Tech Predictions Mini Summit

2020 has been a turbulent year for businesses, with many having to take their digital transformation projects forward by 2 or even 3 years in the space of months. 2021 is, in part, looking likely to be the same and we certainly won’t be going back to the world we were in before the pandemic. However, with light at the end of the tunnel, many businesses are starting to think about how they can position themselves for rapid growth and productivity gains by utilising digital tools, in 2022. 

The Challenge

The challenge for businesses is deciding on which horse to back and where to invest to ensure they can move quickly to accommodate the new habits of both employees and customers. Pace of execution is everything and having advanced insights into market dynamics and the needs of customers, while ensuring your employees are productive in new environments will separate the winners from the losers in 2022.

The Tech Predictions Mini Summit will cover these issues, bringing discussions to inspire you in planning for the tech needs of 2022!

Benefits of attending

Optimise productivity with a world class digital culture

Overcome video fatigue: Implement better collaboration tools and user experiences for your customers and hybrid workforce

Prepare for future shocks: Is your digital transformation strategy green enough to handle climate change pressure?

Preparing for the future workforce: will they expect AI and VR enabled meetings?

Prepare for an intensifying threat landscape: secure your networks and cloud infrastructure

Make faster, smarter decisions with the best data analytics and BI tools

Practical use cases for AI and automation in your business


Speakers confirmed so far!

Global Head of Information Technology Operations
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Adrian Cambridge is a highly experienced IT leader with over 26 years' experience 11 of which in legal. Adrian is the Global Head of IT Operations for law firm HFW which has 19 offices worldwide. Before working in the legal sector, he was an IT consultant for an IBM business partner working across many industry verticals.

Adrian has worked for law firms Mischon de Reya (in the UK) and Simmons & Simmons and Latham and Watkins in the Middle East. For the last five years he was Head of IT for a local holding company based in Abu Dhabi and part of a team that built four diverse companies from the ground up, designing and implementing their technology offerings. As a member of the management team for each company Adrian gained a more commercial approach to IT service delivery, often being called on to assist with company day-to-day operations, marketing, and contributing to the long term strategy of each company. He was also tasked with delivering commercial, innovative IT solutions for clients based in the UAE and the Maldives.

In August 2019 Adrian joined HFW to head up the global operations team based in the London office. Working closely with the IT Director, he has been tasked with transforming the IT department, systems and support at HFW with a push towards cloud and infrastructure as a service. The firm has demanded a more agile approach that provides the best IT facilities and working environment for employees, allowing HFW to give their clients the highest quality service. Adrian is helping to design IT systems and solutions that are both fit for purpose and commercially viable and allows HFW to interact more closely with clients. A challenge he is relishing.

Professor in Digital Economy
University of Exeter

Alan has been delivering impact as an entrepreneur and in business for over 30 years, working predominantly in software delivery to power business transformation. He is also a university professor, researcher, coach and trusted adviser to start-ups and established organizations across the public and private sector. He has written several books on enterprise software delivery and digital transformation, and holds a Professorship in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter, UK and a Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK National institute for data science and AI. For more details, and to sign up for his weekly “Digital Economy Dispatches” newsletter, go to

Group Director, R2 Data Labs
Rolls Royce

Caroline Gorski is Group Director of R2 Data Labs, charged with developing the strategy and implementation of data innovation technologies and capabilities for Rolls-Royce that lead to new insights, new solutions and new business models, generating substantial value for the Group. R2 Data Labs was formed in 2017 to be a catalyst and accelerator for Rolls-Royce data innovation.

R2 Data Labs works across the Rolls-Royce Group as federated community of practice. Working collaboratively with Business Units, we identify, test, prove and accelerate new technologies and business models that best position Rolls-Royce to adopt, deploy and industrialise market-leading data innovation, creating change and positive disruption. We develop and mature the new data innovation expertise capabilities and digital first culture needed to achieve Rolls-Royce’s digital strategy.

R2 Data Labs are specialist practitioners, who create vibrant communities of practice in the pioneering capabilities and tools that are critical to accelerate data innovation and raising Rolls-Royce’s digital readiness levels:

• AI, machine learning & data engineering emerging technologies
• Ecosystem-led open innovation & venturing
• Business model disruption • Building digital skills and culture
• Data innovation best practice, methodologies and operating models

Having graduated from Oxford University with an MA, Caroline has spent 25 years analysing, advising and managing strategic change at the leading edge of technology development, including as Head of IoT and Digital Manufacturing for Digital Catapult, part of the UK Government’s innovation support network. Currently, she holds NED and Board Advisory positions for CENSIS and Sensing Feeling as well as roles advising and supporting regional and national governments around the world in Digital Strategy development. 

UK Ministry of Defence

Charles has 38 years industry experience gained from leading IT globally as Deputy Group Global CIO at BP, as CEO of Global IT Services at Prudential and as Interim CIO at Thames Water. He has worked as an independent consultant helping businesses transform their ability to exploit digital technology.

Charles Forte was appointed the Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Defence in January 2018. He is the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital and is responsible for strategy and policy on the exploitation, operation, interoperability and protection of information and digital technology across the Ministry of Defence. This includes cyber security and resilience; the promotion of new ways of working, information technology-enabled innovation; and the delivery of effective IT services. Charles is a member of the Defence Executive Committee and the Strategic Command Executive Committee.

Group Head of Collaboration
Clifford Chance
Head of Digital Readiness
Health Education England (NHS)

David is Head of Digital Readiness at Health Education England (HEE) and has over 25 years of delivery experience within both the NHS and major private sector organisations. He is currently leading HEE’s Digital Readiness Programme, a national programme aimed at ensuring that the health and care workforce of today and tomorrow has the capacity and capability to deal with an ever-growing demand for health services in a world of ever-increasing digital services. The programme provides the mechanisms for supporting a workforce who need to be equipped with the skills, knowledge, values and behaviours to enable them to exploit the ‘power of digital’. It includes establishment of the NHS Digital Academy for developing digital change leaders and is also carrying out work to address the challenges around the importance of senior leadership buy-in; digital learning and development for all; ‘professionalising’ the digital workforce; and creating the future digital workforce.

Managing Director
3 Colours Rule

Flavilla Fongang is a serial entrepreneur, author and the founder of 3 Colours Rule, an award-winning branding and neuromarketing agency. Computer Weekly named her among the top 5 most influential women in tech in the UK. Through her agency, she has helped her clients scale their brand nationally and internationally. She was awarded the “She’s Mercedes” businesswoman award by Mercedes Benz. Flavilla Fongang is a respected brand strategist with neuromarketing expertise and the creator of the D.A.C. system and The “Beyond marketing” strategy. Flavilla is the brand advisor for the BBC and provides regularly actionable brand strategy advice on live radio and TV. She is also the founder of Tech London Advocates for Black Women in Tech. She hosts Tech Brains Talk podcast providing insights and advice to tech entrepreneurs and companies. She is also the author of “99 strategies to get customers”.

She has been a keynote speaker for the most prestigious international events, such as AdWeek, HubSpot, DMWF, MozCon, AdWorld, Upgrade100, CTA, MarTech and many more.

Founder & CEO
UpSkill Digital

Serial entrepreneur, Gori Yahaya, is the CEO and founder of UpSkill Digital, a leading organisation in the world of digital education and inclusion. He has over a decade of experience building and implementing award-winning digital learning and social impact programs for the likes of Google, Samsung, Lloyds Bank and BT.

An evangelical advocate for diversity and inclusion with a mission to support people of minority ethnic backgrounds to boost progression and develop relevant skills for the future workplace, his expertise has been critical to the development and continued success of many global learning programmes covering regions across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The London Clinic

A leader of Information Technology and Digital teams with broad experience in Healthcare, Publishing, Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, and Membership. James has significant international experience delivering sustainable business transformation. He builds and leads empowered teams, which express digitally agile, curious, and innovative cultures.

James is currently Chief Information Officer at The London Clinic, a leading private charitable hospital in London. Prior to this he was Director of Information Technology at Oxford University Press and, previously, the Institute of Directors. Before embarking on his business career 25 short years ago James was a geologist and is an expert in ancient Australian climate. James is married, lives in Hampshire, has two children and one dog.

Head of Education Practice, EMEA
Juniper Networks

Jamie is an EMEA vertical practice leader within Juniper Networks global strategic verticals team. He is responsible for Juniper’s higher education strategy and engagement in EMEA including vertical messaging, sales enablement and business development. Jamie has 28 years of experience in networking, initially working for leading manufacturers Cabletron & 3Com before becoming the joint founder and sales director of Pervasive Networks Ltd. Jamie was a key member of the SMT team who grew Pervasive to become one of the most accomplished wireless solutions specialist network resellers in the UK. The last five years, Jamie has been focused on ICT transformation within higher education and how technologies provide a platform for success. Jamie joined Juniper Networks in July 2019 from Roc Technologies, a highly regarded specialist in process led transformation where he was public sector sales director.

Research Manager

As a Research Manager for IDC Insights Europe, Jan Alexa is responsible for developing and expanding IDC Government Insights analysis within Europe, with special focus on Smart Cities and Education research. Jan also co-leads European Future of Work practice. In these roles, he conducts primary and secondary research with both IT vendors and end users.

Before joining IDC, Jan was an official at the Ministry of Finance in the Czech Republic. Jan was additionally a board member of the Supervisory Board for the Škoda Health Insurance Fund and the Czech Military Health Insurance Fund. Jan has also worked for several international organizations (such as WHO and the OECD) providing analysis in the field of Governmental Health Policy.

Jan has a Master's Degrees in Economic Theory and Security Studies, and Bachelor's Degrees in Demographics/Economics and Political Science from Charles University in Prague.

Security Awareness Advocate

Javvad Malik is a Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, a blogger event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security that speak to both technical and non-technical audiences alike. Prior to joining KnowBe4, he was security advocate at AlienVault. Before then, he was a Senior Analyst at 451’s Enterprise Security Practice (ESP).

Founding Partner and Head of Consulting
Emergence Partners

Passionate about combining human centred design with the technical innovation that AI technologies offer, Katie is challenging organisations that implement AI for the sake of AI, instead advocating for identifying the business value that AI will deliver and how to manage the cultural impact by including, rather than replacing, the workforce on their AI journey.

You can read her thoughts on all things AI and women in tech here: Hide Katie King CEO AI in Business

HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Mahbubul is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and a highly skilled Cyber Security expert with a detailed grounding in personnel, procedural, physical, and technical security. In that period, he has led numerous agile and non-agile teams on Security engagements in UK Government Departments.

His passion and focus have been on building inclusive and diverse security teams that are able adapt to the dynamic changes within security, whilst delivering on Governance, Risk and Compliance outcomes.

Mahbubul is a member of the SABSA Institute, CIISeC and The Security Institute. He is a keen supporter of mentoring programmes within the security profession, including helping with the development of the security professionals in the UK Civil Service.

Mahbubul has been appointed a Non-Executive Director for the Security Institute as well as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). As the CISO for HM Courts and Tribunal Services, he remains committed to delivery of Cyber Security initiatives.

EMEA Lead Sustainability Solutions SA
Amazon Web Services

Margaret O’Toole is the EMEA Lead Sustainability Solutions Architect at AWS, and has been working at AWS since 2017. In her role, she helps customers achieve their sustainability goals through energy efficient cloud design and strategic use cases built on AWS. Margaret is a passionate technologist and environmentalist, with a background in Computer Science and Biology. When she’s not working with customers, you’ll find Margaret exploring the outdoors with her dog, Holly.

Euromoney Institutional Investor

Martyn is an experienced information security leader, working at board level to define information security strategy and then manage teams to implement that strategy. Martyn works with clients in a flexible and proactive way to meet stringent security requirements and adaptive needs, enabling businesses to work in a flexible way by reactively designing security processes and technical controls that support the business rather than inhibit it. He's the security leader for a FTSE 250 data business which owns over 70 brands

Head of Analytics & Big Data

Michael has 23 years’ experience of working in the IT industry and is currently Head of Analytics & Big Data for the EMEA region at Oracle. He has held several senior leadership roles over the past 16 years and has been responsible for teams specializing in data analytics, data management, cyber security and digital transformation. Michael has strong expertise in Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He is a member of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Advisory Council for Artificial Intelligence and an AI adviser to the University of Oxford.

CIO and VP
Dartmouth College

Davis is a high performing senior executive who is redefining the role of the CIO in higher education. Davis has promoted organizational change, innovation, and emerging technology in education for over twenty years. He regularly consults with universities and faculty, speaks at seminars, participate on education technology committees and business and government advisory boards. Further, Davis works with venture capitalists and businesses to deliver next generation solutions.

Davis combines a strategic and functional understanding of change management, business process, and marketing, with broad technology experience to quickly build highly effective, motivated and talented teams that deliver business value through ideas and innovation. His goal within higher education is to create a generation of faculty, students and staff who seamlessly apply the latest information and technology to their research, teaching and learning.

SVP of International and General Manager
BlueJeans by Verizon

Paul Scholey, SVP International is responsible for growing the BlueJeans by Verizon business in EMEA and APAC. He brings over 25 years of experience in the software industry, having previously worked in and led teams in consulting, pre-sales, and sales. Paul has a track record of growing early stage and midsize software companies, with specialization in building sales teams focused on accountability and value-based selling. Most recently, he was SVP of International at Pentaho. Prior to that, Paul held a variety of leadership positions at Oracle, Teradata, and Business Objects.

Senior Analyst

Prachi specializes in enterprise communications and collaboration technologies, including video conferencing equipment and services. She brings over 15 years of telecoms industry experience and expertise in fixed and mobile convergence, service provider strategies, and next-generation technologies. Prachi has authored market share and forecast reports and analysis on a range of topics across the enterprise collaboration landscape.

Prachi has worked as a software engineer with various companies, including Idea Cellular, AT&T, and Motorola. She then moved into research and analysis, working as telecoms analyst with several boutique firms, including GSMA, where she researched strategies for increasing youth employment opportunities through mobile technologies and services. She holds an engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications from SGSITS in India and an MBA from the Henley Business School, part of University of Reading. Prachi is fluent in English and Hindi and is based in London.

Six Revolutions

Puni Rajah built her reputation for fact-based decision support as a business analyst at Deloitte. Since then, she has conducted IT consumption, management and sales research in Europe and Asia Pacific theatres. In 2007, she co-founded of Six Revolutions, a peer-to-peer benchmark council dedicated to understanding IT governance issues. She is expert at understanding enterprise software and services use and buying behaviour. The Six Revolutions team is currently researching the carbon cost of online marketplaces.

Independent Renewals/NetZero Technical Consultant
Purple Dragons

Rahul Vadgama explores ways to modernise and standardise Energy Data exchange and integration. This includes identifying opportunities to improve collaboration between organisations operating in the energy sector. Rahul guides production and distribution teams on Data Science, Data Engineering and Smart Grid technology and techniques to deliver better services to energy consumers.

Director of Collaboration and Contact Centre, EMEA
Orange Business Services

Stephane is a unified communications solution director covering solution positioning, business development and go to market strategies for the European theatre. He has extensive knowledge of many facets of the IT industry through his experience working for consulting firms, vendors and IT and telecom services providers.

Stephane has been with Orange Business Services in Amsterdam since 2008 and has engaged in several service incubation and business development programmes for security, consulting, enterprise application management and in the last three years, unified communications.