2017 Speakers

  • Speakers

    In 2018, our speakers consisted of prominent entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts who met with more than 2000 guests at our 16 events in Oxford, Cambridge and London. We were particularly thrilled to invite one of our founders; Reid Hoffman back to where it all began.

    An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. Alongside Reid and another of our founders; Sherry Coutu CBE, joined Megan Smith, CEO of Shift7 and Ruzwana Bashir, CEO of Peek to share their thoughts on the cross section between technology and humanity at King’s College.

    In Cambridge, we welcomed an all-female panel to discuss debate trust, tech and transformation; Irina Kofman from Google AI, Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Susan Alzner from Shift7 and Sarah Hunter from X.

    And at our Good Growth Summit, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE led a lively discussion on raising and scaling between Karen Appleton Page, founder turned investor, Kara Goldin, CEO Hint, Ashley Sumner, Founder Hint and Alexis de Raadt from Merian Ventures.

    In 2019, we kicked off our speaker series during London Tech week with Julie Hanna, Executive Board Chair at Kiva, in conversation with Sherry. Their focus was on breaking down the barriers to scale, leveraging partnership and embedding purpose into the DNA of your business.

  • Ryan Burke

    Former Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy, The White House

    Ryan served for three years in the Obama White House as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in National Economic Council (NEC). Ryan was one of the youngest commissioned officers (a title reserved for the senior tier of administration officials) in the administration’s history. At the NEC she managed the President’s workforce development agenda including spearheading the design and launch of TechHire, the President’s campaign to use innovative training and hiring models to get more Americans into well-paying tech jobs. She was recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30 her work in the Obama Administration. Previously, Ryan worked at Hope Street Group, McKinsey & Co., and Lehman Brothers. She is currently consulting with a number of organisations/individuals on projects at the intersection of technology and the economy including former US CTO Megan Smith, American supermodel Karlie Kloss, and major US-based philanthropies.

  • Steven Sinofsky

    Board Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

    A respected technologist and business leader, Steven Sinofsky is an investor, adviser, as well as a Board Partner at the Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm. He began his career at Microsoft in 1989. He started as a software design engineer in development tools. Working in product management, he grew to be one of the company’s senior executives on Microsoft Office overseeing six major releases of the full range of Office apps and creation of Office servers. Most recently he served as President of the Windows division through 2012. In this role, he oversaw many of Microsoft’s largest products, including the development of the Windows operating system, as well as Windows Services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive and Identity. Sinofsky frequently comments on products, development and management at his blog, blog.learningbyshipping.com, and on Twitter, @stevesi. He earned a BA in Computer Science from Cornell and an MS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Julian Gay

    Managing Director, AppWise

    Julian Gay is the General Manager of AppWise, an Intelligent Workspace that unifies business applications into a single, searchable view. AppWise became a subsidiary of AppDirect after the acquisition of Julian’s company, Xendo, where he was Co-founder and CEO. Julian is active in the San Francisco startup community, advising and investing in Enterprise technology companies, mentoring at Alchemist Accelerator and serving as a board member at GBx, the community for British Tech Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. Julian previously worked in Orange’s Strategy Group, successfully spinning-out and commercialising R&D innovations. He holds a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.

  • Jess Erickson

    Diversity Manager, Facebook

    Jess Erickson is a Diversity Program Manager at Facebook focused on programmes to improve the retention of academic women in computer science and engineering. She is also the Founder of Geekettes, an organisation uniting, mentoring and promoting women in tech worldwide. Jess holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and an international relations degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Shiza Shahid

    Co-Founder, The Malala Fund

    Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker and women’s rights advocate. She is passionate about leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact. Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organisation as founding CEO. Prior to that, she was a business analyst with McKinsey & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, and is a graduate of Singularity University where she studied how to apply technology towards the goal of solving gender inequities. Through her seedstage venture capital fund and platform, NOW Ventures, Shiza’s current focus is on supporting mission-driven startups whose financial success makes the world a better place.

  • Patrick Chung

    Founding Partner, Xfund

    Patrick Chung is a founding partner of Xfund, and a director of 23andMe, MeCommerce, Philo, and Ravel Law. He is also actively involved with CrowdMed, Curalate, Guideline, Halo Neuro, IFTTT, Landit, Rock Health, Upworthy, and Zumper. Prior to Xfund, Patrick was a partner at NEA where he led the firm’s consumer and seed investment practices. Before joining NEA, he helped to grow ZEFER, an internet services firm acquired by NEC, to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. While at McKinsey & Company, Patrick specialised in hardware, software and services companies. He received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

  • Stephanie Tilenius

    CEO & Co-Founder, Vida Health

    Stephanie Tilenius is an entrepreneur and an “intrapreneur” who builds products, platforms and businesses from the ground up. She is passionate about commerce, payments, healthcare, education and the sharing economy. Presently, Stephanie is CEO & Co-Founder of Vida Health Inc, a next generation continuous care platform and health marketplace that provides expert, personalised, on-demand health coaching and programmes from a network of experienced health care providers and leading medical institutions. She was formerly Vice President of Commerce and Payments at Google and Senior Vice President at eBay and PayPal. She also founded Planetrx.com, an online pharmacy and disease management company. Stephanie is on the boards of Coach, Seagate and Tradesy.

  • Karen Appleton Page

    Executive / Investor

    Karen Appleton Page is an entrepreneur, advisor, investor and board member.  A respected business leader, Karen previously worked at Apple on the enterprise team, and she was a founding executive at Box, leading go-to-market activities. Karen is a Venture Partner with XFund, on the board of Plastiq and Pickit, and a trustee at the Computer History Museum, Thorn and The Newseum. Karen’s angel investments include Werk, Glassbreakers, Elliot, Strype and Wonderful Life. She is experienced in building businesses from zero to high growth, evaluating and deploying double-digit expansion efforts, defining and implementing net-new initiatives, passionate about executing strategic partnerships and business development plans through data driven analysis, strategic prioritization, and relentless execution.

  • Ellen Levy

    Managing Director, Silicon Valley Connect

    Ellen is cofounder of SVC2UK and Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organisations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation”. She also manages a portfolio of over 50 startups as an angel investor and/or advisory board member. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for learning technology company Instructure (NYSE: INST) and social network for military and veterans company Rallypoint. She has been appointed as a University Advisor at Arizona State University. Ellen spent the better part of a decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was first founded. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn, LNKD), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer, AAPL; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University). She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.

  • Renée La Londe

    CEO & Founder, iTalent Digital

    Renée is founder and CEO of iTalent Digital, a global technology consulting and software development company headquartered in San Jose, California. iTalent works with large blue-chip clients on digital transformation, Social (Enterprise Collaboration), Mobile, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud and Change Management. Renée was named one of Silicon Valley’s most influential women by Silicon Valley Business Journal, among many other accolades. She is co-author of the book, Social Knowledge: Organizational Currencies in the New Knowledge Economy.

  • Matt Glickman

    Chairman, NovoEd

    Matt Glickman is a successful serial entrepreneur and technology executive, who co-founded and served as CEO of BabyCenter, the leading online resource for new parents (now owned by Johnson & Johnson) and Merced Systems, a customer service analytics software company (now owned by NICE Systems). Matt is an advisor to, investor in, or board member of several technology startups and non-profit organisations. His primary area is consumer software, business applications and analytics. He works across industries but has a focus on education and early childhood development. Currently, Matt is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches the flagship entrepreneurship class, Startup Garage.

  • Jacquelline Fuller

    VP, Google and President, Google.org

    Jacquelline Fuller leads Google.org, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google, which she joined in 2007. Her team invests more than $200 million yearly to support innovative non-profits that use technology to create more opportunities for everyone to learn, succeed, and be heard. Jacquelline previously served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was a member of the senior management team for eight years. In 2004-2005 she helped to launch a $300 million health initiative in Delhi, India for the Foundation. Jacquelline was also speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard, and serves on the board of GiveDirectly.

  • Obi Felten

    Director, Google X

    Obi works at X, the team behind self-driving cars, self-flying delivery vehicles, energy kites and internet from balloons. As Director of X Foundry, she is responsible for getting early stage X projects from the lab into the real world – or ensuring they fail fast. Previously, she was Director of Consumer Marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Obi is a startup mentor and angel investor, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. She set up Campus London, a Google-funded space for tech entrepreneurs, and is on the board of Shift, a social enterprise designing products to address social problems like youth obesity and depression. She is also on the board of tech startup Picasso Labs.

  • Hillary Mickell

    Head of Global Partner Marketing, Udacity

    Hillary is the Head of Global Partner Marketing at Udacity, the company that helps you to get a new job or advance your career with courses built by industry leaders like Google, Amazon and Facebook. She is also the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Foodily Inc, the world’s largest recipe search engine, which offers a new way to search for recipes from big name chefs to up-and-coming bloggers. Hillary previously worked at PayPal, Yahoo!, Shutterfly, Netscape, and Microsoft. She holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston University.