Jamie Clyde

Jamie has set-up over a dozen new ventures in various parts of the world. His specialism is identifying disruptive propositions for corporates, pulling together virtual teams of specialists and managing the process of bringing new businesses to life. With a deep understanding how corporates differ from other types of investor, he is adept at managing complex governance issues to create successful spin outs.

His past experience spans many different industries. He recently launched Hoppy for EDF Energy. He partnered with British Airways and FNB Bank to create the multi-award winning SLOW Lounges and SLOW in the City business club. He was co-founder of Old Mutual’s 22SEVEN, the fintech app, and Chief Customer Officer for Virgin Mobile’s launch into South Africa.

Jamie is a Director of Crest Partners and a Non Exec Director of Hack and Craft.

Sebastian Weidt

Dr Weidt has a degree in Physics with Management Studies, a PhD in quantum information technology and has previously worked as a management consultant in Berlin.

He is currently working on the development of disruptive quantum technologies such as a trapped-ion based quantum computer, a quantum simulation engine and a portable quantum magnetometer and atomic clock at the University of Sussex.

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton is one of the UK’s leading business & IT journalists and magazine editors. He is founder of Strategist magazine, consulting editor and former editor of Computing. He is also the former editor of: Computer Business Review (CBR). He is the author of several books on the creative use of digital media, and has commissioned, edited, and/or contributed to at least 50 more.

Unusually, Chris is one of the few private individuals in the UK to own a real humanoid robot, which he hires out to schools, colleges, and corporate clients. Robotics and AI are now core areas of Chris’ journalism.

Eduardo Torrealba

Eduardo is Director of Engineering at Formlabs and is responsible for building Formlabs’ Selective Laser Sintering ecosystem of devices, software and materials.

Eduardo is a multiple award-winning engineer: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize winner. Eduardo is also a published technical author in the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Sooraj Shah

Sooraj Shah is a journalist, editor and copywriter specialising in B2B technology with strong contacts in the IT and technology industry. He is currently contributing editor for New Statesman Tech and Contributor for Forbes. As a freelance journalist he has written for publications including The Guardian, Computer Weekly, Diginomica, CIO UK, The Register, Computing, Infosecurity Magazine, SC Magazine UK, Mobile Europe, Hot Topics and IT Pro.

Cyrus Bozorgmehr

Cyrus Bozorgmehr heads up communications and narrative design at Arcadia while also consulting on a broad range of unconventional creative projects.

His recent book, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was named a 2017 Book of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

James Scoltock

James Scoltock is a freelance automotive and technology journalist and former editor of the pan-European magazine Automotive Engineer. He has won numerous awards including the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Automotive Technology Journalist of the Year and Design Writer of the Year.

Dean Anthony Gratton

Dr Dean Anthony Gratton is a technology futurist and columnist, and has worked extensively within the wireless and telecommunications R&D industry. His wireless research work has been patented.

follow him on Twitter @grattonboy to enjoy his witty shenanigans and technology-related tweets. You can also read more about his work at

Ralph-Christian Ohr

Ralph-Christian Ohr is an experienced and well-versed corporate innovation and development consultant. Drawing on his extensive lessons learned, Ralph has focused on designing and implementing future-proof innovation management systems for modern companies and environments. In particular, he is a passionate advocate for and top-notch expert on Dual Corporate Innovation Management.

Ralph is a distinguished Top 20 Innovation Blogger at Innovation Excellence, the world’s largest innovation community. His Integrative Innovation blog has recently been awarded as one of the global Top 20 blogs on innovation management.

Mark Kamau

Mark Kamau is a Human Centered Designer with a multidisciplinary design background. He specialises in designing for Africa and emerging Markets. He founded the first open Human Centered Design Lab in Africa, supporting the iHub community of over 16,000 members with a wide array of startups. He also founded the first design week in Africa. Mark currently works as the UX Design Lead at BRCK where he leads the research and UX design of ruggedised tech hardware for Africa. He is also the Interaction Design Association coordinator for Kenya and sits at the advisory board of, Amplify. He believes in the power of Design to transform the world.

Simon Rogerson

Simon Rogerson is lifetime Professor Emeritus in Computer Ethics and former Director at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), De Montfort University. He has an extensive background in the IT industry, as well as being an internationally acclaimed academic. His most important research focuses on providing rigorously grounded practical tools and guidance to computing practitioners.

Jaakko Talvitie

Dr. Talvitie has over 20 years of experience as a leader and expert in digital technology and economy. He has worked in R&D, innovation management and business management. He has been an R&D leader in both industrial and academic organisations, and a business leader as CEO of a SW company.

Dr. Talvitie holds a Dr.Tech. degree from University of Oulu, Finland and an Executive MBA degree from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Since 2010 he has worked with companies in innovation and co-creation of new digital services. Currently he is with DIMECC Ltd, Helsinki, Finland as Innovation Scout.

Mary-Ann Russon

Mary-Ann Russon is Senior Technology Reporter for the International Business Times UK. Her work recently earned her a nomination for Digital Writer of the Year at The Drum Online Media Awards 2016 and she was shortlisted for Technology Journalist of the Year at the UK Tech Awards 2016.

Mary-Ann currently focuses on consumer technology — futuristic technologies like drones, 3D printing and robotics (artificial intelligence/machine learning); IT and mobile security; medical and scientific technology breakthroughs; aerospace and defence; quantum computing.

Phil Ward

Phil Ward’s audio career began in 1982 when he joined UK hi-fi speaker company Mordaunt-Short in a junior design role. After leaving Mordaunt-Short in 1987 for a spell in audio PR, Phil joined Canon as Design Manager for the Japanese multinational’s range of consumer and custom install speakers, and then Naim Audio as speaker design and electronics project manager. Since 2001 Phil has worked as a freelance consultant and writer across both the pro and consumer audio sectors. Phil also plays electric and double bass and has recorded, produced and mixed numerous bands and artists.

Marlene Ronstedt

Marlene Ronstedt is a freelance journalist and artist. Her core interest lies in critically assessing the digital transformation society is currently undergoing, without falling for neither dystopian nor utopian narratives. She holds an MA in Digital Media: Technology and Cultural Form from Goldsmiths University London.

Haydn Shaughnessy

Described regularly as "one of the most refreshing thinkers on innovation" Haydn is one of the pioneers of platform thinking and how business platforms are disrupting the global economy. He help leaders understand the disruptive power of platforms and ecosystems in reshaping markets and enterprises.

His first book The Elastic Enterprise - one reviewer called it "a must read for companies facing digital transformation". His second book, Shift, is a leader's guide to the platform economy.

He was formerly Chief Editor of Innovation management. He has written for the Wall St Journal,, Harvard Business Review, Irish Times, Times, GigaOM, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Peter Vander Auwera

Peter Vander Auwera is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker.

He is Founder of Petervan Productions where he architects, creates and produces unique strategic encounters. Former Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Peter is also advisor and investor in Volta Ventures, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups.

Peter is a frequent speaker, including TEDxNewWallStreet and TEDxChange. Throughout his career, he has won several innovation- and going-beyond awards.

Katz Kiely

Katz Kiely is the Founder and CEO of Kiely & Co. She is an award-winning leader who specialises in open-innovation, participatory cultures and digital communications.

Katz has spent over 20 years, as a serial entrepreneur and Internet pioneer. She has developed an effective toolkit that has supported organisations spanning sectors and continents through successful transformation. Her trademark people-centred approach drives innovation while harnessing the creativity of internal and external stakeholders. The toolkit includes open-innovation, multi disciplinary design and digital-enabled behaviour change communications framework.

Michael Deane

Michael Deane has been working in marketing for just shy of a decade, and has had the privilege to work on some extremely thrilling projects. His latest passion is content marketing, so you can often find him typing away at the railway station. He believes that coffee and golf are all the inspiration a marketer needs, no matter how stereotypical that may sound. When not in the office, he writes for his own small business blog, Qeedle.

Alan Moore

Alan Moore is a business innovator. He changes the way people understand and think about the world, and how their businesses can succeed in a world of constant change. Alan helps companies craft innovative, high performance businesses that are ethical, sustainable and restorative that will yield high commercial returns. Building beautiful businesses is his life’s mission.

He has worked with many leading businesses across six continents, in the form of advising, board positions, teaching, workshops and invitational speaking. These include, Google, Microsoft, KPN, H&M, The Coca Cola Company, MacLaren Automotive, Accel, and Institutional Pension Funds.

Celine Schillinger

Portrayed in Forbes as “driving some of the most award-winning and buzz-worthy employee initiatives at Sanofi Pasteur”, Celine Schillinger directs Innovation and Engagement for Global Quality at Sanofi Pasteur. A leader in collaborative projects for business and organisational transformation, Celine has earned many awards for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharma world.

Charlotte Jee

Charlotte Jee is editor of Techworld. She previously covered tech in government, politics and the public sector for Techworld, CIO UK and Computerworld UK, and before that was assistant editor of Government Computing magazine. She has contributed to the New Statesman, Private Eye and Radio Four.

James King

James King is a passionate and driven leader who has spearheaded innovation, in a career spanning 20 years, within banking and asset management. James is as a specialist in trading operations, product and technology.

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is the author of THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. He is currently writing his next book, OPEN TO THINK, set to publish in 2018. Dan is also Chief Envisioner of TELUS.

Fin Goulding

Fin Goulding is currently the CIO at Aviva Ireland with a remit to drive their digital agenda by introducing the next generation of Agile methods, based on his own tried and trusted Flow Principles, and to disrupt the insurance business by collaborating with FinTech/InsurTech startups.

Prior to Aviva, Fin was Group CIO for Europe at Paddy Power where he pioneered DevOps, KanBan, Continuous Delivery and an early variant of Flow. He previously held the position of CIO at Sabre Holding’ where he was the CIO of Travelocity Europe and CTO of

Jane McConnell

Jane McConnell, dual US and French citizen, is based in Provence, France. She has advised organisations in Europe and North America on their internal digital strategies for 18 years. She has conducted more than 120 intranet and digital workplace projects for over 60 global organisations.

Arne Van Oosteram

Arne Van Oosterom is a senior partner and founder of the global agency Design Thinker’s Group and its partner initiative Design Thinker’s Academy. He has taught widely on the subject of design as well as consulting to a wide spectrum of organisations.

Anna Haupt

Anna Haupt is an industrial designer best known for co-inventing the Hövding airbag for cyclists. The airbag is a scarf-like collar as well as a functional safety device and is marketed as a fashion accessory. With partner Terese Altstrin Anna also raised VC finance and grew a company around the device and developed branding strategy. She is now leading user-oriented design at autonomous car maker Nevs.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin is the co-author of the recently published The Neo-Generalist (LID, 2016), which explores the value of multidisciplinarity. His other publications include Mean Streets and Raging Bulls (Scarecrow Press, 1997) about the evolution of film noir in the context of industrial, social and cultural change. Richard offers an editorial and advisory service, mentoring other authors through their writing projects. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter as @IndaloGenesis. Richard lives in Whitstable.

Andy Singleton

Andy Singleton is launching to bring Web services to finance. He was the founder of PowerSteering Software (enterprise project management), Creation Mechanics (machine learning), Assembla (SaaS development tools). He was employee #2 at SNL Financial and has built many financial information products. He is a specialist in continuous delivery, continuous agile, and microservices and consults on software development issues.

Anthony Meadows

Anthony is an experienced and versatile leader with a demonstrable record of delivering significant organisational change & value. His broad background spans client management, IT Operations and running a successful business.

Anthony’s recent focus has been the delivery of digital transformation and building the capability an organisation needs to exploit the incredible value of these new technologies including, mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things.

Scott Davis

Scott Davis is EVP at The Value Engineers (New York), helping shepherd digital evolution within companies from a brand and marketing strategy perspective. He has 17 years' experience at Nickelodeon, Disney Parks, Deutsch Inc., and Digitas, and possibly read too many Science Fiction books in his youth.

Daniela Marzavan

Daniela Marzavan is lecturer for "Design Thinking and Human Values" at the HTW Berlin and guest lecturer at the ELISAVA Barcelona. She currently researches at the Bauhaus-University Weimar the phenomena of Design Thinking within organizations. As a DT practitioner and former entrepreneur and community shaper she advises NGOs and companies.

Michael Weber

Michael Weber is entrepreneur, consultant and photographer. After a careern the consulting and creative industries, he co-founded the Future Flux Innovation Lab in 2014. Focus of his work is to create sustainable and
human-centered solutions for a better future of our society.

Michael Whitehead

Michael has 25+ years in fashion and 7 in tech - digital education, productivity and games (the similarities between the two industries is remarkable) and has held senior management roles in both SME's and global brands.

Michael has a proven track record in product design, brand creation, development, marketing and sourcing. Tech; international project management, UX design and marketing.

Matthew Mezey

Matthew is a Social Media expert with a focus on digital outreach and engagement. He also focuses - as both a practitioner and a researcher - on the changes in organisational culture, structure and leadership that can create the most effective social media-enabled organisations. He is co-founder of the cutting-edge newsletter/website 'Enlivening Edge - news from Next Stage organisations'​ and co-author of 'AntiHero - the hidden revolution in leadership & change' (RSA/Clore).

Luba Elliott

Luba Elliott is curious about the applications of machine intelligence in the creative industries and beyond and is currently working on:
- Art x AI conference & exhibition
- Machine learning companies research
- Art, Technology and Entrepreneurship events

Luba founded Culturate ( to explore and encourage the adoption of new technologies and business models in the arts industry. Culturate supports the emerging art x tech community through events, hackathons and online resources.

Josie Thaddeus-Johns

Josie Thaddeus-Johns is a freelance journalist and editor based in Berlin. She writes, edits and proofreads, and is comfortable with the more technical aspects of working online as well as the creative side of things.

Josie started a blog about Berlin ( that went viral and was featured in the Berliner Morgenpost, Die Welt Kompakt and Der Tagesspiegel as well as a lot of websites. It was nominated for a LEAD award in July 2013.

Kalie Moore

Kalie Moore helps European startups expand internationally. Kalie writes about different startup ecosystems at

Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson is a freelance writer and horticulturist living in Sussex with 15 years experience as a manager in the green infrastructure and eco-building fields.

Iain Goldfinch

Iain Goldfinch is Senior Project Manager at DigitasLBi Commerce

Annamaria Olsson

Annamaria Olsson is a Swedish freelance journalist and producer living in Berlin since 2008.

Cat Symonds

Cat Symonds is a freelance writer and translator based in sunny Barcelona. Founder of The Content CAT, she provides copywriting and translation services (Spanish, French and Catalan to English), with particular focus on corporate blogs and websites, articles of interest and ghost writing.

Harry McCarney

Harry is the founder and Managing Director of Hack and Craft. Hack and Craft has built a wide range of innovative products for startups and aspirational fortune 500s. Through Lean startup methodology and Hyper-Agile software development Hack and Craft has driven iterative change and innovation in companies such as Axel Springer, Azko Nobel, Red Bull and Schneider Electric.

Harry has degrees in Philosophy and Artificial intelligence and has mentored at Google for Entrepreneurs and the Microsoft Tech accelerator.

Hayley Tanner

Hayley Tanner is Operations Manager at Hack & Craft and Editor for Hack & Craft News, the leading resource for corporate innovators.

Hack and Craft has built a wide range of innovative products for startups and aspirational fortune 500s. Through Lean startup methodology and Hyper-Agile software development, Hack & Craft has driven iterative change and innovation in companies such as EDF, RS Components, Red Bull, Axel Springer, Azko Nobel and Schneider Electric.