an expert commentator on TV, Radio and newspapers.

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Twitter: @Professorfengli

Naomi Matthewman

Naomi Matthewman is Chief Operations Officer at Pavegen, a smart-flooring solution. Their technology has evolved from a singular tile, which generates electricity from footsteps to an entire array with three multi-functional component parts. The Pavegen System is poised to power the data-driven smart cities of tomorrow.

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Emeka Obiodu

Emeka Obiodu is a leading global expert on how to understand and manage digital networks and platforms using holistic approaches that are based on technology, economics/commercial and policy frameworks. As Strategy Director at GSMA, he leads the 5G Taskforce, focusing on the enablers, cost dynamics, and value creation opportunities of the 5G era. His doctoral research at Kings College London is also on holistic approaches to unlock the full capabilities of 5G era networks and platforms.

In his over 15 years TMT experience, he has led the ‘How telcos innovate’ project at Ovum, exploring telcos’ structural, product/service and financial innovation dynamics. He was also a Telecoms Analyst at IHS and Pyramid Research, a Graduate Engineer at Shell and has been involved with several start-ups including an educational content provider that reached over 700,000 global users. He has a BEng from FUTO Nigeria, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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Lynne Robertson

Lynne Robertson joined Santander in 2014 to manage the bank’s first business incubator based in their Business Centre in Liverpool’s commercial district. Building on 12 years’ experience in the provision of business advice and enterprise support Lynne is now is Breakthrough Incubator Manager and looks after a growing number of early-stage businesses, providing them with day-to-day advice and helping to broker relationships within the city and the wider Santander network. She is passionate about growing businesses and is actively involved in the Liverpool city region enterprise eco-system.

Lynne is also a Director of Baltic Creative CIC, a social enterprise providing over 140,000 sq ft of workspace specifically for the creative and digital sector in Liverpool, a Trustee of Awesome Liverpool, a voluntary micro-funding organisation supporting ideas that make a difference to the lives of Liverpool residents, and curator of the Liverpool Startup Digest, a Google Techstars initiative aimed at strengthening the Liverpool city region’s startup sector. She has also previously managed her own business, a womenswear fashion label that sold internationally through both high street and independent retailers.

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Dama Sathianathan

Dama Sathianathan is the Communications Manager at Bethnal Green Ventures, an early stage investor in tech for good, best known for Europe’s first tech for good accelerator programme. She also manages the Tech for Good Global platform, co-organising the monthly London Tech for Good meetup that spans over 8,000 members.

She previously worked for international NGOs using digital storytelling, data and tech for good and has a background in international relations. BGV recently partnered with the Mayor of London to deliver the Civic Innovation Challenge that looks into tackling London's biggest challenges – tackling climate change, reducing inequalities and supporting an ageing population – through technology.

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Twitter: @Dama_Yanthy

Jean-Marc Stenger

Jean-Marc Stenger is the Co-Founder of Gravity a mobile solution that allows anyone to create a secure, self-sovereign digital ID based on personal data using any mobile phone on the market, no matter the telecom operator or type of phone.

Stefan Webb

Stefan Webb is Head of Digitising Planning at Future Cities Catapult and leads the design, development and delivery of projects. Stefan leads the Future of Planning programme, which has researched the key challenges in the UK planning system, supporting innovative SMEs to bring new products to market and advised MHCLG on what a digital planning system may look like. He has developed the case for data devolution to Bristol, as well as leading the review of the Smart Dubai strategy.

Stefan has degrees in Sociology, Politics and Government, and Urban Regeneration. Before joining Future Cities Catapult he worked for different local authorities, including the Greater London Authority where he worked on spatial policy and strategy for the Thames Gateway and Olympic Legacy development.

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Twitter: @stef_w

Zihao Xu

Zihao Xu is an early stage investor at Octopus Ventures, where he focuses on new deals in fintech and distributed ledger technologies. He is also on the boards of The Plum Guide and Multiply. Prior to joining Octopus, he spent more than five years as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger and also founded Canopy Sunglasses. Zihao holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.

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Axel Threlfall

Axel Threlfall is Reuters Editor-at-Large based in London. He hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters. He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video.

Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media.

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Twitter: @axelthrelfall

Fireside Chat

Costas Andriopoulos

Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Cass Business School in September 2014. Before joining Cass, he held a Chair in Strategy at Cardiff Business School, and, prior to that held posts at Brunel Business School, University of Aberdeen Business School and the University of Strathclyde Business School. His main research interests focus on how organisational paradoxes enable innovation in the face of changing technological environment.

Costas is an award-winning teacher. He has taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage organisational change and innovation, high-performing teams, entrepreneurial/design thinking, strategic paradoxes and breakthrough innovation.

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Twitter: @candriopoulos

Toby Baker

Toby Baker is an Assistant Programme Manager at Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation. Toby helps to design and deliver practical education programmes that test new ways to help prepare young people to thrive in the future economy.

He is interested in what automation in the workplace means for the skills and competencies our education system should prioritise. Previously, his research focused on the role of technology in helping people work together to solve social problems. He co-authored the 2017 report, 'What next for Digital Social Innovation?'. He is a founding Board Member of Sleuth, a data-consultancy co-operative.

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Roberta Lucca

Roberta Lucca is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the BAFTA and multi-award winning Bossa Studios, a scaleup games company based in London. She’s grown Bossa from a blank canvas to a multi-million dollar business, now with a team of 100+ people, and amongst the top 1% performing UK start-ups in terms of annual sales.

With a Computer Science degree, an MBA and over 15 years of experience in creating and marketing disruptive products across the globe, Roberta has been a voted top 30 Women in Games and 35 under 35 Women by Management Today. Currently, she also devotes time to angel invest and mentor bold and aspiring entrepreneurs – personally, and via her new YouTube channel called Beta Lucca.

Roberta’s companies and products have been featured on many networks and in many publications including the BBC, The Guardian, Forbes, Management Today and Wired.

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