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FT Innovate 2014

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata

General Electric

Heather Barnett

University of Westminster

David Bell

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Thank you to the 200+ corporate innovation practitioners and innovation gurus from around the world that attended FT Innovate 2014 and made it such a memorable event.
FT Innovate 2014 discussed how the digital big bang - and the digital natives, digital pioneers, digital technologies and digital practices it is spawning - is transforming the way businesses innovate. 
The conference programme took an in depth look at how established global businesses, as well as the smaller new-comers, are safeguarding their survival by employing digital technologies and practices to outsmart the competition and unlock new markets. 

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Speakers (40)

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata

Former Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight
General Electric

Marco Annunziata is the cofounder of Annunziata + Desai Advisors, a boutique consultancy on economics, innovation, and business strategy. He is a Resident Fellow at Autodesk and an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Electric, and a member of the Board of Advisors on Information Technology at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Mr Annunziata’s work focuses on digital-industrial innovation and the Future of Work, and how these issues impact business models and strategies and global economic affairs.

Mr Annunziata is a regular contributor to, and author of The Economics of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and New Threats, published by Palgrave MacMillan. He is a two-times winner of the Rybczynski Prize for best paper in business economics, awarded by the Society of Business Economists in London, and has written a number of papers on the latest technological innovations in industry and their economic impact. He has given a TED talk on innovation, published in the Harvard Business Review, and is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.


Before striking out on his own, Mr Annunziata spent seven years at General Electric Co. as Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovations Strategy, driving global economic, financial, and market analysis to support GE's business strategy, as well as scoping developments in technological innovation and new business models. Prior to GE, Marco worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and UniCredit in London, and spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C..


Mr Annunziata holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. 

Heather Barnett

Heather Barnett

Senior Lecturer in Art / Science
University of Westminster

Heather Barnett is an artist with an international reputation for innovative interdisciplinary work involving scientists, artists, participants and organisms. 

Working with imaging technologies and biological behaviours, projects include microbial portraiture, cellular wallpapers, performing cuttlefish and an on- going ‘collaboration’ with the intelligent slime mould, Physarum polycephalum. Heather has been Artist in Residence in diverse organisations including a Michelin star restaurant, a satellite mapping company, a hospital pathology department, and science research laboratories and recent commissions include Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit and the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Art/Science at the University of Westminster, and Lecturer on the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins.

David Bell

David Bell

Professor of Marketing and Ecommerce
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

David is the Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he studies how we use the Internet and related technologies to search, shop, and sell. David is an award-winning teacher and researcher and developed Wharton’s first course on digital marketing and e-commerce. He is an active angel investor in, and advisor to, a variety of successful Internet startups and serves as an expert witness in consumer Internet litigation. David is a New Zealand citizen and received his PhD from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  David’s forthcoming book Location is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Shop, Search, and Sell in the Virtual One (http:// explains how and why where we live and work shapes our behavior online. He has published articles in all major marketing journals including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Management Science.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Executive Director, Government Digital Services
Cabinet Office

Mike Bracken was appointed Executive Director of Digital for the UK Government in July 2011. He is leading the transformation of public sector services to a "digital by default" model, building and championing a digital culture that puts the user first and delivers the best, low-cost public services possible.  Mike heads up the Government Digital Service, part of the Cabinet Office that has been globally recognised for its work on building world-class digital services. The new GOV.UK website - which brings together all UK Government services and information in one place - is an internationally recognised digital platform for public services and won the Design of The Year award for 2013.  Prior to joining Government, Bracken worked at Guardian News & Media as Digital Development Director for nearly four years; co-founded e-democracy site My Society, and was a Director/Shareholder at technical services company Wavex.

Cary Bran

Cary Bran

Senior Director of Innovation and New Ventures

In Cary’s role at Plantronics he leads the research and development of next generation software and device concepts and products, including efforts to deliver integrations between wearable devices and web browsers via WebRTC. 

Cary is also responsible for leading PLT Labs, a multi-disciplinary team that is working to identify and develop advanced wearable technologies that can be leveraged by developers to create new wearable tech-based applications. Cary’s background includes more than fifteen years experience developing enterprise collaboration and communications software solutions. Prior to joining Plantronics, Cary was at Cisco Systems for more than a decade, where he held positions in software architecture, business development and technical strategy. As part of his tenure at Cisco he led the internal WebRTC evangelism efforts and contributed to the IETF and W3C WebRTC standards development.

Carlo Gagliardi

Carlo Gagliardi


Carlo has a first degree in digital communications and mathematics, with a specialisation in cryptography and cryptoanalysis. He started his career as an Army Officer lecturing on Code Building and Code Breaking, and as a university lecturer in Probability Theory and Oligopolies Game Theory at Rome University “La Sapienza”. He was global lead of the Analytics & Customer Insight practice at Accenture, and global lead for the Customer Experience Innovation practice at PRTM Management Consultants. 

He joined PwC in 2011 as a partner in the strategy practice based in London, and is one of the firm’s thought leaders in the areas of customer centricity and customer experience, analytics, digital transformation, innovation, business model design and operating model design. Carlo has many years’ experience in advising clients and he routinely facilitates workshops with CXOs and presents at conferences on themes around Growth, Advantage and Innovation in the Digital Age. He has led dozens of engagements in the UK, Europe and the Middle East linking business strategy, customer strategy and operations to customer needs to achieve growth in a number of sectors. Carlo is one of PwC’s global thought leaders and practitioners in digital strategy and differentiation and he has co-authored three white papers on digital advantage: 
  • The Internet of Things 
  • How Digital will transform the business model
  • How Digital will make the “Economy of Outcomes” a reality Carlo also co-leads the PwC Digital Practice in the UK.
Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Samsung UK

As President of UK and Ireland, Andy is in charge of overseeing Samsung’s successful and wide-ranging portfolio; from mobile phones and TVs through to refrigerators and LED lighting.  He has achieved outstanding commercial success and, in recent years, has overseen several high profile launches and campaigns including Samsung’s most successful Olympic sponsorship activation to date – London 2012 – the launch of the hugely successful range of Galaxy Smartphones, and most recently the launch of the award winning Curved UHD TV.  Before his promotion to President, Andy was MD and Vice President of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics business where he built the profile of the business, resulting in Samsung’s position as market leader in TV as well as holding a strong position in both Digital Imaging and Digital Appliance sectors. In his life before Samsung, Andy worked for over a decade in senior roles at Sony Electronics in the UK and Amsterdam.  In addition to his personal career success, Andy is a passionate believer in vocational training and apprenticeships, following his own career success which started on the shop floor. He has been involved with many Samsung initiatives that focus on giving opportunities to tomorrow’s generation, including the Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards and the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum.

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

CEO - Airport Services
Manchester Airport Groups
Ashley Highfield

Ashley Highfield

Johnston Press

Ashley Highfield was appointed CEO of Johnston Press in 2011. He leads the multi-channel publishing giant to provide news and information services to local and regional communities through its portfolio of publications and websites – 13 paid-for daily newspapers, 195 paid-for weekly newspapers, 40 free titles, ten lifestyle magazines and 198 local news and e-commerce websites. Each month its news brands reach 24.5m people across eight publishing regions, with the largest monthly digital audience of any regional publisher in the UK.  Previously, Mr. Highfield worked for Microsoft as UK Managing Director of Consumer & Online, responsible for Windows Mobile, MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live/Instant Messenger and Bing.  He started his career at the BBC joining as the Director of New Media & Technology. In 2005, he was given additional responsibility for Broadcast and Production technology across the BBC. In July 2006 the BBC reformed its structure, turning the New Media department into the Future Media & Technology department (including BBC's Information & Archives business) with Highfield at its head. He also spearheaded the vision, strategy and development that saw the BBC create its revolutionary on demand platform BBC iPlayer.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Jason Hill

Jason Hill

Practice Director EMEA SDDC

Jason Hill is the EMEA SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center) Practice Director. Heading up a rapidly expanding team of sales experts, engineers and domain architects, Jason is responsible for delivering VMware’s SDDC to customers and partners. VMware’s SDDC is the ideal architecture for private, public and hybrid clouds and delivers concrete business value and differentiated solutions to businesses. Prior to this, Jason led VMware’s Advisory Services team around End User Computing for EMEA, working with senior executives to help them build their End User Computing strategies. Jason came from Deutsche Bank, where he instigated and ran its global cloud program.

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus


Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder of TransferWise, the international money transfer platform.  TransferWise helps customers send money abroad at a lower cost than ever before. It uses technology to cut out all the hidden fees banks and brokers charge. The platform is growing fast: its customers have already used it to move over £1bn and it’s attracted $33m from investors such Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, the co-founders of PayPal.  Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. He helped take the business from an idea on the back of a napkin to a multi-million user business.  He also helps the startup community as an advisor and angel investor. His investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Betaworks, Farmeron and Teleportd among others.  At TransferWise, Taavet looks after marketing and product development.  Twitter: LinkedIn:

Caroline Hyde

Caroline Hyde

London-based, European Business Correspondent
Bloomberg TV

Caroline Hyde is the London-based, European Business Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She regularly interviews chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region - including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer, Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green and Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Danny Alexander.
Ms Hyde has also provided in-depth reports on the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in digital, music and visual technology. 
Ms Hyde, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, previously covered the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt. She has covered the freeze in the European loan market following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the unraveling of the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as breaking news on the sales and performance of government bonds from Greece ahead of its bailout. 
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ms Hyde worked in public relations for London's Moorgate Group, where she was a debt market specialist, managing campaigns for clients including Standard & Poor's and Lloyds Banking Group. 
Ms Hyde holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Viktoras Jucikas

Viktoras Jucikas

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Lucy Kellaway

Lucy Kellaway

Associate Editor and management columnist
Financial Times
Guy Levin

Guy Levin

Executive Director
The Coalition for a Digital Economy
Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis

Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation
Channel 4
Chris Loughlan

Chris Loughlan

Innovation and Evaluation Unit
Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jeff Lynn co-founded Seedrs, The UK's No.1 equity crowdfunding platform, with Carlos Silva in 2009. He began his career as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London, and has served as a Non-Executive Director of Companies House. He has been named one of the top 10 coolest people in UK tech by Business Insider, one of the most influential men in Britain GQ and has been named on the Maserati 100 Index for 2016.

Justin Lyon

Justin Lyon


As one of the pioneers in the field, Justin helps leaders foresee the future using simulated realities to make radically better decisions for the benefit of all. Simudyne enables people to test out scenarios using simulation technology and mathematical reason – to see the impact that key decisions will have. Justin is an expert in simulation science, agent based modelling, system dynamics, web development, cloud computing, interactive marketing and starting up and successfully exiting businesses. Justin studied at MIT and has worked in software development with advanced mathematics for over 20 years.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT, including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation
SPRU, University of Sussex

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Previously she has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth--at the company, industry and national level. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV); her current project on Financing Innovation is funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments is funded by the Ford Foundation's Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative. Her new book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking private vs. public sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was shortlisted for the prestigious Wirtschaftsbuchpreis in Germany and on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times, and Forbes. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth—and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as ‘social’ as the risks taken. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation'.  She advises the UK government and the EC on innovation-led growth. Her research outputs, media engagement, and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.  

Ade McCormack

Ade McCormack

Futurist, Digital Strategist, Author; former Columnist, Financial Times

Ade McCormack is a futurist, digital strategist and author focused on helping both enterprises and individuals thrive in the digital age. He works with business and information leaders primarily in service-oriented organisations and has worked in almost 30 countries with the world largest brands. He is a former technologist and Financial Times opinion columnist, who has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership. He continues to write for CIO magazine and is a judge on the CIO 100. He has written a number of books, including “Beyond Nine to Five – Your career guide for the digital age”.

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Christie’s International Plc

Steven Murphy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s International in September 2010. An experienced CEO and leader, Steven is responsible for the overall strategy and management of all of the Company’s operating units.  Since joining Christie’s Steven has focused on developing the company’s global brand and client services, strengthening both the regional and the core business, and focusing on growth markets and opportunities including Private Sales and eCommerce. Steven has overseen the development of Christie’s online sales and in 2013 the company held 49 online-only sales offering works of art, wine, fashion and memorabilia. These sales achieved £13.2 million / $20.8 million in 2013 with 45% of buyers on the online platform new to Christie’s. Private sales totaled £760.5 million / $1.19 billion in 2013, an increase of 20% on the previous year. Christie’s realised worldwide sales of £3.77 billion / $5.9 billion in 2013, up 16% on 2012.  Steven’s sense for business and international brand management make him a very highly regarded leader in a range of different industries. He joined Rodale Inc., the US based publishing company, in 2000 as the Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to Chief Executive in 2002. At Rodale, Steven oversaw the most profitable period in its 69-year history. Under his management, Rodale produced a robust and expansive portfolio of media properties and branded content. He is also attributed to Rodale’s dramatic expansion into international markets. Prior to joining Rodale, Steven was an Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Disney Publishing Worldwide since 1998. From 1991 to 1998, he led a record label group for EMI music as President of EMI Music/Angel Records. From 1985 to 1991, Steven headed a publishing group for Simon & Schuster as a division President. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Georgetown University.

Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar

Lady Geek

Belinda Parmar OBE is the founder of social enterprise Little Miss Geek and the CEO of the award winning consultancy Lady Geek. Belinda has been chosen as a Young Global Leader 2014 by the World Economic Forum. She sits on the advisory board for the UK government’s ‘Your Life’ campaign whose aim is to encourage women to become technology pioneers. 

Belinda is the author of “Little Miss Geek” and her new book is “The Empathy Era” which has received coverage in The New Statesman, The Sunday Times, Stylist Magazine, The Telegraph and The Guardian. Belinda is a public speaker and regularly appears on BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 and Woman’s Hour. Belinda has been voted as one of the most innovative women to follow on Twitter. She also writes for The Guardian, Telegraph and Wired. Belinda has spoken at TEDx Thessaloniki, TEDx Whitehall and later this year will be speaking in Las Vegas at the DevLearn Conference in the Bellagio Hotel. Belinda Parmar was appointed OBE for services to the UK’s technology industry in the 2014 Birthday Honours. Belinda has two children, Jedd and Rocca aged 7 and 6.

David Percival

David Percival

Global Client Innovation Lead
Bruno Pieters

Bruno Pieters

Bruno Pieters is a Belgian fashion designer and art director highly regarded for his avant-garde creations and sharp tailoring. In 2012, after a two-year sabbatical from the fashion industry, he launched Honest by.Bruno Pieters was born in Bruges, Belgium in June 17, 1975. He trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, graduating with a BA in Fashion Design in 1999. Pieters developed his craft working with designers including Martin Margiela, Thimister and Christian Lacroix in Paris, as well as Antonio Pernas in Madrid. In July 2001, he presented his first couture collection during Paris Fashion Week. 

The next year, Pieters debuted his ready-to-wear collection. Exhibiting both men’s and women’s collections in Paris, Pieters soon became the critics favourite. Suzy Menkes, legendary editor for the International Herald Tribune, described the designer as “an intriguing new talent”. Pieters was also a winner of several awards, including the Swiss Textile Award in 2006, the Andam Award from the Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in 2007, the Elle Style Award in 2008 and the H&M Conscious Designer Award in 2014. His designs can be best described as architectural, highlighted by intricate tailoring and construction lines. described the “beauty of the clean, precise lines of Pieters’ tailoring” to be a result of his “real devotion to craft”. In 2005, Pieters was named creative director of the men’s line at the Belgian brand Delvaux – a role which he held until 2007. In June 2007 Pieters was established as art director for the avant-garde line Hugo by Hugo Boss, beginning a successful three-year collaboration. In addition, Pieters continued to expand his own label, launching eyewear and homewear. However, in 2010, he decided to announce the retirement of his own label. Pieters gave a significant part of his archive to the Momu Fashion Museum of Antwerp, while selling much of the rest and donating the funds to SISP, a children’s charity in Southern India. His experiences in India, during his sabbatical, had a radical affect on his outlook on life. He became increasingly concerned for the environment, animal welfare, and children’s causes. In January 2012, Pieters returned to the fashion stage with a new concept and brand. An entrepreneur as well as a designer, Pieters is creating a new model for the fashion industry, and for other industries worldwide. Honest by is the first company in the World to offer price transparency to their customer and to make their entire supply chain public.

Alberto Prado

Alberto Prado

Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy and Innovation
Philips Consumer Lifestyle

Alberto is, in his role as Head of Digital Innovation at Philips Consumer Lifestyle, responsible for driving digital propositions that enhance the consumer experience and deliver new business model opportunities by leveraging connectivity, data and mobile. 

Alberto started his professional career in mobile operator start-ups across Europe and Asia. He then joined NEC Europe, driving Strategy and Product Planning of their mobile handset division. Later he joined Symbian Software as Vice President Product Management, responsible for the product strategy, investment allocation and roadmap of the market-leading mobile Operating System of the time. After the acquisition of Symbian by Nokia, Alberto was involved in setting up the Symbian Foundation which became the vehicle to open source the Symbian code. He subsequently joined Nokia as Head of R&D strategy where he led the development of a new platform strategy for mobile.

Shai Reshef

Shai Reshef

Founder and President
University of the People

Shai Reshef is the Founder and President of University of the People – the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, accredited online university. Reshef built University of the People on the belief that higher education is a basic right that can both transform the lives of individuals and be an important force for societal change and world peace. 

An education entrepreneur with twenty-five years of experience in international education, Reshef served as the Chairman of Kiddum Group, a for-profit educational services company that was sold to Kaplan, Inc in 2005. From 2001-2004, he chaired KIT eLearning, a partner of the University of Liverpool and the first online university outside of the United States. Reshef has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople. He was named one of Fast Company’s "100 Most Creative People in Business" and selected by The Huffington Post readership as the "Ultimate Game Changer in Education." Reshef was also nominated as one of Wired Magazine’s “50 People Changing the World,” and Foreign Policy Magazine called him one of the "100 Top Global Thinkers."

Sean Seton-Rogers

Sean Seton-Rogers

Founding Partner
Profounders Capital
Barry Sheerman MP

Barry Sheerman MP

Westminster Crowdfunding Forum

Barry Sheerman is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, having first been elected in 1979.  He was formerly Chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee from 2001 – 2007, and then the Children, Schools and Families Committee from 2007 - 2010.  Barry currently Co-Chairs the Skills Commission which is conducting an enquiry into the quality of vocational education in the UK. He is also leading on the Tristram Hunt review of ‘Schools to Work’, a commission looking at equipping young people to leave education with relevant work force qualifications.  Having started his professional life as a University Lecturer, he is currently a visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London University, and is also a visiting Professor in Social Enterprise at Huddersfield University.  Barry is an energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years. Currently he is Chairman of independent think-tank Policy Connect and involved closely with the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rodgers Trust.

Baroness Shields

Baroness Shields

Chair of Tech City UK; Digital Advisor to the Prime Minister

Joanna Shields OBE is an American-British business executive, entrepreneur and investor. She is currently Chair of Tech City UK and the UK's Ambassador for Digital Industries. Ms. Shields spent the past 27 years building some of the world's best-known technology companies, including Google, Bebo, Aol and Facebook. She is a dual US/UK citizen, having relocated from Silicon Valley to London in 2000.  Before taking up her current post at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron she was Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Facebook she served as President of People Networks at Aol, a position she assumed after the acquisition of Bebo by Time Warner's Aol unit. At Bebo, Ms. Shields was CEO, leading the company's growth to 50M users and eventual acquisition for $850 million. Prior to this position she served as Managing Director for Google Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa.  Ms. Shields was ranked #1 on the Wired 100 in 2011 and #6 in the MediaGuardian 100 in 2012. In February 2013 she was named to the list of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. In July 2013 Computer Weekly named her the Most Influential Woman in UK IT. In July 2013 she received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joe Steel

Joe Steel

Virgin Mobile
Nathaniel Tapley

Nathaniel Tapley

Comedian, actor and writer
Joo Teoh

Joo Teoh

Managing Director

Joo loves big ideas, big brands and big international events. Over the past 16 years, he has worked with BP, Expedia, UPS, Unilever, British American Tobacco, General Electric, Phillip Morris, and Allied Domecq Wines & Spirits, Formula 1 Racing, World Rally Championships, and two successive Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Joo joined award-winning mobile-first agency Apppli in June 2014 from OgilvyOne, where he was Business Director on American Express' Centurion and Platinum brands, and Global Merchant Services division. 
Malaysian-born and British-educated, Joo is very happy to call London home again after stints in New York, Shanghai and Beijing.

Peter Thomond

Peter Thomond

Managing Partner
Michel van Hove

Michel van Hove


Michel van Hove is a Partner with Strategos based out of Amsterdam. 
He began his career in business development with a startup in the entertainment industry and worked extensively for multinational companies in FMCG and Specialty Chemicals. With over 20 years of experience in innovation Mr van Hove leads client engagements on strategy development and innovation initiatives. Having worked on innovation “from the inside” helps him appreciate and address the key issues and challenges that clients face in today’s fast changing environment. 
Since joining the firm in 2004 he has worked across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, energy, consumer electronics and food and beverage in Europe, US, Asia and Central America.

Ross Westgate

Ross Westgate

Infinity Creative Media
Keith Willey

Keith Willey

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
London Business School
Ron J Williams

Ron J Williams


Ron J. is a "sharing economy" Pioneer (having Founded SnapGoods) and human networks specialist who has been building and investing in peer-2- peer information systems for almost a decade. He loves connecting people and is most passionate about creating tools for regular people that reveal the richness of their networks and reduce dependence on traditional business. He is the Founder and CEO of Simplist, the easiest way in the world to build your team and business leveraging your combined networks.  Ron J. is a Brooklyn native, mentor, and fundraiser for several organizations (Stoked Mentoring, Camp Interactive) empowering kids to see their potential as creators. Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business.


Agenda - 19th Nov

  • 8:30am
    Registration & networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Ravi Mattu, Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote interview: The Digital Big Bang

    Baroness Shields, Chair of Tech City UK; Digital Advisor to the Prime Minister

  • 9:45am
    The world in beta

    Carlo Gagliardi, Partner, PwC

  • 10:05am
    PANEL DISCUSSION: The Digital Economy: Big Bang?

    How is the digital economy impacting on the way businesses are innovating?

    Carlo Gagliardi, Partner, PwC

    Guy Levin, Executive Director, The Coalition for a Digital Economy

    Chris Loughlan, Innovation and Evaluation Unit, HEKSS

    Moderated by:

    Ravi Mattu, Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    How digital enables meaningful innovation

    Managing the transformational challenge

    The internet of things is turning into reality, the industry is starting to deliver on its digital promise to consumers – but how to ensure innovation remains meaningful? What are the challenges for existing business and innovation models? Alberto Prado will speak about how Philips is digitising across the value chain, applying digital technologies and practices to develop innovative propositions that respond to consumers’ needs and make a difference to their day-to-day lives.

    Alberto Prado, Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy and Innovation, Philips Consumer Lifestyle

  • 11:15am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:45am
    A smarter way to innovate

    As digital matures and it moves from promises to reality business leaders are trying to make sense how to address the potential threats and opportunities it generates. But equally the way we develop strategy and implement innovation practices are being impacted as new, more open models are being facilitated by ‘digital’. We believe that the underlying principles are still valid in this new digital reality.Michel van Hove, Partner, Strategos

  • 12:00pm
    The Digital Classroom

    Technology has changed the way we live, at home and at work and we continue to push the boundaries of how technology can empower us. But how has it transformed the way in which we teach and learn in the classroom, and nurture the next generation of talent.

    An overview of current usage of technology in education

    Learnings and challenges from Samsung’s Digital Classroom pilots in 2014

    Where next? From classroom to the workplace

    Andy Griffiths, President, Samsung UK

  • 12:15pm
    The Economics of Innovation

    Mariana Mazzucato, R M Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex

  • 12:30pm
    Networking buffet lunch
  • 2:00pm
    FT Innovate View from the Top Interview

    The Connected World: A New Reality

    We are today at the beginning of a new era of connected and interoperable electronic products and devices, with the smartphone at the centre of this phenomenon. We call this the “connected world” and this is rapidly becoming our new reality. Dixons Carphone is at the forefront of this and is the only retailer to bring together the technology, connectivity, as well as the expertise and services required to help bring these technologies to life and ensure they do what they intend to do: make our lives better.

    Sebastian James, Group Chief Executive, Dixons Carphone

    Andrew Harrison, Deputy Group Chief Executive, Dixons Carphone

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 2:45pm
    Networking, Co-operation & Collective Action: What the Corporate World can Learn from Slime Mould

    Artist Heather Barnett works with slime mould, observing the growth patterns, navigational abilities and seemingly human behaviours of this biological phenomenon. Whilst it has no brain or central nervous system, the single celled organism, Physarum polycephalum, shows a primitive form of intelligence and an impressive capacity for networking, co-operation and collective action. It is used as a model organism in diverse areas of research (biological computing, robotics and structural design) and provides an interesting metaphor for social, technological and organisational structures. It is also quite beautiful and makes for an engaging, and unpredictable, artistic medium.

    Heather Barnett, Artist and Senior Lecturer in Art / Science, University of Westminster

  • 3:10pm
    Innovation Brainstorm

    A dynamic, participant-led 2-hour session, hosted in small, mixed-sector groups with a maximum of 12 delegates per group. This is an opportunity for delegates to think freely around challenges, contribute to the debate, network and discuss the hottest, up-to-the minute topics of interest to those whose job it is to make innovation happen in their companies.


    Smarter Working: The Rise of Wearables

    The last decade introduced us to innovations that profoundly changed the way we live. Today, technologies including ubiquitous networking, big data, powerful analytics, sensors, and the cloud have enabled a “perfect storm” of opportunity that will make the next 10 years even more impactful – and wearable tech and applications will play a key role.

    Advances are already allowing wearables to monitor and track our activities and actions and anticipate and react in a variety of ways and situations. In some cases these devices are even aware. With sensor enabled wearables in play, information could be constantly collected allowing applications to know more, automate more and share more. So how will this level of insight impact our future interactions now and in the years to come? What kind of changes can we expect and what innovation opportunities will there be when sensing environments become commonplace and our actions, biometrics, activities, preferences, location etc are constantly collected and made available for analysis? What are the implications for the smart office and the possibilities for improving business and our day-to-day lives?

    Explore these questions and more with Cary Bran, Vice President, Innovation and New Ventures, Plantronics, as he explores the advances in innovation already here, still required or complementary to the space, as the rise of wearables continues.

    Cary Bran, Vice President, Innovation and New Ventures, Plantronics

    Rise of the cyborgs! How to future-proof your career

    Humanity and robotics are on converging paths. Possibly the next stage in our evolutionary journey will be from homo sapiens to homo extensis (or augmented man). The prevalence of mobile devices and wearables(and even embeddables) suggest that this next step is well underway. We will explore the near future implications of this transition and what we can do to ensure we remain economically relevant.

    Ade McCormac, Digital Strategist, FT Columnist

    How to Achieve Innovation Breakthroughs

    Companies would like to achieve "Breakthrough" innovation on a regular basis. Creative thinking and starting an innovative initiative is relatively easy – to achieve consistency at innovation over the long term requires a lot of dedication. Creating and maintaining a culture that supports and enables innovation takes time and is not quick and simple. But we all know that breakthrough Innovation can alter the fortunes of a company, or even a country,dramatically. Implementing a more effective innovation culture and process means changing the way people think, work, and are compensated; it means saying ‘goodbye’ to weak portfolio management; cleaning up “clogged pipelines of projects which need to be killed”,marshalling resources for the “few big ones that change the frame of reference for consumers and company alike” and ability to be “humble enough to leverage external partnerships and expertise”.

    David Percival, Global Client Innovation Lead, PwC

    Other Discussion Hosts Include:

    Viktoras Jucikas, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, YPlan

    David Bell, Professor of Marketing and Ecommerce, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, author of Location is (Still) Everywhere

    Dr. Peter Thomond, Managing Partner, clevertogether

  • 5:15pm
    Closing Keynote: Disrupting Higher Education through Technology

    Using technology, higher education as we know it has been transformed. At University of the People, qualified students with nothing more than the most basic internet connection can now earn an accredited university degree, tuition-free, from anywhere in the world. UoPeople’s model of online higher education shows that we don’t need to wait for the best technology to come along before making changes; using only what’s available, we can change the world right now.

    How higher education can be made available to every qualified student in the world

    How a tuition-free university can be financially sustainable

    How the world of higher education is on the verge of disruption

    Shai Reshef, President, University of the People

  • 5:45pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    followed by drinks reception

Agenda - 20th Nov

  • 8:30am
    Networking tea and coffee
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s scene setting remarks

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Digital Reality

    Sooner or later every industry and every organisation will have to deal with the internet. It's happened to music, to publishing, to news. It's happening now to public services. Every industry needs to learn that the response, at heart, should not be about technology, it should be about understanding that the technology will demand a different operating principle for the organisation. Hear from someone who's been at the heart of a number of those digital transformations.

    Mike Bracken, Executive Director, Government Digital Services, Cabinet Office

  • 9:30am
    Making the Transition: how digital technologies are transforming industry

    Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, General Electric

  • 10:00am
    The Customer of The Future

    How do today’s teenagers envisage interactions between businesses and consumers in 20 years’ time? What tools are at the disposal of businesses to live up to what customers of the future expect? Which companies are ready and which ones are not?

    Joo Teoh, Managing Director, Apppli

  • 10:20am
    A Liquid World

    The world is changing in dramatic ways. We are at a significant tipping point, and traditional approaches to business and IT are being disrupted. Today’s dynamic environment has become ‘liquid’, where old rigid structures are melting away. And it is software that plays an increasing role in this liquid world. Jason Hill, head of the Software-Defined Data Centre Practice EMEA, VMware, will discuss:
- How software and cloud-powered services are transforming business
- Why businesses must shift from being ‘built to last’ to ‘built for change’
- Why the right IT provides confidence for business leaders to act bravely and decisively so they can innovate, compete and thrive.

    Jason Hill, EMEA SDDC Practice Director, VMWare

  • 10:35am
    4D Decisions - Ten reasons why simulating a situation can improve decisions

    Computer-aided simulations should be a part of every business’s toolkit. The ability to test a plan and learn about its strengths and weaknesses through computer-aided simulations creates a safe learning environment to help you see the possibilities and maintain business resilience. Justin will provide 10 reasons why you should consider developing a simulation to improve decision making. Here's a peek at the first three.

    Simulations help you see the future.

    They create a 'fail-safe' culture.

    They amplify your intelligence.

    Justin Lyon, CEO, Simudyne

  • 10:50am
    Women, Empathy and the New Pathway to Profit

    Belinda Parmar, CEO, Lady Geek; Author, The Empathy Era

  • 11:10am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:40am
    Award-winning comedian Nathaniel Tapley takes a funny/serious look at the digital economy

    Nathaniel Tapley, Comedian, actor and writer

  • 12:00pm
    Interview Fashion: A True Story

    Bruno Pieters, Founder, Honest by

  • 12:30pm
    PANEL: The Challenges of Innovating in a Regulated Industry

    Barry Sheerman MP, Chair, Westminster Crowdfunding Forum

    Taavet Hinrikus, Co-founder, TransferWise

    Jeff Lynn, CEO, Seedrs

    Jonathan Lewis, Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation, Channel 4

  • 1:15pm
    Networking buffet lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote address & interview 2: Power to the people: What happens after the sharing economy?

    Serial entrepreneur and sharing economy pioneer Ron J. Williams ties “wisdom-of-the crowd” to traditional business. He will share how information (not “inventory”) is the ultimate unit of currency AND the most commercially viable aspect of the Sharing Economy for traditional businesses.

    Ron J Williams, CEO, Simplist, “Top 100 Most Creative People in Biz” by Fast Company

  • 2:15pm
    Keynote address & interview: Power to the people: What happens after the sharing economy?

    Serial entrepreneur and sharing economy pioneer Ron J. Williams ties “wisdom-of-the crowd” to traditional business. He will share how information (not “inventory”) is the ultimate unit of currency AND the most commercially viable aspect of the Sharing Economy for traditional businesses.

    Ron J Williams, CEO, Simplist, “Top 100 Most Creative People in Biz” by Fast Company

  • 2:45pm
    Local: Digital Britain’s new frontier

    Why do we assume that the techno-wizards of Silicon Roundabout are the only people leading the way in enterprise and technology? Why do so many of us think the only place you'll find true innovation is a square half-mile of east London? Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press, explains why the real action – in business, networking, creativity and commerce, in new ways of making, talking, connecting and transacting – is taking place in towns and cities up and down the UK. He introduces the new local powerhouses of digital Britain – and the tribes who are shaping them.

    Ashley Highfield, CEO, Johnston Press

  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:45pm
    Digital: what does the new age mean for an old auction house?

    Christie’s is built on a universal truth – that people respond to works of art and many wish to own them, live with them, engage with them – as a means to connecting to the past, the present and anticipating the future. There is a growing audience for art globally and digital is a major contributor to this boom. Museum attendance is up from Beijing to Rio and in 2013, new buyers accounted for 22% of our global sales. The Art market, like many others, has been constructively disrupted by technology. Christie’s strategy has been to use digital to stay relevant to this growing global audience of consumers and artists, while remaining true to the founding principles of the auction house.

    Stephen Murphy, CEO, Christie’s

  • 4:15pm
    The Perfect Pitch

    The Perfect Pitch is a new TV format which has been described as Dragons Den meets X Factor.

    The Perfect Pitch consists of a series of pitches by real entrepreneurs to which audience members can respond in real time, indicating whether they are "In" or "Out". Results are shown live on screen at the event. Anyone who is 'In' is given access to the business’s equity crowdfunding listing to enable them to consider investing in the business.

    We have entrepreneurs from three very different businesses at very different stages of their development all of whom are looking forward to pitching and receiving your live feedback. The Perfect Pitch will be hosted by CNBC anchor Ross Westgate and Caroline Hyde of Bloomberg TV.

    Our opinionated panel members come from a range of backgrounds:

    The Journalist: Lucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor at the FT where she is one of the newspaper's most popular columnists.

    The Angel Investor: Keith Willey is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also runs one of the most exclusive and effective angel investor networks in the UK, E100.

    The Entrepreneur: Joe Steel cofounded Virgin Mobile, the first mobile operator of it's kind in the world. Joe is a serial entrepreneur and investor specialising in high growth consumer businesses.

    The Venture Capitalist: Sean Seton-Rogers is a founding Partner at Profounders Capital, a venture capital fund set up by some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Europe.

  • 5:30pm
    Chairs closing remarks and end of FT Innovate 2014

Who Attends?

FT Innovate is designed and tailored for forward-thinking senior executives responsible for making innovation happen in their companies, including: 

  • CEOs
  • Heads/Directors of Innovation
  • CIOs/CTOs/Heads of Technology
  • Heads/Directors of Research & Development
  • Heads/Directors of Product/Brand Development
  • Heads/Directors of Marketing
  • Heads/Directors of Strategy

    Allianz Insurance
    American Express
    Ariadne Capital
    Ask Jeeves
    Bank of Tokyo
    Best Buy
    Birds Eye Iglo
    BNP Paribas
    British American Tobacco
    Cancer Research
    Comic Relief
    Costa Coffee
    De La Rue
    Deutsche Telekom
    Eastman Kodak
    EMI Music
    Findus Group
    Harvey Nichols 
    HIT Entertainment
    HM Treasury
    Honeywell Aerospace
    Indesit Company
    Jaguar Land Rover

    Kraft Foods
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Pernod Ricard
    Philip Morris
    Premier Foods
    The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
    Procter & Gamble
    Red Bull
    Royal Air Force
    Societe Generale
    SSL International
    Standard Chartered
    Symbian Foundation
    TATA Sons
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Time Warner
    UN World Food Programme
    Williams F1

    and many more...


Tech Lab

Running throughout this year's conference, the FT Innovate Tech Lab will be showcasing some of the very latest in innovative technology, including: 
Future Technologies Showcase from Pearson plc
The lines between the education, work and consumer worlds are disappearing. Learners are expecting the same experiences regardless of where they are - at home, school or work. The Future Technologies team at Pearson plc explores new and emerging consumer trends and technologies with potential to have a positive impact on learning. Delegates will get insights into how the team prepares Pearson’s businesses for upcoming learner expectations and will be able to try out our prototypes using technologies such as virtual reality for student assessment and intervention, robotics to aid teaching STEM subjects or “invisible computing" to leverage more natural user interactions. 
See Yourself Replicated with 3Dify 
Brighton-based company 3Dify will be showcasing their 3D body scanner and printer at FT Innovate 2014. Delegates will be able to get themselves scanned and printed! 
Spritz demonstrate the first advancement in reading for 5000 years 
Spritz is an advanced content streaming technology that produces the first advancement in reading in 5000 years - the evolution of reading for the digital age. As covered nicely by Bloomberg, the technology provides consumers with a new visual display that helps them read content, one word at a time instead of line by line. Powered by unique algorithms and scalable 'serving' technology, Spritz engages readers with a focused reading experience and improves accessibility by delivering content across platforms (iOS, Android, web, video, OOH) and mobile devices (smartphones, desktop, wearables) with large and small screens alike.
To date, the technology has been used by millions of readers and adopted by leading publishers (Thomson Reuters, AOL, Financial Times, Bild and others), advertisers (HP, Intel, Hyundai, Universal), OEMs (Samsung, Uno) and is also seeing good traction in education and research. Since launch 6 months ago Spritz has been featured in more than 1,000 publications globally including: WSJ, Charlie Rose, Bloomberg, Techcrunch, Engadget, Wired, Fast Company, CBS, FOX, ABC, BBC, CNN and many others.
Got an interesting technology that you would like to showcase at FT Innovate 2014?  Contact


Perfect Pitch

The Perfect Pitch @ FT Innovate
Thursday 20 November 2014
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm 

The Perfect Pitch is a new TV format which has been described as Dragons Den meets X Factor.

The Perfect Pitch consists of a series of pitches by real entrepreneurs to which audience members can respond in real time, indicating whether they are "In" or "Out". Results are shown live on screen at the event. Anyone who is 'In' is given access to the business’s equity crowdfunding listing to enable them to consider investing in the business. 

We have entrepreneurs from three very different businesses at very different stages of their development all of whom are looking forward to pitching and receiving your live feedback. The Perfect Pitch will be hosted by CNBC anchor Ross Westgate and Caroline Hyde of Bloomberg TV. 

Our opinionated panel members come from a range of backgrounds: 

The Journalist: Lucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor at the FT where she is one of the newspaper's most popular columnists. 

The Angel Investor: Keith Willey is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also runs one of the most exclusive and effective angel investor networks in the UK, E100. 

The Entrepreneur: Joe Steel cofounded Virgin Mobile, the first mobile operator of it's kind in the world. Joe is a serial entrepreneur and investor specialising in high growth consumer businesses. 

The Venture Capitalist: Sean Seton-Rogers is a founding Partner at Profounders Capital, a venture capital fund set up by some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Europe. 

Use The Perfect Pitch app to tell us (and them) and see what everybody thinks in real time, while the pitcher is on stage. 

The Perfect Pitch is one of 5 sessions being streamed live from this year's FT Innovate. Register now for access to the access to the FT Innovate live stream. 



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