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Sam Stacey is a construction industry leader and writer on construction innovation. Since 2018 he has been Challenge Director for Construction at UKRI, implementing the Sector Deal for Construction as part of the UK’s 2017 Industrial Strategy. He has an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.
Sam chartered as a structural engineer while working at Buro Happold on the Faisaliyah Center in Riyadh. As Director of Innovation at Skanska UK he was known for promoting Flying Factories. In 2018 Sam joined UKRI as Challenge Director for Construction. The Transforming Construction Challenge, is accelerating construction’s shift towards value-based manufacturing and digital processes. With a budget of £170 million, matched by £250 million from industry, the Transforming Construction Challenge brings together contractors, supply chain, innovators, government, clients and the research community. Sam is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub Board, Active Building Centre Board, Urban Splash Future Lab Board, a Senior Advisor to the Construction Leadership Council and a former trustee of the Building Research Establishment.
Eddie is a leading global specialist in growth, expansion, and innovation with a specific focus on transforming businesses and creating new products and services by leveraging data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and digital capabilities. At Virgin Media O2, Eddie is accountable for all of the data, and the leader in supporting the end to end business by exploiting that data through advanced analytics for both performance management and revenue improvement. He has experience as an executive-level Chief Data and Analytics Officer and leader of data and analytics consulting services, working with CXO of FTSE and Global 1000 organisations. His expertise is proven across multiple industries and geographies to drive growth, risk and cost outcomes.
With over 13 years of international experience in omnichannel marketing and 360-advertising within the beauty category, Nora has a vast experience managing brand, product, and retail launch campaigns with global reach.
Nora’s experience has been very diverse from blue chip heritage brands such as Unilever Pond’s and Dove to fast-paced high growth start-ups such as Veleza (now backed-up by Loreal’s Founder’s Factory). In her last role, Nora’s leadership in the U.K. market was fundamental in achieving mass brand awareness and business success for global Swedish beauty and wellness tech brand FOREO.
Currently Nora is a Global Marketing Director for Ciate London, Lottie London and Skin Proud.
Nora’s passion is to build and develop brands by delivering consumer experiences at every touchpoint that create tangible impact on the business and influence consumer behaviour.
Nora holds a Master’s degree from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Vilnius University.
Roberto is the Global Head of Digital Marketing at Generali where he drives sustainable growth and value creation via innovative and ambitious digital propositions. His experience spans across global blue-chip companies in competitive e-commerce and travel markets. Roberto joined Eurostar in 2017. As MD New Digital Business, he was in charge of strategic projects aimed at engaging the customer with innovative and relevant ancillary propositions. Roberto joined from Cathay Pacific where he served as Managing Director of Cathay Pacific Holidays in Hong Kong, leading its transition to a modern digitalised one-stop shop for the airline. Prior to that he was part of the start-up of Hostelbookers.com and he worked for Expedia as Business Development Director for their b2b division, based in Paris.
Monika has 30 years of experience in strategy and business development including profit & loss responsibility in different roles, functions and market environments. Monika has been listed by MarTech as one of the “Top Twelve Women CMOs to follow on Twitter", and has been recognized by Forbes as one of the "World's Most Influential CMOs" and awarded by AdAge as "Woman to Watch Europe” based on notable accomplishments.
Adi Chhabra has established himself as a successful high-tech entrepreneur since completing his MBA from Lancaster University Management School. After graduating in 2011, he co-founded PollPlug, a digital platform providing polls, surveys, and quizzes to companies backed by advanced big data analytics. In just nine months of full-time operation, PollPlug attracted more than 370 clients, including FTSE 250 companies and Accenture’s French consultancy arm. He is now the founder of The Badass Water Company. Prior to this, Adi spent over eight years at Vodaphone and was formally the Head of Product Innovation.
Caroline is the Group Director of R2 Data Labs at Rolls-Royce, where she is charged with developing the strategy and implementation of data innovation technologies and capabilities that lead to new insights, new solutions and new business models. One of the major projects that she has been leading is the Emergent Alliance, a data collaboration group for economic recovery. She previously worked at companies such as Digital Catapult, Telefonica and Forrester Research.
Ananth's current role is Head of Technology at the TUI Group where he is accountable for building a suite of products to deliver flight sourcing capabilities across the TUI Group. Prior to this role, he has held several roles within TUI and been involved in many digital transformation programmes to help make customers smile time after time. As a member of the leadership team, he is accountable for defining and implementing strategic decisions by working closely alongside the senior leadership teams within IT and business.
Liz leads product and partnerships for the health Insurance start-up, Lime Insurance. An insurance industry expert, Liz has built a career portfolio focussed on customers with reach across propositions, technology, strategy and consultancy. From Silicon Valley to the City, she has the experience of working alongside some of the most exciting tech startups in the world, taking a lead role developing disruptive, innovative Insurtech solutions. After 15 years working for both the UK's largest Insurer and also one of the most high profile insurance consultancies, she now leads a health insurance technology business with the goal of doing brilliant things for customers and for the industry.
Jason Maude is a coder, coach, and public speaker. He has over a decade of experience working in the financial sector, primarily in creating and delivering software. He is passionate about explaining complex technical concepts to those who are convinced that they won't be able to understand them. He currently works at Starling Bank as their Chief Technology Advocate and host of the Starling podcast.