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Innovation Dialogue 1: Humans and machines: Creating complementary innovation

London |
Speakers include:
Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Financial Times

Partha S.  Mudgil

Partha S. Mudgil

AI platform Nakhoda, Linklaters

Soren  Knudsen

Soren Knudsen

PA Consulting Group


The FT Innovation Dialogue: Humans and machines: Creating complementary innovation, will bring together multi-sector innovation leaders to challenge the status quo and identify what needs to be done to create a complementary innovation environment.

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Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin

Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin  

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Amanda West, Global Head of Innovation, Thomas Reuters

Amanda West, Global Head of Innovation, Thomson Reuters 

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Apurva Sinha, Head of Innovation of Network Rails

Apurva Sinha, Head of Innovation, Network Rail 

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Nick Hirst, Chief Information Officer of NIHR Clinical Research Network

Nick Hirst, Chief Information Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network 

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In the current climate people are flooded with assumptions that machines will replace them at work. While advanced technologies are posing threats to the breakdown and allocation of labour, the idea that man and machine may actually complement one another, is often overlooked. 

The Utopian idea of complementary innovation between people and machines has enormous potential reward. Not only does complementary behaviour present opportunities to streamline supply chains, product development and user experiences, but it acts as reassurance for the importance of human purpose and presence. 

Take the healthcare industry as an example. Advanced - predominantly AI-led - technologies are being used by doctors to deliver better treatment and care for patients. The role of humans here is vital, as Doctors are efficient at diagnosing symptoms. However, AI can make it easier to analyse big data and medical records. Combined; humans and AI produce a more efficient and outcome-based health service that neither could do alone. 

Healthcare isn't alone in this respect. As more industries succumb to artificial intelligence and the automation it brings, the greater the need for humans to cement their roles in leadership and responsibility. The demand for responsible control of advanced technologies correlates to how they can have a direct impact on the bottom line of a company. So far , the advantages of technologies such as automated sensors - and the data it provides - is too overwhelming to transit into monetary value. There is enormous potential to measure cognitive behaviours, yet, translating this into economic benefits is still the challenge that will determine the direction of future technologies - and ultimately corporate decisions. 

The promise of intelligent technology cannot be ignored and should no longer be viewed as the subject of machine versus human. The future is human working with machine.


FT Moderators (1)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Speakers (9)

Partha S.  Mudgil

Partha S. Mudgil

Chief Operating Officer
AI platform Nakhoda, Linklaters

Partha S. Mudgil is the Chief Operating Officer of the Linklaters AI platform Nakhoda. Partha began working with machine learning technologies as a lawyer in the firm’s London Banking team. Over the past year, Nakhoda has been at the forefront of building a unique AI and technology capability that combines emerging machine learning technologies, natural language processing and legal expertise to deliver targeted solutions to practices and clients.

Soren  Knudsen

Soren Knudsen

Head of AI
PA Consulting Group

Søren is an experienced business leader and trusted advisor for CxOs and boards. In his current role, he specialises in delivering business value through technology-driven transformation programmes and growth strategies.

Driven by the possibility of making a real difference, Søren is helping companies to simplify operating models for increased focus and effectiveness. Drawing on his extensive experience from digitalisation and outsourcing, he views AI and Automation as the next big step to build better organisations, with a massive impact on the way we will work in the future.

Anne-Marie  Imafidon

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Head Stemette and co-founder

From child prodigy to MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of prestigious events and opportunities.

One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar.  She was the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016.  She has just been named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Europe by Inspiring Fifty.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies
Innovate UK

Paul Mason is Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies at Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. He has overarching responsibility for programmes in Emerging Technologies and Industries; in cross-cutting areas such as electronics, photonics, electrical systems, robotics, digital, space, design and creative economy; as well as for Innovate UK’s Open Programme (UK and international).

This role follows periods as Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, and as Head of Development. Mr Mason oversaw the creation of the very first Innovate UK sector strategies (in areas such as manufacturing, advanced materials, medicines & healthcare and energy); and established new programmes in agriculture and food, stratified medicine, disease diagnosis, creative industries, and emerging technologies.

Before joining Innovate UK, Mr Mason worked for 25 years in the chemical industry. There he held roles in R&D, market analysis, technical management, process improvement, change management, sales, and manufacturing management; gaining experience in Europe, USA and Japan. He read Chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Patrick Attallah

Patrick Attallah

Global Commercial Digital Transformation Director

Patrick is a French/Lebanese leading digital transformation strategist and a digital entrepreneur at heart.

With 20+ years’ experience in media, marketing and organizational change, Patrick has successfully developed and run technology-based businesses and delivered globally digital professional services as well as online community solutions for the telecom, automotive, banking and audiovisual industries.

Since early 2016, Patrick has taken the challenge of helping the DSM worldwide life and material sciences business groups to adapt to the challenges brought by digital technologies, to transform digital data into valuable business insights, to convert digital strategies and tactics into growth, as well as to facilitate digital know-how and capabilities building.

As an active speaker, he regularly contributes to sharing on the impact of digital technologies such as on businesses, brands, organizations and customer experiences, hence on how to accelerate their digital transformation.

Twitter @patrickattallah

Aric Dromi

Aric Dromi

Futurologist and digital philosopher

Aric Dromi is a futurologist and digital philosopher. He explores a new way of thinking about how things work. He helps advance philosophical research and related fields through innovation and technology. Mr Dromi recognises that an essential part of capturing the future is being able to explain it, make it tangible and, most importantly, make it relevant. He tends to focus on 10 to 15-year future scenarios, helping people identify and abandon old paradigms and re-think thinking.

Mustafa Suleyman

Mustafa Suleyman

Co-founder and Head of Applied AI

Mustafa Suleyman is co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind, where he is responsible for integrating the company’s technology across a wide range of Google products. In February 2016 he launched DeepMind Health, which builds clinician-led, patient-centered technology in the NHS. He was Chief Product Officer at DeepMind Technologies, before the company was bought in 2014 by Google in their largest European acquisition to date. DeepMind was a leading AI company backed by Founders Fund, Li Ka-Shing, Elon Musk, and David Bonderman amongst others.

At 19, Mr Suleyman dropped out of Oxford University to help set up a telephone counselling service, building it to become one of the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK, and then worked as policy officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. He went on to help start Reos Partners, a consultancy with eight offices across four continents specializing in designing and facilitating large-scale multi-stakeholder ‘Change Labs’ aimed at navigating complex problems. As a skilled negotiator and facilitator he has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UN, the Dutch Government and WWF.

Jacqueline de Rojas

Jacqueline de Rojas


Jacqueline de Rojas is the President of techUK and sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc. Also holds advisory roles on the boards of Digital Leaders and Accelerate-HER.

She believes the UK can seize its place as a digital nation of significance by attracting, growing and retaining talent and demonstrating that it is a country open for business to global markets.

Bruce Daisley

Bruce Daisley

Vice President, European Operations

Bruce Daisley is Vice President, European Operations at Twitter. Previously, he was Twitter's UK Managing Director, charged with developing the platform's audience and revenue. He previously ran YouTube in the UK. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio. In 2010 New Media Age recognised Mr Daisley as having made the greatest individual contribution to new media in the UK. His main interests are pop music and comedy. He tweets as @brucedaisley.


Agenda - 26th Sep

  • 8:30am
    Registration and welcome reception
  • 9:30am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    PANEL - Handling the transition to co-working with advanced technology

    As more industries integrate artificial intelligence, and with it the workplace and workforce automation it brings, the greater will be the need for humans to cement their roles in leadership and responsibility. In this panel we will take a practical look at how corporations are handling the transition in a way that optimises the symbiotic nature of man’s working relationship with increasingly intelligent machines.
    Søren Knudsen, Head of AI, PA Consulting Group
    Patrick Attalllah, Global Commercial Digital Transformation Director, DSM
    Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette and Co-founder, Stemettes
    Paul Mason, Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

    Moderated by Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am

    Delegates are joined at their tables by panel speakers to reflect on and discuss what they’ve just heard.

  • 10:50am
    Networking tea & coffee break
  • 11:10am
    PANEL DISCUSSION - Advanced technologies from the customer's perspective

    As well as improving efficiency and productivity in a company’s back office, adoption of AI and machine learning also has the potential to transform the customer experience. It can crunch vast  amounts of data and it can learn from that data to further ‘personalise’ the transaction. Competitive advantage increasingly hinges on enhancing the user experience, and deploying advanced technologies will be central to this effort. However, there is also a risk of alienating consumers who may feel suspicious of and alarmed by what they may consider to be the intrusive nature of AI. What are companies doing to get the balance right?

    Partha Mudgil, COO, Nakhoda (AI Platform), Linklaters
    Bruce Daisley, Vice President for Europe, Twitter
    Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK
    Aric Dromi, Digital philosopher, Futurologist

    Moderated by Andrew Hill, Managment Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:50am

    Delegates are joined at their tables by panel speakers to reflect on and discuss what they’ve just heard.

  • 12:10pm

    Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI, DeepMind

    In conversation with Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    Networking lunch

Lead Sponsor (1)

PA is a consulting, technology and innovation firm. We define success as achieving exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, communities and individuals worldwide. For more than 70 years, we have been using technology and innovation to help organisations achieve their goals. Today, as a firm that both advises on and ‘does’ innovation, we are helping public and private sector businesses reach their full potential. From collaborating with leadership teams to deliver breakthrough business models, to developing award-winning products and services in our Global Technology Centre, we partner with organisations worldwide to solve their biggest innovation challenges. Our clients choose us because we challenge convention to find the solutions that really work – in practice, not just on paper. Then we roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

PA. Make the Difference.

Strategic Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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.


Founded in May of 2006, Innoget is a trusted global open innovation network for business people, startups, experts and the academic community to list, discover, and get unique online innovation collaboration opportunities around the world.

With a growing community of users and a world-class customer service, Innoget offers a simple and secure opportunity to make trustoworthy contacts and advance their innovation. Whether an investment opportunity in a Startup, a R&D funding project, a technology solution request, a Research & Development grant, or a patent for licensing, Innoget connects people from more than 180 countries to initiate collaboration projects with guaranteed protection of their Intellectual Property and Confidentiality.


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