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Innovation, Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT Sharing Economy European Summit

London |
Speakers include:
Ed Vaizey MP

Ed Vaizey MP

Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Debbie  Wosskow

Debbie Wosskow

Love Home Swap

Nicolas Brusson

Nicolas Brusson




In recent years, the sharing economy has been developing at a pace and is showing no signs of slowing down, with its five sub-sectors - peer-to-peer (P2P) finance, online staffing, P2P accommodation, car sharing and music/video streaming - set to grow to £9bn by 2025^ in the UK and Europe. Traditional business models in these sectors have been disrupted and emerging sharing economy companies are now focusing on fashion, food, personal items, B2B and logistics.

Through mobile phone applications, ratings systems and instant digital payments, people now have the power to connect instantly with the market and carry out activities which traditionally only established business could do. Clearly this has implications not only for traditional incumbent companies who could lose a significant share of the market, but also for regulatory bodies, where innovation is outstripping their ability to regulate the industry effectively.

On Tuesday 17 March, over 180 delegates attended the FT Sharing Economy European Summit to examine the state of play, the issues that institutions and individuals are facing, and what the future holds for the sharing economy in the UK and across Europe.

View photos from the event here.

^ on 15 August 2014 citing research by PwC

fallback Add to my Calendar 03/17/2015 08:15:0003/17/2015 18:00:00trueFT Sharing Economy European SummitUNDERSTANDING THE RISKS AND SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIESIn recent years, the sharing economy has been developing at a pace and is showing no signs of slowing down, with its five sub-sectors - peer-to-peer (P2P) finance, online staffing, P2P accommodation, car sharing and music/video streaming - set to grow to £9bn by 2025^ in the UK and Europe. Traditional business models in these sectors have been disrupted and emerging sharing economy companies are now focusing on fashion, food, personal items, B2B and logistics.Through mobile phone applications, ratings systems and instant digital payments, people now have the power to connect instantly with the market and carry out activities which traditionally only established business could do. Clearly this has implications not only for traditional incumbent companies who could lose a significant share of the market, but also for regulatory bodies, where innovation is outstripping their ability to regulate the industry effectively.On Tuesday 17 March, over 180 delegates attended the FT Sharing Economy European Summit to examine the state of play, the issues that institutions and individuals are facing, and what the future holds for the sharing economy in the UK and across Europe.View photos from the event here.^ on 15 August 2014 citing research by PwCFT-Sharing-Economy-European-Summit8e3c6c5b329cfa98429d16ad3c96897bMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (28)

Ed Vaizey MP

Ed Vaizey MP

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy
Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014.  He is the Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot.

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010. He was previously Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010, and became a political speech writer in 2004.

From 1996 – 2004 he was the Director of a public relations company, and earlier on in his career trained and practised as a barrister.  Prior to this he worked as a political researcher.  Mr Vaizey was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Debbie  Wosskow

Debbie Wosskow

Chair of Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) and CEO
Love Home Swap

Debbie Wosskow is an entrepreneur, investor and sharing economy expert. She is CEO of Love Home Swap, the world’s leading home exchange site.  Ms Wosskow is the author of ‘Unlocking the Sharing Economy’ – the independent review of the sharing economy commissioned by the UK government in 2014.  She is also the Founding Chair of Sharing Economy UK – the new trade association for the sharing economy.

A former management consultant, she launched her first business, marketing and communications consultancy Mantra, at the age of just 25. Building Mantra over a decade, she sold to the Loewy Group.

Ms Wosskow is a regular commentator on travel, collaborative consumption and entrepreneurship on TV and in print and sits on a number of advisory boards, as well as being a Trustee of the Hampstead Theatre.

She graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford University and lives in London with her two children.

Nicolas Brusson

Nicolas Brusson

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Nicolas Brusson is co-founder & Chief Operating Officer of BlaBlaCar. He leads the company’s international growth and operations. Naturally pragmatic, he uses fast iteration to uncover high-growth opportunities. He is a strong advocate of local teams and acqui-hire, a strategy he implemented to expand BlaBlaCar’s footprint to a global scale. He also led BlaBlaCar’s $100m financing.

Before leading Blablacar’s expansion, he worked as a Venture Capitalist in London and earlier on in his career he started working for start-ups in Silicon Valley during the 2000 boom.

Mr Brusson holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Optics from the Ecole Superieure d’Optique and an MSc in Applied Physics from Paris XI University. He’s a regular speaker on the theme of transport industry disruption and scaling innovative businesses. He tweets @nbrusson.

Tony Douglas

Tony Douglas

Head of Strategy, Marketing and Communications, BMW Mobility Services
Managing Director, BMW i Ventures

Tony Douglas is responsible for the Strategy, Marketing and Communications of BMW i Mobility Services, including the European arm of BMW i Ventures. The goal of the BMW Groups new brand is to provide sustainable innovative mobile solutions that improve urban mobility inside and outside of the car. The current portfolio includes DriveNow, ParkNow and ChargeNow as well as a number of strategic investments made via BMW i Ventures. As Marketing Innovation Manager at BMW he was previously responsible for emerging media innovations such as blogs, communities, search, and most recently social media boosting and nurturing the millions of BMW Facebook fans.

Before joining the BMW Group he worked as a Product Manager on advanced user experiences for Vodafone and spent eight years in the mobile industry designing and developing mobile phones and services. He started his career as a Product Design Consultant working in the UK and Germany. Educated in Edinburgh Scotland he now lives in Munich Germany.

Patrick  Robinson

Patrick Robinson

Head of Public Policy, Europe and Canada

Patrick Robinson has been Head of Public Policy, Europe & Canada for Airbnb since December 2013. He is a senior integrated communications strategist with a deep understanding of the commercial, political and strategic drivers of a fast-changing tech, content, and e-commerce sector.

Prior to this he held a number of roles within Yahoo. Most recently he was the Director of Public Policy, Europe for Yahoo, and earlier on was Director of Yahoo's global business and human rights programme, which coordinates and leads the company's efforts to protect and promote free expression and privacy for its worldwide community of 700m users. He joined Yahoo in September 2011 as its Director of Public Policy, UK and Ireland where he had sole responsibility in UK and Ireland for developing strong relationships with government, regulators and other stakeholders on crucial issues for Yahoo.

Earlier on in his career from 2002 - 2006 he worked at the BBC. Mr Robinson holds a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Science from the Universtiy of Cambridge.

Jo  Bertram

Jo Bertram

Regional General Manager, UK, Ireland and Nordics

Jo Bertram leads Uber's UK, Ireland and Nordics operations. She joined Uber with over eight years of management consultancy experience, having worked for both McKinsey and Accenture. Her project focus spans the telecommunications, transportation and FMCG sectors among others, with specific expertise in regulatory strategy and growth strategy, alongside more operational experience. Though born and bred in the UK, her work has taken her to the US, Australia, Switzerland, Ethiopia, UAE, and most recently, South Africa. Ms Bertram holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Benita  Matofska

Benita Matofska

The People Who Share

Global award-winning social entrepreneur, innovator and public speaker, Chief Sharer, Benita Matofska is a worldwide expert and consultant on the Sharing Economy and the Founder of The People Who Share, a global campaign to build a Sharing Economy and the pioneers behind Global Sharing Day, now Global Sharing Week.

Ms Matofska is the winner of the Natwest Venus Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Winner Mass Challenge 2015, Winner, Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Award for Best Social Business Leader UK & World 2013, Winner of the Natwest Venus Business Award, Inspirational Woman 2013, Finalist in the G8 Innovation Summit DNA Profit with Purpose Prize, and selected for Google’s Blackbox Connect programme of born global ventures.

Recently named as one of the top 10 people in the Sharing Economy to follow, she is a former BBC TV executive and media entrepreneur. She has presented at TEDx  LeWeb, World Forum for a Responsible Economy in Lille, European Commission, Brussels, Guardian Media Summit, FT European Sharing Economy Summit, Sustainable Brands and the House of Lords. She has shared a platform with Desmond Tutu, presented at Number 10 Downing Street and features regularly in the media worldwide.

Ian Cruickshank

Ian Cruickshank

Chief Marketing Officer

Ian Cruickshank is Chief Marketing Officer at RateSetter. Having worked as an advertising expert with several of the big banks, he was inspired by the purity of the RateSetter concept and how it strips out the costs and inefficiencies of traditional finance and passes the benefits onto consumers. Such was the strength of the RateSetter proposition and business model, he left the world of ad agencies to join a team that's helping define modern finance. Before specialising in financial marketing, Mr Cruickshank worked with a whole host of leading brands, winning many awards and driving business success for the likes of VW, General Motors, the NHS, RAF, GSK and First Choice.

His focus on customer benefit is a perfect match for the RateSetter ethos and will be instrumental to the growing success of the business.

Greg  Marsh

Greg Marsh

Co-Founder and CEO

Greg Marsh is co-founder and CEO of onefinestay, a pioneering hospitality business which lets city travellers stay in a beautiful home when the owner is out of town, while enjoying the best bits of hotel service. From its London headquarters the company has expanded rapidly to launch in New York, Paris and LA.
Mr Marsh has led the onefinestay team since founding the company in 2009, prior to which he spent three years on the IT investment team at Index Ventures. Previously he worked at logistics marketplace start-up GF-X, latterly as the firm’s Product Manager.
He has an MA from Christ’s College, Cambridge, and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and graduated top of his class. He also works with Amnesty International as an elected member of the charity’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Helen  Goulden

Helen Goulden

Executive Director
Innovation Lab, Nesta

Helen Goulden is Executive Director in Nesta’s Innovation Lab, where she oversees the design and delivery of programmes to test new models for supporting and scaling social and environmental innovation with a particular focus on digital and open innovation. This work includes the overseeing the Centre for Challenge Prizes, our practical work to support innovation in Arts and Media, Digital Education, the Collaborative Economy - as well as our work to increase charitable giving through the Innovation in Giving Fund.

Ms Goulden joined Nesta's executive team in May 2013. She began her career at Nesta in April 2009 and since then she has led a portfolio of programmes including on methods for diffusing community led approaches to tackling climate change, the use of collaborative digital technologies in public services and supporting local authorities to develop and implement innovation strategies and capabilities.

Before joining Nesta, she worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services.

She has a particular interest in sustainability, the future of food, agro-forestry and holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice.

Alexandra  Depledge

Alexandra Depledge


Alex Depledge is the straight talking British businesswoman best known for being the driving force behind

Most recently she contributed to the UK government’s independently commissioned review into the sharing economy. She has also worked in the UK Department of Trade and Investment as part of the Afterburner scheme, helping to identify the next 25 startups ready for growth investment.

In 2014 TechCity Insider named Ms Depledge ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, following on the heels of her appearance on the ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK Scale-up Top 100’- a list highlighting British entrepreneurs expected to lead their firms to £100m in revenue in three to five years.

She launched startup in 2013 and is a passionate believer in the power of the sharing economy to improve people’s lives - enabling individuals to take control of their working life and become micro entrepreneurs. Her forthright views have seen her become a trusted source for commentary on the future of the sharing economy, women in tech, VC funding and the UK startup sector.

Ms Depledge entered the world of entrepreneurship in 2012. Prior to this in 2006 she became a consultant for Accenture, advising FTSE 100 clients on their customer and channel execution. She launched her career in the US working on the campaign team of a major US politician and holds a masters degree from the University of Chicago.

Carlien Roodink

Carlien Roodink

Holland FinTech

Carlien Roodink has been a partner at Holland FinTech since October 2014. She has a special interest in FinTech, Sharing Economy, Social Production, Community & Virtual Currencies, Open Data & Open Spending.

In recent years she worked for the Amsterdam Economic Board and partnered the Amsterdam Sharing City initiative. From March 2010 until March 2014 she was a member of the City Council of Amsterdam for D66 (LibDem's) and in February 2013 she published an (online) publication, named Nederland Opent. In 2013 she joined the advisory council of and the board of the Open State Foundation.

Before this, she was Manager of Financial Logistics at Holland Financial Centre.
For two years from 2007 for, she acted as a Senior Advisor on Innovations in Payment and Settlement Systems at the Dutch Central Bank. In both jobs, she was involved as one of the initiators of the Dutch program on Service Innovation and ICT (SII).

Ms Roodink has operated as a Controller, Compliance Officer, Consultant, ICT Advisor and Chief Financial Officer for different organizations, mainly in the financial, but also in the public sector.

Earlier on in her career she graduated as a Certified Public Auditor within the internal audit department at Rabobank, Netherlands where she had started in international trading and payment systems. Ms Roodink holds a degree in Political Science.

Martin  Bailey

Martin Bailey

Acting Head of Unit, Digital Single Market DG CONNECT: Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission

Martin Bailey is leading the team on the Digital Single Market in DG CONNECT, European Commission. Prior to this he was at the European Court of Justice, and has principally worked in the fields of single market and competition law, technology and economic regulation.

Earlier on in his career he worked as a lawyer for an international law firm in London for five years before joining the European Commission in 2003.

Mr Bailey speaks English, French, German and Spanish and was educated in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

General Manager
Zipcar UK

Mark Walker is the UK General Manager of Zipcar, the world’s largest pay-as-you-drive car club. A former Streetcar non-Executive Director, he joined the business full-time in 2010. He is committed to making a positive difference to urban environments by establishing new business models that are commercially successful, become mainstream, and that inspire other disruptive entrepreneurs to do the same.

Zipcar helps form part of a smarter transportation system in the UK, complementing public transport and reducing congestion by taking cars off the road. Today, Zipcar has over 731,000 members and more than 11,000 vehicles in urban areas across the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Spain and Austria. In the UK, Mr Walker oversees Zipcar operations in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, alongside local authority partnerships in Kent and Surrey. London is the largest Zipcar network in the UK, with thousands of cars across 31 London boroughs.

The Zipcar model is based on positive collaboration and pay-for-use business model, which is relevant to businesses and consumers alike. It’s convenient, cost effective and good for the environment.

He is committed to supporting a future of greener cities and in 2012, was instrumental to Zipcar brokering a pilot partnership with car manufacturer, Vauxhall. The partnership saw the electric Ampera join its fleet as part of a six month pilot programme. The partnership signalled the first time in the UK that a pay-as-you-drive car club has offered access to an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV).

Prior to Zipcar, Mr Walker worked in the investment banking industry, holding a number of senior positions, latterly as Managing Director of the UK Branch of Carnegie Investment Bank AB, between 1998 and 2010.

Mr Walker has a BSc (Hons) in Data Processing and Management Studies at the University of Leeds.

Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell

Founding CEO
We Are Pop Up

Nicholas Russell is the founding CEO of We Are Pop Up. In 2011, he saw the opportunity to blend Airbnb’s business model with the pop-up shops in London’s Seven Dials neighbourhood. The goal of We Are Pop Up is to unleash the latent creativity of people in cities around the world by connecting them with short-term retail space.

Prior to his latest venture, he worked as a management consultant in China, Europe, India, and the US. His clients include Barclays, HP, Lexus, LVMH, Shell, Tesco, and Unilever. His work included introducing luxury brands to hip-hop, bringing Chinese clean-tech to Europe, and valuing economic, environmental, and social impact for private equity firms.

Mr Russell holds an MBA at the University of Oxford and studied sustainable economic development with ACCORD in India. He mentors MBAs at Saïd Business School and social innovators at On Purpose.

Alex  Stephany

Alex Stephany

Board Member, JustPark
Author, The Business of Sharing: Making it in the New Sharing Economy

Alex Stephany is an entrepreneur and writer based in London. His book on the sharing economy, The Business of Sharing, is the critically acclaimed guide to the sharing economy and is published by Macmillan. The book includes exclusive interviews with the great and good of the sharing economy, from the founders of businesses like Airbnb and Zipcar to Silicon Valley's most influential venture capitalists.

He is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rainmaking Studio and a Board member of JustPark (formerly, the world's largest peer-to-peer parking website and a company he ran for three years as CEO. The service generates millions of pounds annually for families, churches and businesses, ranging from high street retailers to the largest parking companies and hotel groups, by letting them rent out their parking spaces when they are not being used. At the same time, its web and mobile applications provide low-cost parking without parking tickets to over 1 million drivers. JustPark is backed by Index Ventures and BMW i Ventures, the venture capital arm of BMW.

Mr Stephany also mentors at Techstars.He is an advocate and expert on the sharing economy and the disruptive power of peer-to-peer businesses. He has been profiled by Wired and appeared on Sky TV, Bloomberg, The Today Programme, BBC, and NPR radio among many others. He tweets at @alexmstephany

Gerard  Grech

Gerard Grech

Tech City UK

Gerard is CEO of Tech City UK, an organisation responsible for accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and cities across the UK. Previously based in New York, he joined Tech City UK from the world of digital media and venture capital. He lives in De Beauvoir Town and has a passion for collecting vinyl and street art. He sits on the Government’s Digital Economy Council as well as London’s Smart Board, both focused on economic growth through digital innovation. His work at Blackberry, Nokia Ventures, Nokia and Orange in London, Paris and New York has given him both global vision and local expertise. Prior to this, he was a new media journalist and started his career in the music business. 

Ali  Clabburn

Ali Clabburn

Managing Director

Ali Clabburn is the pioneer of the UK’s sharing economy and the Managing Director of Liftshare – the UK’s leading car sharing community, set up as a social enterprise in 1998.

For the first three years, Liftshare didn’t generate any real income. Today, the commercial side of the business (which creates car-sharing schemes for corporate clients) has a turnover of £1.3m and Liftshare is the UK’s largest car-sharing community with 4 million seats available to share every week. It is free for individuals to use and members have a combined total saving of £½m per day. Liftshare employs 32 members of staff and has a head office in Norwich.

Liftshare’s mission is: to ensure that everyone has someone to share a car with. This strategically focussed social enterprise is committed to saving people money and reducing our impact on the environment through collaborative consumption.

Mr Clabburn holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University.

T. Raj Singh

T. Raj Singh

Founder Chairman

Mr Singh is a technology entrepreneur and investor, with over 25 years of experience in the innovation and information technology sectors applied to the business issues of technology-enabled companies and ecosystems as a leader, VC, and advisor.

Currently he is the founder Chairman of the UK Sharing Coalition,, a trade association dedicated to making the UK the best place for the Sharing Economy. He is also CEO and Co-Founder of London-based Sooqini ( Founded in 2011, Sooqini is an onlinetask delegator, where small businesses save time and money requesting tasks and services that are managed by us and fulfilled by the 20K+ providers on the system.

Previously, as an independent consultant, Mr Singh worked with various European government and private institutions on matters regarding funding and enabling startups to foster increased entrepreneurship.

As CEO and co-founder of D&L Partners SA, he set-up and ran a boutique consulting firm based in Geneva that focuses on innovation consulting for governments and large corporations, with special emphasis on the MENA region. As General Partner and co-founder of Pervasive Technology Ventures, and also as a Principal for the New York-based Venture Capital arm of Investcorp International, he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing new investments in technology-led start-ups over nine years. He joined Investcorp in 2001 and participated in the raising of funds worth over $500m.

At Booz, Allen & Hamilton (now Strategy&) for six years, he was a Principal and a member of the e-Business core team in Europe, where he led strategy and technology projects in the eCommerce, telecoms, media, and financial services sectors. He has also held multiple positions within IBM over a ten-year period, including consultant for the Telecoms and Media Consulting group.

Mr Singh holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computing Science from Imperial College in London, United Kingdom.

Stuart  Reid

Stuart Reid

Deputy Chairman
British Insurance Broker's Association

Stuart Reid In May 2014 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA). He is also Vice-President of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Chair of the CII’s Broking Faculty.

He started his career at Bishop Skinner in 1986 before leaving and co-founding Stuart Alexander in 1993. Stuart Alexander was acquired by AXA UK in 2007 and became part of national insurance broker Bluefin.

Mr Reid has over thirty years of insurance experience and is one of the industry’s most passionate and vocal advocates.

Thomas Staudte

Thomas Staudte

Project Manager, Service Experience & Innovation
Swisscom Ltd

Thomas Staudte is an entrepreneur, Service Designer, and Project Manager at Swisscom. He is managing and developing the paid service portfolio for SMEs and residential customers. In this role he is also responsible for Swisscom Friends, a cooperation project with the start-up mila, where neighbours provide help for technical issues.

After five years at Swisscom, Mr Staudte took a new challenge, and started developing new experiences in the service unit for consumers. He has been working on different products in the corporate business unit and invented a communication handling application. Mr Staudte started his career as a UX Designer at Swisscom Ltd in 2008. He graduated as a media computer scientist before moving from Germany to Switzerland.

Jackie  Grech

Jackie Grech

Legal and Policy Director & General Counsel
British Hospitality Association

Jackie Grech is the BHA’s Legal and Policy Director & General Counsel and provides policy strategy and analysis across a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters affecting the hospitality industry.

Since joining the BHA in September 2013 and she has led on campaigns relating to digital marketplace, competition law and areas relating to risk management and operations. She has been cited, on behalf of the BHA, as the voice of the industry on matters ranging from competition law to the sharing economy and allergens regulation in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, BBC, the Caterer, the Big Hospitality, AA Magazine and many others.

Prior to joining the BHA, she was with InterContinental Hotels Group, as Corporate Counsel, based at their head office in Denham, England with a focus on global risk and regulatory matters. Earlier in her career she practiced regulatory and corporate litigation in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia; held the position of Liaison to the House of Representatives for a U.S. political party; worked in the U.S. Senate and led youth marketing campaigns for seats in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Ms Grech holds a Juris Doctor degree and Masters of Arts degree in International Political Economics as well as two Bachelors of Arts degrees in International Politics and American Politics. She is a qualified lawyer/solicitor in England, Wales and the United States, and has a genuine passion for travel and the hospitality industry.

Dax  Lovegrove

Dax Lovegrove

Director of Sustainability and Innovation

As Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Dax Lovegrove works on all things net positive and disruptive to progress Kingfisher's sustainability ambitions across the international group. His responsibilities involve developing the sustainability strategy and policy framework across all environmental and social issues.

Previously, he led WWF-UK’s work with business for just over a decade, winning support for conservation and accelerating shifts towards a green economy. He drove the net positive movement forward while also leading the international Green Game Changers programme – promoting green business innovation (see

Before that, he worked in the private sector and completed his Masters in Sustainable Development.

Husayn Kassai

Husayn Kassai

CEO and Co-founder

Husayn Kassai, former Oxford Entrepreneurs President, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Onfido - an Oxford University spin-out that has revolutionised the background checking industry. Onfido offers a data-driven platform to help customers make fast and informed decisions on who they can trust by carrying out identity, document, criminal and other checks via API or online Dashboard.

Jimmy McLoughlin

Jimmy McLoughlin

Deputy Head of Policy
Institute of Directors

Jimmy McLoughlin joined the Institute of Directors in August 2014 as Deputy Head of Policy. His role covers the ‘new’ economy, specifically disruptive technologies, the sharing economy and start-ups.

Prior to this, he was Associate Partner at Bell Pottinger where his team focused on a wide range of technology clients. He has over six years’ experience in political communication and policy making, having also worked for Fleishman Hillard and Boris Johnson.

Mr McLoughlin holds a first class honours in Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

Javier Creus

Javier Creus


Javier Creus is considered to be one of the primary strategists and thought leaders in collaborative economy, open and P2P business models, citizen innovation and the networked society in Spain. He has just released the "Pentagrowth report, the five levers of accelerated growth".

Earlier on in his career, Mr Creus has been a freelance strategic planner, co founder of Digital Mood incubator, and @kubik multidisciplinary space, and a services marketing professor at ESADE. He is also co-author of "We are not ants".

Nader Alaghband

Nader Alaghband

Founder and CEO

Nader Alaghband is the founder and CEO of Apppli, an award winning mobile-agency. Mr Alaghband is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, start up advisor, and author of research and patents in fields as diverse as civil society, international development and internet technologies.  Mr Alaghbandis is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received his BA in Philosophy.  

Philipp Mintchin

Philipp Mintchin

Founder CEO

Philipp Mintchin is Founder and CEO of Splyt, an app that helps everyone share their private drivers. A serial entrepreneur, he set up his first business at 13, did his first international deal at 16 and had been branded a disruptive influence in logistics by the age of 20. Mr Mintchin is passionate about the sharing economy and its potential to rewrite the rules on ownership and consumption.


Chaired By: (2)

Murad  Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

Sports Editor
Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is the FT's Sports Editor. He writes news and features on the world, business and science of sport. He has covered the biggest stories, from the Rio Olympics to the growing Chinese investment in football. Before this he covered sport, hotels, restaurants, tourism and more as Leisure Correspondent. He joined the FT in July 2014 as European Technology Correspondent, and had written about the global technology sector for eight years. Prior to joining the FT, he worked at The Times of London and studied at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Sally Davies

Sally Davies

Digital Editor
Financial Times Weekend

Sally Davies has been covering technology for the Financial Times for the last year, with a special interest in start-ups, artificial intelligence and micro-manufacturing. Previously she worked as a commissioning editor at Nautilus, a New York-based magazine of science and philosophy. Her work has also appeared on the BBC and in The Economist magazine. She qualified as a lawyer in Australia before turning her hand to journalism.

Agenda - 17th Mar

  • 8:15am
  • 9:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Keynote followed by Q&A: Making the UK the Home of the Sharing Economy

    Economic factors coupled with the growth of new technologies and social networks have fuelled both consumers and companies to create alternative collaborative ways of doing business. The value is shifting from ownership to access – with major corporates and government now starting to get involved too.

    • Why is now the right time for the Sharing Economy?
    • Why is the UK well placed to be a world leader?
    • What does this mean for consumers and traditional businesses?

    Debbie Wosskow, Chair of Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) and CEO, Love Home Swap

    Q&A Moderated by  Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Panel: Innovation Insights

    Technology has been central to the success of sharing economy companies, and we are only just at the start of seeing how this can be used. What will future innovations mean for the sharing economy, and how can traditional companies leverage them to stay competitive?

    • How can the IoT (Internet of Things), SMAC (social media, analytics and the cloud) be used to further connect people and improve user experience? 
    • How can government bodies help foster innovation specific to the sharing economy?
    • What new innovations are we seeing in the various sectors?
    • The sharing economy is dominated by the peer to peer marketplace, but the B2B sector is increasing.  How can traditional businesses compete and where are the key growth sectors?
    • What industries are most at risk from being disrupted? 
    • What lessons can be learnt from the disruption of industries such as music and TV?

    Helen Goulden, Executive Director, Innovation Lab, Nesta
    Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK
    Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Kingfisher
    Carlien Roodink, Partner, Holland FinTech

    Moderated by Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Interview: Apppli & Splyt

    Nader Alaghband, Founder and CEO, Apppli

    Philipp Mintchin, Founder CEO, Splyt

    Interviewed by  Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    Panel: Will the sharing economy help – or hinder – businesses?

    Today the sharing economy is dominated by the peer to peer marketplace.  However, the B2B sector is increasing and there is huge potential for growth in this space, with many companies now providing access to resources that would otherwise have not been possible.

    • What are the key differences between a sharing economy operating in the B2B space as opposed to P2P? 
    • Where are the key growth sectors for traditional businesses and how can they compete?
    • What industries are most at risk from being disrupted?
    • What lessons can be learnt from the disruption of industries such as music and TV?
    • What advantages do B2B sharing economy models present, and what are the limitations?

    Ian Cruickshank, Chief Marketing Officer, RateSetter
    Tony Douglas, Head of Strategy, Marketing and Communications, BMW Mobility Services and Managing Director, BMW i Ventures
    Nicholas Russell, Founding CEO, We Are Pop Up
    Thomas Staudte, Project Manager, Service Experience and Innovation, Swisscom Ltd

    Moderated by Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Networking Break
  • 11:50am
    Panel: Regulating the Sharing Economy

    The disputes surrounding the sharing economy largely centre on regulation and policy, highlighting the need for this to be addressed, but how can regulations be implemented without killing off innovation? 

    • How can policy makers strike the right balance between consumer protection and growth? 
    • The laws that currently exist can differ internationally, nationally and locally.  How can regulators businesses and government work together to ensure the laws in place are clear and easily followed?
    • How will regulators make the distinction between P2P and B2B activities when implementing policy?  
    • How can licensing, particularly with regards to car clubs and ride sharing be made easier? 
    • Does the appetite to be regulated differ between the various sharing economy sectors?

    Martin Bailey, Acting Head of Unit, Digital Single Market DG CONNECT: Communications Networks, Content and Technology,European Commission
    Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager, UK, Ireland and Nordics, Uber
    Jackie Grech, Legal and Policy Director & General Counsel, British Hospitality Association
    Patrick Robinson, Head of Public Policy Europe & Canada, Airbnb
    Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

    Moderated by  Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 12:35pm
    Presentation: What We Know About the Global Sharing Economy

    Benita Matofska shall present her new report launched today, a comprehensive overview of data on the Sharing Economy from around the world.
    ​​Benita Matofska, Chief Sharer, Compare and Share and Global Sharing Economy Expert

  • 12:50pm
  • 1:50pm
    Panel: The Currency of Trust

    Doing business with strangers is risky.  However, with the ability for any company to be instantly reviewed and rated by their users, the consumer has more power than ever. Having a healthy “reputational capital” is becoming just as important as your credit rating.   

    • How can companies manage their online reputation, and what are the best practices for doing so?
    • What steps have been taken so far to provide kind of insurance cover that sharing economies need? How successful has this been to date? What further steps need to be taken?
    • How can your online reputation be measured and then utilised? Should each marketplace implement their own trust rating systems specific to their industry, or outsource this to a stand alone system that would assess trust on a universal set of criteria? What advancements have been made with this so far?
    • What technologies are emerging that can assist with personal verification?
    • How could governments assist with identity verification?

    Javier Creus, Advisor, Ouishare
    Husayn Kassai, CEO and Co-founder, Onfido
    Greg Marsh, Co-founder, onefinestay
    Stuart Reid, Deputy Chairman, British Insurance Broker's Association

    Moderated by Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:35pm
    Panel: The Impact on the Economy, Society and Equality

    The sharing economy sounds like something that should be inherently good for society.  However, critics say that it has the capacity to create an on-tap workforce in which there's an exploitative relationship between workers and customers.  To what extent does the sharing economy empower people, or reproduce existing prejudice and inequalities?

    • Is the sharing economy exclusive to those with assets to share? Or can access over ownership eliminate the advantages of ownership? 
    • What can and can’t you share? What worked and didn’t work and why?  What is still up for grabs?
    • The workforce engaged in the sharing economy enables the provision of employment at highly competitive rates. Combined with a lack of employment rights such as sick pay and holidays - does this leave room for exploitation of the labour market? 
    • What would a socially conscious crowd-work model look like? How would trade unions fit into this?
    • Will all companies eventually need to adjust their business models to account for the sharing economy?  
    • How can you address the critical mass problem and militate against monopolisation of the market?
    • What would be the impact of a single EU digital currency?

    Ali Clabburn, Managing Director, Liftshare
    Alexandra Depledge, Chief Executive Officer,
    T. Raj Singh, Founder Chairman, UKShareCo

    Moderated by  Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel: The Future of the City

    The sharing economy has been born out of urban living with easy access to other individuals, infrastructure, and assets. What does the future hold for shareable cities? 

    • How can the sharing economy help to assist cities with issues such as overpopulation, pollution and budget cuts?
    • As the sharing economy continues to grow, what will our cities look like? What are the implications for government, public services and infrastructure?
    • How can the government work to bridge the gap between the sharing economy and the public sector?
    • Transportation has been the main industry to affect cities within the sharing economy. What will be the next sector to make an impact?

    Jimmy McLoughlin, Deputy Head of Policy, Institute of Directors
    Rohan Silva, Co-founder & Chairman at Hubble (formerly Spacious) and Co-founder at Second Home
    Alex Stephany, Chief Executive Officer, JustPark
    Mark Walker, General Manager, Zipcar UK

    Moderated by  Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    Interview: Europe vs. the US: an alternative look at how to expand internationally

    Europe’s technology start-ups often subscribe to the idea that, if they can make it in America, they can make it anywhere. But one of the continent’s leading sharing economy groups is adopting a very different strategy: ignore the US and search for growth everywhere else.

    The ride-sharing service Blablacar has millions of users worldwide, following recent launches in Russia, Turkey and India. But, unusually for a tech start up, it has no plans to enter the United States.

    We speak to Nicolas Brusson,​ ​co-founder, on why Blablacar has set a course to hit all points other than​ ​America and what other sharing economy companies can learn about its expansion​ ​plans.

    Nicolas Brusson, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, BlaBlaCar

    Interviewed by Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:55pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Drinks reception

Debbie Wosskow Presentation

Unlocking the Sharing Economy - Debbie Wosskow


Benita Matofska Presentation

Benita Matofska - What we know about the Global Sharing Economy


LS:N Global Videos



  • Sally Davies, Technology and Innovation Reporter, Financial Times
  • Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Kingfisher
  • Nicholas Russell, Founding CEO, We Are Pop Up

Who Attends

The FT Sharing Economy European Summit is a must-attend educative event for any business facing disruption from sharing economy competitors. It is ideal for business leaders who wish to understand this trend, examine the catalysts for its success such as mobile technology and hear from companies that have suffered disruption and subsequently adapted through innovation.

Whilst relevant to all sectors, the event will be of particular interest to businesses from consumer services, retail, transport, hospitality, education, travel & leisure, government policy (national and local), venture capital/private equity and P2P or B2B start-ups.

The event will be attended by: 
  • C-Suite, VP and Directors of Technology or Marketing
  • Founders/Co-founders
  • Heads/Directors/Senior Managers of Innovation
  • Heads/Directors/Senior Managers of Product/Brand Development
  • Heads/Directors of Strategy
  • Heads/Directors of Financial Services
  • Heads/Directors of Enterprise Operations
  • Government policy advisors
  • Local government strategists
  • Industry regulators
  • Chief Compliance Officers


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Lead Sponsors: Apppli and Splyt (2)

Apppli is a full service mobile-first agency, with expertise in helping companies profit from mobile and surrounding technologies. We see mobile as the emerging way for engaging customers and winning new business. We are experienced in combining creative ideas with technological expertise. Working with brands like yours, we have been able to generate increased in-bound business and increase brand equity using a mobile-first approach. We put mobile first. We are Apppli.

Splyt has been an idea in progress for the past two years. Living in the outskirts of London with friends in central London, the public versus private transport question was always a problem for me. I loved cabs, but hated the prices. And public transport was just so inconvenient and time consuming, meaning I always had to head home before my friends and make multiple changes.

Seeing how many other people commuted into central London with me everyday made me think. Surely we could share a cab? Other travel apps support sharing cabs with friends. But my fellow commuters weren’t my friends. How could I safely share a ride with them, save time getting to and from meetings with friends AND save money?

Splyt solves that problem. As London’s first ride share app of its kind, it easily connects people travelling the same way, saving them time and money. The sharing economy is huge at the moment, with sharing platforms reinventing all aspects of life from where we stay (airbnb), how we manage day to day life (TaskRabbit) and even how we launch startups (Kickstarter). Splyt is reinventing how we travel, empowering you to share your private driver and providing private transport without the pricetag.

Associate Sponsor: Onfido (1)

Onfido Background Checks is a data-driven platform that helps companies make fast and informed decisions on who they can trust. Founded in 2012, Onfido has received over £3.5m in investment and is the largest provider of background checks to the on-demand and sharing economy as well as servicing traditional markets from SME’s to FTSE 100 companies. The Onfido self-service platform is used by companies to automatically collect and verify identity, financial and criminal records as well other checks in 28 countries via API or online Dashboard. Trust is the backbone of the new global economy and Onfido helps companies build trust with the people who matter to them the most.

Supporting Partners (3)

We believe the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business. Through dedicated programmes, we support the digital technology sector's need for skills, infrastructure, and investment.

We gather and share vital information, which informs policymakers. We give digital entrepreneurs a national and local voice. Our work accelerates the growth of digital businesses, in London and across the UK, at all stages of their development.

You can see our work in action with Future Fifty, Digital Business Academy, Tech Nation, Tech North, Upscale, Tech Nation Alliance, Tech Nation Visa Scheme and HQ-UK.

We aim to make life better for the digital entrepreneur.

The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. Each year private investors known as ‘angels’ account for between £800 million and £1 billion of early stage investment in the UK – the single largest source of early stage capital in this country. UKBAA represents and connects all those involved in the angel investment market, including early stage VC funds, Banks and also non traditional sources of finance, as well as advisers and intermediaries; policy makers and academics with a view to ensuring a coherent ecosystem for financing the growth of start-ups and early stage businesses.

The International Lawyers Network is an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 67 countries on six continents.

Venue Partner (1)

Level39 is Europe’s largest technology accelerator for finance, cyber-security, retail and future cities technology companies.

Through a tailored curriculum programme and its network, Level39 turbocharges company growth by providing access to investors, industry experts, mentors, jobs, news, education, thought-leadership and more. 

Six months after launching, Level39 opened another floor 'High Growth Space: 42' and in January 2015, launched its second floor 'High Growth Space: 24' - occupying 80,000 square feet of One Canada Square.

Level39 was launched by the Canary Wharf Group in March 2013 and has hosted over 1000 events and 90,000 visitors since its inception.

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