2017 Speakers

  • Sam Chaudhary

    Co-Founder and CEO, ClassDojo

    Sam Chaudhary is an education technology entrepreneur with experience as a teacher. He co-founded ClassDojo in 2011 to help teachers, parents and students improve classroom behavior and build positive learning habits and character strengths. ClassDojo has become one of the world’s fastest-growing education technology companies, currently being used by millions of teachers and students in more than 30 countries. Sam was born in the United Kingdom and lived in Wales and Abu Dhabi before earning a degree in economics from Cambridge.

  • Eben Upton

    Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation

    Dr Eben Upton CBE FREng is a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, serves as the CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), its commercial and engineering subsidiary. He is the co-author, with Gareth Halfacree of the Raspberry Pi User Guide, and with Jeff Duntemann and others of Learning Computer Architecture with Raspberry Pi. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017. In an earlier life, he founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d and Podfun, held the post of Director of Studies for Computer Science at St John’s College, Cambridge, and wrote the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father, Professor Clive Upton. He holds a BA in Physics and Engineering, a PhD in Computer Science, and an MBA, from the University of Cambridge.

  • Vinay Nair

    CEO & Co-Founder, Lightful

    Vinay Nair is co-founder and CEO of Lightful, a company working with charities and social enterprises looking to scale their impact via the power of technology and social media. Prior to this, he was a director at Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), one of the largest social impact investors in the UK. He has also held senior positions at the Social Investment Business, Acumen Fund and the Clinton Foundation as well as launching two public health social enterprises; one in the UK and one in Mozambique. Vinay started his career at the investment bank J.P. Morgan, where he spent almost a decade, latterly as Executive Director. He holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and MPA from the London School of Economics. He is currently a practitioner-in-residence and industry advisor at The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, a lecturer for the Impact Business Leaders programme, and Trustee and board chair of the Social Entrepreneurs’ Trust

  • Dominic Vergine

    Head of Sustainability and CR, ARM

    Dominic Vergine is Head of Sustainability and CR at ARM. Dominic is currently driving several initiatives, including partnerships with UNICEF and WHO, focused on delivering innovative technology to help some of the poorest people in the world and support the 2030 Global Goals. Dominic has co-founded three businesses a nonprofit and a charity. These initiatives are all on-going and Dominic is currently Chair of Trustees at The Centre for Global Equality, one of the organisations he founded. Dominic has worked with governments, the private sector and international agencies on innovation and technology projects for international development. In 2017, initiatives he has incubated will help over two million people.

  • Pru Ashby

    Head of North America, London & Partners

    Pru Ashby is Head of North America for London & Partners and has responsibility for delivering on the Mayor of London’s targets for Foreign Direct Investment into London from Canada and the USA. Pru has spent 10 years with London & Partners where she has developed a strong reputation in supporting North American companies in their globalisation including Twitter, Airbnb, Box, Tesla and Hootsuite who fed back that Pru saved them 6 months on their set up and growth in London.

  • Eamon Jubbawy

    COO & Co-Founder, Onfido

    Eamon Jubbawy is the COO and co-founder of Onfido. Eamon is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company, overseeing Onfido’s people and culture as the company experiences international growth. In 2016, Eamon was named as one of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’, and as the UK Digital Entrepreneur Awards’ ‘Young Digital Entrepreneur of the Year’. Eamon is Deputy Chair of Tech City’s Fintech Delivery Panel and has a BA in Economics and Management from Hertford College, Oxford.

  • Frederic Halley

    Operating Partner, NextWorld Capital

    Frederic is a London based operating partner at NextWorld Capital, a leading Venture Capital fund from Silicon Valley focusing on early revenue stage across the US and Europe. He has a long experience working with technology companies as an operator, an advisor or a Non Executive Director (NED). Frederic has over 18 years of experience working across the technology industry in Europe. He has led engagements across Europe for many international software, internet and mobile companies. Particular focus on strategic marketing, operational excellence and market expansion. He works one-on-one with NextWorld’s advisor network to explore their priorities and connect them with the most relevant emerging technology companies.

  • Karen McCormick

    Chief Investment Officer, Beringea LLP

    Karen is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others. Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.

  • Raphael Babalola

    Co Founder, Flyto

    Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in high growth startups. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Coaching, Sales, Event Management, and Investor Relations. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Business Management.

  • Jason Lane

    Group Executive of Market Development for Europe, Mastercard

    Jason Lane is Group Executive of Market Development for Europe. Mr. Lane is responsible for the development of the European business strategy, acceptance development, merchant relationship management, customer economics, and government partnerships. Over the last fifteen years, Mr. Lane has held positions of increasing responsibility across various business functions at MasterCard. He has extensive international experience, gained both during his tenure at MasterCard, and previously in the consulting, retail and insurance industries.

  • Sarah Drinkwater

    Head, Campus London

    I head up Campus London, Google’s seven-storey space for entrepreneurs and am a proud Google for Entrepreneurs team member. By our fourth birthday in 2016, we’d developed a community of 55,000 doers, dreamers and developers balancing open access space for founders to connect and learn (get your membership card at campus.co/london) and innovative programmes such as Founders over 50. I’m on the board of Code First: Girls, who help talented young women upskill for tech roles, and fantastic makerspace Blackhorse Workshop.

  • Sue Black OBE

    CEO & Founder, #techmums

    Named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2016 Dr Sue Black OBE is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, passionate social entrepreneur and author of “Saving Bletchley Park: how social media saved the home of the codebreakers”. Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.

  • Sherry Coutu CBE

    Chair, SVC2UK and Founders4Schools

    Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. Philanthropically, she supports the Prince’s Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013.

  • Janet Coyle

    Principal Adviser, London & Partners

    Janet is Principal Adviser for International Growth for London & Partners and oversees the running of the Mayor’s International Business Programme helping companies to expand their presence in international markets through bespoke services including mentoring. She also runs Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and is co-Chair of the Tech London Advocates Scale up Working Group. She was previously a Diplomat for the UK Government, serving in a number of posts including San Francisco. In the past 4 years she has co-hosted three Female Founder Trade Missions to Silicon Valley.

  • Jacqueline de Rojas

    President, techUK

    Jacqueline is the President of techUK and sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc. She serves on the government’s Digital Economy Council & is Patron of the UTC Newcastle. She is a business mentor at Bird & Co offering board and executive level coaching and advises the boards of Digital Leader and Accelerate-Her. She is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation.

  • Emily Forbes

    Founder, Seenit Digital

    Emily is founder of Seenit, an app and platform which helps brands and organisations co-create video with employees, fans, journalists and experts from around the world. This idea of collaborative storytelling was discovered whilst filming a rhino protest in South Africa. During the protest, she noticed how everyone, not just the professionals, was capturing what was happening around them on their phones. With that, Seenit was born.

  • Debbie Wosskow OBE

    Debbie Wosskow OBE is recognised as one of the most prominent serial entrepreneurs in the UK, known for successfully launching and scaling businesses in the areas of digital disruption, the sharing economy and female empowerment. Debbie is the founder and CEO at Love Home Swap, the sharing economy website that she launched in 2011. She is the co-founder and Chairman of AllBright, a unique UK funding and learning platform designed to provide the support and finance needed for female-led businesses to launch and scale.

  • Alicia Navarro

    CEO & Founder, Skimlinks

    Alicia is  the CEO and Founder of Skimlinks (www.skimlinks.com) – the leading content monetisation service for online publishers. She is a passionate tech entrepreneur, with a background in product management of web and mobile applications. She loves coming up with product ideas, and making them happen. Alicia has an instinct for making quick decisions, and thrive in an agile iterative development environment. Besides running Skimlinks, she gives back to the tech community: mentoring, networking, and meeting other inspiring people.

  • Ann Cairns

    President of International Markets, Mastercard

    Ann is President of International markets for Mastercard (everything outside North America), she enjoys working with clients and partners, both public and private, around the world. Mastercard is a leading consumer brand and global technology stock with circa 2 billion cards in the market, they are rapidly moving into the mobile space. Ann is passionate about financial inclusion, innovation and diversity. Her current role involves work with the world food programme, with telcos and technology companies around the world and with women’s networks, championing women in business. Ann recently joined the board of Astrazeneca in the Pharma industry.

  • Andrew Whittaker

    HM Consul General to San Francisco

    Andrew Whittaker has been HM Consul General to San Francisco since August 2016. Prior to his role as Consul General, Andrew spent three years as Deputy Director at CERT-UK – the UK’s national cyber security team – focusing on supporting and developing engagement on cyber security issues between government and industry, and with international partners. Before this Andrew was Deputy Head of the Crisis Management Department in the Foreign Office, handling the UK response to incidents ranging from conflict in the Middle East, the sinking of the Costa Concordia, and hostage taking in Algeria. Andrew’s Foreign Office career, which began in 1998, also includes postings in Madrid, Jerusalem and Basra.