Digital Summit Schedule

SVC2UK speakers are some of the most commercially savvy tech leaders and investors in the world, adept at building and scaling businesses, balancing profit and purpose to deliver global impact. Feel free to come back regularly as we announce more amazing speakers from our lineup.

UK TOGETHER – mONDAY 9 November

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15:00 - 16:10 GMT

UK Together: Leveraging Networks and Partnerships in a Changing Landscape

Fireside Chat

Maria Scott (CEO – TANIA Technology), Gerard Grech (CEO – Tech Nation)

Panel

Julie Grieve (Founder / CEO – Criton), Khiloni Westphely (COO – Infogrid), Ranzie Anthony (Founding Partner / Chief Creative Officer – Athlon), Philip Salter (Founder – The Entrepreneurs Network)

This session bridges together some of the UK’s top business support programmes and experiences founders to help break down any ecosystem barriers as we hear from founders and support programmes from across the UK.
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16:25 - 17:10 GMT

Collaborating to Scale and Succeed

Fireside Chat

Oli Barret (Co-Founder – Turn On The Subtitles), Alveena Malik (Co-Founder – One Million Mentors) / Gareth Williams (Chair / Co-Founder – SkyScanner), Emily Forbes (Founder – Seenit)

This session will be answering the questions: What has been the largest barrier to successful cross-national or cross-city ecosystem collaboration in the past? Why do you think there is an underlying notion of competition between ecosystems? Do you personally see the benefit in collaborating with the larger UK-ecosystem or do you feel content as an independent network
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17:25 - 18:00 GMT

Bridging the Pond: Building Partnerships to Achieve Global Growth

Keynote

Priya Guha (Venture Partner – Merian Ventures), Julia Hartz (Co-Founder / CEO – Eventbrite)

This session will focus on how founders can best access programmes and support when scaling, utilise existing networks and leverage partnerships and collaboration as they scale their businesses in the UK and internationally.

Good growth summit – Tuesday 10 November

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15:00 – 15:45 GMT

London: A ‘Good Growth’ Recovery

Fireside Chat

Mayor Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Natalie Campbell (CEO – Belu Water)

To open our Good Growth Summit, our speakers will have an honest discussion about the power of ‘Good Growth’ and how we can be building that thought process into London.
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15:55 – 16:40 GMT

Levelling the Playing Field: Diversifying the Global Investment Ecosystem

Panel

Check Warner (Partner – Ada Ventures), Erika Brodnock (Co-Founder – Extend Ventures), Tamara Rajah MBE (Founder / CEO – Live Better With), Alexsis de Raadt St James (Managing Partner – Merian Ventures)

This session will have an honest discussion about the lack of diversity in the investment ecosystem and how as investors, they seek to be advocates for a need for a most sustainable, accessible and inclusive approach to investing.
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16:50 – 17:30 GMT

Finding Your Path: The Power of Resilience and Diversity in Leadership

Fireside Chat

Raj Seshadri (President, Data and Services – Mastercard), Alex Scott (TV Broadcaster / Footballer – BBC & Sky / Arsenal)

Sharing both learnings form football and the corporate world, Alex and Raj will have an honest discussion about how resilience and versatility are some of the key ingredients to be a strong leader.

wednesday 11 November

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14:30 – 15:15 GMT

Frontpage Trailblazers

Panel

Yessi Perez (Senior Writer – The Next Web), James Hurley (Enterprise Editor – The Times), Andrii Degeler (Journalist – Tech.eu)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! What will be the next big innovations in tech? Who are the businesses making the most waves? And what does the press have to say about it? In this media panel, technology and business journalists from influential publications will discuss what they think will be the next big tech innovations and who are the trailblazers who will make the front page.
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17:35 – 18:30 GMT

What Attracts Investors and Companies from China and Japan to Cambridge and the UK?

Panel

Tony Raven (Chief Executive – Cambridge Enterprise), Maximilian Ge (Principal – Oxbridge Angels), Maya Pindeus (Co-Founder / CEO – Humanising Autonomy), Naoki Kamimaeda (Partner and Europe Office Representative – Global Brain),  Ting Zhang (Founder / CEO – Crayfish.io)

This session will explore the growing interest and engagement of investors and companies between Cambridge, the UK and Asia. The panel will discuss their experiences setting up business relationships, especially with China and Japan, and provide their reasoning and insights towards a successful Asia expansion strategy.

BEYOND HORIZONS – THURSDAY 12 November

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9:00 - 09:50 GMT

A New Perspective: Learning from the Stories of Global Founders

Panel

Natalie Black CBE (HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific – Department for International Trade), David Rosa (Co-Founder / CEO – Neat), Neha Mehta (Founder – FemTech Partners), Annablle Kwok (Founder / CEO – NeuralBay)

Each leader on the panel will share their unique insight on their home market, but also what perspective they took with them as they scaled their businesses and became trail blazers.
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10:00 - 10:35 GMT

Forecasting What’s Next: Learning from China’s Tech Trends

Fireside Chat

Dr. Gang Lu (Founder / CEO – Technode), David Lloyd (General Manager of UK, Netherlands and Nordics – Alibaba Group)

This session will discuss some of the top tech trends that are arising in China and take a look at how Alibaba is using consumer data is helping to forecast new trends to understand what an economic recovery may look like.
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11:00 - 11:50 GMT

Driving a More Sustainable Future in the Global Fashion Industry

Fireside Chat

Ganesh Subramanian (Founder / CEO – Stylumia), Divya Bajaj (Vice President – London & Partners)

In this session we will hear from Ganesh Subramanian, Founder & CEO of fashiontech company Stylumia on the key trends and opportunities in the Indian retail and tech market.

Reinventing THE NOW  – THURSDAY 12 November

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16:30 - 17:00 GMT

Creativity to Fuel the Future of Tech

Fireside Chat

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE (President – techUK), Richard Waterworth (General Manager of UK & EU – TikTok)

This session will focus on the interplay between technology and creativity and how it will shape our future. During this session, interviewed by Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK, we will hear from Richard Waterworth, General Manager for the UK & EU at TikTok, on the future of social media and content creation.
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17:05 - 17:50 GMT

The Trailblazers: Meet the Leaders Changing the Future of Tech

Panel

Mike Butcher MBE (Editor at Large – TechCrunch), Michele Romanow (Co-Founder / President – Clearbanc), Marcelo Cortes (Co-Founder / CTO – Faire), Obi Felten (Head of Getting Moonshots Ready – X)

We will hear from the leading tech disrupters who are paving the way for the new future in tech. From CreaTech to FinTech, these leaders are not only rattling the foundations of the sectors they are in, but proving that you can continue to shake things up amidst global uncertainty.
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18:00 - 18:50 GMT

The New Consumer: The Next Phase of Digital Consumer Behaviour

Panel

Russ Shaw (Founder – Tech London Advocates), Husayn Kassai (Co-Founder – Onfido), Nicole Quinn (Partner – Lightspeed Ventures)

As we look ahead at the future we must ask ourselves, what does the new consumer look like and how will their behaviours as digital, conscious and connected consumers affect the tech ecosystem?
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19:00 - 19:45 GMT

Hindsight is 2020: The Power of Creating a Future for All

Keynote

Sherry Coutu CBE (Chair / Co-Founder – SVC2UK), Reid Hoffman (Co-Founder / Partner – LinkedIn / Greylock)

As we look beyond 2020, this final session will wrap up SVC2UK 2020 Digital Summit focusing on the power of collaboration in creating a new and better future for all.

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