Will Porter, currently Chief Sales Officer (CSO) at Klimato, an organisation that aims to reduce the climate impact from food by helping restaurants and foodservice providers to calculate, communicate and report the carbon footprint per dish.
Co-FOunder & Co-CEO, Holistic Ai
Emre Kazim is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Holistic AI, an AI governance, risk, and compliance platform focused on software for auditing and risk management of AI systems. They empower enterprises to build and scale AI responsibly. Besides being active in academia, Emre has a track record of facilitating conversations around pressing ethical challenges focusing on governance, policy, and auditing AI. Emre has an MSc degree from UCL, and an MA & Ph.D. in Philosophy from King's College London.
Dr. Milly Zimeta
Tech Policy Expert
Dr Mahlet (Milly) Zimeta is a tech policy consultant, currently working with Nesta and with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), and serving as a member of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) advisory committee on Inclusive Data and Chatham House's high-level Taskforce on Responsible AI. She was previously Head of Public Policy at the Open Data Institute and before that worked in policy or strategic programme management roles at the Royal Society (the independent scientific academy of the UK), the Alan Turing Institute (Britain’s national institute for data science and AI) and the Medical Research Council (Britain's national medical research funder).
Sustainability Specialist, Quorn Foods
Khanh Mach is a sustainability expert, with years of experience leading sustainability directives for multinational organisations. She is responsible for Quorn's products’ carbon footprint certification, embedding sustainability metrics into new product development and packaging decision. She is also working on Quorn's corporate carbon footprint.
Dr. Vincent Walsh
Entrepreneur & Regenerative Agriculture Expert
Dr. Vincent Walsh, or "Dr. Vinny," is a leading expert in sustainable food and regenerative agriculture. Dr. Vinny advises organisations like the Plant Based Food Alliance and collaborates on projects with the Organic Research Centre. As a consultant, he partners with major food and beverage companies, including Compass Group and Quorn Professional, to align projects with net-zero goals. Dr. Vinny is also a dynamic entrepreneur, founding RegenfarmCo, Mycoloops, and Herblabism, the latter of which had its mushroom burger featured at COP26 and Wimbledon.
Managing Director, Montfort Communications
Andrew is Montfort’s Managing Director of Real Estate and ESG. He has over 18 years’ experience and is known for previous roles as a journalist and as spokesman for the British Property Federation and BAA. Having co-founded and exited high-profile tech start-ups, he is a regular TV and radio commentator on business and politics.
Senior Policy officer, greater london authority
Caitlin Colquhoun is a Senior Policy Officer at the Greater London Authority in the private rented sector policy team and has previously led on the Mayor’s building safety policy. Prior to joining the GLA, Caitlin worked as an Urban Designer, volunteered at legal advice clinics and worked with resident-led housing campaign groups.
Dr. Reshania Naidoo
Population Health, EY-Oxford Health Analytics Consortium Lead EY Digital Health Excellence Centre – Europe, Middle East, India & Africa Teaching Fellow – University of Oxford
Dr. Reshania Naidoo is a leading expert in using data and innovation to improve population health outcomes. She is currently the lead for the EY-Oxford Health Analytics consortium as well as serving as the Co-Chief Investigator of a landmark evaluation of testing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioned by the UK government. Dr. Naidoo has a wealth of experience in both research and public health management.
Dr. Shera Chok
Former Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital
Dr. Shera Chok is a leading expert in digital health, diversity, and innovation. She is the Former Chief Medical Officer at NHS Digital, where she was responsible for leading the digital transformation of the NHS. She is also the founder of the Shuri Network, which encourages women from minority ethnic groups to lead and engage with digital transformation.
Dr. Vishaal Virani
Head of Health, Youtube UK & IReland
Dr. Vishaal Virani, MBBS, began as an NHS doctor, transitioned to healthcare strategy consulting, focusing on private equity due-diligence and corporate strategies. Passionate about digital health, he led business development at Ada Health and managed digital health solutions for a FTSE 100 consumer healthcare firm, overseeing brands like Durex and Nurofen. Currently, at YouTube, Vishaal pioneers a Health offering for millions of users and NHS organizations. He co-founded Doctorpreneurs, is a Royal Free NHS Trust governor, guest lecturer, and mentor to health tech startups.
Director Public Policy Engagement, GAVI
Anamaria Bejar serves as the Director of Public Policy Engagement at GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, a prominent organisation dedicated to expanding access to immunisation worldwide. With her extensive experience in public policy and global health, Anamaria plays a pivotal role in shaping and advancing initiatives that promote equitable access to vaccines and improve healthcare systems. Throughout her career, Anamaria has been a tireless advocate for global health equity and sustainability, working tirelessly to address pressing health challenges.
Nick Mabey OBE
Co-Founder & CO-CEO, E3G
Nick Mabey is a Co-Founder & Director of E3G and has served as its CEO since 2006. Nick advises governments and other organisations on the politics and policy of climate change. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee honours list in 2022 for services to climate change and support to the UK COP 26 Presidency. Nick is also the Founder & Chair of London Climate Action Week, one of the world’s largest climate festivals. He also has several independent appointments including as a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. Nick has previously worked in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, UK Foreign Office, WWF-UK, London Business School and the UK electricity industry. As an academic he was lead author of “Argument in the Greenhouse”; one of the first books examining the economics of climate change .
Professor, Oxford Internet Institute
Vili Lehdonvirta is Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He leads a research group examining the politics and socio-economic implications of digital technologies. He is one of the world’s most cited authors on gig work and the platform economy. His current research examines the geopolitics of digital infrastructures. His books Cloud Empires: How digital platforms are overtaking the state and how we can regain control and Virtual Economies: Design and analysis are published by MIT Press. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has advised the European Commission, the World Bank, and other public, private, and third-sector organisations on digital policy and governance.
Chair, London Futurists
David W. Wood, D.Sc., a smartphone industry pioneer, now serves as a futurist consultant, speaker, and author. With a rich history spanning Psion PLC and Symbian Ltd, which he co-founded, David boasts 25 years of expertise in mobile technology. As Chair of London Futurists, he has organised over 200 public meetings exploring futurist and techno-progressive topics. Additionally, as Principal of Delta Wisdom, he assists clients globally in understanding the profound impact of evolving technology on society.
Visiting Professor in Practice, LSE Law School
Mark Lewis, an esteemed legal expert with nearly four decades of international experience, specialises in complex IT transactions, digital transformation, and advanced technology deployment. He is currently a Senior Consultant in Stephenson Harwood's Technology Practice having previously held partnership at several prominent TMT law firms. Mark's diverse client portfolio includes Fortune 500 and FTSE companies. As a Visiting Professor in Practice at The London School of Economics & Political Science Law School, he focuses on the intersection of law, business, and advanced technologies. Mark has also co-authored a white paper on ethical AI in human capital management.
Creator, Consultant & Futureproofer
Nikita is a dynamic creator and consultant focused on driving meaningful impact. She is the Interim Head of Careers & Partnerships at The London Interdisciplinary School. With expertise in future work, AI, and human potential, Nikita offers workshops and coaching around AI upskilling and career strategy including 'Futureproof' Coaching & Consulting, 100DaysOfAI, a sprint to AI empowerment and insights on career design and the future of work.
Angel Investor, Advisor
Saalim Chowdhury is a distinguished investor and startup advisor. He has played a pivotal role in nurturing and supporting startups, making him a revered figure in the entrepreneurial landscape. Saalim boasts over a decade of experience as a technical founder and startup vet, with over $200 million worth of exits to Cisco and Toptal.
Doctoral Researcher, Soft Matter lab, UGOT
Benjamin Midtvedt is a Doctoral Researcher with the Soft Matter Lab at the University of Gothenburg, and a Co-Founder of IFLAI an emerging leader in AI applications for life sciences. His team's research on deep learning which, among other things, covers object detection with very little data, has been published in leading journals like Nature. IFLAI is also the recipient of the European Research Council's prestigious Proof of Concept Grant that helps them maximize the application of their state-of-the-art research.
Co-Founder, Own your own data foundation
Brittany Kaiser is a prominent data protection expert. A former director at Cambridge Analytica, she gained international recognition for her role in exposing the data misuse during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Leading the Own Your Data Foundation, she's also the author of "Targeted" and a key figure in Netflix's "The Great Hack". An acclaimed speaker, Brittany has addressed the UN and European Parliament, boasting advanced credentials in international relations and law.
Dr. Robert elliot smith
Director of AI & Data Science, Digital Catapult
Dr. Robert Elliot Smith is an AI expert with over 30 years of experience in research and its commercial application. He serves as the Director of AI and Data Science at the UK government's Digital Catapult. Author of "Rage Inside the Machine," Smith delves into the ethics and biases of algorithms. A blend of academia and industry expertise makes him a leading voice on AI's societal impact.
MichAel g. Jacobides
Professor, London Business School
Michael G Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School, is a renowned expert in strategy, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation. His influential research on industry evolution and digital ecosystems has earned accolades and shaped corporate strategies. A sought-after speaker, he's a Thinkers50 honoree, author, and Chief Expert Advisor on the Digital Economy at the Hellenic Competition Commission.
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fire from the gods: how ai could make or break us
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What does AI mean for you? Will it eat your job, mark the end of society or super-power a new age of prosperity? And crucially will we be able to control it? In this panel, we will explore better ways of understanding AI, its risks and potentials and utopian and dystopian scenarios of where it could lead our society.
SocietyGPt: data-driven democracy Or algorithm autocracy
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Will algorithms define the next phase of history or will we make AI work for society? Are you more valuable than your data? Join us as we delve into the discussions around tech regulation, the value of data rights and ownership and the ever-evolving dynamics between tech giants, nation-states and society in the post-AI world…
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How to train your AI: How to use AI to win in your industry
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How do you scale AI for your organisation? Join us as we explore avenues to creating organisation-wide AI value propositions and how to address the opportunities and challenges they present. Our discussion includes synthetic data, active learning and the importance of developing a sound AI strategy.
How can you develop a career strategy for the AI age? In this panel, we focus on the impact of various emerging technologies including AI on the global workforce, the requisite skills for the future and how these technological shifts will shape global industries and job markets.
The Attention Monster: Guarding against the future harms of AI & emerging tech
Cheng Kin Ku Building
How do we address the regulatory and societal challenges of generative AI, deep fakes and emerging technologies? How can we balance the need to facilitate innovation without compromising institutional trust and personal freedoms? As well as reviewing the current regulatory landscape, we will be delving into recent lessons from the social media and smartphone age.
Cyber Empires: New frontiers of techno-nationalism, conflict & geopolitics
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Delve into the realms of techno-nationalism, technology-driven diplomacy, the role of major tech corporations and the geopolitical quest for critical natural resources in shaping these trends. Join us in a captivating discussion exploring burgeoning cyber empires and new geopolitical frontiers.
Heatwaves & Cold wars: navigating systemic risk & security Challenges in a Changing climate
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How does a warming planet pose a risk to our global economic, food, political and trade system? The panel aims to explore climate risks through a security, geopolitical and economic lens, shedding some light on how we can build a more resilient global system.