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THE D GROUP – UPCOMING EVENTS
Dr David Kingham, Executive Vice Chairman, Tokamak Energy Ltd
Over the course of the last two years, The D Group has embarked on a sustained programme of engagement with the devolved cities and regions of the UK.
Professor Gerstle is currently Paul Mellon Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA and PhD from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society.
Sir Nigel Shadbolt is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of artificial intelligence. Beyond exploring A.I. from a technological standpoint, his work also considers some of the broader, philosophical questions posed by the digital age; his seminal text, The Spy in the Coffee Machine, examines how advancements in tech could corrode trust and privacy.
The UK faces a challenge with a shortage of skills across Sectors, particularly STEM. We welcome the Minister to discuss the challenge of skills and apprenticeships with our members and how we can all ensure a strong and capable workforce for the future.
Andrew Wheen is Mott MacDonald’s principal communications consultant and the author of Dot-Dash to Dot.Com: How Modern Telecommunications evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet. An IT and Telecoms expert who has worked in a number of roles across the sector, including stints at Energis and Mentor, Andrew joined Mott MacDonald in 2006.
We are delighted to welcome back Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to debate the implications and share her well-gotten insights. Having served nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, she is extremely well placed to lead what should be a fascinating discussion.
According to Jeremy, CEO, The Digital Catapult, failure to establish an accessible network based on the IoT could “dull the UK’s competitive edge”. Digital Catapult’s Things Connected programme aims to counter this threat by supporting the development of the IoT, placing the UK in a better position to compete in this potentially lucrative market.
Immigration remains a key political issue with a perceived public demand to better control immigration being a major factor in the EU referendum debate. However, according the Social Market Foundation, the British public’s attitude towards immigration is much more a grey area than is commonly appreciated.
We are delighted to welcome back Hadyn Jones to speak at The D Group for a second time. Mr Jones will review the most important developments in the technology over the course of 2018, and then look forward to what we can expect in the new year.
Mathew Rycroft CBE, DFID’s Permanent Secretary aims to build on DFID’s strong base to create a department better connected with the rest of Whitehall, and to demonstrate the importance of international aid to a sceptical British public. We are delighted to have him join us to share his vision of the department, it’s cross-government engagement and what UK plc can contribute to this agenda.