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ABOUT OUR EXPERT SPEAKERS

Our speakers are amongst the world’s top industry experts, innovators and influencers who have presented at our Bespoke Activities, bi-annual summit, Chief Disruptor LIVE, Chief Disruptor Breakfast Club and Editorial content: Digital Trends Report and Chief Disruptor Magazine.

Natalie Pankova

Natalie Pankova

Chief Operating Officer, Metadvice (Digital Health Expert, WHO)

Dr Natalie Pankova is a Digital Health Expert at the World Health Organization and the Chief Operating Officer at Metadvice, a digital health startup building AI-driven clinical decision software to empower medical decision making. She previously led healthcare efforts at the Government Blockchain Association in the UK, participated in technology initiatives within the Pharmaceutical Users Exchange Group (PhUSE), All-Party Parliamentary Groups at the UK Parliament, Research Data Alliance, and the British Standards Institute. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Claude Littner Business School, and is on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Blockchain Journal, as well as being an advisor and mentor to early stage innovative startups.

Caroline Gorski

Caroline Gorski

Group Director R2 Data Lab, Rolls-Royce

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.

Paul Moxon, SVP Data Architectures & Chief Evangelist, Denodo

Paul Moxon

SVP Data Architectures & Chief Evangelist, Denodo

Paul is Denodo’s SVP of Data Architecture and Chief Evangelist and he works closely with Denodo customers to understand their use of data virtualization and recommending usage patterns, deployment architectures, and best practices for using the Denodo Platform. Paul has over 30 years of experience in the software industry, starting as a developer building real-time control systems for oil and gas pipelines in the UK and the Netherlands before working as a consultant on large integration projects with the likes of AT&T Wireless, Bechtel Corporation, Saudi Aramco, and Reuters. He has also worked for leading software companies such as BEA Systems, Progress Corporation, and IONA Technologies. Paul is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and suffers the pains and challenges of being a Red Sox fan living in New York.

Simon Wickes

Simon Wickes

COO at Truu and Mentor, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

Simon is a strategy and operational lead and mentor across healthcare organisations specialising in innovation and growth. He is COO at Truu, an innovative healthcare staff digital passport platform, founded by NHS doctors, saving time and money for hospitals and healthcare professionals. Simon mentors on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme to help NHS clinicians bring their ideas to life. He also works with the NIHR Applied Research Centre to promote dissemination of medical, health and social care research. Simon is a Non-Executive Director at Surrey Heath GP Federation advising on strategy and business operations and board member for CRUK Business Beats Cancer.

Tarv Nijjar, Mars

Tarv Nijjar

Global Leader, Strategic Initiatives and Digital Technologies, Mars

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.

David Leach, Volkswagen

David Leach

Enterprise Coach, Volkswagen

With a background in technology and digital, across a number of industries and verticals, gaining significant experience in creating, supporting and leading people and teams. In turn a move to agile ways of working has meant solid qualification and practice in multiple methods and frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban. Advanced practice of specific techniques for setting strategy such as Balanced scorecard and OKRs. Supporting leaders through the training and practice of styles such as servant leadership and intent based leadership.

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Head of EMEA, Telstra

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.

Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer

Director of Sustainable Development for UK and Ireland, AECOM

Robert is the sustainable development lead for AECOM's Environment business. He works with AECOM's clients to develop strategies, business cases, action plans and projects that embed more sustainable ways of working into everyday business decisions. Robert is a keen advocate of bringing natural capital and the circular economy into business norms as these concepts are driving innovation and the new business models that will allow us to flourish in this fast changing world. He also established the Major Infrastructure Resource Optimisation Group, as well as setting up the Scottish Infrastructure Circular Economy Forum. He also chairs the Environmental Industries Commission Natural Capital Taskforce.

Rich Corbridge

Rich Corbridge

Digital Leader, Healthcare

Richard is a disruptor in healthcare who has been asked to bring a different type of thinking to the health and beauty retail arena. Richard has been responsible for delivering nationwide genomics programmes, creating a digital fabric for one of the biggest hospitals in the NHS, leading a country from paper to digital healthcare, creating cloud first ‘permission’ for the EU and pushing the boundaries of a CIO and their interaction with business change. He is a believer in the concept of Collaborative Sensemaker and now is the CIO for Boots across the UK and Ireland.

Phil De Caux

Phil De Caux

Group Digital Portfolio Lead, Kingfisher

Phil is group digital portfolio lead for Kingfisher IT and has led digital and business transformation and change in all sizes and types of organisations, from start-ups to global enterprises, retail to defence organisations, within commercial, charity and public sectors. He is particularly passionate about business agility and has introduced various flavours of agile and lean into more traditional businesses.

Angela Johnson de Wet

Angela Johnson de Wet

Head of Risk for IT Change and New Technologies Conduct, Lloyds Banking Group

Prior to working at Lloyds, Angela worked At Deutsche Bank in the Cloud, Anti-Financial Crime Analytics, Data Quality and Finance Risk and Regulatory Reporting change and transformation teams. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Angela worked as a Senior Manager at EY across Asia Pacific and EMEIA within the Financial Services Organisation focusing on Corporate Banking and Capital Markets transformation and advisory programmes. Angela started her career at IBM in Australia working as a developer, tester, designer and then business analyst and project manager. Angela has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics / Robotics) and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Kirsty Saddler

Kirsty Saddler

Sustainability & Values Director, Leon Restaurants

After 15 years in brand and creative agencies in New York and London, ending as Head of Strategy at BBH, Kirsty joined LEON as the business’s first Brand & Marketing Director in 2015. With a long-standing commitment to sustainability and a belief that business can do more to address climate change, she is proud to now focus on how LEON can go further, faster to prove fast food can be good food and to make it easier for everyone to eat well and live well.

Lead, UN Big Data Group for Environmental Data

Dan Klein

Lead, UN Big Data Group for Environmental Data

A provocative engineer who has driven change & results across a variety of industries, at all levels, over the last 25 years. Direct, forthright and not worried about ruffling a few feathers...

Anna Sandgren

Anna Sandgren

Head of Business Development, Ben & Jerry's

With 20 years of experience in a mix of tech/finance start-ups, private equity, global retail and car companies, Anna's passion and knowledge lies primarily within sales, marketing, driving purpose with impact and growing business fast within a disruptive context. She was one of the co-founders of Ice Academy: an entrepreneurial program for refugees driven by Ben & Jerry’s and the NGO Tern. Anna is also leading the Unbreakable Rainbow in Poland, where purpose and impact are driven by an offline experience combined with digital disruption to drive awareness of LGBTQ rights in Poland to enact systemic change.

Harriet Rees

Harriet Rees

Head of Data Science, Starling Bank

Harriet is Head of Data Science at Starling Bank. Prior to joining Starling, Harriet’s career was focused on bringing applications of AI to traditional regulated insurance markets. Now at Starling for 2 years, she has led the data analytics agenda at the bank with technical oversight on all aspects of the data technology platform. She is responsible for the research into AI bias and Starling’s assurance of its own algorithms and has recently been invited to join the AI Public Private Forum with the FCA and Bank of England, which aims to better understand the use and impact of AI/ML in Financial Services and support safe adoption of these technologies. In addition, Harriet was listed on the Innovate Finance Powerlist this year for her work in these fields.

Arlando Velho, Strategic Account Director

Arlando Velho

Strategic Account Director, ChannelAdvisor

Arlando works with large global brands to help them define their B2C & B2B2C strategies for retail marketplaces like Amazon & leveraging product data to increase digital marketing efficiencies on Google, Facebook & Instagram. Previously, Arlando worked at Apple helping global large businesses to adopt iPhone & iPad mobility workflow solutions.

Kate Bohn

Kate Bohn

Innovation and Strategy - Incubator & Accelerator Lead, Lloyds Banking Group

Listed in the 2018 & 2019 ‘Women in Fintech Power List’, Fintech Futures ‘Top 10 Women in Fintech and Banking’, and ‘100 Women in Fintech’, Kate has 20+ years of Financial Services (FS) experience with a primary focus on shaping and delivering digital innovation across European, North American and UK-based banks. With a 10-year career in the arts prior to joining the FS industry, Kate is a prime example of both a thriving ‘squiggly career’, and the significant value derived from diversity of thought, experience and approach in seeking robust, innovative outcomes. She is currently the Accelerator and Incubator Lead for Lloyds Banking Group, introducing and showcasing external capabilities and nascent innovation to known, emerging and (potential) future challenges.

Ben King, Founder at Pesky Fish

Ben King

Founder, Pesky Fish

Ben is the founder and skipper of Pesky Fish - the only marketplace that enables fishermen to sell their catch to every buyer in the chain with 100% transparency. With the single vision of feeding the world sustainably with seafood, Pesky are currently rapidly expanding their tech and physical infrastructure to support boats and buyers across the country and beyond.

Mark Toffoli

Mark Toffoli

Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Conexiom

Mark leads Conexiom’s sales engineering team, focusing on developing solutions using the Conexiom platform to provide maximum ROI and long lasting business value. Through his leadership, Mark and his team have ensured that hundreds of customers have had successful implementations and consistently demonstrated outstanding customer service to ensure businesses can focus on serving their customers and partners, not entering data.

Steve Totman

Steve Totman

Chief Product Officer, Privitar

Steve is a trusted C-level executive advisor around all things data, who recently joined Privitar as Chief Product Officer. Prior to Privitar he led teams at IBM, Informix, Ardent Software, and Ascential Software before running the global Financial Services vertical at Cloudera.

Stuart Dorman

Stuart Dorman

Chief Innovation Officer, Sabio

Stu moves customer experience forward and gets people innovating. His focus means that he works closely with our partners at Google and Twilio. An awesome orator, Stu often presents at our regular webinars and events.

Manjula Lee

Manjula Lee

Founder and CEO, World Wide Generation

Manjula started her career at Shell Australia, where she was faced with data indicating where the world was going to be by 2050. As a result, she was compelled to pursue a career in social problem-solving in the not for profit sector. She advised NGOs such as Oxfam and Amnesty International, and was also special advisor to the UN’s Global Partnerships Forum in New York for the MDG and SDG agenda.

Manjula then founded World Wide Generation in 2016, the G17Eco Platform in 2017 to accelerate the financing and delivery of the SDGs by 2030. She is on Innovate Finance’s “Women In FinTech Powerlist" 2018, won the UKBAA’s “Best Led Female Investment award of the year”, was voted “100 of the Most Influential Women in Blockchain” and selected on Fairforce’s independent “100 Green Board Member” list in 2020.

Anna Henwood

Anna Henwood

Chief Marketing Officer, Les Mills International

As Chief Marketing Officer at Les Mills International, Anna helps drive the global fitness company towards its vision of a fitter planet. Her passion and knowledge in brand strategy and data-driven marketing is a powerful combination that has helped her drive consistent commercial results. As well as championing an active lifestyle, Anna is a proud advocate for developing female leadership and creating action around diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Les Mills, Anna spent many years in the tourism industry and managed the successful tourism brand 100% Pure New Zealand.

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