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David Terrar

Director and Chair, Cloud Industry Forum

David is a well-known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software.  He is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant.  He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme.  David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive. Live.

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Lauren Walker

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Data Officer EMEA, Dentsu Aegis Network

Lauren has vast experience clocking up over 16 years in the data industry.  Her professional lifetime in data started with political & policy survey research, which led her to the Clinton/Gore White House.  She moved on to ChoicePoint, (a spin-off of Equifax, later acquired by Reed Elsevier LexisNexis) and to ten formative years at IBM, across Information Management, Hadoop, Analytics, Digital, Watson and the Weather Company, to her most recent experience with Dentsu Aegis Network in the marketing and advertising arena.

Lauren was promoted in 2019 to be Dentsu Aegis Network’s Chief Operating Officer in the recognition of the criticality of data to enable our business transformation. She is thrilled to see every shape and size of the organization believing in her personal mantra that “Data is Transformational.”  In this role, she is not only the COO for the EMEA region but also the Chief Data Officer.

Lauren is also a great contributor outside the organisation, always willing to share her passion for data and have more people falling in love with data. She is a 5-time Data IQ top 100 UK and part of the Media Trust volunteering scheme. In her local community, she helps educate parents on the matter of data privacy and data usage, so they can be more aware and informed to make decisions on how they share their data and that of their kids.

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Gordon Pretorius

VP Engineering, Moonpig

coming soon

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Dr Louise Bennett

Co-Chair Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group; Director Digital Policy Alliance

Dr Louise Bennett has worked in Data Analytics for fifty years. The first half of her career was as a scientist in overseas aid and defence and the second half as an IT and R&D Director in science-based companies (Thorn EMI, Logica, AEA Technology, Vivas).

She currently does a portfolio of jobs including major project reviews, government advisory work and as a charity trustee. She is a Director of the Digital Policy Alliance, Co-Chair of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group to the Cabinet Office and DCMS, a member of the Management Board of IAAC (Information Assurance Advisory Council).

She also chaired the BCS Security Community for 14 years until 2018. Her work focuses on: Internet safety, education and trust; strategic and corporate governance; the exploitation of new technology and risk management.

Her latest work includes identity assurance and payments on the internet, trust in online identities, developing resilient organisations, from environmental, security and privacy perspectives.

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Dr George Zarkadakis

Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson

George Zarkadakis is Willis Towers Watson’s Digital Lead and GB Leader for the Future of Work, working with Fortune 500 companies in addressing the impact of AI in the workplace. He has over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, media, marketing, and communications, as well as in digital strategy and innovation.

He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is the author of “In Our Own Image: will Artificial Intelligence Save Us or Destroy Us?” (Rider Books). He blogs regularly on Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. His new book on AI and its impact on liberal democracy and free markets will be published by MIT Press in autumn 2020.

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Huma Lodhi

Data Scientist, BP

With over 15 years’ experience and wide-ranging expertise in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Huma joined BP in 2019 to focus on how their applications can help transform its services. She previously held the position of Principal / Senior Data Scientist with Direct Line Group, LV= and Cognizant.

Huma’s work is focused on building machine learning-based products and delivering advanced analytics value. She is fascinated by the role that Artificial Intelligence can play in the transformation of industries ranging from insurance to oil and gas.

Huma has a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of London.

She regularly speaks at industry events to introduce the best AI practices.

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Timothy Carbone

Data Engineer, Unsplash

Timothy has been engineering data in Montreal startups for more than 6 years. He’s now the sole member of the data team at Unsplash where he built the whole data architecture from scratch, handling data generated by the hundreds of millions of people impacted by the service.

His main challenge is always to simplify the access to data for new product features and for the rest of the team. He holds an M.Sc in Computer Science and an M.Sc in Management from Aix-Marseille University in France, where he grew up. When he’s not tuning the Unsplash architecture, he’s probably on a sports court.

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Peter Revill

Data Scientist, formerly Comparethemarket.com

As a data scientist for Compare the Market, Peter works on advanced analytics and machine learning by utilising rich customer website behaviour for one of the nation’s favourite brands.

Beginning his career at a major UK retailer, he was the lead in data modelling and worked on strategy for international markets. In between, Peter worked in the travel sector introducing a small business to the benefits of data science with very good results.

Throughout his career, he has worked to create and build processes with all major aspects of data science (machine learning, natural language processing, econometrics) and help build, embed and explain these to senior colleagues.

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Mike Ellis

Head of Finworks, Finworks

Mike heads up the Big Data & Workflow division at Finworks and sees increasing value in the ability to visualise the huge amounts of data that businesses are gathering and processing, whilst ensuring consistency and auditability.

Mike brings many years’ experience of managing high-volume transaction processing systems. Having previously worked as CTO/CIO at several major organisations and with over a decade as a freelance consultant, Mike possesses a wide-ranging expertise in Software Development, IT strategy, Architecture and Data engineering.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems and is currently studying for a Master’s in Computer Science.

 

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Callum Green

Business Insights and Solutions Architect, Star Outico

Callum is a Business Insights and Solutions Architect at Star Outico, specialising in Microsoft technologies. He is passionate about improving presentation layer architecture and finding new ways to exploit traditional data warehouse structures. Having worked on many data projects over a 12-year period, Callum has overseen the transition from on-premises to cloud and the rapid change in data structures and volume.

Callum has written a number of blogs on subjects like Power BI, Power Query and the M programming language.  He also presents and attends community events, such as SQL Saturday’s, Power BI User Groups and Future Decoded.  He has worked across a number of industries over the past decade but has recently returned to where it all began: Pharma.

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Mat Taylor

Big Data and Workflow Specialist, Finworks

Mat is a highly commercial leader with a wealth of experience in the healthcare, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

A demonstrable track record of delivering results, driving innovation and change within B2B & B2C markets.

Mat is a skilled in Business Development and has worked with start ups, large corporates and private equity backed organisations including Finworks, DOCC NHS, Interserve, Actegy Health and Dr Foster Intelligence.

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Sudesh Jog

Head of Analytics, Apetito

Sudesh works with the Apetito board on data insight led strategic programmes across the value chain to drive business growth in one of the fastest growing retail markets in the UK.

Previously, Sudesh led data analytics at BT and CRM transformation at Kindred (Unibet) group, driving business transformation by embedding data insight at the heart of marketing, commercial and customer service.

Sudesh is passionate about ‘bridging’ data capabilities and commercial objectives to find opportunities to create business and customer value.

 

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Heinrich Momberg

VP-Data Engineering, ABSA Group

Heinrich leads a team of data engineers at ABSA Group, a South African Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked as a software developer, solutions architect and data engineer. He is currently responsible for the Big Data, Analytics and the Virtualization Platforms and the build out of the data strategy at ABSA.

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Kevin McKerr

Sales Leader for BITanium Consulting

coming soon

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Alexis Fournier

Director of AI Strategy, Dataiku

Alexis Fournier is a Director of AI strategy at Dataiku. He began his career as a data scientist in the telecommunications industry before joining an international organisation, where he applied this expertise to economic research. Following this international experience, Alexis worked at SAP to support many customers in their innovation journey around data science. Today, alongside Dataiku\’s customer teams teams, Alexis supports organisations on the understanding of the value of AI in the enterprise and its processes, as well as on the different path to Enterprise AI.

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Adam Mayer

Senior Manager, Technical Product Marketing, Qlik

Adam Mayer Senior Manager, Technical Product Marketing Adam is in The Global Product Marketing team at Qlik, covering the entire Qlik product portfolio. He is responsible delivering the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) and GDPR go-to-market strategy.

With a strong technical background in computing, underpinned by an incisive engineering perspective, Adam is an avid follower of new technology and holds a deep fascination of all things IoT, particularly on the data analytics side and finding new ways to make it as translatable, visual and understandable to as many people as possible.

Adam is passionate about the space and believes that IoT data needs to be approached with an open mind, rather than looking for an answer. It needs to be interacted with for hidden insights and gems that organisations might not have thought about looking for. He has over 20 years of B2B customer facing experience within the IT and automotive sectors, having previously held positions at Canon, Sony, Tevo, Fujitsu and Toshiba.

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Jason Hammons

EMEA & LATAM Director, Strategic Products, Pure Storage

Jason leads a team of Data Architects who modernise solutions for customers using tools & applications such as: Kubernetes, Ansible, Spark, Kafka, ElasticSearch, Vertica, MongoDB, Tensorflow, Splunk, Logstash, fluentd, and parquet. We also architect fast data recovery solutions and support the industry\’s fastest restore times for databases such as MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, and SAP – all with native ransomware protection. Our mission is to innovate solutions using Pure\’s hyper growth, strategic products that are modernising data platforms by reducing cost, improving time to value by 10x, redefining simplicity, and helping customers share data with greater efficiency.

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Joe Goldberg

Evangelist, BMC Software Inc

Joe is an IT professional with several decades of experience in the design, development, implementation, sales and marketing of enterprise solutions to Global 2000 organizations. Joe has been active in helping BMC products leverage new technology to deliver market-leading solutions with a focus on Workflow Orchestration in Big Data, containerized and cloud environments.

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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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Dr Richard Benjamins

Data & AI Ambassador, Telefonica

Dr Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica.

He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018).

He is also co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA).

He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and before that worked for 10 years at Telefonica on Big a and Analytics.

He is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department, a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events.

He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 100 scientific articles, and is author of the (Spanish) book “The myth of the algorithm: tales and truths of artificial intelligence”.

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Łukasz Dylewski

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Manager, Lingaro

Łukasz Dylewski is a result driven technical manager in the area of Machine Learning and Data Science. Fluent translator between Business and Quantitative language, who gathered experience from large technology leaders like IBM, SAS Institute, innovation startups and “Big 4” consulting companies. Łukasz has successfully delivered value from AI projects for Finance, Retail, and CPG industries. Among others, his key areas cover AI Powered Demand Forecasting, Recommendation Engines, and Social Listening.

 

 

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Marcin Walków

Azure and Big Data Manager, Lingaro

Marcin Walków is a technology enthusiast, currently leading a cross-cultural team of experienced Big Data and Azure consultants. Marcin is passionate about identifying solutions and building capabilities that enable companies to gain value from data, while maximizing the use of targeted components and processes.

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Richard Bownes

Data Scientist, BBC

Richard completed his PhD in Bioinformatics in 2019 and transitioned out of academia and into data science as part of the BBC Datalab. He currently works as part of a squad aiming to create voice recommendations for BBC products.

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Neil Sheppard 

Head of Engineering, Moonpig

Neil is a Head of Engineering who has worked in ecommerce and retail technology for 15 years, building on a variety of tech platforms from mainframes to mobiles for some of the UK’s best loved brands. He’s currently knee deep in data, enabling his fellow Moonpiggers to make data driven decisions quickly using their new data platform powered by Snowflake, Fivetran and dbt.

Previous Speakers

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Justyna Owczarek

Head of Data - Delivery, The Telegraph

Justyna leads Data Organisation at The Telegraph. She runs all aspects of data management across TMG, from engineering to insights. She drives outcomes to ensure the company achieves and exceeds its goals.

Working with small, highly focussed teams Justyna fosters true collaboration, creating a sense of ownership, and working in partnership with all areas of the organisation. Justyna joined the Telegraph in 2017 from MEC (Wavemaker) where she led the rollout of Ad analytics tools across EMEA and managed product development teams.

Wellbeing is fundamental to Justyna and, in her spare time, she loves kitesurfing, diving, playing squash and unwinding by cooking for friends and family.

 

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Julian Schwarzenbach

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 several 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 leading the 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.

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Mark Birkin

Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy and Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)

University of Leeds

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Sophie Talbot

Director of Project & Data, Groupe Casino

Sophie Talbot is Director of Project & Data at the Purchasing centre of Groupe Casino, based in France. Her goal is to find ways to leverage data and help to boost 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.

Sophie’s LinkedIn Profile 

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Noel-Ann Bradshaw

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.

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Ifty Bukhari

Head Of Development & Architecture (Digital Assets) ,Corporate & Institutional Digital

HSBC

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Bas Geerdink

Technology Lead, ING

Bas is a programmer, scientist, and IT manager. At ING, he works as Technology Lead in the global innovation centre. 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.

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Flavio Pereira

Senior Analyst, Customer Analytics Marketing

Debenhams

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Martin Squires

Director Data, Insight & Analytics, HomeServe

Selected for the last 4 years as a member of Data IQs Big Data 100, described as “the definitive list of industry leaders with the furthest-reaching influence, greatest responsibility, meaningful experience and groundbreaking knowledge in data and analytics, from customer insight through to big data”, I am a highly experienced customer & marketing analytics professional, with 25 years of experience helping blue-chip organisations drive value from building a deeper understanding of their customers.

I specialise in developing organisations customer insight & analysis capabilities. In particular, I bring expertise in:

– Evolving business requirements for analytical solutions, working hand in hand with IT teams to deploy the right technical infrastructure and tools
– Recruiting and developing world-class analytical teams
– Developing the business processes to use analysis & insight to drive increased customer focus and return on investment.

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Amy Balmain

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.

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David Terrar

David Terrar, Director and Deputy Chair, Cloud Industry Forum

David is a well-known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software.  He is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant.  He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme.  David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive. Live.