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Delivering Future Transport through Data

 Delivering Future Transport through Data 

 What data vision will lead the UK’s transport strategy? 
 08:40 - 10:00 GMT 
 Tuesday 1 Dec 2020 
 Virtual Event - Taking Place on Zoom 

The transport sector has faced extreme operating conditions during 2020.

Data has proved a powerful asset, as a near-collapse in passenger demand, mass transition to remote working and increased protection of frontline staff, challenged operators to make unprecedented and urgent decisions.

An ambitious data vision is essential to adapt to new conditions of living with COVID-19. New research in partnership with Cognizant and Mulesoft, unearths how the transport sector is successfully liberating the value of data, and how the pandemic has refocused investment priorities and projects.

Join IT, data and digital leaders from across road, rail, and air transport for the launch of the whitepaper. Discover how different modes are focusing their data strategy, the optimal technology and mindset to democratise data at scale, and how lessons from COVID-19 can inform the right path to data maturity.

08:40 Join

08:45 Welcome by Emma Taylor, Founder of Nimbus Ninety

08:50 Embedding a data vision to drive recovery

Ronnie Abraham, Managing Partner, Cognizant

09:00 Fireside Chat

  • What are the top challenges facing transportation right now? And where do data and data strategy fit in? 
  • How do you shift decision-making from a ‘What is or What was’, to a ‘What if?’ scenario-based mentality?
  • How do you build trust in data at commercial, corporate and operational levels when everything is changing?
  • What changes implemented as a result of COVID-19 will improve transport in the longer term?
  • Looking ahead, what is the single most important thing operators, IMs and suppliers should do in 2021 to advance data strategy?

Antoine de Kerviler, former CIO Eurostar, and CTO Travel, Transportation and Hospitality, Salesforce
Sanchit Khandelwal, Head of Group Digital Projects, National Express Transport 
Dr Ben Dias, Director of Data Science and Analytics, easyJet
Moderator: Elisabeth Olafsdottir, Director of AI and Analytics, Cognizant

09:45 Q&A

10:00 Recommendations and Close

In partnership with

MuleSoft       Cognizant

Dr Ben Dias, Director of Data Science and Analytics, easyJet

Ben Dias

Ben is currently leading the delivery of easyJet’s Data strategy aimed at realising the company’s ambition of becoming the world’s leading data driven airline. Previously having worked at Royal Mail, Tesco and Unilever, he has over 15 years’ industry experience in solving real-world problem in an industry setting. More recently, Ben has focussed on building and leading Data Science teams and applying the Lean Start-Up approach to Data Science within large organisations. He is experienced in setting up and managing industrial research collaborations with academic and business partners. He is also actively engaged with the UK Mathematics community and very enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation of Mathematicians and Data Scientists. Ben holds a PhD in Computer Vision and an MSci in Mathematics and Astronomy, both from UCL.


Ronnie Abraham, Client Partner, Cognizant

Ronnie Abraham

Ronnie is leading Cognizant’s long term digital growth strategy for the Manufacturing, Logistics and Transport sectors in the UK. With over two decades of delivering transformation programmes across a multitude of industry sectors such as Healthcare, Travel, Rail, Aviation, Construction and Manufacturing in a variety of technical and business facing roles; Ronnie is firmly of the opinion that People, Process, Technology and Culture need to be harmonised to drive digital transformation. In the context of data led initiatives, he believes a human centric approach, to understand the ‘decision making’ needs of the end user -  i.e. what data is needed to help the individual make the best decision and how can it be delivered in a secure, visually appealing manner at the point of need -  is a crucial aspects to address before scaling technology.

Elisabeth Olafsdottir, Director of AI and Analytics, Cognizant

Elisabeth Olafsdottir1

Lisa has over 26 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked for a number of leading technology providers and consultancies. In her role at Cognizant, Lisa leads a team of digital specialists who focus on the manufacturing, logistics and utilities client base in the practical application of digital technologies to transform their businesses to remain current and future ready. Previously, Lisa led the AI & Analytics, BI and IoT business for Microsoft UK. She is also the Chairman of the External Board for Computer Science for Bristol University where she leads the Data Science sub workgroup.

She has driven internal change in organisations and enjoys coaching and mentoring early in career. She is a passionate about advocating STEM subjects and encouraging young minds to pursue a career in mathematics and the sciences.


Antoine de Kerviler, former CIO Eurostar, and CTO Travel, Transportation and Hospitality, Salesforce

Antoine de Kerviler

Antoine mentors the next generation of CIOs on “how” to accelerate their digital transformation to get the full value out of the Salesforce portfolio for their organisations. Antoine has been a trailblazer with Salesforce since 2010, leading the digital transformation of Corsair and Eurostar. He joined Salesforce from Amadeus where he was leading the rail and ground travel business unit. Antoine spent 25+ years in the travel industry and started 8 companies. He’s the co-founder of a regional low-cost airline operating in France, running its IT 100% in the cloud (2005).


Sanchit Khandelwal, Head of Group Digital Projects, National Express Transport 

Sanchit Khandelwal

Sanchit’s focus area is to strategise, define and deliver digital products and services for National Express Group, which will deliver tangible value for money and best-in-class quality whilst ensuring a compatible strategic fit.

Sanchit is an experienced Product Lead, operating at the senior levels of the organisation, with over 15 years experience in all phases of the software development and design lifecycle. Sanchit combines business and technology-focused delivery, with a strong emphasis on the user experience and overall alignment with strategies and vision.


This is a private event for members of our community. Membership is free and takes less than 5 minutes. As a member, you will have access to this and other complimentary events. 

This event is for 20x C-level, VPs, Directors, Heads of and senior managers who are the driver of a live project in IT, Information Security, Cloud, Automation, Infrastructure, Data, Innovation, Digital, Insight, Architecture, Marketing, Networks, Strategy, Customer Experience, Operations and Transformation.

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