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FT Innovate 2016

Smart Machines & Smart People - The Future of Business

London |
Speakers include:
Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

Bank Leumi

Ralf Herbrich

Ralf Herbrich


Rachel  Braun

Rachel Braun

Paramount Group


Smart Machines & Smart People - The Future of Business

This year's Innovate Summit will focus on the balance of power between humans and machines. Artificial intelligence, big data and Internet of Things have all shown potential to increase business productivity, but they may also lead to workforce restructuring, reallocation of power in the boardroom and increased dependence on external partners.

If the rise of the machines is inevitable, what will it mean for workers across different industries? From finance to manufacturing, from white collar to blue collar, Innovate 2016 puts Industry 4.0 in focus for the next generation of businesses and workers.

FT Innovate has a limited number of VIP tickets available to Senior decision makers from large organisations. If you would like to apply to attend, please complete the short application form. Please note, if you do not meet this criteria, standard ticket charges apply.

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Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

President and CEO
Bank Leumi

Rakefet Russak-Aminoach was appointed President and CEO of the Leumi Group, one of Israel's largest and leading banking institutions, in May 2012. Prior to her appointment, Ms Russak-Aminoach served as Senior Deputy CEO of the Leumi Group (as of July 2011), while continuing to act as the Group's Head of Corporate Division, a role she held from 2004 until May 2012.

Before joining Leumi, she served as CEO and Managing Partner at KPMG Israel (Somekh Chaikin) for a period of 3 years. The firm is the Israeli Associate of KPMG International, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms in the world. Ms Russak-Aminoach was a Senior Partner at the firm from 1995 to 2000. She currently serves as Head of the 'Follow Me' Friends Association, a non-profit social educational organization that develops leadership skills and promotes social involvement among youth from the periphery, developing areas, absorption centers, boarding schools, and shelters.

In September 2015, she was listed among Fortune magazine’s “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”. In December 2015, she was selected as one of "The 10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking” by the leading US FinTech blog Bank Innovation. Ms Russak-Aminoach holds a BA degree in Accounting & Economics (summa cum laude), as well as an LLB degree in Law, and an MBA in Finance & Accounting (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Ralf Herbrich

Ralf Herbrich

Director of Machine Learning

Since November 2012, Ralf Herbrich has worked at Amazon as Director of Machine Learning Science. Up until August 2013 he worked in Seattle and then in Berlin, Germany. The team of Dr Herbrich works in the area of Forecasting, Content Linkage, Scalable Machine Learning Services and Vision-Assisted Technologies.

From October 2011 to November 2012, Dr Herbrich worked at Facebook in Palo Alto & Menlo Park leading the Unified Ranking and Allocation team. This team focused on building horizontal large-scale machine learning infrastructure for learning user-action-rate predictors that enabled unified value experiences across the products.

From 2009 to 2011 Dr Herbrich was Director of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Lab UK demonstrating and enabling new social experiences through development of computational intelligence technologies on large online data collections. From 2006 to 2009, together with Thore Graepel, he was leading the Applied Games and the Online Services and Advertising (OSA) research group  which engaged in research at the intersection of machine learning and computer games as well as research in search and online advertising combining insights from machine learning, information retrieval, game theory, artificial intelligence and social network analysis.

Dr Herbrich joined Microsoft Research in 2000 as a Postdoctoral researcher and Research Fellow of the Darwin College Cambridge. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked at the Technical University Berlin as a teaching assistant where he obtained both a diploma degree in Computer Science and a PhD degree in Statistics.

His research interests of include Bayesian inference and decision making, computer games, kernel methods and statistical learning theory. He is one of the inventors of the Drivatars™ system in the Forza Motorsport series as well as the TrueSkill™ ranking and matchmaking system in Xbox 360 Live. He also co-invented the adPredictor click-prediction technology used today in Bing’s online advertising system.

Rachel  Braun

Rachel Braun

Chief of Staff
Paramount Group

Rachel Braun is Chief of Staff at Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately owned aerospace and defense company. She works daily with the Group Chairman to manage and advise on strategic security projects that span land combat systems, aerospace, robotics, and naval divisions. Paramount Group created the first robotics division on the African continent, in response to a greater need for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and drones, autonomous systems, and the desire that exists in both sophisticated and developing world defense forces to decrease soldier casualties on the battlefield.

Ms Braun majored in International Security Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and began her career working for a private military contractor in South Sudan, which drove her interest in how defense technologies and local production can lead to economic development and stability in emerging markets. Soon thereafter, she joined a pioneering private equity firm in Washington DC that capitalized on high-risk investment opportunities in frontier markets through experienced political and security management. Her fascination with the dynamism and technological innovation booming from the oft-overlooked African continent led her to Paramount Group, which has become synonymous with innovation and industrialization in South Africa and globally. She is a member of Women in Defense, a National Security Organization.

Yann Barbaux

Yann Barbaux

Chief Innovation Officer
Max Conze

Max Conze

Chief Executive
Nigel Shadbolt

Nigel Shadbolt

Principal and Professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science
University of Oxford

Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Principal of Jesus College. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Since 2009, Sir Nigel has acted as an Information Adviser to the UK Government, helping transform public access to Government information, including the widely acclaimed site. With over 500 publications he researches and publishes on computer science, artificial intelligence, open data and web science. During his career, he has also worked in philosophy, psychology and linguistics. Since 2000 he has secured 17 projects as Principal Investigator with a value of over £20 million pounds. He is currently Principal Investigator on a £6.14M EPSRC funded Programme Grant researching the theory of social machines - Web scale problem solving systems comprising large numbers of humans and computers.  

In 2006 he was one of three founding Directors of Garlik Ltd, which in 2008 was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship Award. Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd in 2011.  In 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to science and engineering.  At the request of the Government Sir Nigel recently chaired a Review of Computer Science Accreditation and Employability.

Daniel Susskind

Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions

Daniel Susskind is co-author of The Future of the Professions and a Lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches. Previously, he worked for the British Government - in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.

Alex Klein

Alex Klein

Co-founder and CEO
Kano Computing
Emily Foges

Emily Foges


Emily Foges is CEO of Luminance, a startup that is aiming to transform our approach to big data, starting with legal due diligence. Trained by legal experts, the revolutionary technology is founded on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence at the University of Cambridge.

Ms Foges brings 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling up technology-led businesses to Luminance. First as a management consultant and then with Betfair, BT and Equifax, she has built and led teams driving acquisition and integration strategies; and scoping, developing and launching new products. She holds a BA degree from University College London.

Andy Morris

Andy Morris

Chief Innovation Officer

Andy Morris has been back at YouGov since 2010 and, as Chief Innovation Officer, drives the pioneering focus of a company that since its inception has been the leading light in innovating the consumer research industry. He is responsible for the design and architecture of the data we collect across the YouGov group as well as the products and services that feed off that. These data and products are transforming the way research is done and enabling companies to use data to optimise their businesses in a way that has never been possible before. He’s been in market research for 15 years, much of that at the cutting edge of the industry making new technologies and mediums improve the way we research.

Mr Morris is in his second spell at YouGov, having previously been at the company as an Account Director from 2004-2007. In between, he managed the UK office and was Managing Director of Panel Services Europe at Vision Critical, pioneering the introduction of custom panels in Europe. He started his career at TNS in London before joining Arnold&Bolingbroke in Sydney to run their fledgling quantitative department. He holds a degree from the University of Oxford.

Chandler  Wilson

Chandler Wilson

Director of Analytics & Insights

Chandler is a Director of Analytics & Insights for Walmart Corporate Affairs. While at Walmart Chandler instigated the company's first investments and strategic use of machine intelligence to quantify open source and internal data sets. Currently, he works on interdisciplinary data science and machine intelligence initiatives across corporate strategy, public affairs, HR, compliance and legal. In addition, his job is to build and maintain relations with technology organizations, start-ups, and venture capital firms. Prior to Walmart, he worked for the European Commission and Parliament where he led many of the first analytics programs within EU affairs. Academically his research focused on quantifying political discourse and currency markets with the use of open source data, graph theory, and topology during the EU debt crisis. 

Ida Tin

Ida Tin

Co-founder and CEO

Ida Tin is the Co-founder and CEO of Clue, the world’s fastest growing female health app. Clue has more than 2.5 million active users in over 190 countries, and is one of the most popular apps in the “Health & Fitness” category in the United States, Germany, France, Mexico and many others. Women love and trust Clue because it is accurate, fast and easy to use. 

Clue’s mission is to empower people to be in charge of their lives while moving science and health research forward. A lifelong entrepreneur and a modern feminist, Ms Tin is convinced that technology will profoundly change the future of family planning. She has been interviewed or featured in major media including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Der Spiegel and Le Figaro. She was named the Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by the EU's Europioneers, and has been a speaker at prestigious conferences such as LeWeb in Paris (“The Reinvention of Healthcare”) and Webbdagarna in Stockholm. 

Before starting Clue, Ms Tin led motorcycle tours around the world. She wrote a book about her travel adventures, “Direktøs” that became a Danish bestseller and received rave reviews. She currently lives in Berlin with her partner Hans, who also co-founded Clue, and their two children.

Ben Medlock

Ben Medlock

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

As Co-founder of SwiftKey, Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens.

SwiftKey is best known for its smart typing technology which learns from each user to accurately autocorrect and predict their most-likely next word, and features on more than 300 million devices to date. The company was named the No 1 hottest startup in London by Wired magazine, ranked top 5 in Fast Company’s list of the most innovative productivity companies in the world and has won a clutch of awards for its innovative products and workplace.

Mr Medlock has a First Class degree in Computer Science from Durham University and a PhD  in Natural Language and Information Processing from the University of Cambridge.

Khalil   Rouhana

Khalil Rouhana

Director, Digital Industry, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Khalil Rouhana is the Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology). The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen the competitiveness and to ensure that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to compete on a global scale, grow and create jobs. The directorate is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy. It supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including micro and nano-electronics, microsystems, photonics, robotics and AI, embedded software and cyber-physical systems as well as digital technologies for manufacturing spanning from simulation and design to process optimisation and Product life cycle management. It is responsible for the Public Private Partnerships in these fields including the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL.

The directorate also follows the legal issues regarding digitisation of industry such as liability and safety of autonomous systems as well as related societal implications notably on, transformation of work in industry. It also follows all the framework conditions for the development of digital and digitised industries including access to finance and SMEs growth.

In his previous experiences in the Commission, Mr Rouhana was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.

Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years, the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France.  He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supelec, France).

Tunde Olanrewaju

Tunde Olanrewaju

Leader of Digital McKinsey UK

Tunde Olanrewaju leads Digital McKinsey in the United Kingdom. He serves major financial institutions and social-sector organizations on issues of strategy, organization, operations, and technology.

In one recent project, he helped a major bank shape a design-led reimagination of its customer journeys, including account opening and loan origination. Using an iterative design approach that observed how customers interacted with online and physical channels, he helped create digitally enabled experiences as intuitive and simple as the world’s best apps. The impact included cutting the average time for account opening to 12 minutes from 1 hour.

Mr Olanrewaju also worked with the board of a large UK company to review the performance and viability of one of its subsidiaries, which was leveraging unique technology to compete in the foreign-exchange space. He conducted a deep review of the economics and technical capabilities of the business, along with comprehensive analysis of the market and competitive context, consultation with investors, and framing of strategic options. He also counseled the board on the best path forward, which included changes to the ownership structure and focus of the subsidiary.

Other projects have included helping a leading European retail bank to redesign its distribution, product-development, and marketing organization from a product- to a customer-centric structure; advising on the development of group strategy for a top-three global bank; and designing and helping implement a multiyear lean-operations transformation for a UK bank, involving more than 35,000 staff.

Mr Olanrewaju is also a leader of the BCSS—a network for black client-service staff at McKinsey—committed to recruiting a fair share of black talent and facilitating connectivity and mentoring relationships. Outside McKinsey, he is a trustee of the Africa Governance Initiative and a member of the Oxfam Association (the advisory board of Oxfam Great Britain).

He holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Imperial College London, where he was a Lucent Technologies Global Science Scholar. 

James McClure

James McClure

General Manager - UK & Ireland

James McClure is Airbnb's General Manager for the UK & Ireland, overseeing Airbnb's market growth. Prior to Airbnb he had a stint at Arthur D. Little strategy consultancy before 8 years at Google in London, Sydney and Singapore; most recently running their APAC Emerging Markets business.

Ponz Pandikuthira

Ponz Pandikuthira

Global Head for Connected Vehicle Services
Nissan Motors

Ponz Pandikuthira is the Global Head of Connected Vehicle Services at Nissan Motors. His primary role is bringing desirable and profitable vehicles to market across four major automotive brands working in North America, Europe and Asia. He is also currently in charge of building an Industry 4.0 Connected Vehicle Services business for Nissan globally. He is based at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. He was appointed to this role in October 2019 to lead the development of new business for Nissan to address the rapidly changing customer needs and demands as vehicles are connected to the internet.

Mr Pandikuthhiira joined Nissan in April 2012 as the Chief Marketing Manager (General Manager) for the Crossover portfolio (Qashqai, X-Trail, Murano) as well as the Sports Car portfolio (GT-R and 370Z). In July 2014, he was promoted to lead Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) business unit in Europe and Russia and turn around the loss-making business. In June 2016 he was promoted to Vice President to lead Product Planning for Nissan Europe, responsible for the definition and lifecycle management of Nissan’s product portfolio in Europe and Russia. 

As the consumer demand changed rapidly in Europe over the last few years, Mr Pandikuthria was responsible for changing the product portfolio to meet stringent European CAFÉ requirements as well as consumer preferences for more fuel-efficient and electrified powertrains. Before joining Nissan, he was the head of Product for Kia Europe between 2009 and 2012 based in Frankfurt, Germany, during Kia’s largest expansion in Europe. Prior to that, he was the head of product for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) based in Stuttgart, Germany between Jan 2008 and Sept 2019.

Mr Pandikuthira has had a real passion for cars and the automotive industry ever since, at the age of 15, he read Lee Iacocca's autobiography and set a goal to work for Chrysler. He began his career in the industry as an engineer for Chrysler in Detroit in 1996, working first in manufacturing, then engineering before moving to product planning and marketing. When Chrysler merged with Daimler to create DaimlerChrysler, the international partnership opened up a global career path and jump-started his international career within the industry. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Coe College, Iowa, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from INSEAD.

Paul Stein

Paul Stein

Chief Technology Officer

In April 2017, Paul Stein was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Technology Officer. Mr Stein joined Rolls-Royce in 2010 as Chief Scientific Officer and for two years acted as the Engineering and Technology Director for the Company’s Nuclear business in addition to his Chief Scientific Officer responsibilities. His most recent role was Director of Research & Technology, accountable for the company’s global investment in R&T, as well as fostering innovation and promoting and sustaining specialist engineering talent.

Mr Stein was Director General, Science and Technology, at the UK Ministry of Defence immediately prior to joining Rolls-Royce. Before that, he was Managing Director of Roke Manor Research and in 2003 was appointed to the Siemens UK Executive Management Board, leading technology and contributing to business strategy.

Mr Stein holds an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Edward Chan

Edward Chan

Banking Partner and Artificial Intelligence Initiative Lead

Edward is a banking partner at Linklaters LLP. His practice covers bank prudential regulation as well as a broad range of banking and structured finance transactions. Edward also leads Linklaters’ artificial intelligence initiative.

Asi Sharabi

Asi Sharabi

Co-founder and CEO
Lost My Name

Asi Sharabi is a recovering ad man, a passionate advocate of ‘making stuff that matters’ and co-founder of Lost My Name, an award winning startup that plays in the intersection between storytelling and technology.

Before Lost My Name, he enjoyed a varied career in planning and strategy, working at Poke, HyperSocial and Sidekick Studios. In 2012, he founded Lost My Name with friends Tal Oron, David Cadji-Newby and Pedro Serapicos. They set out to turn the personalised book format into a genuine creative canvas, rather than a commercial gimmick. Fast forward three years via Dragon’s Den and a $9 million investment round led by Google Ventures - Lost My Name is now a 100 person company that’s on a mission to help grownups create magical experiences for children.

Lost My Name has continuously challenged publishing industry norms and achieved eye-popping success with its first title ‘The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name’. It’s created both the best-selling and the most technologically advanced personalised picture books in the world and has made over 1.5 million children gasp and giggle in 167 countries.

Dmitry Kaminskiy

Dmitry Kaminskiy

Co-Founder and Senior Partner
Deep Knowledge Ventures

Dmitry Kaminskiy is is an innovative entrepreneur and investor who is a Co-Founder and a Senior Partner at Deep Knowledge Ventures, a Hong Kong based investment fund focused on disruptive DeepTech, AI, BlockChain, Cryptoeconomy, and the synergetic convergence of ultra-innovative technologies. In view of the significant growth of interest to the longevity industry, Deep Knowledge Life Sciences, a London-based subsidiary investment fund has increased its investment activity in 2017 and will actively expand its portfolio to catch the wave edge of the rising trend “Investing in Longevity”. In addition to his business experience, Mr Kaminskiy is involved in several scientific endeavours. He strongly believes that humans should live longer healthier lives. He has a major interest is anti-aging and healthy longevity which is reflected in his business, research and public activities. Mr Kaminskiy is well known for his support of life extension think-tanks in Oxford and Cambridge and many other non-profit activities. Mr Kaminskiy’s US$1 million prize for the first person to reach their 123th birthday went viral, and was widely covered by the world’s top media.

Matteo Berlucchi

Matteo Berlucchi


Matteo Berlucchi is CEO at Your.MD - the world’s first Personal Health Assistant to combine Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and content from the NHS to deliver free, personalised health information to a global audience.  As one of the first Internet entrepreneurs in Europe, Mr Berlucchi brings his vast experience and pioneering knowledge to his role at Your.MD where he spearheads investor relations, conceives and directs company vision and is Your.MD’s primary spokesperson.  

A digital specialist, he has spent his career building and growing companies and services operating across the online and mobile sectors.  Prior to Your.MD, Mr Berlucchi was Chief Digital Officer at Northern & Shell where he developed the company’s digital assets and forged new opportunities with digital partners and startups. He was also Founder and CEO of aNobii, the ‘social ebook’ platform funded by Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins; Livestation, the first live news platform to broadcast on an iPhone; and Skinkers, an award-winning digital communication platform.

Mr Berlucchi has also served as an advisor to multiple individuals and businesses.  He is currently a mentor at Seedcamp, advising entrepreneurial start-ups, and supports Internet and software entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground through Firestartr. He has also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for Goldsmiths, University of London.

Ambarish Mitra

Ambarish Mitra


Ambarish Mitra is one of the pioneers of augmented reality and computer vision. Mitra started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out entrepreneur on a noble topic of Women Empowerment in India, which successfully IPO'd in 2000.

He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blippar, the leading visual search browser and fastest growing augmented reality player.  Under his direction, Blippar has grown from groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with 300+ employees, 14 offices and 60million+ users. Blippar is ranked number 9th in CNBC list of most disruptive companies as well as named top Business Innovator by Bloomberg in 2016.

With a vision to create the ultimate physical world browser, Mr Mitra, has been widely recognised for his unconventional business thinking and people-driven philosophical approach to management. In February 2016, he was named as an ambassador for the British government's GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world.

Marc Lien

Marc Lien

Director of Innovation and Digital Development
Lloyds Banking Group

Marc Lien is Director of Innovation and Digital Development at Lloyds Banking Group, and is a member of the Group’s Digital Executive Committee. He is responsible for building a number of the new capabilities to support Lloyds Banking Group in succeeding in an increasingly digital world. These include digital partnerships, analytics, innovation, and supporting the zero-based transformation of key customer journeys.

Most recently Mr Lien launched the first open Innovation Challenge with the UK government and he oversees the partnership with Startupbootcamp, a leading European FinTech accelerator.

Before joining the Group in January 2014, Mr Lien spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company advising financial institutions and leading the European Digital Banking practice.

Michael  Winterson

Michael Winterson

Managing Director EMEA Services

Michael Winterson joined Equinix in September 2007 when the company acquired London AIM listed IXEurope. At Equinix, he held the positions of Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales before his current role. Joining IXEurope as part of the startup management team in January 2000, he brings over 14 years of data centre services experience and held senior positions in country management, sales and marketing.  

Before IXEurope, Mr Winterman was involved in two other technology startups in Europe that were eventually sold to US and Japanese companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute – Geneva. An itinerant American, he fell in love with Europe at an early age and has never looked back.


Chaired by (2)

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, John has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

He founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology. John is also the founder of Sifted, an FT-backed startup media site for Europe's next generation entrepreneurs.

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.

Agenda - 2nd Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Panel: Auto-innovation – who, or what, will be responsible for nurturing innovation?

    Technologies and machines with learning-based algorithms have tremendous potential to transform the way companies operate. Their usage and profitability is increasing all the time and where machine learning and artificial intelligence were developed for purely R&D purposes in the past, they have now proven themselves as effective components in everyday devices and processes. Many paths for innovation that were identified as the sole responsibility of humans can now be undertaken by machines and so the question ponders: will machines be able to identify paths of innovation more effectively than humans? A diverse panel, involving experts from a range of cross industries will discuss the current and future impact of machine-based learning and how the corporate world will need to embrace it when looking for new avenues of innovation. 

    • What is the role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in identifying paths for innovation?
    • How will developments in artificial intelligence alter problem-solving processes for managers? Has machine learning already proved superior in this regard?
    • Are we looking at a future where machines will need to take credit for innovation success stories?

    Ben Medlock, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, SwiftKey

    Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal and Professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science, University of Oxford

    Paul Stein, Director, Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce

    Moderator: John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Keynote address: Disruptor or disrupted? Banking's fateful choice

    Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, President and CEO, Bank Leumi 

  • 10:15am
    Future of work: Will a robot steal your job?

    Tunde Olanrewaju, Senior Partner and UK Digital McKinsey Leader, McKinsey & Company

  • 10:35am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:05am
    Building the digital enterprise

    Marc Lien, Director of Innovation and Digital Development, Lloyds Banking Group

  • 11:25am
    Panel: Power in the boardroom

    The roles of C-suite executives are changing, as are the job titles themselves. With more and more companies, from a range of cross industries, hiring Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Digital Officers and Chief Technology Officers it is clear to see that the digital transformation and emergence of machine-learning and AI as highly valued tools is something to be taken seriously. These executives also now have a vast amount of data available to them, data that can be harnessed in such a way as to highlight new trends, markets and opportunities. Are machines better equipped to interpret this data and ultimately take responsibility over managerial decision-making? An expert panel tackles the serious threat that machine learning can have on the managerial responsibilities within large scale corporations.

    • Which job role has the largest part to play in guiding a business down new and successful paths of innovation?
    • Who oversees strategy as digital transformation increases the importance of CIOs and CTOs?
    • Will machines, not managers assess the future levels of their company’s performance indicators?

    Yann Barbaux, Chief Innovation Officer, Airbus

    Rachel Braun, Chief of Staff, Paramount Group

    Dmitry Kaminskiy, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Deep Knowledge Ventures

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Harnessing smart machines to maintain innovation in newly disrupted economies

    Much like machine learning and AI are now, newly established economies such as digital health and the sharing market, have been dramatically transforming labour markets, IT infrastructures and sectors far beyond the realm of its technology’s original research purpose. Regarded by many as the most innovative sectors, commentators now debate on whether it is at a boom or bust call - with recent complications involving legal restrictions, data privacy, market monopolies and employment responsibility posing threats to these economy's success and growth. Like many recent successful start-ups however, these markets were built heavily upon foundations driven by advancements in APIs. This means the technology and programming involved can easily be upgraded, modified and built upon allowing additional attributes such as machine learning algorithms to be incorporated into the technology. This panel, involving pioneers of the disruptive markets, will debate on how interoperability could allow smart machines to open up new avenues of innovation in already innovative industries.

    Alex Klein, Co-founder and CEO, Kano Computing

    James McClure, General Manager for UK and Ireland, Airbnb

    Ida Tin, Co-founder & CEO, Clue

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Case study and interview: How a combination of machine learning and a plethora of data stores are opening up new channels of innovation

    Asi Sharabi, Co-founder & CEO, Lost My Name

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2Financial Times

  • 12:55pm
  • 2:00pm
    Pre-panel keynote: Plug-and-play professionals

    Daniel Susskind, Co-author, The Future of the Professions

  • 2:15pm
    Panel: Plug-and-play professionals

    As the price of computing power continues to fall it is inevitable that more and more companies will adopt machine-learning and AI based technologies in an attempt to improve their productivity and efficiency. There are however, a number of challenges that this increase in adoption presents. Most notably is the shift in labour responsibilities between machines and people as computers start to become better at processing jobs once seemed only doable by humans. This shift isn’t just affecting the industries where robotics would appear most suited - manufacturing and agriculture as examples. The creative and professional service industries will also feel the wrath of the machines as employees such as legal clerks, data analysts and administrators feel threatened by the ability of computers. Are these industries doomed or can plug-and-play professionals actually turn machine-learning and AI to their advantage and better serve their clients? An expert panel debates.

    • How much of a threat does advanced robotics pose when replacing employees in white-collar sectors?
    • How could more computer power enhance the ability of white-collar workers to serve clients?
    • Can innovation in this sector come from a combination of professionals and machines?
    • Amplified intelligence –  can advanced analytics and AI be harnessed in such a way as to compliment human intelligence rather than replace it?

    Edward Chan, Banking Partner and Artificial Intelligence Initiative Lead, Linklaters

    Emily Foges, CEO, Luminance

    Ralf Herbrich, Director of Machine Learning, Amazon

    Andy Morris, Chief Innovation Officer, YouGov

    Daniel Susskind, Co-author, The Future of the Professions

    Moderator: John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    Machine intelligence: the 'killer app' for the digital economy

    Michael Winterson, Managing Director EMEA Services, Equinix

    Chandler Wilson, Director of Analytics and Insights, Walmart Corporate Affairs

  • 3:25pm
    Coffee break

    During this break the main conference room will be set up for the roundtable brainstorming session

  • 3:40pm
    Roundtable Brainstorming

    The FT Innovate roundtable sessions are back again this year to provide a unique platform to discuss the main theme of the event – how will smart machines and smart people coherently work together to produce successful businesses of the future? Through a range of question-led topics, delegates will debate the key fundamentals of innovation and how machine learning and artificial intelligence are changing the fundamental processes of not only growing business, but also managing it.

  • 4:25pm
    Panel: Industry 4.0

    The emergence, and now convergence of technologies powering the digital transformation is continuing to blur the boundaries between the physical, technological and biological environments that we know today. These technologies; The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and machine learning to name a few are evolving at an exponential rate and are affecting companies, governments and industries all around the world. It’s called the fourth industrial revolution and it is being characterised by its speed in causing rapid change within managerial, governmental and production procedures. Understanding the remit and scope of this new digital age will help employees and businesses alike not only compete in the future business environment, but simply survive against an imminent replacement of human-led innovation.

    • What will the fourth industrial revolution mean for different sectors of the economy?
    • How will innovation be characterised in this new digital age?
    • Can we already identify the winners and losers of the new industrial age?
    • Will human-led initiatives and decision making still be able to nurture and promote innovation in the workplace?

    Matteo Berlucchi, CEO, Your.MD

    Ambarish Mitra, CEO, Blippar

    Ponz Pandikuthira, Vice President for Advanced Product Strategy, Nissan Europe

    Khalil Rouhana, Director, Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    In conversation with the FT

    Max Conze, Chief Executive, Dyson

    Moderator: John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:25pm
    Closing remarks from the Chair

    Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Drinks reception



The opportunities that machine learning present in the retail space

Led by Ralf Herbrich, Director of Machine Learning, Amazon



Will robots replace white collar workers or just help them?

Led by Emily Foges, CEO, Luminance



How can large organisations be transformed to support the transformation in customer journeys

Led by Nick Herbert, Head of Strategy and Planning, Consumer Digital Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group,



How to harness the power of robotics and process automation to reinvent your business

Led by Darshan Chandarana, Digital Vice President, McKinsey



Machine learning: Are you ready for it or not?

Led by Michael Winterson, Managing Director EMEA Services, Equinix



Artificial Intelligence -  how can it really work in practice?

Led by Christian Storck, Partner, Linklaters and Paul Lewis, Partner, Linklaters



Harnessing machines and AI to drive the adoption of digital health

Led by Ida Tin, Co-founder and CEO, Clue



The difference between the rising generation and our own generation and how they harness technology

Led by Alex Klein, Co-founder and CEO, Kano Computing



  • Auto-innovation: What is the role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in identifying new paths of innovation?
  • Power in the boardroom: Who oversees strategy as digital transformation increases the importance of CIOs and CTOs among C-suite reallocations?
  • Plug-and-play professionals: How could more computer power enhance the ability of white-collar workers to serve clients?
  • Industry 4.0: What will the fourth industrial revolution mean for different sectors of the economy? 


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


  • 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 attended in the past


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Adaptive Labs
American Express
APCO Worldwide
Bank of America
Black Rock
BNP Paribas
Bright Vibes
Channel 4
Clever Together
Colt Technology Services
Creative England
Design Blue Ltd
Deutsche Bank
Dot Media
Edwardian Group London
European Space Agency
Eurostar International Limited
Feeding Forward
Go-Ahead Group plc
Golden Egg Innovation
Google Play
Havas Media Group UK
Horton Wolfe & BBC

ICM Partners
IGaming Ideas
IMS Health
Index Ventures
Infinity Creative Media
Innovate Finance
Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
John Lewis
Laing O'Rourke
LBG Asset Finance
LEGO Group
Lloyds Bank Plc
M&C Saatchi
Macquarie Bank
Makros Europe
Marks and Spencer Plc
MedTech Engine
Mobile Communications Magazine
Network Locum
Novartis AG
Renault SAS
Samsung Electronics UK 
Silicon Valley Bank
Sony Music
Technology Will Save Us
Telefonica UK Ltd
The Walt Disney Company
Vestra Wealth
Xtreme Adventures

and many more...


Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

Lead Sponsors (2)

This email is from Equinix (EMEA) B.V. or one of its associated companies in the territory from where this email has been sent. This email, and any files transmitted with it, contains information which is confidential, is solely for the use of the intended recipient and may be legally privileged. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender and delete this email immediately. Equinix (EMEA) B.V.. Registered Office: Amstelplein 1, 1096 HA Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Registered in The Netherlands No. 57577889.

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking provides comprehensive expert financial services to businesses of all sizes, from small businesses, through to mid-sized businesses and multinational corporations.

These clients range from privately-owned firms to FTSE 100 PLCs, multinational corporations and financial institutions. 

Maintaining a network of relationship teams across the UK, as well as internationally, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking delivers the mix of local understanding and global expertise necessary to provide long-term support to its clients.

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking offers a broad range of finance beyond just term lending and this spans debt capital market funding, trade finance, securitisation facilities and working capital management solutions.  Its product specialists provide bespoke financial solutions including cash management, international trade, treasury and risk management services.’

Legal Partner (1)

With 30 offices in 20 countries, Linklaters serves our clients as a team, with a common focus on innovation, efficiency and agility.


We are market leaders in advising on incoming Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements of investors and regulators, and how to manage evolving governance and disclosure requirements on climate and ESG financial risk issues.


Linklaters’ integrated ESG practice comprises sustainability, finance, corporate and pensions lawyers across the firm. We advise on all three strands of ESG, with particular expertise in the relevance of climate related financial risks to corporate or fund governance, risk management and disclosure obligations and in how to respond to activist campaigns. We have also undertaken governance reviews and advised on human rights, ABC risks and broader risk management. Our clients include governments, corporates, financial institutions, funds and asset managers.  We hold Band 1 rankings for each of sustainability, governance and pensions in the legal directories.


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.


Supporting Partners (3)

Innovate Finance is an independent not for profit membership organisation serving the global FinTech community. It aims to accelerate the UK’s position as the number one global hub for FinTech by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators and entrepreneurs. Together they are bringing new financial products and services to consumers - and enhancing the diversity, resilience and inclusiveness of the sector. Founded in 2014 Innovate Finance has attracted more than 120 members ranging from seed startups to major global financial institutions. As the industry body for the FinTech community, Innovate Finance serves as a single access point to the full financial services and technology ecosystem and – through our curated innovation programmes and partnerships with other organisations – connect members to policymakers, regulators, investors, customers, educators, talent and key commercial partners.

NMI is the Champion for the UK Electronic Systems & Technology Industry. Our mission is to help make the UK a leading location for electronic systems and technology businesses. We aim to support our members’ short-term priorities and our industry’s long-term needs. Our work covers innovation, operational excellence, investment, the skills agenda, advocacy and representation

Springwise is the source of innovation intelligence. Every day, our team of over 20,000 Springspotters source the latest innovation, start-up and new business ideas from around the world. We validate, curate and summarise the top four for daily publication — guaranteeing our audience real time, real business inspiration.


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