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Keynote Speakers (4)

Margaret  Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

CEO and Author
Rick  Goings

Rick Goings

Tupperware Brands

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Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

Vice Chairman

Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman, is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive and Global Operating Committees and Chairs the Government Relations Steering Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms. Novick heads the firm’s efforts globally on Government Relations and Public Policy, and she serves as a board member to the BlackRock Equity-Liquidity and BlackRock Closed End fund families.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. Ms. Novick joined First Boston in 1985 where she became head of the Portfolio Products Team.  From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues.  Ms. Novick is a member of CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council and Reuters’ Editorial Advisory Board.  She currently serves as a Trustee of Cornell University, UJA-Federation, and the HCM Foundation, and coaches in the Westchester Youth Soccer League.  Ms. Novick previously served on the boards of Robert Toigo Foundation (2007–2010), City Harvest (2010-2012) and Westchester Day School (2000-2005), and served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994-2012).  Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University in 1981.

Anne-Marie  Huby

Anne-Marie Huby


Chaired by (2)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an Associate Editor and Management Editor of the FT. He writes a weekly column, a blog and in-depth articles on global business, strategy and management.

Andrew was City Editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010. Since joining the FT in 1988, he has also worked as Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

He was named 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.

He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1987 with a degree in English.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the technology, media and telecoms editor of the Financial Times. Since joining the FT 15 years ago, he has spoken to CEOs, entrepreneurs, prime ministers as well as some of the world’s leading management thinkers. From the founders of Uber and Nest, to the CEOs of Microsoft and Vodafone, to the man who came up with virtual reality and Lady Gaga’s manager, Ravi has interviewed some of the most creative people in business today.

Through working with thought leaders in a variety of fields, Ravi has developed unique observations on the topics of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends in business and the changing nature of the workplace.

Ravi joined the Financial Times in 2000 and has held a number of senior positions at the newspaper, including editor of Business Life (the management section of the paper) and acting deputy editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a former editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management. He was also launch editor of FT Wealth.

He is co-chair of FT Innovate, the paper’s annual conference that brings together cutting edge ideas and business leaders.

Before joining the FT, Ravi worked as assistant editor, acting deputy editor and senior editor at Prospect Magazine from 1997 to 2000.

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Big v small: which one is better at coming up with and executing the big idea?

The 10th annual...FT Innovate 2015

Big v small: which one is better at coming up with and executing the big idea?

There is a story going round the business world: big companies can’t innovate. They’re all about inefficiency, stifled by bureaucracy and stuck in the past when it comes to the nimbleness required to generate and execute the best ideas. 

Instead, all the best innovation is coming from start-ups, especially those in the tech world. Inspired by Silicon Valley, mantras like the ‘pivot’ and ‘failing fast’ and fuelled by new digital tools, they can do in months what it would take a big company years to achieve.

But is this big bad, small good narrative too simplistic? Are the big guns fighting back? Or is the future of innovation really a story of how big and small companies will work together, as each seeks to figure out a way of working with the other? 

Key themes:

  • Big v small: which is really better at meaningful innovation?
  • The innovation exchange: how are big and small companies working together? 
  • What are big companies doing to take the best of small ones? 
  • What can start-ups learn from big corporates, especially when it comes to scaling?

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

Benefits of Attending

  • Experience this year’s much more immersive and participatory programme format
  • Gain valuable insights from practical, ‘nuts & bolts’ presentations, based on real industry experience
  • Understand the real steps you and your company need to take to make innovation happen
  • Keep abreast of latest trends and developments in innovation thinking
  • Hear outstanding speakers talk incisively about innovation’s failures, hardships and successes
  • Be inspired, informed, and reenergized by some of the best innovators in the business
  • Learn from the big name companies and innovation practitioners, and from the upstart start-ups


Who Should Sponsor?

Any company or organisation wanting to position themselves as being innovative, or consolidate and amplify their reputation as innovation leaders

  • Providers of innovation consultancy and any other business consultancy and advisory services
  • Technology vendors with innovative solutions for medium-large organisations
  • Big Data technology solution providers
  • Dedicated innovation technology providers including PLM and similar software
  • Executive recruiters
  • Investors in innovation (private equity, banks etc.)
  • International or regional development agencies seeking inward investment from innovative companies and industries

Why Sponsor?

Would your company benefit from high-profile alignment with this premier thought-leadership event?

Sponsorship of FT Innovate enables your company to benefit from the powerful positioning and brand-alignment offered in all pre-event marketing. Your branding appears on all direct-mail, the event website as well as many full-page and quarter-page advertisements that we run for the event in the Financial Times - a major advertising and marketing campaign offering co-branding with the FT and its annual innovation themed event.

Sponsorship also offers a chance to get some immediate return on investment through the many benefits we offer on the day of the summit, where sponsors get to meet and influence the 150+ C-level executives who attend this event. Using our online networking tool, sponsors get access to the delegates they specifically want to meet, increasing their chances of new lead generation.

Among the many other benefits, we offer some sponsors a chance to demonstrate their thought-leadership through a speaking opportunity, subject to editorial approval (keynote presentations, panelists, roundtable hosts), and also demonstrate their products or services with a publicity stand in the foyer space where all refreshment and lunch breaks take place. 

For further information please contact Joe Hames on or +44 (0) 207 873 4551.

Agenda - 3rd Nov

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

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote Interview

    Tupperware Brands Corporation: Fortune magazine has called this $2.6 billion company one of the world’s most admired. And, while this iconic brand continues to hold a place in American pop culture, in over 80 countries around the world it is also a coveted household brand name. 

    Ask CEO Rick Goings, and he will tell you that empowering women around the world to be small business owners is what drives the company’s success. Learn how the company has continued to stay relevant as it has grown into far more than food storage, tailoring and customizing its innovations to markets around the globe.

    Goings will also shed some light on the company’s relationship marketing model and how it manages a salesforce of nearly 3 million women while staying true to a strong company value system.

    Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:45am
    Panel: Big Vs Small

    Which one is better at coming up with and executing the big idea?

    Are big companies really bad at innovation and small start-ups just naturally more creative and agile? Or is big getting better and better at it – and doing it at scale.

    Our panellists will introduce the key features of the small argument and the big argument.

    Giuseppe Zocco, Co-founder, Index Ventures
    Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute

    Moderated by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 10:00am
    Noises Off: Discussion in the Room

    Given the accumulated wisdom and expertise in the room, the audience will be joined by the Big vs Small panellists, asked to pick a key feature of the big or small argument, and debate this in more detail at their tables. An opportunity to have conversations that matter, and, we hope, surprise. 

  • 10:20am
    Our 'roaming chair' will probe further, and gather your feedback

    Questions will be volleyed around the room. An exciting opportunity for delegates to be part of a debate with a room full of peers

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Big v Small panel to sum-up and conclude

    + Audience Vote

  • 10:45am

    Anne-Marie Huby, co-founder, JustGiving  

  • 11:05am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:30am

    Melissa Morris, CEO, Network Locum

  • 11:45am
    Technology Will Save Us

    Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder, Technology Will Save 

  • 12:00pm
    New Markets, nimbly

    Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief Marketing and Talent Officer and Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse, describes how the banking giant converted the energy of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion function and its internal employee networks into a full-fledged business, one aimed at creating wealth and growing the firm’s market share among women, African-Americans and the LGBT community in the United States.

    Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, Credit Suisse

  • 12:30pm
    Networking buffet lunch
  • 1:45pm
    FT Innovate View from the Top Interview

    A rare opportunity to hear from, and question, the global president of Epson - Minoru Usui - on his vision for the Japanese high-precision technology company, which was founded more than 70 years ago, and which was once synonymous with the dot-matrix printer. Epson continues to lead the way in global technological innovation and to push the boundaries by expanding on its traditional strengths as a manufacturing company.

    You’ll have the opportunity to ask Minoru Usui – an inventor in his own right – about how he comes up with new ideas, what gets in the way of making them happen, about his thinking on wearable technologies, whether small is better, how sensing technologies are impacting the way we live, and how industrial robots are changing the face of global manufacturing.

    Minoru Usui, President, Seiko Epson 

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm
    Big AND Small: The Application Economy

    To prosper in the Application Economy every business will have to go through a digital transformation, whether big or small, and learn to think as customers do, to optimize their customer experience. Every company will be a software company regardless of the industry in which they operate.

    As a startup company, being agile and innovative is easy because you can operate in small scale, there’s no legacy infrastructure or existing customer base that you need to take into consideration and you work on a vision with a few passionate people . However the challenge is to scale to a large size operation.

    As a large enterprise, you have the scale and established customer base but it’s so much harder to be agile and to introduce innovative new approaches or products. So are scale and agility competing factors? Is it one or the other, but not both? 

    Marco Comastri will explore both worlds to see not just how they can learn from each other but how they can work together  to grow their businesses further when they build eco systems of value around customers, generating new revenue streams and building unshakable brand loyalty

    The speed at which you can deliver new customer experiences – Time to Market (TTM) –becomes one of the critical success factors in the Application Economy which in turn will require increased agility of all businesses and, as we all learned from Darwin, it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

    Marco Comastri, President, Europe, Middle East and Africa,CA Technologies 

  • 2:40pm
    Bank of America

    Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Bank of America

  • 3:00pm
    CASE STUDY ‘Small’

    Nick Holzherr, CEO, (BBC Apprentice Finalist)

    After pitching his idea to Lord Sugar, Nick went on to raise funding for his start-up – a smart shopping list tool that helps people around the world discover, organise and enjoy recipes and food. is generating some very frothy enthusiasm. Since it’s launch in 2013 it’s won a Cisco British Innovation Gateway Award, The Drum’s ‘One to Watch’ honours, The Grocers’ ‘Top New Talent’ award and the PPA Digital ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award.  

  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    Roundtable Innovation Brainstorm

    An opportunity for delegates to generate new ideas and ways of solving problems with corporate leaders and topic experts, in small, mixed-sector groups with a maximum of 12 delegates per group. Delegates will explore questions that get at the bedrock fundamentals of innovation, bring new thinking to current challenges,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.

    Discussions hosted by:

    Kate Jackson, co-founder and Chief Diner, Tablecrowd

    Corinne Vigreux, Founder and COO, TomTom

    Phil Cox, Sllicon Valley Bank 

    Ahmad Komal, Founder and CEO, Feeding Forward 

    Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder, Technology Will Save Us

    Nick Holzherr, CEO, (BBC Apprentice Finalist)

    David Bunch, Global VP, Retail Marketing, Shell 

    Marc Strigel, CTO, SoundCloud  

  • 3:30pm
    The Innovation Workshop

    What if you could solve all of your problems by asking the right questions?

    (25 places only, sign-up required in advance)

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Talk & Interview

    The founder of one of today’s most ‘notable’ start-ups will talk about what the future of work and personal life productivity will look like, on the importance of something being ‘sufficiently epic’ before doing anything with it, and – recognising the importance of small and agile in making innovation happen - on Evernote’s quest to become a 100-year old start-up. 

    Phil’s session will include paper, scissors and stone. 

    Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote

  • 5:45pm
    Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Agenda - 4th Nov

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

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote Address & Interview

    Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, CEO and author 

    Interviewed by

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Innovating at Scale

    Barbara Novick's talk will centre on the importance of continuing to innovate even as a firm grows.  She will look at the need to listen to clients,  factoring in the evolution of the regulatory environment and capital markets, and embracing change and turning it into opportunity. 

    Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

  • 10:10am


  • 10:30am
    Innovation Improv

    Two precepts central to improvisation are a) listen, and b) say yes (to even the most outlandish sounding proposition). These are also defining characteristics of successful innovators. 

    In this session, Chris will improvise around the theme of innovation using unseen (by him) slides from previous presentations, and words and phrases thrown into the set by the FT Innovate audience. This’ll be edge-of-the-seat, by-the-seat-of-the-pants stuff!

    Chris's sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blisteringly quick improvised raps have established him as one of the best up-and-coming comics on the international circuit, performing in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. He’s racked up over 1.8 million views on Youtube.

    Chris is a founder of Racing Minds, the critically acclaimed UK-based long-form improv comedy quintet. Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show 2014 and 2014. 'Clever, funny and satisfying' - The Sunday Times.

    Chris Turner, Comedian

  • 10:45am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:15am
    5 X 5 ‘Innovation Pearls’

    Five innovation concepts/ideas that would be useful in everyday practice, but may not be that well-known. Each of our five speakers has five minutes and 20 slides to explain the concept. Slides advance automatically every 15 seconds. All ‘actionable on Monday’.

    Ahmad Komal, Founder and CEO, Feeding Forward

    Stan Laurent, Group Chairman and CEO, PhotoBox

    Ben Medlock, co-founder and CTO, Swiftkey

    Marc Strigel, CTO, SoundCloud 

    Jeff Moriarty, Chief Digital and Product Officer, Johnston Press 

    Followed by 30 minute audience Q&A

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    The ‘David & Goliath’ Open Fishbowl

    Four to five chairs are arranged in an inner circle. This is the fishbowl. The remaining chairs are arranged in concentric circles outside the fishbowl. A few participants are selected to fill the fishbowl, while the rest of the group sit on the chairs outside the fishbowl. One chair is left empty. The moderator introduces the topic and the participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fishbowl listen in on the discussion, and any member of the audience can join by taking the empty chair. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave. At the end of the fishbowl, the moderator summarizes the conversation.

  • 2:00pm
    The Questions Workshop,

    What if you could solve all of your problems by asking the right questions?

    (25 places only, sign-up required in advance)

  • 2:00pm
    The Innovation Surgery

    Our expert panel provides answers to the 7 most embarrassing innovation problems

    (Questions/problems to be submitted anonymously on the day) 

    With audience Q&A

  • 3:10pm
    FT Innovate ‘Global Dialogue’ Topic Vote
  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    The FT Innovate Global Dialogue

    This panel will examine the key topic, voted into discussion by delegates, that has emerged during the course of the two days. The conversation will then be taken up and developed further at the FT Innovate US conference in December, and to be continued at FT Innovate 2016

    Moderated by

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    The Last Word

    Government is often accused of being too big and cumbersome to innovate well. The Rosetta mission - which involved international collaboration, and years and years of planning - contradicts that narrative, exemplifying instead big, non-corporate innovation at its very best.

    Fred Jansen, who was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on a comet (and the first satellite to orbit a comet) will be talking about the mission and about the trials, tribulations and rewards of ‘big’ innovation. Expect lots of space visuals!

    Dr. Fred Jansen, Former Rosetta Mission Manager, European Space Station, Mission Manager, Gaia and XMM-Newton

  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s closing remarks


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VMware, the industry-leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure software company, enables organizations to innovate by streamlining IT infrastructure and operations, freeing IT resources for investment in strategic innovation. A pioneer in the use of virtualization and policy-driven automation technologies, VMware simplifies IT complexity across the entire data center and out to user workspaces, empowering IT to move at the speed of business.

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