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2019 MIT-Imperial Innovation Journeys Conference in London

September 25, 2019
 
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Tom Andrews
Founder and CEO, Rightly
Tom is the founder and CEO of Rightly, which he started in 2017 with the aim of making control of personal data accessible and beneficial to all. He has 8 years’ experience of working with data across a range of industries, having helped many companies, charities and public sector organisations get more from their data and more recently, navigate their compliance obligations in a changing regulatory climate.
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Ajay Bhalla
President, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard
Panel with Q&A
Day 1, 15:10
Ajay Bhalla is president of cyber and intelligence at Mastercard and serves on the company’s global management committee. He leads the team that develops product solutions that enhance safety, security and experience for consumers, merchants, partners and governments around the world. He oversees Mastercard’s business in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, Connected Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Digital Identity.

Ajay was previously president of Mastercard’s digital payment services business. He led the development and growth of the business in e-commerce and payments processing, establishing Mastercard as a pioneer and leader in many markets in the space. Prior to this, Ajay was president of South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Ajay is a CEME (Council on Emerging Market Enterprises) Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University , a Connection Science Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a supporter of the IBP through Imperial College London.
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Georgina Campbell Flatter
Director of Business Development, Emerging Markets at Climacell.co
Georgina is Director of Business Development for the global tech startup, Climacell.co. She is focused on bringing critical weather data to low-income populations and those most vulnerable to climate change. Prior to Climacell, Georgina spent a decade immersed in MIT’s rich innovation ecosystem. She was a Senior Lecturer with the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Strategic Management Group at MIT Sloan. Through this role, she developed several new academic courses and co-wrote cases on game-changing leaders and ventures. She also served the community as Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and, prior to that, Director of MIT’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program. She began her journey at MIT making gecko-inspired surgical adhesives at the MIT Langer Lab and hydrogen-generating nanoparticles at an MIT cleantech spinout. Some of her thoughts on entrepreneurship are captured in pieces recently published in the FT, Entrepreneur.com, and Forbes. She read Material Science at Trinity College Oxford and Technology and Policy at MIT.
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Letizia Gionfrida
Founder and CEO, Arthronica
Letizia Gionfrida is Founder and CEO of Arthronica. Arthronica is an artificial intelligence-powered clinical diagnosis platform (Class IIa) that uses laptop/smartphone camera to early diagnose arthritis and track effectiveness of medication. The system allows video consultation and automated assessment of patients progress, indicating adherence of therapeutic and providing suggestions on personalized medicine.
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Simon Hepworth
Director, Enterprise
Imperial College London
Wrap Up
Day 1, 15:40
Simon joined Imperial in 2009 with 14 years' corporate experience in the automotive and electronic sectors, having worked for Ford Motor and Visteon. Simon holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
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Rachel Higham
Managing Director of IT & MD of Asia for BT Technology
BT TechWomen Executive Sponsor
Panel with Q&A
Day 1, 11:50
Rachel started her career as a chartered accountant before moving into IT consultancy. She spent the next 20 years in various IT programme delivery, strategy & architecture and leadership roles with ABN Amro, M&S Money, HSBC, ACE Group (now Chubb) and Vodafone. She has spent much of her working life overseas in NA, LATAM, ASPAC and Europe.

Rachel joined BT in December 2015. As Managing Director for IT she leads BT’s global IT organisation and is responsible for the design, build, run and transformation of the platforms that support all BT’s consumer and enterprise customer journeys and provide insight.
Rachel leads BT’s TechWomen programme helping our women reach their potential and was recently awarded the Mentor of the Year Award at the Women of Future Awards and named one of the top 30 global champions of women in business by the Financial Times for her work in this important area.

Rachel believes in the power of art to transform society and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of FACT, a charity dedicated to using arts and technology to solve social issues and a Trustee of the Creative Folkestone, a charity dedicated to regenerating Folkestone through creative activity.
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Mark Kennedy
Associate Professor, Business School
Imperial College London
Panel with Q&A
Day 1, 11:50
Dr. Kennedy's research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries and the more basic building blocks of organising—categories, identities, forms, strategies, practices, reputation criteria and so on. Within this broad topic, he pays particular attention to meaning construction processes, often by using text-mining techniques to extract and analyze patterns of association among actors, ideas and objects as they appear in conventional and new social media. His publications have appeared in American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Managment Studies, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Dr. Kennedy was educated at Northwestern University and Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. (Joint Program in Management and Organizations and Sociology) and MBA degrees from Northwestern and its Kellogg School of Management and his A.B. in Philosophy (Program in Formal Systems) from Stanford. Before coming to Imperial, Dr. Kennedy was at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Dr. Kennedy also has substantial work experience in consulting and high technology. Before becoming an academic, he was a Principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and, before that, a software engineer and product manager for a Santa Clara, CA-based startup. As a consultant, Professor Kennedy has served clients in technology, healthcare and entertainment on difficult issues at the intersection of strategy, leadership, and organisational change.
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Karl Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Wrap Up
Day 1, 15:40
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster also served as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Blade Kotelly
Senior Lecturer
MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
Panel with Q&A
Day 1, 11:50
Blade is an innovation and user-experience expert, Sr. Lecturer at MIT on Design-Thinking and Innovation, and provides consulting service in Design-Thinking (www.bladekotelly.com), Blade’s consulting services helps top brands to innovate radically on their product and services, and teaches corporate teams how to create solutions that customers love.

Prior to that, Blade led the Advanced Concept Lab at Sonos where he defined the future experience that will fill your home with music. Prior to joining Sonos, Blade was the VP Design & Consumer Experience at Jibo, Inc. where he was in charge of the industrial-design, human-factors, user-interface, brand, packaging, web experience supporting Jibo, the world’s first social robot for the home. Blade has also designed a variety of technologies including ones at Rapid7, an enterprise security-software company, StorytellingMachines, a software firm enabling anyone to make high-impact movies, Endeca Technologies, a search and information access software technology company, Edify and SpeechWorks, companies that provided speech-recognition solutions to the Fortune 1000.

Blade wrote the book on speech-recognition interface design (Addison Wesley, 2003), The Art and Business of Speech Recognition: Creating the Noble Voice and his work and thoughts have been featured in publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on media including TechTV, NPR, and the BBC.

Since 2003, Blade has taught courses on design-thinking. He's a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and Harvard University, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Human-Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Engineering and Management from MIT.
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Witold Kowalczyk
Director European Business Development
Zapata Computing
Witold Kowalczyk is the Director of European Business Development for Zapata Computing where he’s responsible for implementing and managing the sales & partner activities across Europe.

He’s a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni. Founder & CEO of multiple startups within the AI and quantum tech industry. Founded BOHR Technology, a company working on quantum machine learning algorithms and software for solving complex optimization problems. At BOHR he was in charge of the startup’s growth strategy, product management and international business development.
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Annika Monari
Co-Founder & Director, Aventus
Annika Monari is a Co-Founder of Aventus, a digital assets-focused blockchain-based protocol that transforms oversight, standardisation, trust and innovation across enterprises’ supply chains by acting as a secure and independent backbone of interoperability, communication and value exchange. Before developing an interest in blockchain and cryptography Annika was involved with experimental particle physics, investigating Higgs Boson Particle decays to dark matter using machine learning in partnership with CERN and gaining experience at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, before completing a Master’s Degree in Physics at Imperial College London. Having co-founded Aventus in 2016, Annika and Co-Founder Alan Vey launched the alpha version of Aventus on the Ethereum test network, established the Aventus Protocol Foundation to develop and market the open-source Aventus protocol, and led the most successful public ticketing Token Generation Event (TGE) which attracted over 1,300 participants and generated over $15m at the time. The Aventus Protocol was made available on the Ethereum network in April 2018.

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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business;
Visiting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship;
Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Day 1, 11:50
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Day 1, 15:10
Michael Schrage is a fellow with MIT Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy and the author of ’The Innovator’s Hypothesis’ [MIT Press 2014], ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2012], and ‘Serious Play’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2000], among others. His research, writing, and advisory work focuses on the ‘behavioral economics’ of models, prototypes, and experiments as collaborative media for managing ‘innovation risk’ and opportunity. His current research explores the interplay of ’network effects’ with innovation and human capital. Schrage’s pioneering work in ‘selvesware’ technologies was designed to augment aspects, attributes, and talents of productive individuals. Current research building on that theme, in collaboration with Google and the Sloan Management Review, addresses the ‘future of KPIs’ and digital dashboards. His particular interest is the future of ‘agency’ in algorithmically-rich networked environments.

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Chris Toumazou
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
Panel with Q&A
Day 1, 15:10
Chris is London’s and Imperials first Regius Professor of Engineering and Founder of Imperial’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering. At 33, he was the youngest ever professor to be appointed at the College.He is also co-founder and chairman of DNA Electronics and DnaNudge and a multi-award-winning inventor whose innovations have included implantable cochlear chips for born deaf children and an artificial pancreas for diabetics.

A serial entrepreneur, his co-invention of semiconductor DNA detection revolutionised genetic testing. In recognition, for this and other inventions he received the prestigious 2014 European Inventor Award and the Royal Society Gabor Medal as well as the Faraday Medal. He has numerous IEEE awards and Medals and more recently awarded the IEEE Medal for Biomedical Engineering.

Chris is a Trustee at the Royal Institution and a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of both the IEEE and IET. He has published over 450 research papers and holds over 80 international patents in the field of semiconductors and healthcare.
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Marie-Teresa Vander Sande
Program Director
MIT Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program
Marie-Teresa manages the relationship between companies and other organizations headquartered in the US, UK and Iceland, and the senior administration and faculty of MIT. As Program Director for Corporate Relations, Marie-Teresa convenes teams of researchers and faculty members to provide ongoing emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice to the companies and government groups in her portfolio. She is noted for organizing networking activities across portfolios of ILP member companies.

Marie-Teresa has also worked at GE, Arthur D. Little, Millipore and as an independent consultant and writer. She earned two degrees in Materials Science & Engineering- a BS from Cornell University and an MS from Northwestern University.
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Alan Vey
Co-Founder & Director, Aventus
Alan Vey is a Co-Founder of Aventus, a digital assets-focused blockchain-based protocol that transforms oversight, standardisation, trust and innovation across enterprises’ supply chains by acting as a secure and independent backbone of interoperability, communication and value exchange. Prior to founding Aventus, Alan worked at the Deloitte Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, before going on to complete a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. His thesis focused on film rights distribution, working with Bafta and the BBC. Fast-forward to September 2017 and Alan together with Co-Founder Annika Monari, had released the alpha version of Aventus to a test network, established the Aventus Protocol Foundation to develop and market the open-source Aventus protocol, and led the most successful public ticketing Token Generation Event (TGE) which attracted over 1,300 participants and generated over $15m at the time. The Aventus Protocol was made available on the Ethereum network in April 2018.
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Jose Videira
Co-founder, Synbiosys
Jose co-founded Synbiosys, a materials startup working in the Defence & Security space that is creating thermodynamic armour - a paradigm shift in physical protection not seen since the 1970s when Kevlar pioneered the use of fibres for armour.

He co-founded the Entrepreneurship for Physicists undergraduate lecture course in Imperial College London's Physics department, and is also part of the building of the Hacking for Defense (H4D) classroom at the Institute for Security Science & Technology, Imperial College London.

Before Synbiosys, Jose completed a PhD in Solid State Physics at Imperial College London and helped build the first program for Deep Science Ventures. He has also been involved in various technology startups since a young age, in industries ranging from hydroelectricity to oil & gas sensing.
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