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Keynote Speakers (3)

Rick  Goings

Rick Goings

Tupperware Brands
Fred Jansen

Fred Jansen

Mission Manager
Gaia and XMM-Newton

Fred Jansen was Rosetta mission manager of from Jun-2013 until Feb-2015. This period covered the hibernation exit, comet approach, landing and post-landing operations periods.

He is currently is mission manager of Gaia and XMM-Newton.

Fred studied astrophysics at Amsterdam University (Netherlands). During his study he participated in a Leiden/MIT program which launched a balloon borne set of X-ray detectors observing the universe. He got his PhD at Leiden University (1988) on a thesis of X-ray observations of supernova remnants (the hot and bright remains of exploded stars). After his PhD he worked on the development of one of the X-ray instruments for the XMM-Newton observatory.

In 1995 he joined the European Space Agency and was appointed project scientist for this mission shortly afterwards.

After launch he also became the mission manager for this project. Following the launches of the Mars Express and Venus Express missions he also became mission manager for these projects. He temporarily left XMM-Newton in 2006 to work as interim project scientist for the Gaia mission.

In 2013 he left Mars Express and Venus Express and re-joined XMM-Newton - soon to be followed (June 2013) by joining Rosetta as mission manager. 


Speakers (5)

Stan Laurent

Stan Laurent

Group President and CEO
PhotoBox Group

Stan Laurent joined PhotoBox as Group President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2006. Stan’s vision of creating the European leader in personalised products has led PhotoBox Group to more than tenfold revenue increases across 20 new countries, a product line stretching into multiple hundreds of choices, and three strategic acquisitions, all of which has combined to create a family of flagship online retail brands: PhotoBox,, Sticky9, PaperShaker and Hofmann. 

His passion for new technologies and international exploration has driven him throughout his career. After graduating from the ESCP Europe business school in 1989, Stan’s first professional endeavour took the form of 16 months’ military service as 2nd Lieutenant in the French Navy, including 3 months aboard a nuclear submarine.  Back on dry land, Stan started his career in Berlin, not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  During this time he was part of a team charged with assessing and privatising state assets at the German Privatisation Agency.


After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1995, Stan returned to Europe to launch one of the first consumer Internet access businesses as Director for strategy, finance and operations at AOL France. Between 1998 and 2001 Stan took up the role of senior vice-president sales and marketing / Strategic Development at e-commerce and online auction group plc (later renamed Tradus) focusing on the business’s international expansion and participating in its Initial Public Offering. Tradus was ultimately sold to South African internet giant, Naspers, in March 2008 for £946m.


With his first taste of online retail under his belt, Stan returned to AOL in 2002 where he was tasked with reviving the fortunes of the company’s German subsidiary through a strategic re-focus on broadband, a step change in the quality of the service and a complete financial turnaround.  With this job done, Stan was promoted in 2006 to Chief Operating Officer for AOL Europe.

In 2006, Stan was quickly attracted to the special kind of disruptive internet business that PhotoBox embodies; a technology company busy turning digital memories into physical, cherished and highly emotional products.

Ben Medlock

Ben Medlock

Co-founder and CTO

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.


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

    Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:40am
    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

  • 11:00am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:15am
    Case Study (small)
  • 11:30am
    Case Study (big)
  • 11:30am
    The Innovation Exchange: How are big and small companies working together?
  • 11:45am
    Upstart Start-ups: What can start-ups learn from the big corporates, especially when it comes to scaling?
  • 12:00pm
    Case Study (small)
  • 12:15pm
    Growing pains: the innovation challenges ‘small’ faces as it gets bigger
  • 12:30pm
    Networking buffet lunch
  • 1:45pm
    FT Innovate View from the Top Interview

    Minoru Usui, President, Seiko Epson 

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Soap Box
  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    Roundtable Discussions

    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.


    Nick Holzherr, CEO,
    David Bunch, Global VP, Retail Marketing, Shell

  • 3:30pm
    The Questions Workshop
  • 3:30pm
    Off Stage Afternoon Session
  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Talk & Interview

    Be epic: The art of bold decision making

    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


    Interviewed by

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

  • 9:45am
    What are big companies doing to take the best of the small ones?
  • 10:00am


  • 10:40am
    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.

  • 11:00am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:30am
    5 X 5 ‘Innovation Pearls’

    Five practical innovation concepts and techniques. 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’

    Stan Laurent, Group President and CEO, Photobox Group
    Ben Medlock, Co-founder and CTO, Swiftkey 
    Marc Strigel, COO, SoundCloud
    followed by audience Q&A

  • 12:30pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Off-Stage Sessions
  • 1:30pm
    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.

  • 1:30pm
    The Innovation Surgery

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

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


  • 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

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Address & Interview

    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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