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As Global Chief Security Officer of ByteDance & TikTok, Roland Cloutier brings an unprecedented understanding and knowledge of global protection and security leadership to one of the world's leading media, social, and technology companies. He oversees the company’s information protection, risk, workforce protection, crisis management, & investigative-security operations worldwide.
Prior to joining TikTok in 2020, Cloutier spent about 10 years as CSO at payroll-services firm ADP. Prior to ADP, he was CSO at data-storage vendor EMC (now owned by Dell). Cloutier started his career with over a decade of service to the US Air Force and US Depts. of Defense and Veterans Affairs. In 2015, he authored and published a business book “Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Office”.
Tarv has spent over 10 years at Mars Inc. in a variety of market and global roles including Sales, Strategy, Finance and Digital Technologies. Now part of the Advanced Analytics, Digital Demand and Data Integration area of Digital Technologies, he is focused on leading strategic initiatives to drive change at 100 times the speed across the globe. He loves to drive user-centric, agile ways of working and has also recently completed the Executive Programme at INSEAD Business School on Leading in a Transforming World.
As Chief People Officer at Stella McCartney, I define and implement the people strategy, bringing the ethical, sustainable and responsible elements of what the brand stands for into our people and culture agenda. As a breaker of tired outdated HR ‘rules’ I operate with the values of trust, respect, integrity and compassion to create a heart centred global community.
Andrew Murphy is the Executive Director, Operations of The John Lewis Partnership (Waitrose Supermarkets, John Lewis Department Stores & John Lewis Financial Services) and a member of the Partnership’s Executive Committee, reporting to Executive Chairman, Dame Sharon White.
Andrew oversees all aspects of the Partnership's technology, supply chain network, enterprise process management, crisis response, business continuity and the execution of its change portfolio.
Prior to taking up his current role Andrew was the Chief Information Officer and, prior to that, the Partnership’s Group Productivity & Change Director. Previously Andrew spent five years as Retail Director of John Lewis, where he had responsibility for all aspects of John Lewis’ shops & contact handling centres, leading 24,000 Partners and generating sales of £3 billion per annum.
Over the last twenty years Andrew has worked extensively in the pursuit of sustainable improvement in the economic performance of the UK's cities and city-regions through a variety of leadership roles.
Ant leads the digital strategy and solutions teams at Telefonica O2, helping businesses and organisations better understand how current digital technologies and future innovations may impact and change the way we live and work, day to day.
With over 25 years industry experience and a keen focus across a wide range of digital technologies including IoT, Cloud, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Ant is seen as a thought leader in understanding the role we will play in the Digital Transformation and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
A passionate campaigner and charity support for the progress of STEM and Digital Skills in both Education and the modern workplace.
Randolph is the Director of Innovation & Electricity Systems at the Energy Networks Association, and has over ten years of experience in the electricity and energy sector in the UK, Europe and Australia. Randolph leads teams looking at Digitalisation, Engineering, Future Networks (Open Networks Project), Innovation, Low Carbon Technologies and Resilience. He is responsible for coordinating and delivering a broad range of strategic initiatives, including how networks can help to deliver Net Zero. He has previous experience in the design and management of multi-disciplinary power projects in the power and renewables sectors. Randolph has an M.Phil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and has presented at a wide range of events and conferences.
Jason Kitcat is a champion for digital transformation and passionate about using technology for good. He is currently Director of Digital, Data & Technology at the Department for International Trade, part of the UK Government. Immediately before this role he was Interim Director of Human Centred Design at the Connected Places Catapult. Previously he was Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council. Beforehand he was Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the fintech accounting firm Crunch. He was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade.
James is a visionary digital leader with extensive global product experience creating products and services for market-leading organisations, currently revolutionising the Electric Vehicle Charging sector at Osprey Charging. A human focussed problem solver, James believes in delivering technology solutions aimed at making the world a simpler and better place to live for everyone.
Antonina Skrypnyk is a Senior Client Partner, and global Head of SoftServe’s Financial Services Lab, with more than 11 years extensive industry experience delivering high-impact results.
Antonina oversees the business of SoftServe financial services portfolio in EU and UK.
Antonina’s experience extends from leading projects in enterprise crediting, credit portfolio management, and financial investment projects. She also leads high-profile initiatives in development cycles of innovative products acceleration via SoftServe’s Financial Services Lab.
Antonina supports complex negotiations on delivering IT solutions during pre- and post-sales, and the on-site activities with financial services clients.
Dale Lane is a UK-based developer for IBM, who has worked on IBM's Watson AI platform. He has an active interest in supporting STEM activities and has gained distinction developing projects and games that help explain core principles of machine learning to younger students. He is the author of "Machine Learning for Kids" and the creator of the free companion website which is used in thousands of schools around the world.
Sam Gillespie serves as a Data Governance Offering Manager for OneTrust. In his role, Sam advises companies throughout their Data Governance implementations to establish processes to support operations and align with their enterprise objectives, including gaining better knowledge and insight of their Data landscape, ensuring data meets compliance and policy requirements and enabling greater use of the data. Sam works with clients to expand their Data Governance, helping clients to discover and classify all their data, build a data catalog and business glossary, monitor and improve data quality, facilitate business access to data through request workflows. and build Data Lineage diagrams.
Steve is an experienced Weapon Engineer Officer and major Project Leader in the Royal Navy with a background in operational engineering, capability management and acquisition programme leadership. During his career he has often found himself at the forefront of complex technical and organisational challenges. His sea-going career saw him deployed operationally across the world in HM Ships WESTMINSTER and SUTHERLAND; and most recently as the Commander (Weapon Engineer) in the aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. He is currently the Senior Responsible Owner for three of the Navy’s major equipment acquisition programmes. He is both a Naval Servicewomen's Network ally and Gender Advocate in Defence.
Sathish is an accomplished Technology Leader with experience of enabling Digital transformation at large multinational corporations, with proven ability of balancing Simplification, Transformation and Innovation strategies to provide competitive advantage for the Enterprise. Currently performing the role of Global Lead Enterprise Architect for Mars Wrigley and Global Services business lines of Mars Inc. Member of the Mars Enterprise Architecture team which was recently recognised as the Winner of 2019 Forrester and Infoworld EA Awards for its accomplishments.
Rita joined Alipay in 2010 and was initially responsible for driving partnerships with major Chinese banks. In 2011, she became one of the founding members of the Alipay International Business department and has since held senior roles in business development and partnerships in Asia, the U.S and Europe. From 2015 to 2017, Rita was based in London while serving as Head of EMEA for Alipay, overseeing the company’s overall business in the region, including business development, operations and marketing activities. She was a leading member in the Alipay – UEFA global partnership, driving the firm’s new venture into sports as a platform for globalisation. She was also appointed as CEO of Alipay (UK), serving on the board of the company. Before joining Alipay, Rita was business development manager at American Express. Rita joined UK fintech Mode as Chief Commercial Officer and Board Director in March 2020. She was named one of the Top 10 Women in Fintech in 2020 by Fintech Futures.
Ahmad is the CEO and a co-founder of the multi-award winning startup Evocco which is helping to accelerate the green transition in the food industry. Evocco helps consumers track, improve and offset the emissions associated with their food purchases. He is passionate about technology and using it as a tool to find impactful solutions to the climate crisis.
Lucy directs Google's Market Insights team where she and her team analyse changes in consumer behaviour to help marketers inside and outside Google develop their strategies. You can subscribe to all their latest publications on Think with Google. Prior to Google, she worked in publishing and entertainment leading digital transformation for the Royal Opera House and the i newspaper, and was Director of Marketing and Audiences at the BBC, where she launched BBC3 and developed the BBC iPlayer. When not at work she spends time with her 3 daughters, new lockdown puppy and wistfully remembers when people went skiing.
Karla is the Innovation Lead for Connected Transport, part of the Land Transport Team in the Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility Sector at Innovate UK and Vice Chair of ITS(UK) as well as a council member on the Highways Sector Council. She is seeking solutions which use innovative technologies to leverage smarter, greener and more sustainable future mobility systems for the efficient movement of people and goods around the world. Karla focusses on working with all sectors to enable solutions to transport challenges. Prior to this she worked for 15 years for a large Japanese automotive company as a Design Quality Engineer after completing a BA Hons in Japanese Studies.
James recently finished a 2-year tenure as General Manager of the UK Consumer Business at Trainline post the successful 2019 IPO and is now focussing on investing in and working with consumer tech scale ups. He is currently Chief Operating Officer/Investor at YourParkingSpace (think AirbnB for parking spaces instead of rooms) and is also an investor/advisor to Wombat (easy investments app), and Jigsaw (dating marketplace app). Prior to Trainline he had leadership roles at the top table of fast growth tech companies - Amazon, eBay, EA Games, Betfair and Sky. James is passionate about building innovative customer propositions at the intersection of marketing, data and digital product and putting together great teams and processes to run them.
Ricky Knox is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He has built five technology disruptors in fintech and telecoms, each of which also does a bit of good for the world.
Ricky is currently building the customer champion digital bank of the future, but has previously disrupted remittances with Azimo and Small World (the 6th largest remitter in the world), FX and Mobile Telecoms. Ricky is also Managing Partner at Hexagon Partners, a specialist private equity firm which invests in Financial Technology.
Shane McArdle has significant experience in retail and consumer goods with a proven track record of leadership and operational expertise at businesses such as Gillette, Proctor and Gamble and most recently at Boots Ireland. Five years ago Shane joined Boots as Director of Finance for the business across Ireland. In additional to his role in Finance, Shane has led Brexit readiness preparations for the business in both the UK and Ireland for the last 4 years, working with multiple stakeholders including IBEC, BRC, UK Govt, the NI Executive, BEIS, HMRC as well as the Irish Govt and Irish Revenue.
Brandie Deignan takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development and operational excellence. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that winds through an organisation, bringing them into a coherent whole, helping others extend their thinking and driving material business advantage.
In early 2021 Brandie joined primary care within NHS in general practice as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this role, Brandie was Managing Director at Marco Pierre White Restaurants, cementing her c20 years experience in the consumer service delivery industry across hospitality, retail and aviation. Before her MD role, Brandie held senior leadership positions at British Airways Plc, Tesco Plc, Whitbread, Travelodge and Hilton Hotels, where she started her career as a graduate trainee and worked her way up.
Brandie has a passion for education and equality and supports a number of schools, colleges and universities in an advisory capacity in this space. Brandie was recently voted No 41 of the Top 50 listening leaders.
Charlotte is Head of Innovation at Schroders, where she is globally responsible for startup engagement as well as internal innovation activities across the asset and wealth management business. In setting up Schroders’ innovation team, she has been responsible for establishing their strategic approach to innovation and fintech collaborations, including launching Schroders’ startup programme, Cobalt. She was recently selected as a ‘Rising Star of Asset Management’ by Financial News, and featured in the ‘Standout 35’ in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech awards 2019. Prior to joining Schroders, Charlotte worked in financial services consulting and spent a year based in Silicon Valley, connecting her corporate clients with VCs and startups. She holds a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Neuroscience followed by a year of Management Studies.
Ann is building rocketship companies in the high-growth tech space. She is the Chief People Officer of Flo, the #1 most downloaded Health app on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of every girl and woman worldwide. Before Flo Ann was the Group HR Director at Bumble, with previous gigs in Goldman Sachs and Rolls-Royce. She is interested in all things at the intersection of modern human capital practices, emerging tech, brands that are dripping with purpose, and business results. Ann was the Stonex Scholar at London School of Economics, has an MBA from Imperial College, is a judge at the UK Employee Experience Awards and was the HR Professional of the Year Gold Award Winner in 2019.
Matt Williams is Head of EMEA for Telstra, based in London. He is responsible for developing and driving the business strategy for three divisions in Enterprise, Wholesale and Professional services across EMEA, and delivering upon the company’s financial goals.
Matt joined Telstra in 2009 and was most recently Director of Enterprise Accounts for the EMEA region. In this role he was accountable and responsible for retention and sales growth for the Enterprise customer base.
Matt has over two decades of experience in telecommunications and technology markets, having held several senior sales leadership positions throughout his career. Matt holds a BA in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of East London.
Matt Hervey is a leading expert on protecting and monetising data and AI-related assets. As the UK Head of Artificial Intelligence for the international law firm Gowling WLG, he coordinates cross-border and multi-disciplinary advice on AI strategy for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies, covering intellectual property, trade secrets, licensing, collaborations agreements, transactions, privacy, regulation and other issues. Matt is a General Editor of The Law of Artificial Intelligence (Sweet & Maxwell), a landmark guide to law, regulation and ethics for AI.
Pedro is the Lead Data Scientist at Laing O’Rourke Plc. Throughout his career, Pedro has been building applications of AI to different industries, including healthcare, retail commerce, e-commerce, telecommunications and more recently construction and manufacturing. He is inspired by the value to be unlocked from large and small datasets, with a strong business focus. Previously, he led data teams at Vodafone Group where he launched several initiatives of data for social good, including a global COVID-19 analytics platform to help governments and NGOs respond to the pandemic. His main focus areas are business-driven data science, data and AI ethics, fairness and sustainability, as well as applied R&D and technology transfer.