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Innovation, Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT Sharing Economy Summit Europe 2016

Achieving stability among growing regulation

London |
Speakers include:
Debbie  Wosskow

Debbie Wosskow

Love Home Swap

Benedikt Franke

Benedikt Franke


Juan Pablo Dama

Juan Pablo Dama



The sharing, or collaborative economy has experienced rapid growth since its inception and the value of business is continuing to shift from ownership to access. New start-ups and disruptors have completely reshaped the specific industries in which they operate – and are continuing to do so – which in turn has led to further disruptors being born and challenging the market, aiming to offer better and more cost-effective services.

These new players, along with the incumbents of the sharing economy have the potential to increase its global revenues by twentyfold in the next ten years. This has raised the attention of investors and corporates alike who want to seize the economic benefits that this sector can offer and also ensure they keep up with the radical shifts in consumer behaviour that have been born from this economy. A number of challenges have arisen though in line with this growth. Firstly, regulators are now coming under increased pressure to ensure there is fair market competition and safe employment rights among the economy’s contributors. Secondly, as companies of the sharing economy start to scale up at unprecedented rates, the necessity of having flexible yet also stable business models is crucial to their success.

By bringing together pioneers of the industry, the FT Sharing Economy Summit will tackle the most pressing issues to date and give you first hand insights in how best to position your company when entering into, and growing, in this collaborative market.

fallback Add to my Calendar 07/05/2016 08:00:0007/05/2016 18:00:00trueFT Sharing Economy Summit Europe 2016The sharing, or collaborative economy has experienced rapid growth since its inception and the value of business is continuing to shift from ownership to access. New start-ups and disruptors have completely reshaped the specific industries in which they operate – and are continuing to do so – which in turn has led to further disruptors being born and challenging the market, aiming to offer better and more cost-effective services.These new players, along with the incumbents of the sharing economy have the potential to increase its global revenues by twentyfold in the next ten years. This has raised the attention of investors and corporates alike who want to seize the economic benefits that this sector can offer and also ensure they keep up with the radical shifts in consumer behaviour that have been born from this economy. A number of challenges have arisen though in line with this growth. Firstly, regulators are now coming under increased pressure to ensure there is fair market competition and safe employment rights among the economy’s contributors. Secondly, as companies of the sharing economy start to scale up at unprecedented rates, the necessity of having flexible yet also stable business models is crucial to their success.By bringing together pioneers of the industry, the FT Sharing Economy Summit will tackle the most pressing issues to date and give you first hand insights in how best to position your company when entering into, and growing, in this collaborative market.FT-Sharing-Economy-Summit-Europe-20166081023cb0ee0ab12cf2aaeeddf5a0cfMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (24)

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.

Benedikt Franke

Benedikt Franke

CEO & Founder

Benedikt Franke is one of the Co-Founders of Helpling. He is responsible for marketing, finance and human resources. He holds a BA in Philosophy & Economics as well as a Master in Business from ESCP Europe. Mr Franke started his career as an associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Hamburg. In 2009, he joined Rocket Internet in Business Development and as Head of Human Resources. During that time he had the opportunity to launch MyCityDeal (now Groupon) in London, as the company's Chief Operating Officer and as a consultant to several startups in the rocket Internet Portfolio. It was in this time he saw that being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle choice, not just a job, and that this would be his path.

In early 2010, Mr Franke co-founded his first company with his long time friend and business partner Philip Huffmann. The Latin American Media Group is a content and advertising network of premium lifestyle bloggers across Latin America. Mr Franke supports various startup founders as an angel investor. He grew up in Cologne and has lived and worked in various parts of the world; in cities such as Paris, London and Sao Paulo. He speaks German, English, French and Portuguese.

Juan Pablo Dama

Juan Pablo Dama

Chief Financial Officer

Juan Pablo Dama is Fon’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined Fon nine years ago, in the early days of the company. His main driver to be part of Fon’s project was its disruptive business model and the possibility of building a WiFi network using already existing infrastructure.

He holds a BA in Business Administration as well as an MBA from IE Business School. He is originally from Argentina where he worked in Oil & Gas and Agro related businesses. In 2005 he moved to Dublin, Ireland to join the finance team of Yahoo!.

In 2007, Mr Dama joined Fon. Fon is the world’s largest WiFi network with a community of 20 million hotspots. With a unique crowdsourcing approach, Fon is built by people – for people. Founded in 2006, Fon partnered with 15+ telecommunication companies including Vodafone, DT, Softbank, Telstra and BT. It’s investors base includes Index Ventures, Atomico, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, BT and DT.

Irmfried Schwimann

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Since March 2016, Irmfried Schwimann has been Deputy Director General in the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is responsible for the Modernisation of the Single Market, the Single Market for Public Administration and the COSME Programme. Previously Mrs Schwimann was Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition; she is responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Beforehand, Mrs Schwimann was head of DG Competition's financial services antitrust unit (2006-2008) and head of DG Internal Market's Financial Services Policy unit (2003-2006).

She also worked on retail financial services and payment issues within DG Markt (1999-2002) and was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein's Cabinet (2002-2003). Mrs Schwimann studied law at the University of Linz/Austria as well as political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Before joining the Commission she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984-1989) as well as for an Austrian Insurance group (1989-1999).

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.

Daniel Benamran

Daniel Benamran

General Manager UK

Daniel Benamran is General Manager UK at BlaBlaCar, the global ride sharing community that connects drivers who have empty seats with people travelling the same way. Shortly after joining the Marketing team in the Paris headquarters, he moved to London to open the UK office and support the international expansion of the fast-growing company.

Mr Benamran holds a Masters in Management from EM Lyon, gained after studies in Lyon and Shanghai. He started his career in private equity, and before joining BlaBlaCar he participated in the early stages of the leading French crowdfunding platform, KissKissBankBank. His experiences bring him a global vision of the challenges inherent to scaling collaborative consumption models. He tweets @danbenam.

Wendy Jephson

Wendy Jephson

Co-founder and Chief Behavioural Scientist

Wendy Jephson is a business psychologist who models human biases, heuristics and conduct behind decision-making skill into Sybenetix’s Enterprise Behavioral Analytics. This software enables financial institutions to deliver higher returns and comply with growing regulation.

She leads a unique team of experts in technology, behavioral science and finance that brings diverse thinking and cross-industry experience to help solve some of the biggest challenges in financial services; how to systematically measure and manage behavior across the organization. Algorithms analyze exactly how investment professionals make decisions using multiple sources of data to build unique behavioral profiles that are used to make more skillful decisions and manage conduct risk.

Ms Jephson’s behavioural science & legal expertize was developed in major corporations such as Eli Lilly and Xerox and through her MSc in Business Psychology. The British Psychological Society and leading business psychologists have recognised her expertise in enhancing decision-making skill, applying psychology to the management of risk and the understanding of how physiological factors affect investment performance.

Roddy Campbell

Roddy Campbell

Founder and CEO

Roddy Campbell co-founded London's first hedge fund manager, IFM Asset Management, in 1984, going on to launch Cross Asset Management at the inception of the Euro in 1998.  The company managed money for clients ranging from the World Bank to varied private investors and was sold to RAB Capital plc in 2005. Mr Campbell remained to run the company until 2011, when he took a sabbatical to study at the LSE. In 2014 he founded Vrumi with friend William Sieghart. He is an experienced entrepreneur in all aspects of founding, managing, and growing businesses. He is also part of the Sharing Economy UK board.

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

Albert Cañigueral

Albert Cañigueral

Connector for Spain and Latin America

Albert Cañigueral is the OuiShare Connector for Spain and Latin America and is based in Barcelona. He created the blog ConsumoColaborativo in 2011, and since then he has been considered a reference person in the collaborative economy in the Spanish language. He works as a consultant on the adaptation of organizations to the collaborative economy and is the author of “Vivir mejor con menos” (Connecta 2015).

Ross Bailey

Ross Bailey

Founder and Chief Executive
Appear Here

Ross Bailey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Appear Here’s mission is to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Named one of ‘the most disruptive companies in property, by The Financial Times, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen. The company has launched stores for big international brands such as Google, Apple and Nike, leading designers from Chanel to Kanye West and Supreme, plus 1000's of new independents. Since it launched in 2013, Appear Here has over 200,000 brands using the service and lists over 7,000 prime retail spaces across the UK, US and France. Since starting the company aged just 20, Mr Bailey has been chosen as one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business and Commercial Observer's top power disruptors in real estate.

James Hamlin

James Hamlin

European Marketplace Director

James Hamlin is TaskRabbit's European Marketplace Director, heading up all European functions for the company including growth, strategy, and operations. Based in London, TaskRabbit's fastest growing city, Mr Hamlin brings over 15 years of experience building & scaling community and marketplace businesses. He previously served in senior positions as first employee and Marketing Director at Seatwave, Europe's Leading Ticket Exchange, and where he led online marketing in all markets outside of North America. Mr Hamlin is an advisor and consultant to several B2B and B2C startups, including WhoSampled & Ticket Bureau.

Tessa Cook

Tessa Cook


Tessa Cook is the Co-Founder of OLIO, a free app which harnesses the power of mobile technology and the sharing economy to provide a revolutionary new solution to the problem of food waste. OLIO connects neighbours with each other and local businesses so that surplus food can be shared – for free or for sale – not thrown away. Prior to founding OLIO, Ms Cook spent over 10 years as a digital Managing Director in media, financial services and at Dyson. Tessa has an MBA from Stanford and started her career as a strategy consultant.

Brhmie Balaram

Brhmie Balaram

Senior Researcher - Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing
RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

Brhmie Balaram is a Senior Researcher in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. She leads the RSA’s research on the sharing economy. Following the release of the RSA’s primer on the sharing economy, she has been working on developing a new approach of ‘shared regulation’ for the sector.

Ms Balaram was previously a researcher for the Independent Review of the Police Federation and for the influential RSA City Growth Commission. She has experience exploring issues of institutional reform, economic inequality and labour market disadvantage.

She joined the RSA from the Institute of Public Policy Research and was formerly at The Work Foundation.

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Founding Partner
Hoxton Ventures

Hussein Kanji is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, a London-based early stage European venture capital firm. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of bd4travel, Darktrace and TourRadar. Mr Kanji  is an angel investor in Bea's of Bloomsbury, GoCardless, Halo Neuroscience, Popxo, Signpost and Yieldify. He is an advisor to Tarmin, and was previously an advisor to the chairman of Eros International (NYSE:EROS).

Mr Kanji has occasionally assisted the UK government with technology policy. He regularly appears on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News. Formerly, Hussein was an associate at Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped invest in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by EA) and Dapper (acquired by Yahoo). Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation where he was a platform planner, product manager and senior manager. He also helped put together Safe-View (acquired by L-3), and worked at Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG). Mr Kanji holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.

Ed Ghazal

Ed Ghazal

CEO and Co-founder

Ed Ghazal started his career as a Derivatives and Fixed Income debt trader at Goldman Sachs & Co where he spent 4 years trading over £1bln of corporate debt and CDS of UK property companies, house builders, consumer goods and retailers – moving on to Citigroup Inc to head up the trading book in 2009. In 2010 he established a Private Equity property trading company that bought and sold over 10 distressed blocks of apartments across London commuter belt areas such as Ealing, Dalston, Royal Docks, Barking and Shoreditch selling them to investors in the Far East in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China. In 2013 he spent 3 years at British Land Plc as a Development and Asset Manager in the Residential division managing a large part of the company’s £500m London residential pipeline after initially joining as a strategy associate working alongside Bain and Boston Consulting Group colleagues. Alongside his three other co-founders, Mr Ghazal started Propoly in 2014 to help create a one stop rental platform that seeks to establish itself as the end-to-end application service for interacting with and managing your rental home.

Propoly is an online platform for the rental community that provides an eco-system for landlords and tenants to interact at all stages of the rental process starting with finding a tenant and ending with fixing your boiler. Propoly seeks to allow landlords, tenants and service providers to communicate seamlessly incorporating a feedback system available for the growing private rental sector. Propoly specifically helps landlords save on lettings fees (by not charging high % commissions) whilst giving them the tools to fix their tenants maintenance issues whilst in occupation. Tenants are able to agree deals quicker, book instant viewings and view a landlord’s profile and give feedback throughout a tenancy thereby ending the need for evictions or poor letting experiences with rogue landlords. Mr Ghazal holds an MSc from the LSE in Real Estate Economics and Finance and Bsc in Management from the University of Manchester.

Jean-Michel Petit

Jean-Michel Petit


Jean-Michel Petit is passionate about traveling and gastronomy. Until 2012, he was the Director of Investment and a board member of London based firm Eurovestech, a venture capital company specialising and investing in and launching internet start-ups. For him, the idea for VizEat was born on the shores of the Lake Titicaca in Peru, while sharing a traditional meal with the local Indians.

VizEat is the leading social dining platform in Europe which connects travellers and local hosts around an authentic culinary experience at their home. It is a unique way to exchange with people from all around the world and to discover new cultures around food.

VizEat was founded in early 2014 in France and raised €1m in a seed funding round led by UK-based Eurovestech Plc; in February 2015 it acquired Paris-based pioneer Cookening, effectively becoming the European leader in the growing culinary experience sharing space. Today VizEat has 90,000 members from more than 100 countries; the number of food experiences it offers has grown by 50% every month and its website is now available in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Christian  Viatte

Christian Viatte


Christian Viatte was made CEO of Mila in January 2016. He studied information systems at Solothurn Nordwestschweiz Technical College (FHSO) in Olten, Switzerland. Before joining Swisscom, the leading telecommunications provider in Switzerland, Mr Viatte worked as project manager for an Internet startup for four years. In 2011 he took over management of Swisscom’s Business Development & Innovation division, which after reconstruction became Service Experience & Innovation. Together with his team, he established Pirates Hub, the innovation hub of Swisscom, for the targeted promotion of innovation within the company. In this open innovation model, collaborations with startups like Mila played a central role. Mr Viatte was involved in the introduction of Swisscom’s fee-based “My Service” products, which reach beyond the telecommunication provider’s classic services. Under his leadership, Swisscom Friends was launched in collaboration with Mila.

He and his team have won various national and international awards, including the 2013 Customer Innovation Award Genesys, the 2014 Golden Headset Award in the area of innovation, and the 2015 Crowd Companies’ Crowd Collaboration Award.

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.

John Steveni

John Steveni

UK Tax Communications and Digital Leader

John Steveni is a senior international tax partner who leads PwC UK’s work on understanding how the digital age could impact the global tax system. He has supported several European-headquartered businesses in this area over the last decade, building on his work supporting businesses during the growth of telecoms in the late 1990s and rise of eCommerce in the 2000s. Most recently, this role has included giving high-level support to HM Treasury in shaping the UK Government’s input into the OECD BEPS Digital Task Force and he has informed the tax policy debate around the sharing economy, including a number of articles on the subject.

Mr Steveni is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. With over 30 years’ experience in the tax practice of PwC, and its predecessor firms, he is a major authority in his field in the UK and globally.

Céline Lazorthes

Céline Lazorthes

Founder and CEO
Leetchi & MANGOPAY

Céline Lazorthes is the optimistic and passionate founder and CEO of Leetchi Group which includes, the European leading online money pot (+5M users), and MANGOPAY, the disruptive B2B payment solution dedicated to Marketplaces, Crowdfunding and Sharing Economy.

Deeply engaged in the startup community, Ms Lazorthes is a founding member of France Digitale, an active business angel and a regular speaker on entrepreneurship and FinTech, including Wired Money (London), Money 2020 (Copenhagen) and The Next Web (Amsterdam).

Rob Vaughan

Rob Vaughan

Manager - Strategy and Economics

Rob Vaughan leads PwC’s research and perspectives on the Sharing Economy and was the lead author of PwC’s market-leading thought leadership “Sizing the Sharing Economy”. Through his advisory work, he supports clients in the public and private sector to understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities the Sharing Economy brings, and plays a leading role in industry forums such as BIS’ Sharing Economy Action Group and Sharing Economy UK (SEUK).

Mr Vaughan acts as an external spokesperson for PwC on this subject, including as a speaker at industry conferences, holding interviews with broadcast media, such as the BBC, and has been quoted extensively in the international press, including the FT, Reuters and Bloomberg. He has authored articles on the Sharing Economy for Strategy and Business and City AM and he won 2015 PwC Consulting ‘Innovative Thinker’ award for the impact of the work.

Remo Gerber

Remo Gerber

Managing Director, UK and Western Europe

Remo Gerber is the Managing Director of Gett in the UK and Western Europe. He has a PhD in biophysics researching Mad Cow Disease at the University of Oxford. A successful four years followed as a consultant with McKinsey & Co before he joined Groupon as Chief Operating Officer of Northern Europe.

Now in his second year with Gett, Dr Gerber is charged with growing the business’ transportation business in the UK and all of Western Europe, as well as introducing new on demand products and services to the platform later in 2015.

Steven Roberts

Steven Roberts

Strategic Transformation Director

Steven Roberts began his Barclays career 25 years ago. Over this time he has held a variety of roles in operations and change across a range of business and support areas. His positions have included; Head of Risk, Head of Strategy and Planning, Head of Change, Chief Operating Officer for the UK Retail Bank, and most recently Strategic Transformation Director, and vice chair of Barclays UK.

Dr Roberts is a visiting professor of Technology, Behaviours and Information Strategy at Huddersfield University. In his current role as Strategic Transformation Director, he is responsible for the Barclays award winning Digital Eagles initiative, which has resulted in over 14, 000 members of staff in Barclays branches providing free technology help and advice to customers and non-customers. Whilst initially UK focused this has now extended internationally with a further 12,000 Digital Eagles across Africa and Europe. Dr Roberts and his team have pioneered the use of technology in branches and were responsible for the implementation of free Wi-Fi across all 1,500 branches in the UK, and the deployment of 10,000 ipads to enable colleagues to service customers where and when they want.

Innovation has not come at the cost of customer accessibility as his team have overseen many initiatives that improve the way that customers can interact with Barclays. These include; talking ATMs; SignVideo, a technology that connects customers to British Sign Language interpreters in branch or at home and Barclays “Age Suit” which was developed for colleagues and customers to better understand the challenges faced by older customers with issues such as arthritis, poor eyesight and general mobility issues. This year, he oversaw the launch of Barclays Eagle Labs, pioneering new spaces offering access to resources such as 3D printers and laser cutters as well as training sessions and meeting space to benefit individuals, schools, community groups and local businesses.

Dr Robert’s team has also been at the forefront of several industry leading initiatives, including driving forward transformation of cheque processing leading the cheque image Programme and lobbying government to change legislation to enable this. They also devised and rolled out the colleague to colleague secure app, Myzone, and the groundbreaking “Digital Driving Licence”, now used by almost 100,000 colleagues and individuals inside and outside Barclays. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, and with a PhD in Geophysics.


Moderators (2)

Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor

Employment Correspondent
Financial Times

Sarah O’Connor is the Financial Times employment correspondent. She covers global labour market issues such as technology, demographics, corporate surveillance and the future of work. She also writes a weekly column on employment.

Ms O’Connor joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee and took on the employment correspondent role at the start of 2015. She was Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards, and her project on wearable technology in the workplace won the Digital Innovation Award in the 2016 British Press Awards.

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 - 5th Jul

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the chair

    Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening dialogue: Identifying the next phase of growth in the sharing economy

    Seismic disruption has been witnessed in the hospitality and transport sectors as a result of new technologies that allow greater collaboration, access and control. Some of these examples have paved the way for what we now know as the sharing economy yet these incumbents are now experiencing challenges in line with their size and success. As technology continues to develop and people’s appetite for shared services increases, it is inevitable that more sectors will succumb to shared services and disruption. A dialogue between the FT chair and leading sharing economy experts discuss the next big thing in collaborative business and how increased investment and involvement from corporate organisations will create even more collaboration.

    James McClure, General Manager UK & Ireland, Airbnb

    Debbie Wosskow, Chair, Sharing Economy UK and CEO & Founder, Love Home Swap

    Moderated by Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    The outlook for the sharing economy

    Rob Vaughan, Manager - Strategy & Economics, PwC

  • 10:00am
    Keynote interview

    Benedikt Franke, Founder, Helpling 
    in conversation with Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Pre-panel talk: Harnessing effective payment systems to achieve scale in the sharing economy

    Céline Lazorthes, Founder and CEO, Leetchi & MANGOPAY

  • 10:30am
    Panel: Scaling up in the sharing economy – the role of different models

    Whether it is a business model, insurance model, payment model or taxation model, all are vital to get right when planning business expansion. Businesses which have been successful in the sharing economy have all shown that growth and size can increase on a rapid exponential path. This growth, whilst a clear sign that the business proposition is working, brings with it significant problems in terms of scaling up. This panel will share insights on how best to manage growth that comes at unprecedented rates and how using the right business model is crucial to the longevity of a business in the collaborative economy.

    • How will future business models in the sharing economy differ from today?
    • Are current business models clashing with current legislation? What needs to change first?
    • How do incumbents of the sharing economy view sustainable growth?
    • How big a role does insurance play when the principle of collaborative business is to reduce ownership of assets?

    Daniel Benamran, General Manager UK, BlaBlaCar

    James Hamlin, European Marketplace Director, TaskRabbit

    Wendy Jephson, Founder, Sybenetix

    Céline Lazorthes, Founder and CEO, Leetchi & MANGOPAY

    Moderated by Sarah O'Connor, Employment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
    Coffee break
  • 11:35am
    Pre-panel keynote: Regulating the sharing economy

    Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director General, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

  • 11:55am
    Panel: Regulating the sharing economy

    The diversity and scope of the sharing economy makes it incredibly difficult to regulate. Up until now the majority of policies introduced have been formed on the experience of traditional regulations – regulations that are unlikely to be able to continue to cope with the agility of the sharing economy as it grows in size and complexity. It is also improbable that a ‘one size fits all’ approach will work. An expert panel considers the implications and challenges for effectively regulating one of the most innovative and individualistic economies to date, and tackles the following key questions:

    • How can regulators produce policies that promote growth rather than hinder it in the sharing economy?
    • What are the core factors to consider when regulating employer and employee rights?
    • Is there an industry agreement to what constitutes ‘sharing’? If not, how is this lack of classification impeding regulators?
    • What can the EU learn from the US when it comes to handling regulatory problems?

    Brhmie Balaram, Senior Researcher - Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing, RSA

    Albert Cañigueral, Connector for Spain and Latin America, OuiShare

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

    Moderated by Sarah O'Connor, Employment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
  • 1:50pm
    Startup spotlight: The next big sharer

    Even with more corporate companies investing into the sharing economy, it is still best known for the innovative and disruptive startups who harness the latest application technology and offer people what they really want in terms of collaborative business and lifestyles. This session will look to identify the next big thing in the sharing economy and from which sector it will arise. Four 15-minute sessions, each involving a 10 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A will showcase the latest apps, services, ideas and platforms that are gaining investment and consumer traction.

    13:50     Ross Bailey, CEO and Founder, Appear Here

    14:05     Tessa Cook, Co-founder, OLIO

    14:20     Ed Ghazal, CEO and Co-founder, Propoly

    14:35     Jean-Michel Petit, Co-founder, VizEat

    Moderated by Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Panel: Inclusion, community, collaboration – the new corporate image

    Consumer appetite for sharing services continues to increase as more and more people want to feel part of a community, one that can offer more cost-effective business. Large corporate and consumer brands looking to future-proof their business are recognising this trend and fearing the loss of business that it might bring. This is due to smaller, more flexible companies being able to offer better peer-to-peer business. As a result, large corporations are trying to create platforms that allow both consumers to connect with fellow consumers and brands to connect with brands.

    • What can a corporate organisation do to compete with the sharing economy’s disruptive shifts?
    • Will there be a growing trend of M&A in the sharing economy?
    • How is greater collaboration between brands shifting the paradigm of competition?
    • Is it vital for a corporate company to have a sharing persona?

    Matteo De Renzi, Chief Operating Officer - Western Europe, Gett

    Benita Matofska, Founder, The People Who Share

    Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director, Barclays

    Christian Viatte, CEO, Mila

    Moderated by Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:35pm
    Panel: The financial landscape in the sharing economy

    Earlier this year budget announcements in the UK showed that the sharing economy is not to be taken lightly. With government promotion and tax reliefs being introduced it is clear to see that the economy is viewed as a hot-spot for growth. To what extent is this really the case and what companies are experiencing this? This panel discusses the current landscape for investment in this sector and tackle the following key questions, both in the UK and Europe.

    • In spite of overall economic growth, is funding decreasing in the sharing economy?
    • How are sharing economy companies now attracting capital?
    • How will corporate investment impact smaller disruptors? Will it hinder their flexibility?
    • What role do business models have to play in making a business in the sharing economy attractive to investors?

    Roddy Campbell, Founder and CEO, Vrumi

    Hussein Kanji, Founding Partner, Hoxton Ventures

    John Steveni, UK Tax Communications and Digital Leader, PwC

    Moderated Ravi Mattu, Technology Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:15pm
    In conversation with the FT

    Juan Pablo Dama, Chief Financial Officer, Fon

  • 4:35pm
    Closing remarks from the chair
  • 4:45pm
    Cocktail reception

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

Why Attend

  • Understand the opportunities and risks the sharing economy (SE) poses for your business
  • Learn from how other sharing economy companies have succeeded to date
  • Learn how some traditional businesses have drawn inspiration from SE model of "access over ownership" and the use of technology to re-evaluate how they operate
  • Hear from key industry figures and thought leaders on what the future holds for the Sharing Economy in the UK and Europe


Space39 At Level39
One Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London E14 5AB

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)203 668 3600


Lead Sponsor (1)

MANGOPAY is the ideal end-to-end payment solution for the sharing economy, crowdfunding platforms and marketplaces. 

Unlike traditional payment solutions, MANGOPAY provides its customers with a developer-friendly technology they can fully customise.  It enables the platforms to accept multiple currencies and multiple payment methods online, including credit and debit cards, Direct Debit and bank transfers. MANGOPAY can hold the funds on segregated accounts and automate the pay-outs. Furthermore, it manages all the KYC checks and makes the platforms compliant with the financial regulations. 

Today, over 1,000 platforms use MANGOPAY’s white-label API, including Depop, Property Moose, SyndicateRoom, and Liftshare.

Associate Sponsor (1)

At PwC UK, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. 

Media Partner (4)

Compliance Insider® is designed exclusively to help compliance professionals anticipate and fully understand the demands of the legal and compliance environment. Focusing on case studies and practical advice, Compliance Insider® provides updates on the latest changes in compliance regulations, as well as best practices from worldwide industry leaders.

SEUK champions the UK’s sharing economy industry. We are a nationwide trade body representing the country’s most influential sharing economy businesses, along with game changing star-ups, across a spectrum of sectors.

SEUK members include, Airbnb, zipcar, Admiral, and Bla Bla Car.

Established in 2014, the The Sharing Economy Association (Singapore) is a business association for companies and organisations involved in the sharing economy. It aims to be the regional hub for companies and organisations involved in the sharing or collaborative economy. It plays a proactive role in representing the interests of the local business community and contributing to the economic, educational, and community development and build Singapore as a Sharing City.


  • To be the regional hub for companies and organisations involved in the sharing or collaborative economy which is an emerging economic model of sharing of physical and non-physical resources that is empowered by technology and social networks.
  • To develop a vibrant and viable industry for our members.
  • To promote sustainable living and community bonding.
  • To help our members address challenges and explore opportunities with internal and external parties.
  • To raise public awareness on the sharing economy and make it part of our culture.

For more information, please visit or email to

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.

Exhibitor (1)

HooYu is a global identity confirmation service used not only by businesses that need to check their customers are who they say they are, but also by consumers who want to check another person’s identity before they proceed with an important or sensitive transaction. 

HooYu's approach is to use universal tokens of identity including social media, digital footprints, identity documents and facial biometrics to confirm identity. 

HooYu cross-references and analyses data from a person’s digital footprint to confirm their real-world identity. HooYu also extracts and verifies data from ID documents at the same time as authenticating the ID document and conducting a biometric facial check comparing a selfie of the customer with the facial image on their ID document.

Event Pictures

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