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FT Hub At CogX

Unleashing Business Value from AI

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Financial Times

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Financial Times

Terri Bresenham

Terri Bresenham

GE Healthcare


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a game-changer in every industry. How can organisations cut through the hype to effectively capture value from this transformative technology?

Join us at the FT Hub at CogX to enjoy stimulating discussions, interactive presentations, provocative debates and exciting networking opportunities (as well as full access to the entire CogX Festival).

Meet the FT journalists who are writing about AI’s breakthroughs and the forward-thinking firms who are embedding AI into their businesses.

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Full Overview

From financial services and manufacturing to health care and transport, the current AI surge will redefine 21st century business practices. Customer offerings, compliance, risk management and operational capabilities are starting to benefit from AI’s transformational power, unlocking new market opportunities and creating value across the whole chain. But adopting and deploying AI in companies will also require a fresh mind-set and a different set of skills.  It is also likely to have profound effects on the workplace, business models and competitive landscape.

So, what are businesses actually doing today? How can organisations cut through the hype surrounding AI to effectively capture value from this transformative technology? What practical issues are they are facing on the road to AI adoption? Will AI finally live up to expectations?

Join us to explore these questions and more. Enjoy stimulating discussions, interactive presentations, provocative debates and exciting networking opportunities. Meet the FT journalists who are writing the stories about AI’s breakthroughs and the firms who are embedding AI into their businesses. Hear first-hand about early adopters’ strategies and proactive approaches to AI and discuss tangible cases of AI’s impact in organisations.


Speakers - FT Hub (27)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017.

Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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, Mr Thornhill has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

Mr Thornhill 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 also hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology

Terri Bresenham

Terri Bresenham

Chief Innovation Officer
GE Healthcare

Terri Bresenham is GE Healthcare’s Chief Innovation Officer, leading the development of innovation and incubation of new growth models for the company. In this role she is responsible for identifying disruptive business models, unique healthcare partnerships, and new concepts in digital health, as well as additive manufacturing and diagnostic technologies that create better outcomes and value for care delivery systems in precision health, affordability and universal access.

Ms Bresenham is passionate about healthcare and global health issues and has devoted more than 25 years to the field. Prior to this role, she led GE Healthcare’s Sustainable Healthcare Solutions business, including leadership of the company’s operations across the 70 countries of Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Her focus has always been on addressing the unmet customer and patient needs and has partnered with governments, clinicians and NGOs to support their complete healthcare system development. In addition, Ms Bresenham led the development of a new portfolio of affordable healthcare technologies that is helping to bring access to quality care for the world’s most underserved populations.

She started her career as a clinical chemist, joined GE as an “Edison Engineer” and progressed through engineering and product management roles in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography and Positron Emission Tomography. She then led several of GE Healthcare’s global product businesses: Bone Densitometry, Radiology, Women’s Health Ultrasound and Molecular Imaging businesses.

Ms Bresenham earned her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, and her Bachelor’s in Medical Technology from the University of Tennessee. She is a board member of a number of healthcare organizations, is active in community-based health projects and is a champion for women leadership and development in global health.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior
London Business School

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Professor Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy. She was the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for the contributions of her scholarly research  to management practice.

Professor Ibarra is the author of best-selling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. She writes regularly in the Harvard Business Review and leading academic journals as well as business publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Professor Ibarra speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

A native of Cuba, Professor Ibarra received her MA and PhD from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

 Ali  Parsa

Ali Parsa

CEO and Founder

Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian Healthcare Entrepreneur and Engineer as well as Founder and CEO of the pioneering artificial intelligence and digital health company, Babylon, whose mission is to to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth. Dr Parsa was recently named by The Times among its ‘100 global people to watch’; made the Health Service Journal’s list of ‘the 100 most influential people in UK healthcare’; and was featured in the Maserati 100 list showcasing great British entrepreneurs who are challenging the established players.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management 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, Andrew 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.

Andrew 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.


Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Comment and Analysis Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education, and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Cécile Huet

Cécile Huet

Deputy Head Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
European Commission

Cécile Huet is Deputy Head of the Unit "Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" at the European Commission. This unit funds and assists beneficial robotics and AI developments within Europe.

The unit is in charge of one of the world's largest civilian programme in robotics with a budget of €700 million EU funding from Horizon 2020, supplemented by €2.1 billion from the European robotics industry in the context of the Robotics Public-Private Partnership.

Moreover this unit is at the heart of the new Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe

Ms Huet joined the European Commission in 2001, and the unit dealing with Cognitive systems and Robotics since its creation in 2004. Before joining the EC, she worked for the industry in the field of signal processing after a post-doc at the University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

In 2015, she has been selected as one of the "25 women in robotics you need to know about"

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

US Banking Editor
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s US Banking Correspondent, having recently been the Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on  some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT  in 2015, Ms Noonan covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent.  She is also a CFA charterholder.

Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes

Zone President UK & Ireland
Schneider Electric

During his more than 20 years with Schneider Electric Mr Hughes has had a diverse international career.  He currently heads up the Schneider Electric business in the UK and Ireland zone with responsibility for the operations of the group within the Zone.  In his previous roles he led the global strategic accounts, commercial organization of the group and prior to that he managed the secure power and datacenter business in EMEA.  Earlier in his career he led the Industrial automation business Unit in China and headed up the Schneider Electric business in Taiwan.  Mr Hughes started his career in the Industrial motion control and automation business out of the black forest in Germany.     

Mr Hughes studied Electronics and Telecommunications at DIT in Dublin and holds an MBA from Kingston University in London. He speaks English, German, Mandarin and French and lives in London.

Sarah Neville

Sarah Neville

Global Pharmaceuticals Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Neville is Global Pharmaceuticals Editor of the Financial Times, a position she has held since 2016. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 and has held a series of senior roles, including Weekend News Editor, Analysis Editor, UK News Editor and Public Policy Editor. She began her career on local and regional newspapers, eventually becoming Political Editor of the Yorkshire Post. In 1995 she was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship on the Washington Post. 

Sherry  Coutu CBE

Sherry Coutu CBE


Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. She also serves on the Advisory Board of

Philanthropically, she supports the Prince's Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013, is author of 'The Scale-up Report' on UK economic growth and serves as an Ambassador for London.

Belén   Romana García

Belén Romana García

Independent Non-executive Director,
Santander Group and Aviva


Belén Romana is Non Executive Director at Santander Group, where she chairs the Audit Committee and is member of both the Risk Committee and the Technology and Innovation Committee. She is also Non Executive Director at Aviva plc. (and member of the Risk, Governance and Nominations Committees) and the Italian subsidiary (Aviva s.p.a.).


Until February 2015, she was Executive Chair of Sareb, the €50 bn. asset management company created to manage certain non performing, property and other assets of the Spanish banking system. She was also Member of the European Expert Group on Debt Redemption Fund and Eurobills (European Commission).


Former director general of the Spanish Treasury, she was member of the board of both the Bank of Spain and the Markets Regulator (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores). She has also been head of the Spanish delegation in the Financial Services, Banking Supervision and Securities Committees (European Union), as well as director general for Economic Policy at the Ministry of Economy.


She has sat on the Board of Directors of Acerinox, Banesto, AGEAS n.v., and of several state owned companies and agencies.


Former secretary general of the Círculo de Empresarios (Spanish Association of Businessmen), she has been Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at the ONO Group (Spanish cable company). She holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She also undertook an internship in Germany. Finally, she has attended short programs at Harvard, Oxford and Singularity.

Daniel Guillory

Daniel Guillory

Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion

Daniel Guillory is the Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Autodesk.  At Autodesk, he is working to integrate all dimensions of diversity and inclusion into many parts of the organization including customer acquisition, recruitment, hiring, people development, advancement, investment and acquisition.  He also is interested in the application of people analytics to different initiatives. Mr Guillory was formerly CEO of Innovations International, a consulting firm that assists companies globally on leadership, innovation and diversity through assessment, strategic planning, learning & development, and internal communications.  Mr Guillory received his BA from Stanford University, his JD from Harvard  Law School, and studied at the Universite de Paris I--Pantheon Sorbonne, along with the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. He is passionate about the integration of diversity into the development of Artificial Intelligence.

Thomas  Lee-Warren

Thomas Lee-Warren

Digital Chief Technologist

Thomas Lee-Warren is challenging the status quo, via teams that mash together the disruptive innovation and drive of start-ups with the discipline & organisation of large corporates.  His career spans Retail, Grocery, Aerospace, Government, Engineering, Logistics, Building Consortiums, and Finance.  He has been at the edge of building mobile, data driven business models and AI infused capabilities for leading global brands as well as maturing start-ups.  He continues to be an active participant in the lean start-up community, and the next wave of business leaders through his mentoring of female entrepreneurs at the Said Business School, Oxford University : Ascent Programme.

Mr Lee-Warren initially studied philosophy and theology before turning his hand to computer science.  He has re-imagined business products and services, transformed business through Agile & devOps techniques, run mature start-ups, led the digitisation of the UK Rail Network and the UK Parcel & Postal Service, and is now playing a leading role in driving data innovation, artificial intelligence, and a digital-first mindset at Rolls-Royce.  He is excited by the opportunity to deliver next generation thinking through deep learning, data engineering and wow visualisations.  His groups have been recognised for innovation & industry leading products.

He is a constant learner, and has a tireless energy for the new, collaborating with colleagues (both in and outside the corporate boundary) to re-imagine the way people interact, and deliver services.  He is motivated by the ‘promise of artificial intelligence’.  Mr Lee-Warren believes we are entering the most exciting of times where opportunities to irrevocably change the way we live and work abound. 

Foteini Agrafioti

Foteini Agrafioti

Chief Science Officer, RBC; Head,
Borealis AI

Dr. Agrafioti is the Chief Science Officer at RBC and Head of Borealis AI, RBC’s Research Institute in Artificial Intelligence. She is responsible for the bank’s intellectual property portfolio in the fields of AI and machine learning. 


Prior to joining RBC, Dr Agrafioti was the CIO at Architech, an enterprise software company, where she led Architech Labs. She also founded and served as CTO at Nymi, a biometrics security company and maker of the Nymi wristband. Dr Agrafioti is an inventor of HeartID, the first biometric technology to authenticate users based on their unique cardiac rhythms. Her work in this area earned her the “Inventor of the Year” award in 2012 by the University of Toronto, where she received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition to her leadership roles, she is a TED speaker and serves on the editorial review boards of several scientific journals. Dr Agrafioti was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2017.

Rafael Cayuela

Rafael Cayuela

Corporate Chief Economist
The Dow Chemical Company

Rafael Cayuela is the Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company and member of the Dow global Corporate Strategy Team. In this role Mr Cayuela helps to translate the various macroeconomic and industry disruptive mega trends into Dow corporate strategy, working closely with key stakeholders; including regulators, governments, think tanks, consultants and international organizations.

In his capacity Mr Cayuela actively engages with global chemical associations, like the European Chemical Association (CEFIC) or the American Chemical Council (ACC), as well as with inter-national organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the G20, OECD, European Commission, International Energy Agency (IEA), World Economic Forums (WEF) and others. Rafael is also the chairman of the CEFIC Flagship Mid Century Project, a foresight strategic exercise on the future of the European chemical industry by the mid-century.

Mr Cayuela is an economist by education and has more than fifteen years of experience within the chemical industry across the world. Mr Cayuela started his career for Dow Chemical in Madrid, Spain, while moving early in his career into Dow global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Currently he is based at Dow European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland since 2007. Mr Cayuela holds a Master’s degree in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, an MBA from Northwood University in Midland Michigan and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago USA.

Mr Cayuela is also the author of the book The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050, published by Wiley in May 2013 and he is an active international speaker about the Economy, the Chemical Industry, Bio-economy, Sustainability and Digitalization as a major business opportunities for the long term outlook of the Industry. Mr Cayuela is also working on a new WILEY book on the Chemical Industry under the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Sustainable, Digital and Citizens One and another one on the need to develop a new sustainable, socio, political and economic framework and model for the next century.

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Polina  Mamoshina

Polina Mamoshina

Sr Research Scientist
Insilico Medicine

Polina Mamoshina is a Senior Research Scientist at Insilico Medicine, Inc, Baltimore-based bioinformatics and deep learning company focused on reinventing drug discovery and biomarker development and a part of the computational biology team of Oxford University Computer Science Department. Ms Mamoshina graduated from the Department of Genetics of the Moscow State University. She was one of the winners of GeneHack a Russian nationwide 48-hour hackathon on bioinformatics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology attended by hundreds of young bioinformaticians. Ms Mamoshina is involved in multiple deep learning projects at the Pharmaceutical Artificial Intelligence division of Insilico Medicine working on the drug discovery engine and developing biochemistry-, transcriptome-, and cell-free nucleic acid-based biomarkers of ageing and disease. She recently co-authored thirteen academic papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Anjum M.    Ahmed

Anjum M. Ahmed

Global Director – Imaging Information Systems
Agfa HealthCare

Dr Anjum Ahmed began his clinical career as a General Physician, and over the last 20 years has been focused on change management initiatives and helping set the path to digital transformation throughout hospitals and health authorities across USA, Canada, Latin America, UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Agfa HealthCare, D. Ahmed worked at GE Healthcare for 12 years implementing healthcare IT solutions across EMEA regions and Canada. Dr Ahmed currently leads strategic Enterprise Imaging Solution and AI development initiatives at Agfa HealthCare to help healthcare organisations enable value-based care models, improve care and maximize value with their health IT investments. Dr Ahmed’s white papers, on Value-based Care and Artificial Intelligence in medical imaging, are published and distributed widely across healthcare forums (including HIMSS). Dr Ahmed speaks at thought leadership events across the globe regarding the intersection of technology, machine learning and cognitive computing; its applications in healthcare, impact on population health, early disease detection and personalised care.

Dan McCrum

Dan McCrum

FT Alphaville Editor
Financial Times

Dan McCrum is the editor of FT Alphaville. In more than a decade at the FT he’s been Capital Markets Editor, Investment Correspondent in New York, and had stints writing for Alphaville and the Lex Column.
Before that Dan worked briefly at the Investors Chronicle, and has at one point or another carried furniture, sold kids books on doorsteps, and painted but not really decorated.
He also spent four years loitering in Citigroup’s equity research department where he picked up a few ideas about the value of luck, timing and a catchy pitch.

Tom  Jenkins

Tom Jenkins

Head of Data Science and Analytics
Deutsche Bank

Tom Jenkins is the Head of Data Science and Analytics at Deutsche Bank, leading the Enterprise Analytics Technology strategy and the creation of business value through the application of advanced analytical techniques and technologies.  He heads the firm’s center of excellence in analytics, The Hive, and specializes in compliance and data protection.  Mr Jenkins’s 15 years in Finance have focused on Investment Banking technology development, organizational change and data architecture and governance.    He is based in London.

Cameron McLain

Cameron McLain


Cameron McLain is a Principal at Hummingbird Ventures where he invests in exceptional entrepreneurs building products that delight consumers and solve silent pain points. Prior to Hummingbird, Mr McLain founded and sold a social analytics startup and was a seed angel investor in companies such as Zesty, Soothe, PolyChain Capital, Ross Intelligence, StarCity, and Chrono Therapeutics. Previously, he worked at WME/IMG, Cota Capital, and CVC. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University where he studied Religion and Philosophy and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was a Merit Scholar.

Simon  Masters

Simon Masters

Head of High Value Manufacturing
Innovate UK

Simon Masters took up the role of Head of High Value Manufacturing at Innovate UK in April 2017, with responsibility for managing all aspects of high value manufacturing within Innovate UK.

Mr Masters joined Innovate UK in 2014 as the Lead Technologist for Aerospace, working to deliver significant funding programmes supporting the UK aerospace industry. With key responsibility for the technical aspects of these programmes he worked closely with key stakeholders across industry, academia and government departments to drive growth and innovation across the sector

Prior to joining Innovate UK, Mr Masters held a number of key positions in the civil and military aerospace sectors, including R&D roles with Airbus and BAE SYSTEMS.

Mr Masters has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University and achieved post graduate management and leadership qualifications from Lancaster University.

Tom Marsden

Tom Marsden


Tom Marsden is CEO of Saberr a London based software company that helps teams work well together. Prior to joining Saberr in 2014, Mr Marsden was on the Board and ran the consulting business at Alexander Mann Solutions. He led teams that specialised in technology and process, business intelligence, employer branding, selection and assessment and workforce planning. Before joining AMS, he worked at McKinsey & Company where he managed projects linking strategy to organisational effectiveness. Mr Marsden’s early career in the 1990s was spent funding leveraged buyouts in the European market. Mr Marsden has a MBA from SDA Bocconi.  

Debjani  Roy

Debjani Roy

Global Head of Technology Robotics & Artificial Intelligence – TTS

Debjani Roy is the Global Head of Technology Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Foundations-
Treasury and Trade Solutions for Citi. She is also the start-up founder for Citi D10X innovation
programme. She has also served as Global Chief Architect worldwide for CitiDirect BE transformation, Citi's flagship enterprise payments processing over 3 trillion dollars of
payments daily. Previously she was with Siemens Security Solutions, where she designed and
implemented one of the largest and first PKI and identity
management/biometric solutions in the world.

Jonny Fry

Jonny Fry


Jonny Fry is a blockchain, Crypto economics, ICO and funds specialist. He is a Chairman of LifesDNA, a new search engine using Blockchain and AI technology in the wellbeing, lifestyle and  healthcare sectors. He is also CEO of TeamBlockchain which is UK based international influencer network that has helped a number of publicly quoted companies and private ones developing strategies around Tokenomics.

Mr Fry has over 25 years’ experience as CEO of an asset management business which he floated in London with over £1 Billion under management. His focus has been on the dynamics of financial innovation, advising on ICOs, Tokenomics, Crypto funds and he is a regular speaker internationally on these topics.

He has extensive knowledge and experience of the financial services sector, looking after private clients and institution’s assets, managing funds in the UK and globally.

He has been CEO and on the board of a variety of regulated and unregulated companies in the U.K. and internationally, in a number of different industries.

He has first-hand experience of working with the press and managing corporate and reputational risk for a number of organisations.


Agenda - 11th Jun

  • 11:00am
    Onstage Conversation – Investing in AI’s Next Big Thing

    Cameron McLain, Principal, Hummingbird

    Moderated by

     Aliya Ram, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 11:30am
  • 2:00pm
    Panel Discussion:Transforming Industry: AI in the Factory of the Future

    Exploring key questions such as:

    • How are automation, machine learning, computer vision and other fields of AI being harnessed to make things better, cheaper and faster?
    • How are these technologies being used to accurately forecast demand and optimise design, processes and prices? What is their role in predictive maintenance and product personalisation?
    • What are the key barriers and challenges holding back the adoption of these technologies in an industrial setting?
    • Robots and Humans: What is the right mix in the factory floor? How can they best work alongside for maximum effectiveness? What workforce strategies are being put in place by forward looking manufacturers to stoke talent pipelines, ensure the right skills mix and upgrade leadership competences?
    • What is the value creation potential of AI in manufacturing internal processes and along the whole supply chain?
    • In this rapidly evolving landscape, what is required in terms of innovation, skills, data security, organisational change and corporate vision to make progress in the AI journey?

    Cécile Huet, Deputy Head Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, European Commission

    Mike Hughes,Zone President UK and Ireland, Schneider Electric

    Thomas Lee-Warren, Digital Chief Technologist, Rolls-Royce

    Simon Masters, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

    Moderated by:

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
    Fireside Chat: Leadership and Machines

    Herminia Ibarra, The Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School; Author Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

    Moderated by:

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Onstage Conversation - Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: Towards a New Sustainable and Inclusive Model

    In this session our speakers will discuss the myths and realities of blockchain and distributed ledgers, analysing major potential applications from “self-sovereign identity” to P2P cashless society or  P2P digital economy.  By 2050 A new sustainable, inclusive and decentralized economic model could emerge. Are we ready?

    Rafael Cayuela, Corporate Chief Economist, The Dow Chemical Company

    Belén Romana García, Independent Non-executive Director, Santander Group and Aviva

    Moderated by:

    Brooke Masters, Comment and Analysis Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Reshaping Financial Services with AI

    Exploring key questions such as:

    • As AI becomes increasingly used in a range of applications - including regulatory compliance, data quality assessment, fraud detection and customer interaction - how does it fit into financial services firms’ strategies?
    • What is shaping AI thinking in financial institutions? What is needed to better understand and exploit this exponential technology?
    • How are intelligent machines being used to personalise customer communications, deepen insights to offer new products and services and automate internal processes? What is next for robo-advisors and algorithmic trading?
    • While AI holds the promise of significant benefits for the financial world, what are the hurdles and challenges with regard to internal organisation, cyber security, risks and data privacy?
    • How are financial services firms planning and managing the workforce transformation and dealing with the impact of the disruptive force of AI technologies?

    Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer, RBC; Head, Borealis AI

    Jonny Fry, CEO, TeamBlockchain

    Tom Jenkins, Managing Director, Head of Data Science and Analytics, Deutsche Bank

    Debjani Roy, Global Head of Technology Robotics & Artificial Intelligence – TTS, Citi

    Moderated by

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

Agenda - 12th Jun

  • 11:00am
    FT Editorial Briefing: AI from the News Floor

    FT Journalists discuss highlights on the stories they are currently covering and share their unique insights on how they see a future powered by AI. 

    Ranging from the social and macro-economic implications of AI to ways in which AI is solving real challenges today and opening new business opportunities.

    Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

    Dan McCrum, FT Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

    Moderated by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    On- Stage Conversation: Tapping into the Benefits of AI for Healthcare

    AI offers the prospect of improved diagnostic tools, innovative approaches to healthcare delivery and new treatments based on personalised medicine. As AI becomes more sophisticated, it has the potential to move from a back-end tool to the centre of the patients’ and doctors’ experience, completely transforming the healthcare landscape.

    Exploring key questions, such as:

    • Where are the innovations taking place now? Which AI technologies are being used today in the healthcare environment and how are they expanding beyond operations and customer service?
    • How is AI powering diagnostic tools? How is it being incorporated into treatment design and patient management?
    • What intelligent solutions are being developed for digital consultation, drug creation, precision medicine and health monitoring? What is new in drug discovery, clinical trials and routine process automation?
    • What changes are early adopters of AI making in the way they do business? What are the hurdles standing in the way? How can they deal with obstacles such as data fragmentation?
    • Will AI effectively enable the transition from a reactive model of healthcare to a collaborative, preventive one?

    Terri Bresenham, Chief Innovation Officer, GE Healthcare

    Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO, Babylon Health

    Moderated by

    Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    Short Talk - AI: The Next Frontier in Medical Imaging?

    The field of medical imaging has witnessed a revolution thanks to digital transformation initiatives and availability of advanced clinical applications in imaging. New imaging techniques are helping radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists, and other diagnosticians with greater anatomical and clinical details, highlighting the need for fast and automated image analysis powered by cognitive reasoning.  During this session, learn from case studies, and understand how AI may augment clinical intelligence and assist in early detection of critical diseases, help improve patient satisfaction, and delivery of value-based care. 

    Anjum M. Ahmed, Global Director – Imaging Information Systems, Agfa HealthCare      

    Moderated by:

    Dan McCrum, FT Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Panel discussion: Empowering the Workforce with AI - The Augmented Human

    The development of AI technologies, robotics and cognitive tools is not only transforming the nature of work but also imposing a re-evaluation of corporate structures, workplace practices and leadership paradigms.

    Exploring key questions, such as:

    • As the adoption rate of sophisticated technologies continue to grow, how are forward looking organisations restructuring work to enhance human skills?
    • As numerous aspects of human work are replaced with machines, what human skills are becoming more valuable? Where should companies and workers invest?
    • What types of collaborations between humans and robots are being put in place and how can workers add value and embrace opportunities created by AI? What new ways of cooperation and coordination across organisational silos are emerging?
    • What strategies are companies putting in place to upskill and re-skill existing workforces, train them to better use technology and automate in a human-centric way?
    • The session will discuss best practices and successful initiatives and will look at where companies stand and what changes need to be made today.

    Sherry Coutu CBE, Chair, Founders4Schools

    Daniel Guillory, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Autodesk

    Polina Mamoshina, Sr Research Scientist, Insilico Medicine

    Tom Marsden, CEO, Saberr

    Moderated by

    Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

Speakers - Cogx Main Stages (8)

JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami

Deutsche Bank
Baroness Joanna  Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields

UK Minister Internet Safety & Security 2015-2017
Roberto Maranca

Roberto Maranca

Chief Data Officer
Lloyds Banking Group
Anne  Boden

Anne Boden

Starling Bank

Anne Boden is CEO of Starling Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. She assumed the role as the Founder of Starling in 2014. As CEO, Ms Boden oversees the Executive Leadership Team and focuses its vision on building the best possible customer experience. Previously, she was COO of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO. Ms Boden’s vision for Starling Bank is to build the best bank account in the world.

Andrew Day

Andrew Day

Chief Data Officer
David Hanson

David Hanson

CEO & Founder of Hanson Robotics Ltd
Rajeev Misra

Rajeev Misra

Softbank Vision Fund
Ranil  Boteju

Ranil Boteju

Global Head of Analytics and CRM

Other Speakers at CogX 2018


Festival Agenda

The FT Hub forms just part of the CogX Festival. FT VIPs have full-access to the festival. It features 300 speakers across 5 main stages, a Trade Expo, an autonomous vehicle zone and more.

See the full CogX Festival Agenda



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