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10 March 2022

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Keynote Speaker
Dr George Zarkadakis
Digital Lead Willis Towers Watson; Senior Fellow, Geotech Centre, Atlantic Council

George Zarkadakis is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Digital Lead of Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory firm in insurance and human capital.

He has over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, media, marketing and communications; as well as in digital strategy and innovation as a founder, advisor, and investor in technology start-ups.

He has held positions at Accenture, Silicon Graphics, and the European Bioinformatics Institute.

He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and is the author of “In Our Own Image: will Artificial Intelligence Save Us or Destroy Us?” (Penguin 2015).

His most recent book is “Cyber Republic: reinventing democracy in the age of intelligent machines” (MIT Press 2020).

France has awarded George an honorary knighthood for his international work on the public understanding of science.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a global thought leader on the impact of technology on business transformation, the future of work, and the future of democracy.

Keynote Speaker
Shahin Shahkarami
Senior Analytics Manager, Liberty Global

Shahin is a senior analytics manager at Liberty Global based in Amsterdam.

He is leading Liberty Global AI products and delivery of analytics for Liberty Global and its partner markets across Europe.

Over the last few years, he and a team of data engineers and data scientists delivered multiple large scales analytics products to improve processes and customer experience.

His main area of focus is how can we harness scalable AI to empower customers to make the most out of their broadband service. Besides, how can data products improve processes and customer experience.

Prior to Liberty Global, he was part of the Vodafone group in Milan working on smart Wi-Fi solutions.

Shahin holds a master’s degree in Telecommunication engineering and data science from the Polytechnic University of Milan. Since his studies, he has been always passionate about the applications of AI/ML in various industries, especially Telecommunications.

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Alex Architektonidis
Head of Data Visualisation, Euromoney Institutional Investor
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Anwar Mirza
Global Head of Data Governance, FedEx

Anwar is a recognised authority on the subject of Data Governance, Master Data Management and Information Management. For the last decade, he has spoken at numerous global events covering forums for Analytics, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Mobile, Shared Services etc.

Anwar’s keynotes, panels and Masterclasses are a balanced blend of cross-functional, business and IT perspectives presented in a logical flow.

Anwar has developed his own unique Data Governance methodology and deep-dives into the critical areas that companies often struggle with and prescribes ‘Data’ as the new business imperative. His approach has been adopted by many multi-national companies, software companies and consulting firms in the USA, Australia, Asia and Europe.

With 30 years of experience at TNT, Anwar has a proven track record in Functional management, global project delivery, controlling core business processes, managing large teams, implementing applications and technology presented in the form of tangible top and bottom-line benefits from the outset.

For the past 7 years, Anwar has dedicated much of his personal time to lecturing at the university level with a personal objective of bringing ‘Data’ into mainstream education.

Keynote Speaker
Rose Ahearne
Senior Manager - Data and analytics engineering, Deliveroo
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Geraldine Lee
Senior Product Designer, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, GSK
Keynote Speaker
Sukh Randhawa
Global Privacy Transformation & ED&I Lead, Unilever

Sukhdeep has over 15 years of international work experience and is a lifelong student. Sukh has a passion for leadership, people and self-development. She is a qualified Accountant, Management Consultant, Transformation Professional, qualified NLP Practitioner, Coach, ED&I ambassador, strategic advisor and Mental Health First aider; and has recently completed a Building Organisational Cultures accreditation from Harvard business school and is currently training to become a mindfulness coach.

Sukhdeep has also been shortlisted as a finalist for 2 awards in 2021: Global Role Model of the Year by Women in GRC and Consumer Goods Businesswoman of the year by The Great British Businesswoman Awards.

She has held senior positions across industries including management consulting, financial services and fast-moving consumer goods. Her transformation experience spans all business functions and has also partaken in 2 international Post-merger integrations. She has a track record of unlocking value by changing behaviour and improving performance for both organisations and individuals on their transformation journey and understands the importance people development brings to operating a successful business.

Sukhdeep has been an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ambassador her whole life and believes in order to truly change we must embrace diverse thinking. She provides a safe space to have courageous catalyst conversations whilst at the same time providing guidance to organisations on their ED&I journeys and facilitates ED&I and unconscious bias training.

Keynote Speaker
Faisal Wasswa
Senior Marketing Data Scientist, NatWest Group

Faisal Wasswa is a Senior Marketing Data Scientist at NatWest.

His career spans several industries employing econometric models to find solutions to difficult questions. This includes the central government, as an economist. Leading marketing and advertising agencies, as a market mix modeller. And in FTSE 100 companies across telecoms, transport and financial services implement best practices in the measurement of media performance.

He is passionate about market mix models, helping teams build up their capabilities to get a clear view of what communication channels and media activity, are working and how to optimise media spend allocation.

Previous Speaker
Dr Gilad Rosner
Founder, IoT Privacy Forum; Privacy and Technology Policy Researcher

Dr Gilad Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher and the founder of the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum, a crossroads for industry, regulators, academics, government and privacy advocates to discuss the privacy challenges of the IoT. The Forum’s mission is to produce guidance, analysis and best practices to help industry and government to reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly in the domain of connected devices.

Gilad’s broader work focuses on the IoT, identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. His research has been used by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on the Responsible Use of Data and he is a featured expert on O’Reilly and the BBC. Gilad is an internationally invited speaker and has given talks at industry conferences, universities, and government agencies, including the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Gilad has a 20-year career in IT, having worked with identity management technology, digital media, automation and telecommunications.

Gilad is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent analysis and guidance on Government digital initiatives and is a member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, an Affiliate Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity and has consulted on trust issues for the UK government’s identity assurance programme, Verify.gov.

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Darren Brunt
Pre-Sales Director EMEA North, Talend 

Darren Brunt is Pre-Sales Director for EMEA North at Talend. Darren’s key focus is delivering data-driven, innovation projects to enable digital leadership and transformation within high potential organisations using relevant, modern technologies. He helps relate how new technologies can help organisations transform and leverage data as a core asset for actionable insight and business benefit.

Darren Brunt has more than 20 years in supporting organisations with their digital transformation journey; before joining Talend, Darren worked at HP and Software AG.

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Jimmy Hong
Director, Software Engineering (Data), LinkedIn
  • An engineering leader with experience leading globally distributed multidisciplinary teams and organizations across development, product, and operations. Jimmy has led and built teams across the domains of large-scale distributed data platforms, data engineering, enterprise architecture, compliance, and data integration.  LinkedIn Profile: Jimmy Hong
  • Lead events, workshops and presented at the following forums:
  • HP’/HPE Discover Conference
    • Unleashing the power of analytics to deliver business value (Dec. 2015)
    • Architecting the future state of HPE IT (Dec 2015)
    • Modernizing Your Enterprise Data Warehouse (Jun. 2015)
    • Using Big Data Analytics to enable Next Generation Operations (Jun. 2015)
  • HP/HPE Big Data Conference: Sales Pipeline Analytics (Aug. 2014)


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John Mullis
Senior Solutions Architect, HVR

John Mullis is a senior solutions architect at HVR. He has over 30 years of IT experience at companies such as Oracle, Siebel and Fujitsu, and has spent the last 10 years working in the Data Integration space.

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Luis Salvador Fernández
Sr. Field Engineer, UKI, Neo4j

Luis is a Field Engineer for the UK and Ireland. After being in the relational databases world for over 12 years, he joined Neo4j in 2019. Ever since then he has been helping organisations to make sense of data by modelling/implementing Neo4j applications as well as delivering training to customers.

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Martijn Kieboom
Senior Solutions Engineer, Confluent

Martin is a highly experienced solutions engineer having worked for market-leading companies including Oracle, Mapr, and Confluent. He is well known for his ability to create and present highly customized solutions based on detailed, customer-specific, requirements to a broad (technical to C-level) audience. He is widely respected by partners, colleagues, and customers who view him as a trusted advisor. Martijn lives in the Netherlands with his wife and daughter.

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Peter Dozy
Data Architect, Vektis

Peter Dozy is a data architect working with Vektis for the past 16 years. Educated in Computer Sciences from Vrije University Amsterdam, Peter has 20+ years of experience in the field of data modelling and data architecture and is an expert in setting up and managing databases. In his illustrious career, he has worked with a lot of different databases, connecting them with other tools and self-created programs for his teams for research and reporting. As an avid data enthusiast, Peter has a keen interest in modern data technologies and is always looking for ways to improve performance and connectivity.


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Saad Mirza
Principal Information Architect, Philips

Saad Mirza is a certified enterprise architect with eighteen years of experience in executing data-driven projects for global businesses. Being responsible for Enterprise Information Architecture at Philips he is helping them achieve their vision of an integrated data landscape.

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Stuart Simmons
Sales Director, Denodo

Stuart Simmons is a Sales Director at Denodo. Stuart is a self-motivated, experienced sales executive of 20 years in IT including direct sales, channel and alliance roles. Prior to Denodo, Stuart held several leadership positions at companies such as Oracle, VMware and IBM where he delivered ground breaking changes for these organizations such as achieving significant revenue growth, geographic expansions, re-defining a successful channel model and increasing penetration of product adoption and revenues via Distributors into a client base of over 400+ Service Providers.

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Madhumita Mantri
Staff Technical PM, Data Platform & Products, Artificial Intelligence, LinkedIn
  • Highly accomplished leader credited with expertise in all facets of enterprise product vision, strategy, design, architecture, execution, delivery, and controllership within high-profile corporations. She is passionate about product innovation, strategy to execution, solve real-world problems through ideation, evangelize great work, drive outcome, result & impact! LinkedIn Profile: Madhumita Mantri
  • Lead events, workshops, moderated several panels and presented at the following forums:
    • Women of tech worldwide series 2020 speaker (link)
    • Grace Hopper 2019 Speaker
    • Presented & moderated career design talk at VISA Women Connect event (2019) (link)
    • Moderated several panels at LinkedIn for good, rock your profile sessions
    • Link to LinkedIn Social Impact Engage IN Event (2017)
Previous Speaker
Rob Cowell
Principal Technologist , Pyramid Analytics

Rob has more than 25 years’ experience of high-volume data architectures and analytics. He has worked as a software developer, database administrator, technical and solutions architect and currently focusses on predictive analytics and data visualisation at Pyramid Analytics.

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