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Careers of the future

Careers of the future

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Claudia Harris is the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company. She has held this role since the organisation was established in 2015. Prior to that, she was a partner at the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. Her previous roles include working in the healthcare team at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Claudia is an Enterprise Adviser at Quintin Kynaston School in Marlborough Hill, London where she helps support the team in developing their school careers strategy. She is also on the board of the 30% Club Steering Committee where she leads their work connecting to schools. Claudia grew up in London and has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Data and trust

Data and trust

Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for legislation.gov.uk before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016.

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

Wendy Addison, Founder & CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp

Recently acknowledged as a Business Disruptor and Rebel with a cause alongside Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Simon Sinek and Pat MCcord, it’s Wendy’s’ unique perspective, rooted in her own personal experience of having secured justice in an eleven-year battle against corporate corruption in the case known as “South Africa’s Enron”, the biggest corporate disaster in South Africa’s history, that attracted this recognition. This, in addition to persevering for eight years to successfully reinvent and rebuild herself.

The impact of technology on future warfare

The impact of technology on future warfare

Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive, DSTL

Gary has spent his career in the development and supply of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to public safety, industrial and transportation sectors.
As Dstl’s Chief Executive, Gary will lead an organisation of over 3,800 scientists and engineers providing specialist, and in many cases world-leading expertise, across a wide-range of disciplines.

Coping in a volatile and uncertain world

Coping in a volatile and uncertain world

Vanda Murray OBE, Chair, Marshall Plc

Vanda now serves as Non-Executive Chair for Marshalls plc, Senior Independent Director for Bunzl plc, Non-Executive Director at Redrow plc and Manchester Airports Group.

She is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Board member for Maggie’s Manchester.

Global Britain and land warfare in the future

Global Britain and land warfare in the future

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence

We are delighted to welcome General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence, to discuss ‘Global Britain’.

Promoting Regional Cooperation in Central Asia

Promoting Regional Cooperation in Central Asia

Strategy International (map)

Ambassador Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, European External Action Service

We welcome the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian, to share his views on regional cooperation and strengthening sustainable development in the region. In June 2019, the European Council published a new Strategy on Central Asia. The new strategy focuses on promoting resilience, prosperity, and regional cooperation. 

How the UK retains its operational edge

How the UK retains its operational edge

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport is the Chief Executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation.
He was Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science from April 2013 to September 2017.

How collective intelligence can change our world

How collective intelligence can change our world

Geoff Mulgan CBE, Chief Executive, Nesta

Geoff Mulgan CBE is Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, which combines investment, research and practical programmes in many fields, from health and education to industrial policy and entrepreneurship.  Nesta is based in the UK but currently works in over 40 countries.

My vision for the Civil Servants of the future

My vision for the Civil Servants of the future

Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer and Non-executive Director, Civil Service HR

Rupert joined the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.

How to ensure the market remains competitive

How to ensure the market remains competitive

Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor Hanif has 24 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world: including France, Italy, Spain, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

China’s approach to UK secondary and Higher Education

China’s approach to UK secondary and Higher Education

Neil Carmichael, Chief Executive, UK-China Culture and Education Cooperation Promotion Centre Ltd & Member of the Advisory Board, The D Group

Neil is the Chief Executive of UK-China Culture and Education Cooperation Promotion Centre Ltd and Chair of the Association of Dental Groups. Neil was Member of Parliament for Stroud and a highly respected chair of the education select committee. He founded the All Party Group on Education, Governance and Leadership. He is an Honorary Professor of Politics and education at Nottingham, University and a visiting lecturer at De Montford University.

The UK as a global space power

The UK as a global space power

Strategy International (map)

Peter Hadinger is CTO of Inmarsat Global, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. Previously, he was President of the U. S. Government Business Unit, responsible for all U.S. government sales and programs

Climate Change - solutions to the global threat

Climate Change - solutions to the global threat

Prof Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science, UCL

Chris Rapley is Professor of Climate Science at UCL. He is the Chair of the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science, and Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership, which seeks to ensure that London is the capital city best prepared for the impacts of climate change.

Innovation in Construction

Innovation in Construction

Marc Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott Macdonald

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, BIM and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).

Mark is the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations.  Mark was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.

Italy, Britain and Europe

Italy, Britain and Europe

Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Italian Embassy, London

Raffaele Trombetta has been the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom since 29 January 2018.

The future of nuclear power

The future of nuclear power

Dr Tim Stone CBE, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FICE, MBCS, CEng, FRSA,  Chair, The Nuclear Industry Association


Dr. Timothy Stone is a businessman, senior expert adviser, and former public servant with interests in finance, nuclear power and infrastructure. Dr. Stone is Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers (the world’s leading insurer for the nuclear industry) a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, a member of the Arup Group Board and is a senior expert Non-Executive Director on the board of the European Investment Bank where he is the longest serving member around the board table. 

Lunch with Andrew Griffith, Sky Corporate

Lunch with Andrew Griffith, Sky Corporate

Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Sky Corporate

Andrew was appointed as a member of the Board and as Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and became Group Chief Operating Officer in 2016. His current role includes responsibility for Group Strategy, Corporate & Business Development, Group Product, Digital and Supply Chain. 

Strategy

Strategy

Professor Jeremy Black MBE, MA Cantab PhD Dunelm FRSA, Professor of History, Exeter University

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. After graduating with a starred First from Cambridge, he undertook research at Oxford and has subsequently been Professor of History at the universities of Durham and (since 1996) Exeter.

Lunch with Sir Philip Rutnam KCB, Home Office

Lunch with Sir Philip Rutnam KCB, Home Office

Sir Philip Rutnam KCBE, Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Sir Philip Rutnam, KCB, joined the Home Office as Permanent Secretary in April 2017. He is responsible for running the Home Office, the UK Government’s lead department forpolicing, counter-terrorism, serious and organised crime, fire prevention, immigration, passports, and borders.

The future UK-Korean relationship

The future UK-Korean relationship

Ambassador Enna Park, Ambassador of the Republic Korea to the UK, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dinner with Sir Mark Sedwill

Dinner with Sir Mark Sedwill

Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Civil Service and National Security Adviser

Sir Mark Sedwill was appointed Cabinet Secretary in 2018. He is also Head of the Civil Service and National Security Adviser.

The Strategic Transport Plan for Wales

The Strategic Transport Plan for Wales

James Price, Chief Executive, Transport for Wales

James took up the post of Chief Executive at Transport for Wales in January 2018 after a period of two years in which he was Chair of Transport for Wales during its start-up phase.

Government Playbook

Government Playbook

Claire Ward, CEO, The Institute for Collaborative Working

Claire Ward has been appointed as Chief Executive as of 1st January 2019. Claire brings to ICW a wide spectrum of experience from her career in politics and government alongside her extensive business network and having previously been CEO of a membership organisation.

Lunch with Stuart Martin, Satellite Applications Catapult

Lunch with Stuart Martin, Satellite Applications Catapult

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent.

Dinner with Samar Hechaime, Agora-Envisioning

Dinner with Samar Hechaime, Agora-Envisioning

Samar Héchaimé, Co-Founder, Agora-Envisioning

Samar Héchaimé – from architecture and wayfinding to strategic user-centric system’s transformation

Lunch with Isabel Hilton OBE, The China Dialogue Trust

Lunch with Isabel Hilton OBE, The China Dialogue Trust

Isabel Hilton OBE, CEO, The China Dialogue Trust

Isabel Hilton is a London-based international journalist and broadcaster. She is the author and co-author of several books and is founder and editor of chinadialogue.net, a non-profit, fully bilingual online publication based in London, Beijing, and Delhi that focuses on the environment and climate change. Hilton holds two honorary doctorates and was awarded the OBE for her work in raising environmental awareness in China.

The Future of the International Rules-Based Economic System

The Future of the International Rules-Based Economic System

David Moran, Head, International Economic Organisations and Rules-based Systems, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

David Moran is Head, International Economic Organisations and Rules-based Systems in the FCO’s Economic Diplomacy Directorate. He was the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2005-07), Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (2009-12), and Switzerland and Liechtenstein (2014-17).

Lunch with Dermot Nolan, Ofgem

Lunch with Dermot Nolan, Ofgem

Dermot Nolan, CEO, Ofgem


Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from May 2008 and its Chair since May 2011. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Adviser at the Commission for Communications Regulation and was manager of the mergers division for the Irish Competition Authority.

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson leads PwC's Disruption practice and co-presents the Radio 4 series “FutureProofing”, exploring the impacts of exponential technologies on business and society. 

Formerly at the World Bank, Leo is the co-Founder of the advisory firm Sustainable Finance, now part of the PwC group. 

He is the co-author of “Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & Environment at Oxford University.