Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy and Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), Leeds Institute for Data Analytics
Mark Birkin is Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy in the School of Geography, University of Leeds. He has longstanding interests in mathematical modelling of urban and regional systems including geodemographics, microsimulation, agent-based modelling, and spatial decision-support systems.
Mark has a notable track record of collaboration, including ten years as an executive director of Geographical Modelling and Planning (GMAP) Limited. In this time, GMAP developed from occasional consulting projects into a market analytics business with 120 employees and global reach, working with household name partners such as Ford Motor Company, Asda-Walmart, HBoS, Exxon-Mobil and GSK.
An ethos of collaboration with external partners in business and the public sector continues in his current role as Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), a national investment within the ESRC Big Data Network.
Since 2014, Mark has been Director of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). Having started as a partnership between CDRC and the MRC Medical Bioinformatics, LIDA now supports 40 projects and programmes with more than £50M of funded research, bringing together over 200 researchers from across the University.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Technology Lead, ING
Bas is a programmer, scientist, and IT manager. At ING, he works as Technology Lead in the global innovation center. His academic background is in Artificial Intelligence and Informatics. He has a background in software development, design and architecture with a broad technical view from C++ to Prolog to Scala. He is a regular speaker on conferences and informal meetings, where he brings a mixture of market context, his own vision, business cases, architecture and source code in an enthusiastic way towards his audience.
BI Solutions Specialist, SplashBI
Rishabh is a BI solutions Specialist at SplashBI. Having worked in a number of domains in the industry, he has considerable experience consulting with clients helping them develop their Data Strategies. He is a data science enthusiast and loves to play with data to generate valuable models for various businesses. He is also a seasonal technology blogger and has a passion to try new technologies and perform POC’s on them. The key to developing a successful Data Strategy is to be able to derive a valuable action out of every sprint of the analysis cycle. It’s very easy to derail from a strategy if a set of best practices are not followed. Many organisations are stuck at a local maximum and are not able to achieve the full capability behind the value of their data. Rishabh can help with that!
Senior Analyst, Customer Analytics Marketing, Debenhams
Senior Analyst Customer Analytics at Debenhams where I’m responsible for developing and improve the customer segmentation. My goal is to give a the best products and experience to every single customer based on their fashion and beauty preferences and previous shopping behaviour.
I graduated from University of Porto with a Masters Degree in Social Psychology. Understanding groups behaviour and their impact is always been my passion. 6 years experience in several markets having worked in some of the biggest Portuguese companies like NOS and Primavera BSS, market leaders in their businesses and in several projects involving the customers and their data. From the beginning of this year Debenhams is been my home.
Senior Solutions Architect, HVR
Zulf is a Senior Solutions Architect at HVR. He has worked in the Data Integration space for over 20 years for companies such as Oracle and Pentaho. He works closely with customers on their data integration challenges and helps them architect solutions that enable them to meet their real-time requirements.
Director of Marketing & Communications, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group
Philip comes from music label background, working in digital marketing strategy and artist marketing for labels including Ministry of Sound, Warner, Domino Recording Co and Island Records. 8 Years in music saw him work with artists including Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and many more. Defining their online and digital sales strategies and helping deliver their vision and music to the consumer. At Island, he met Andrew Lloyd Webber’s son and was coaxed into to the theatre world, where for the past two and a bit years he has been defining their global marketing and comms strategy as well as leading a theatre first data project focused on selling theatre to more people, more efficiently.
Pre-Sales Solutions Consultant, Attunity
Sunil is a Solution Architect working across EMEA at Attunity. He has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years supporting the needs of his customers across a number of verticals, with experience in enterprise software and architecture. He is responsible for supporting technical sales helping customers realise more value from their data through a data driven culture by utilising the Attunity Platform and partner technologies.
Head of Data Exploitation, Southern Water
Amy is Head of Data Exploitation and Southern Water having previously worked in Retail, Banking, the Public Sector and Consultancy leading work on data warehousing, master data management and analytics over a range of technology platforms. Her current responsibilities include analytic and data science functions at Southern Water. In 2015 she worked with Dr S Wakeling, Dr P Clough (both of Sheffield University) and J Wyper on original research into Graph Literacy and Business Intelligence which was later published by TDWI.
Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics, DAZN
Shaun Moate is the Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics @ DAZN – a live and on-demand sports streaming service currently operating in Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Canada – tasked with building a data-driven culture in a growing global business. It, of course, focuses on the development of people, process, methods, tooling & culture to enable and encourage all stakeholders in the business to ask more of the data. Having previously worked in Data Science/Analytics in varied industries, including Media, Insurance, & FMCG; Shaun is always looking to expand his understanding of the application of varied data strategies.
Director of Project & Data, Groupe Casino
Sophie Talbot is Director of Project & Data at the Purchasing center of Groupe Casino, based in France. Her goal is to find the ways to leverage data and help to boost the purchasing performance. She enjoys meeting and working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Graduated from HEC Paris Business school, with a major in Finance, Sophie is also passionate about wine and gained a Sommelier diploma from the Wine University, South of France. She has 11 years hand-on business experience in Food Retail, at Casino Group, with leadership roles in Financial communication, Planning & Strategy, Pricing, International Controlling, Wine Purchasing, and Data. She also worked 2 years abroad for the Business Unit of Casino in Vietnam, leading the Sales & Performance development department.
Digital Solutions Manager, Alstom
As Digital Solutions Manager – Thomas is leading the strategy, governance, architecture and delivery of Alstom’s digital platforms – including Enterprise Content Management (ECM); Cognitive Search; Web Content Management (WCM); Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence.
Prior to Alstom, Thomas spent 7 years at Docwave then Amexio – a leading European ECM/CCM Integrator.
Head Of Development & Architecture (Digital Assets), HSBC
Ifty is high calibre technology leader with specialist expertise in scalable digital transformation architecture across the enterprise. Primarily operating within the finance sector since 1996, he brings a proven track record of leveraging business objectives through strategic leadership across technology, transformation and innovation.
He has spent close to three decades delivering transformational solutions in a diverse range of organisations, drawing on his extensive knowledge of technology to design cutting-edge systems and processes that facilitate significant improvements to productivity, communication and customer experience.
Having both led innovative technology programmes and turned around struggling projects for international blue-chip and governmental organisations, Ifty has developed an aptitude for identifying business needs and designing solutions that enable these to be met.
He combines this with an ability for building and developing highly-effective teams and articulating complex information to stakeholders at all levels of seniority in order to ensure collaboration and subsequent successful outcomes in all projects.
Operational Research Specialist, Sainsbury’s Argos
Noel-Ann is Vice President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). She is currently working as a Supply Chain Operational Research Specialist and Data Scientist for Sainsbury’s Argos. Prior to this she was a Faculty Director of Employability and mathematics lecturer at the University of Greenwich. She is keen to help facilitate more partnerships between universities and industry to increase knowledge and use of talent in mathematically-related industries.
Terri Linnet Bickford
Governance Lead, Covéa Insurance
Terri has worked in the insurance industry for ten years, moving from schemes underwriting to quality assurance at Unum, before joining the Information Governance team at Covea Insurance in 2015 and taking on her current role at the beginning of 2018. Terri’s initial target was to ensure a data quality framework was designed and implemented for Solvency II. She has also led the work on defining the GDPR Retention Standards across Covéa as well as being a part of the GDPR implementation team.
Alongside work, Terri is studying for a PhD on Legislating Equality in England: the political, cultural context and ramifications of the 1970 Equal Pay Act and the 2010 Equality Act; how much has this changing legislative environment changed our culture, or did culture change facilitate the need for new legislation. Her PhD is an endeavor which has involved a considerable amount of research; a skill that she uses to succeed both at work and in her studies.
Chair, BCS Data Management Specialist Group
Julian is an experienced information management practitioner with experience of a range of roles and sectors particularly in utilities and transport organisations. Julian is one of the country’s leading asset information management practitioners and is currently providing strategic support to a number of major infrastructure projects and organisations.
Julian is Chair of the BCS Data Management Specialist Group who organise events covering a range of data management topics and contributes to the development of data management policies, training and qualifications for the BCS.
Additionally, Julian is leads on asset information related activities for the Institute of Asset Management, was part of the PAS1192-3 Steering Group and is a member of the Steering Group for BS1192-4.
Global Head, Data Governance and Head, Data and Information Management, RBWM, EMEA
Anantha is a seasoned thought leader and strategist with over 20 years of industry and management consulting experience in financial services having established and led data governance and data management activities with a focus on the risk / compliance domain across multiple clients in the Americas and EMEA. His current portfolio includes the set up of a big data ecosystem for Retail Banking and Wealth Management, exploration of disruptive technologies, business opportunities in the regulatory / compliance landscape and integration of cultural divides and customer journeys.
IT Architect, Zurich Insurance Company, UK
Having worked as an IT professional for the last 15 years in the financial services industry, Chris has a strong history of delivering architectural solutions in a complex technical landscape. Chris is currently working as the lead Solution Architect on the Zurich UK Life Data Lake (the first key deliverable on Zurich’s Big Data Platform) shaping the patterns and frameworks that will be used to realise our strategies, both locally and globally.
Chief Technology Specialist on Big Data & Data Science, Nordea
Peter Sergio Larsen is Chief Technology Specialist in the area of Big Data, Machine Learning and Data Science in Nordea and is 33 years old. His task in Nordea spans from working on concrete projects and defining and developing the new Common Information Platform (CIP) in Nordea.
He has hands on experience with various technologies from the Hadoop EcoSystem, such as Apache Spark, Apache HBase, HDFS, etc. but also machine learning modelling and data science has been a part of Peter’s daily work.
One of the key project that Peter is working on is in the area of Risk and Compliance. Other projects that Peter has been involved in include recommendation engines and face detection among others.
Global Insight Development Manager, Boots Walgreens Alliance
Roger has over 15 years’ experience in web development helping organisations gain insight from their data and delivering this to their end users.
Currently Roger leads a team of 5 BI Developers whose projects include the Boots Insight Portal (created using TIBCO Spotfire), which delivers a detailed understanding of Boots customers and their behaviour.
Director of Enterprise Solutions, Pentaho
Wael Elrifai is an avid technologist and management strategist, bridging the divide between IT and business as Pentaho’s EMEA Director of Enterprise Solutions. He has been working in high performance computing, machine learning, the broader artificial intelligence field and the ‘Big Data’ ecosystem for the past decade. Wael has served corporate and government clients cross North America, Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia across a number of industry verticals and has presented at conferences worldwide.
With graduate degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Economics he is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Special Interest Group for Artificial Intelligence, the Royal Economic Society, and Chatham House.
Wael also serves on the boards of two charitable organisations and enjoys tinkering with ‘bleeding edge’ technology, private aviation, and adventure travel.
Author of “How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing”
Adrian Swinscoe is a customer experience consultant and advisor, and has been growing and helping develop customer-focused large and small businesses for 20 years. He has previously worked with Shell, FT and The Economist Group and has advised and consulted to numerous large and smaller businesses helping them engage with their customers, build their customer retention and improve their service and customer experience.
Adrian is a huge fan of organisations that do great things for their customers and their people. He enjoys using research, stories and human insights to help create change and better results for his clients. Overall, he’s a lover of simplicity and an advocate of the human touch with some really useful technology thrown in.
Adrian has an MBA from Cass Business School, City University as well as an MA in Economics.
He has also recently published a new book: How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing (Pearson).
Deepak Nagappan Anitha
Digital Analytics Solutions Manager, Direct Line Group
An experienced Web Analytics Architect and Digital Marketing consultant with years of professional experience in leading global firms. A trained expert in Data Science with domain knowledge in financial services and the travel Industry specialising in digital journey and conversion optimization.
As Digital Analytics Solutions Manager at Direct Line Group, Deepak is leading design and implementation of digital analytics across Direct Line Group’s web estate. For most of his working life, Deepak has been involved with digital analytics and over the last 3 years he has specialised in Web Analytics Implementation.
Before joining DLG he was with Hertz International as their Web Analytics Manager for EMEA. This was equally fun and challenging as he was the only Web Analytics person for the entire EMEA market. Prior to this, Deepak worked for Visual IQ as a software engineer helping them shape their Marketing Attribution Modelling product. Deepak is a computer science engineer and received his Master’s qualification from the University of Manchester where he specialised in Data Management and Artificial Intelligence.
Manager, Data and Information Architecture, Barclays
Christine has been in the Technology Area for Financial Services for over 25 years. Having gathered experience internationally, she specialized in Application and Enterprise Architecture for well-known institutions (Banco Real, Dresdner Bank, Standard Bank, Barclays – current) across business units, functions and vendors (Oracle, SAP) and has since shifted into data and information architecture. Here she is leading Data Architecture to enable Barclay’s vision to become the ‘intelligent bank’, to deliver personalised authentic dynamic experiences for our customer to drive relevancy and engagement.
Dr. Alexander Weiss
Head of Data Science, GetYourGuide
Alexander is Head of Data Science at GetYourGuide, one of the world’s most successful online travel startups.
After receiving his PhD in econophysics from TU Berlin, Alexander worked as a risk manager at the world’s third largest reinsurer, Hannover Re, where he applied prediction models to estimate the company’s losses due to natural catastrophes. When he discovered data science and the fast-paced startup world, he did not hesitate to leave his mapped out career path. Alexander started working at the small Berlin-based mobile advertising startup Trademob. He spent the next 3.5 years on building and improving their real-time bidding platform for mobile ads. Currently, Alexander is shaping the data science department at GetYourGuide, where he and his team support stakeholders from all business units with their analytical and predictive challenges.
Alexander is also the founder and organiser of “Algorithms & Data Challenges Berlin”, one of Berlin’s most popular data science meetups.
Clinical Director of Innovation, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon , Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Iain Hennessey is a consultant paediatric surgeon and director of Innovation at the new Alder Hey Children’s Health Park. He has always been interested in digital innovation helping found a start-up surgical simulation company as a trainee and then progressing to become the clinical director of Innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. He is currently developing a long term strategy to build the world’s first “Living hospital” by adapting emerging technologies to enable the building to care for the children within it, both medically and holistically.
Lead Enterprise Architect, Investment Banking
Lars Wikstrom thinks a lot about how financial services firms need to innovate to be able to compete in the future against the up and coming FinTech revolution.
Recognised as a thought leader and innovator who questions the status quo by exploring disruptive technologies and concepts he has accrued significant experience of working within leading Tier One investment banks, as well as challenger banks and with technology service providers and tech vendors.
Most recently he worked in Enterprise Architecture with Fidelity Investments, but also with Deutsche Bank, HSBC and IBM.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
Mark joined HMRC in October 2013. He is leading the Department’s ambitious plans to digitalise its business, as well as being responsible for one of the largest and most complex IT estates in the UK.
Mark was previously Chief Information Officer at Vodafone UK where he was responsible for IT, supporting 19 million customers. He was named Oracle Global Business Unit CIO of the Year in 2012. He restructured Vodafone’s IT operating model, introduced Cloud-based technologies, and with the launch of 4G piloted real time customer experience analytics.
Prior to this, Mark spent six years at Cable and Wireless as Chief Information Officer and in other senior IT roles, and three years at Boots the Chemists. He was Chief Operating Officer for the start-up of Boots.com and then Programme Director for the roll out of SAP. He began his career in the Aerospace industry and has also spent time as a management consultant.
Mark has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Brunel University and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Head of Data Protection and Information Law, Speechly Bircham
obert Bond is a Partner and Notary Public at Speechly Bircham LLP and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional. He provides international notarial services and specialises in laws and regulations relating to IT, IP and Compliance. He is a legal expert and author in the fields of e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks.
He is named in the National Law Journal’s list of 50 Governance Risk & Compliance Trailblazers, listed in the top 10 in “the Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2014” and also in “Best Lawyers in UK” and has specialised in data protection & information security law since 1983.
He is an Ambassador for Privacy by Design, is in the UN Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group, on the Advisory Board of the Data Protection Academy of Malaysia, a non- Exec Director of the Data Protection Jobs Board, and on the Advisory Panel of the College of Law for their Legal Network TV.
Robert is listed for Data Protection in Chambers UK 2014 and clients describe him as “a brilliant lecturer, a meticulous lawyer” and say: “He continues to impress year on year. His spark of imagination and ability to grasp the technology are amazing.” “Everyone gravitates towards him. A very good communicator and very generous with his time.”
He is a Liveryman of Stationers, a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Companion of the British Computer Society and an Honorary Member of the Institute of Export. Robert is author of “Negotiating Software Contracts” published in its 5th Edition in 2013 by Bloomsbury Professional, “Software Contracts” published by Tottel and “Negotiating International Software Licenses and Data Transfer Agreements” published by Sweet & Maxwell and is legal editor of “IT Policies & Procedures” published by WoltersKluwer.
Professor Yi-Ke Guo
Founding Director, Data Science Institute at Imperial College London
Yike Guo is a Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He is the founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College, as well as leading the Discovery Science Group in the department. Professor Guo also holds the position of CTO of the tranSMART Foundation, a global open source community using and developing data sharing and analytics technology for translational medicine.
Professor Guo received a first-class honours degree in Computing Science from Tsinghua University, China, in 1985 and received his PhD in Computational Logic from Imperial College in 1993 under the supervision of Professor John Darlington. He founded InforSense, a software company for life science and health care data analysis, and served as CEO for several years before the company’s merger with IDBS, a global advanced R&D software provider, in 2009.
He has been working on technology and platforms for scientific data analysis since the mid-1990s, where his research focuses on knowledge discovery, data mining and large-scale data management. He has contributed to numerous major research projects including: the UK EPSRC platform project, Discovery Net; the Wellcome Trust-funded Biological Atlas of Insulin Resistance (BAIR); and the European Commission U-BIOPRED project. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) eTRIKS project, a €23M project that is building a cloud-based informatics platform, in which tranSMART is a core component for clinico-genomic medical research, and co-Investigator of Digital City Exchange, a £5.9M research programme exploring ways to digitally link utilities and services within smart cities.
Professor Guo has published over 200 articles, papers and reports. Projects he has contributed to have been internationally recognised, including winning the “Most Innovative Data Intensive Application Award” at the Supercomputing 2002 conference for Discovery Net, and the Bio-IT World “Best Practices Award” for U-BIOPRED in 2014. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Lead Data Engineer, British Gas Connected Homes
Josep is a Technologist and the Lead Data Engineer at British Gas Connected Homes. He specialises on system architecture and technological innovation. Josep started his career in the telecoms industry and was involved in the specification of the first 3G standards. He’s a successful entrepreneur and learnt the challenges of scalability from his start-up experiences. He’s currently working on a unified data platform for Big Data Analytics for British Gas Connected Homes.
Director of Information Science, Direct Line Group
Jonathan is a passionate advocate of Data Science. He is experienced in establishing and leading data science teams with a focus on distilling vast volumes of data into valuable, readily used forms to support strategic competitive intelligence programmes. Jonathan’s areas of special interest include data engineering, visualisation, advanced computer science, system architecture and agile methods.
IT Director, Watchfinder & Co
Jonathan Gill has spent the last twenty years working in the IT sector, specialising in complex IT systems for the education, health, engineering, accountancy and retail industries. His experience with web front-end systems dates back to 1999, but his core focus is on developing bespoke information management systems. His most recent work has been for Watchfinder & Co., a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track Hot 100 ‘Ones to Watch’ company, building the company’s entire IT infrastructure to support rapid growth and maintain a stock roster of well over 2,500 high-value luxury items across multiple locations whilst catering to ¾ of a million website visitors each month.
Special Adviser to the Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise
Joe Mitton is Special Adviser to the Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise. He advises the Mayor and provides strategic direction to civil servants in the Greater London Authority on business policy. Areas of focus include supporting the life sciences sector, developing London as a Smart City, encouraging the tech sector and digital innovation. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Joe was a diplomat working on economic issues, and was a negotiator at the 2009 G20 Summit in London. He has degrees in economics and international relations, and speaks Japanese.