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"We've either got to speed up our brains or slow down our technology."

Richard is an English author, lecturer and futurist known for his 2007 book 'Future Files: a Brief History of the next 50 Years'. He has written 5 books about the future and is founder of 'What's Next', a website that documents global trends. He has been a blogger on innovation for 'Fast Company Magazine' and has written about creativity, innovation, and future thinking for a variety of publications. Richard is a proponent of scenario planning and an advocate of preferred futures, believing it is incumbent upon organisations to create compelling visions of the future and work towards their realisation.

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"The concept of being able to transact with another person without intermediary is fantastic."

Charles is a serial entrepreneur who has focused his career on solving challenges for some of the world's largest organisations. In addition to providing advisory services to clients, Charles has built and sold three technology companies so far in his career, and in his spare time passionately supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and start-up teams. He currently is Head of Technology at Deutsche Bank Labs in London, and is also and Associate Partner at Elixxir. Charles is an experienced public speaker having presented at various events in the UK, US and the Middle East on the philosophical questions around Smart Devices, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence industry and the societal impact of the application of this technology.

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"The first step when dealing with Data is putting people in control of their data. The denial should never be copied."

Nick has more than 20 years' experience in Telecoms, from development to product management, marketing and sales. An industry ambassador for Cisco with proven thought leadership and innovation. Nick is a motivational team leader with many years in management in a senior engineering level and a successful project manager with numerous achievements on complex tasks and globally  distributed teams. Previous positions include Chief Architect for IP Telephony development in EMEA, Head of Unified Communications Technology for Europe and Collaboration CTO for UK and Ireland. Nick is the Head of Innovation Technology for UK and Ireland, responsible to accelerate innovation by creating proof of concepts, pioneering new technology towards country digitisation.

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"You want to be the enabling technology upon which everybody else develops."

Dan is an expert in the future telecoms with background embracing a wide range of technologies. Dan joined Capita as Director of Group Architecture in 2015. He guides future projects founded on existing expertise and identifies new capabilities that will help Capita maximise potential in fresh markets. Prior to Capita, Dan spent 16 years working as a technical and strategic expert in telecoms, focused on future mobile technology and the Internet of Things.

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"We think most data is protected from hackers. But then too we also think that hackers would want to steal information if they could."

Karsten Nohl is one of the most famous hackers in the world, laymen know him as the hacker that revealed to the world how to spy on anyone through vulnerability in the SS7 protocol. Karsten has spoken widely on security gaps since 2006, he and co-investigators have uncovered flaws in mobile communication, payment, and other widely-used infrastructures. In his work as CISO at an Asian 4G and digital service provider, and as Chief Scientist at Security Research Labs in Berlin, Karsten challenges security assumptions in proprietary systems and is fascinated by the security-innovation trade-off.  

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"Data has all of a sudden become a valuable commodity in itself. Knowledge is power."

Rob is a professional communications engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). Rob has been with Cisco for over 16 years and is currently CTO for the UK Partner & Commercial team. In this role, Rob manages a team of 12 Systems Engineers, who in turn provide suppoer to Cisco's Partner community. Rob's role includes managing his team, as well as providing thought leadership and formulating technilical strategy for Cisco's partners, and commercial customers. 

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"You implement digital transformation by internally changing the culture and mindset of the organisation."

Livio started the online community agency TMG in the mid-90s, then co-founding Headshift (acquired by Dachis Group in the 2009). In 2013, Livio co-founded  Post*Shift and Shift*Base Research in 2015. 
Livio has 20 years in the industry, helping many well-known global clients make sense of complex digital challenges, playing  a strong operational leadership role across all key business functions.

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"The reason HR is so exciting today is because there is a nexus of social, of technical, and of commercial  factors that are coming together to change the industry."

David has more than 7 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience and currently serves as an advisor to several early stage companies. David also has experience in public market technology sector investments, including roles at Goldman Sachs and a US hedge fund. Currently, David is Investment Director and Head of Research at MMC, an award-winning venture capital firm established in 2000, delivering exceptional returns through a deep understanding of technologies, trends and markets.

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"I can teach my students how to solve things, but that's not what we want. We want you to be a leader. That type of skillset is not valued enough, and not taught enough." 

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences, and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

 

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"It's about picking the right tools, and not necessarily using all the Data that is available."

Kerry Wright is Alliances Director at Purple, an intelligent platform for physical spaces which uses social engagement, marketing tools, and location analytics to get digital insights by using data from real world spaces, such as WiFi data. Kerry's vision on how WiFi is driving consumer engagement and how analytics can monetize free, social-media-based WiFi services is unique and compelling.  

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"Businesses need to be more agile, to be able to adapt to changes."

Mike is a highly successful entrepreneur and digital futurist. A born disruptor, Mike eat, lives, and breathes future thinking and has helped many large organisations on their future strategy. Mike is an expert in Horizon Mapping and foresight studies particularly around business planning, disruption, and digital innovation. He self publishes a future extinction map and crowdsources insight from a broad range of colleagues.  

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"As a citizen, I'd like to think that my Data can be accessed for the purpose of keeping me safe."

Frank is a lawyer specialising in all manner of commercial contracts with specialisms in cloud & technology, data security & intellectual property. His clients come to him not just for his specialist legal advice but also rely upon him for his can-do mentality and his pragmatic approach to solving problems and managing risks, helping to maximise return on investment. Clients say his robust but pragmatic contracts that allocate risk now, have helped them avoid costly court battles later. 

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"Some say we will get human level AI in the 2050s. I strongly believe we will get there earlier than that."

Jeremy is an expert on technology and design products and automotive forecasting. He is a public speaker of product design, technology and the Internet of Things. Currently, Jeremy is Gear Editor at Wired Magasine. Due to his extensive knowledge of the product world and forecasting trends, Jeremy has been commissioned for consultancy services to some of the world's largest consumer brands and manufacturers on industrial design and user experience.

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