We have brought together some of the industry's smartest thinkers and most disruptive executives to answer the biggest problems facing organisations today. Touching on our key themes they will share their trailblazing ideas with you and inspire you with their success stories in a series of thought-provoking key note sessions.

9:30 AM      -      Welcome to Watson Summit London

Speaker - Bill Kelleher, Chief Executive, IBM UK & Ireland

9:45 AM      -      Managing Complexity and Change

Speaker - Commander Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, bestselling author and YouTube sensation

Abstract

Commanding a spaceship during an emergency has the highest of stakes: human lives, irreplaceably expensive equipment, and worldwide scrutiny. Spaceflight is an unforgiving business, with industry success riding on every launch and critical event. Colonel Chris Hadfield held multiple leadership and management positions during his 21 years in the astronaut corps, navigating tragedy, delays, program changes, and much more. Using multiple examples from his tremendous career, he illuminates the necessity for both preparation and reaction to complex change.

11:15 AM      -      Is Disruption the New Business Normal?

Speakers

Professor Juergen Maier, Chief Executive of Siemens plc

Bret Greenstein, Vice President, Consumer Business, IBM Watson Internet of Things

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General

Abstract

Disruptors prey on complacency – on industries that haven't bothered to innovate, or to embrace technology, often because it simply seemed like too much trouble and because their customers had few other choices. But as the cost of technology drops and its effectiveness increases, the barriers that had shielded some of these sectors from dramatic change are increasingly being breached. If that sounds like your business, it's time to innovate – or watch an outsider do it for you.

1:30 PM      -      Survival of the Fastest

Speaker - Jeremy Waite, Watson Marketing Evangelist, IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Abstract

Engaging with an audience and building a community are two entirely different things. In this fast-paced session, Jeremy will explore the most important trends concerning the future of consumer behaviour and how some of IBM's most impressive customers build relationships and engaged communities. Jeremy will discuss why the world is likely to change more over the next 5 years than it has in the last 20, and what you need to do to keep up.

3:00 PM      -      Cyber Attack: How to Avoid Someone Actively Disrupting Your Business

Speaker - Julian Meyrick, Vice President, IBM Security, Europe

Abstract

As cybercriminals find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities, cyber attacks are making headlines around the world. How do you build cyber resilience into your organisation and ensure you stay out of the headlines?

4:30 PM      -      Better Decisions Whatever the Weather

Speaker - Alex Rutter, Managing Director, The Weather Company

5:15 PM      -      Close

Speaker - Bill Kelleher, Chief Executive, IBM UK & Ireland

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What is a Fishbowl Debate?
Fishbowl debates are a great way to manage group discussion. The centre of the room contains a raised platform for a core group with the remaining audience arranged in concentric circles around the stage, hence the term Fishbowl.

You may also have an opportunity to join the debate if invited onto stage into the audience hotseat. Join our debating sessions where you can take centre stage and engage with pioneers and peers to explore the future around a variety of topics.

Each session will last 30 minutes and be moderated by Mary Nightingale, Broadcast Journalist

11:00 AM      -      It’s A.I but we need it to have human values….don’t we?

Speaker - Paul Ryan, Director, IBM Watson UK & Ireland

Abstract

How will AI shape modern society? What are the legal and ethical issues we should be mindful of? Is it possible for us, with help from AI, to rise above human bias and historical inequality to bring about a better world?

12:00 PM      -      “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” (Aristotle). Will AI change our relationship with our work?

Abstract

What will work be like when A.I. has been deployed? Will existing roles disappear, or get dumbed down? Will companies and organisations benefit from a skilled up generation of flexible and motivated employees - keen and able to work in completely different and, as yet, unimaginable ways? How will organisations find the right talent and what role will technology havetalent?

1:00 PM      -      If Cloud can accelerate innovation shouldn’t we be seeing more pioneering change by now?

Abstract

As the migration to the cloud gathers pace, will this accelerate innovation? What are the other factors that affect innovation, or might de-rail it? Is there a lead time from now until the innovation benefits are seen and what needs to happen in the cloud during that time?

2:00 PM      -      Cybersecure: Realistic or Pipedream?

Speakers

Mike Spradbery, IBM Security

Ronan Murphy, CEO, Smarttech

Abstract

Cyber attacks have been grabbing headlines around the world acting as a wake-up call to CEOs. As cybercriminals get more sophisticated are cyber attacks inevitable or can a proactive cyber security strategy keep your organisation safe?

3:00 PM      -      Tell me more. Tell me more….and you’ll get a much better customer experience

Speakers

Mary Wallace, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Interactive Experience

Mary Harper, Head of Customer Strategy, Standard Life

Abstract

GDPR… the Snoopers Charter…. The ‘right to be forgotten.’ In a digitally enabled, omni-channel world, can businesses ACTUALLY meet the great customer demand for exceptional experiences when legislation is constantly working against them. Explore the fine line between personalising data to provide an enhanced user experience and protecting privacy.

4:00 PM      -      Blockchain – is anyone doing this for real today?

Speaker - Rupert Colchester, Blockchain Leader, IBM UK & Ireland

Abstract

While it would surely be a mistake to rush headlong into blockchain innovation without understanding how it is likely to take hold, there are also many business opportunities and disruptive plays waiting to be exploited. No matter what the context, there’s a strong possibility that blockchain will affect your business. The very big question is when.

Rules of the Fishbowl

Strict entrance curfew, once doors closed no admittance. If participants leave there is no re-entry.

These sessions are not recorded in any medium:

  • No Mobile phones
  • No Cameras
  • No recording devices

Chatham House Rules - What happens in the fishbowl, stays in the fishbowl.

Each session will be facilitated by Mary Nightingale. Participants, by attending, agree to obey the facilitator.

The opinions expressed in this session are the opinions of individuals and not of IBM or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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Up close and intimate - join our clients, partners and IBM experts who will bring to life their stories of disruption via short TED-style sessions. Headphones are used to provide an immersive experience and will be in limited supply, so arrive early to ensure you claim your place.

10:30 AM      -      Royal Bank of Scotland Assist Cognitive ChatBot

Speaker - Naresh Vyas, Head of Solutions Delivery, Royal Bank of Scotland

11:00 AM      -      Cognitive Visual Recognition Improving Customer Service and Reducing Costs

Abstract

Improving customer engagement is a challenge most business face. This session will illustrate how cognitive enables new ideas and approaches to building better engagement in novel and interesting ways.

11:30 AM      -      Fight Cybercrime through Cognitive Security Operations Centres

Speaker - Mike Spradbery, Security Technical Sales Manager, IBM

Abstract

Cybercrime costs the global economy over £300 billion per year, with over 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Watch a cyber attack scenario unfold and see how Cognitive Security has game-changing potential to help tackle cybercrime.

12:00 AM      -      Customer Experience Management

12:30 PM      -      Tight On Time to Innovate?

Abstract

Discover how disruptive innovation can be achieved under time pressure. Competitive pressure often limits an organisation's ability to truly innovate. This session will show how one company is able to repeatedly innovate to win against their competition, under tremendous time pressures.

1:00 PM      -      Branding Amid Crisis: How to Communicate Your Solutions in the Face of Severe Weather

Speaker - Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, VP Global Marketing, Business Solutions, The Weather Company

Abstract

The Weather Channel Operations Dashboard allows stores and data centre locations to be identified on a map for better management of your supply chain or storefront stocking. Maximising efficiency in moving freight from point A to B and better preparing for managing your most precious assets.

1:30 PM      -      GDPR

2:00 PM      -      An introduction to Blockchain

Speaker - Bob Yelland, European Blockchain Marketing Leader, IBM

Abstract

Spend fifteen minutes inside a private, permissioned blockchain to understand how the technology works and the benefits it delivers. We all operate within complex business networks with transactions occurring between each entity and each company separately maintaining a record of these transactions. Most of the time this works, but when it doesn't it can be expensive and time consuming to resolve disputes. What if there was a single, indelible copy of the truth that we all shared, but only those directly involved could read? Welcome to the wonderful world of blockchain.

2:30 PM      -      Digital Reinvention in the Cloud

3:00 PM      -      Driving Disruption Deep in Industry

Speaker - Andy Stanford-Clark, Chief Technology Officer IBM UK & Ireland, Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor

Andy Standford-Clark

Andy Stanford-Clark
Chief Technology Officer
IBM UK & Ireland
Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor

Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Abstract

Architecting for disruption is about IT being capable of handling these new technologies and the data they generate in new ways. We begin with IoT at Blackgang Chine and outline how this has led to interest from other theme parks, relating how these technologies apply in commercial and industrial settings - manufacturing robots, predictive maintenance and scheduling work orders.

3:30 PM      -      Factory Beat for Cognitive Manufacturing

Speaker - Graham Cox, Business Development Leader for Industrial Sector, IBM

Graham Cox

Graham Cox,
Business Development Leader for Industrial Sector, IBM

Graham's current role is business development leader for IBM's Solutions in the Industrial Sector; Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Electronics and Industrial Products.
The focus of this role is to establish and execute the go to market strategy for IBM's solutions in this sector, primarily in the domain of Industrial Digitalisation and the realisation of benefits from Industry                                              4.0 capabilities.

Graham joined IBM as a graduate and has worked in a variety of job roles throughout his career. He began as a IT technical professional working on client mainframe, database and UNIX implementations, moving into a first line manager role responsible for a team of IBM services professionals. Graham has worked as a technical consultant on Product Lifecycle Managerment (PLM) systems and also as an IBM software account manager for PLM solutions. From these varied roles he has built a broad and deep experience across the hardware, software and services aspects of IBM's business portfolio. In the last 5 years he has engaged directly with clients on digital transformation programmes including Big Data and Analytics, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Mobility Solutions and IoT (Internet of Things).

Graham completed an MBA qualification in 2011 and he is actively engaged in the charity Young Enterprise in the Manchester area, working as a mentor to secondary school students on business projects.

Graham's current role is business development leader for IBM's Solutions in the Industrial Sector; Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Electronics and Industrial Products.
The focus of this role is to establish and execute the go to market strategy for IBM's solutions in this sector, primarily in the domain of Industrial Digitalisation and the realisation of benefits from Industry 4.0 capabilities.

Graham joined IBM as a graduate and has worked in a variety of job roles throughout his career. He began as a IT technical professional working on client mainframe, database and UNIX implementations, moving into a first line manager role responsible for a team of IBM services professionals. Graham has worked as a technical consultant on Product Lifecycle Managerment (PLM) systems and also as an IBM software account manager for PLM solutions. From these varied roles he has built a broad and deep experience across the hardware, software and services aspects of IBM's business portfolio. In the last 5 years he has engaged directly with clients on digital transformation programmes including Big Data and Analytics, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Mobility Solutions and IoT (Internet of Things).

Graham completed an MBA qualification in 2011 and he is actively engaged in the charity Young Enterprise in the Manchester area, working as a mentor to secondary school students on business projects.

Abstract

Discover the power Watson, Cognitive and analytics when applied to IoT data can deliver greater insight and help you make smarter decisions.

4:00 PM      -      Digital Transformation in Healthcare

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Visit our playground to touch, feel and see how IBM's very latest Watson and Cloud technologies are brought together into industry-leading solutions.

To whet your appetite, here are a few examples of the technologies that we are delivering for our clients today and that you will be able to experience for yourself at Watson Summit.
There will be many more exciting demonstrations in the playground area on the day.

ISS Vive Demo

Built using the Unity 5 game engine, this demo for the HTC Vive, allows you to explore around the International Space Station, both inside and out in Virtual Reality.

Watson Conversation - TJBot

Watson conversation is being used in more and more places and we wanted to take it to the next level so have trained him to give him more flexibility in answering questions, rather than just giving him direct instructions. See the results for yourself.

Health and Safety IoT

There are a large range of Health & Safety requirements that workers must abide by and often, it is very difficult for a manager to monitor and enforce these rules. By utilising sensor and IoT architecture, we can implement a system that can offer real insight into the performance and health & safety of the the site's workers.

1-800 Flowers Demo

 

 

 

1-800-Flowers.com provides customers a “one-stop” online shopping experience across nine brands by providing a gift concierge that guides shoppers through the online experience. They continue to digitally transform to create delightful moments of engagement by ensuring a superb, seamless experience for their customers.

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ISS Vive Demo

Built using the Unity 5 game engine, this demo for the HTC Vive, allows you to explore around the International Space Station, both inside and out in Virtual Reality.

Watson Conversation - TJBot

Watson conversation is being used in more and more places and we wanted to take it to the next level so have trained him to give him more flexibility in answering questions, rather than just giving him direct instructions. See the results for yourself.

Health and Safety IoT

There are a large range of Health & Safety requirements that workers must abide by and often, it is very difficult for a manager to monitor and enforce these rules. By utilising sensor and IoT architecture, we can implement a system that can offer real insight into the performance and health & safety of the the site's workers.

1-800 Flowers Demo

1-800-Flowers.com provides customers a “one-stop” online shopping experience across nine brands by providing a gift concierge that guides shoppers through the online experience. They continue to digitally transform to create delightful moments of engagement by ensuring a superb, seamless experience for their customers.

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As we enter the era of the Business Platform - cloud, data and AI are the architectural components that will define both new user experiences and relationships between businesses.

Architect for the future and immerse yourself in this exciting world of new platforms in our Tech Zone.

Tech Talks:
Throughout the day, there will be short and highly focused presentations on a variety of topics, lasting no longer than 10 minutes each.

The Demo Area:
There will also be a set of demos focused on: cloud, data and AI.

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Tech Talks The Demo Area
Ecosystems architecture Watson Data Platform
Architectural Patterns for Cognitive Chatbots Movie Recommender
Blockchain Micro Services Architecture
Enabling Digital Innovation with Systems of Record & Insight Cloud Serverless Architectur
IBM and Hortonworks Architecture A Cognitive Insurance Company
The Weather Company – Thoughts of a Meterologist The Weather Company - Operations Dashboard

The Data Science Lab:

The Data Science Lab is where you can get hands on access to IBM's Data Science Experience (DSx).
IBM Data Scientists will guide you through this experience.

Ask Me Anything About ...

Meet IBM Experts to share ideas, get direction, share a problem or just to network.
We will have expert covering cloud, data, AI and data science.

Chill Out Area:

There will also be an area for refreshments.
Take a seat and catch up on your email or social media in our Chill Out Area.

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As Cloud and the API economy make technology more accessible, the benefits of Cognitive Computing become not only more tangible but more personal.

Experienced developers, those just learning to code, and even line of business users, are looking to leverage this technology - spend a day with us, and learn to Build with Watson!

You will work alongside IBM experts to build cognitive applications using IBM Watson technology. The workshop includes instructor led exercises, step by step instructions and peer interaction.

Learn how to connect Watson services like Conversation, Tone Analyzer and Discovery, to build a Watson Application!

This workshop will be led by:

Soheel Chughtai, Early Programmme Manager, Watson Developer Cloud       Read biography

Paul Read, Product Introduction Manager, Watson Developer Cloud       Read biography

10:30 AM      -      Introduction to IBM Watson Cognitive Services

Abstract

Let us explore the cognitive era and the role that algorithms play in the API economy. In this lecture, let’s uncover the “blackbox” that lurks behind artificial neural networks powering IBM Watson cognitive services that enables the magic of machine learning.

11:30 AM      -      Conversation

Abstract

In this session you build and train a cognitive chat bot, or better yet, a smart virtual help desk. You will first specify the intent; second, capture the entity that further narrows down your intent and finally, design a dialog. Additionally, you will connect this chat bot to an external system (the Weather Company) and obtain the actual weather forecast at your location.

1:30 PM      -      Empathetic Chatbot

Abstract

In this session we extend a simple conversation to demonstrate how a user's emotional tone can be used to provide more tailored and empathetic responses by integrating Watson Conversation and Watson Tone Analyzer.

2:45 PM      -      Discovery

Abstract

With this new flagship cognitive service, you ingest, enrich, normalize and query your personal and public documents. Specifically, the Discovery APIs allow you to ingest and enrich documents that contain structured and unstructured data, and its query language allows you to carry out analytics on the resulting corpus. You can also query pre-enriched content sources, such as the News service.

4:30 PM      -      Virtual Agent

Abstract

This final session combines the cognitive capabilities of the Conversation and the Discovery services (you must complete the prior two workshops before beginning the exercises in this lab).

This full day workshop is open to Full Conference attendees.

Pre-reqs
Learn the basics of accessing IBM Bluemix and creating Watson Applications by taking these online courses in advance:

Note
If you are confirmed in this workshop, your seat will be held for 10 minutes and then given to someone waiting. If enrollment in the workshop is full, you can wait until the start of the session and unoccupied seats will be given to those waiting on a first-come, first-serve basis 10 minutes after the start of the session.

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Soheel Chughtai

Soheel Chughtai
Early Programmme Manager, Watson Developer Cloud

Paul Read

Paul Read
Product Introduction Manager, Watson Developer Cloud

Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher
Chief Executive,
IBM UK & Ireland

Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.

Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market-facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President - European Communications Sector, Vice President - Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.

Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world.

In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Growth and Transformation Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield
Former Astronaut, 1st Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield is a former military test pilot-turned-astronaut. He was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS). He became famous for his use of social media whilst aboard the ISS, sending back videos and images from the mission, including posting his performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on YouTube.

Joining the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a teenager, Chris started flying at 15 before leaving the family farm to join the armed forces. He flew fighters for the Canadian Air Force and flight-tested the latest generation of planes, including advanced prototypes, as well as researching and studying aeronautics and aviation systems.

Selected by the Canadian Space Agency, Chris served as a NASA astronaut for 21 years. He crewed the Space Shuttle to dock with and build the Russian space station, Mir. He led communications with astronauts from Mission Control on 25 Space Shuttle missions and went on to be NASA’s Director in Russia. On his second space mission he performed two spacewalks, during which he was blinded by contamination.

On Chris’ third spaceflight, this time as pilot of the Russian Soyuz, he took command of the ISS. His crew set records for scientific work completed, as well as doing an emergency spacewalk to fix a serious external ammonia leak. He also actively engaged with the public back on Earth via social media; his images of the planet, updates on life on the ISS, and videos became a phenomenon. Along with 1.5 million Twitter followers he became a YouTube star with performances of Jewel in the Night, the first original song ever recorded in space and released on Christmas Eve 2012, and David Bowie’s Space Oddity which has received over 36 million views.

After a 35-year military and civilian career, Chris retired from service after he returned to Earth. He has received multiple national and academic honours from Canada and around the world. His best-selling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth reviewed his life and career and the useful lessons learned in leadership, teamwork and achievement. He also published a best-selling book of Earth images called You Are Here, and a children’s book, The Darkest Dark.

Bob Yelland

Bob Yelland,
European Blockchain Marketing Leader, IBM

Bob Yelland is passionate about many things, from beekeeping to big data and from medieval castles to marketing. He is unashamedly a technology marketer who enjoys helping clients to understand the power and potential of emerging concepts in IT. As a 'new boy' to the blockchain world he is responsible for helping clients understand the concepts behind this transformational technology whilst avoiding the inevitable hype that surrounds it. You can expect an honest and pragmatic view of what blockchain is and is not during his session.

Juergen Maier

Professor Juergen Maier
Chief Executive, Siemens Plc

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens plc on 1 July 2014. Juergen has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Management Board since October 2008, and has held a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Industry Sector lead for the UK and Ireland, two Divisional Managing Director roles and Manufacturing Director of the award winning Drives Factory in Congleton, Cheshire. Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 after obtaining a BSC in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens sponsored graduate programme.

He was also made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014. Juergen is passionate about the UK rebalancing its economy and supports a number of UK wide initiatives in support of Manufacturing and engineering skills including Board Membership of the Sector Skills council SEMTA and of the EEF, and championing various government initiatives such as UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. In September 2014, he was appointed Non-Executive Board member at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He is also Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.

Jeremy Waite

Jeremy Waite
Watson Marketing Evangelist,
IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Jeremy is an evangelist for IBM, spending most of his time talking about marketing trends and how cognitive systems like IBM's Watson will revolutionise the future of commerce. Jeremy has been voted the most influential person on twitter for #BigData and one of the top 10 most influential marketing professionals globally. In previous roles he was the Head of Strategy for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Head of Social Strategy for Adobe Marketing Cloud.
Twitter @JeremyWaite | Blog: Jeremy.live | Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jeremypaulwaite

Julian Meyrick

Julian Meyrick
Vice President,
IBM Security, Europe

Julian Meyrick is Vice President for IBM Security Europe, the fastest-growing enterprise IT security company in the world. In his leadership role, Julian helps clients in Europe develop a security strategy and employ the best technologies to meet their specific IT security needs. He is responsible for leading the IBM Security Europe team in the development and delivery of software and services offerings that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated IT security solutions and expertise.

Mary Nightingale

Mary Nightingale

Mary is the solo presenter of ITV1’s Evening News at 6.30. As part of the Royal Academy’s 2016 In Conversation season, Mary spoke to inspiring individuals in the art world – musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, and actress Maxine Peake.

Mary started her journalism career at TV Tokyo, working on World Business Satellite. She then went on to work for BBC World Service Television’s World Business Report as a presenter and writer, covering economic and corporate news. In 1994, Mary also worked for Reuters as a presenter on the early morning financial programme.

Mary reported from Westminster Abbey during the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She also presented a 1 hour special for ITV1 documenting the Royal couple’s visit to Canada: Kate In Canada.

She has also presented many other programmes across the network including Holidays Out, Eye Spy, Wednesday Night Live, Rattrap and Most Wanted. She has twice been named Newscaster of the Year by TRIC.

Bret Greenstein

Bret Greenstein
Vice President, Consumer Business,
IBM Watson Internet of Things

Bret Greenstein is Vice President of IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Consumer Business, aimed at reaching consumers at scale by establishing new IoT products and volume offerings by tightly collaborating across IBM business units and leveraging capabilities from The Weather Company.

Since joining IBM Watson IoT, Bret and his team have been instrumental in helping industrial clients around the world to design, build, and operate connected things through software solutions and industry expertise. His team was also recognized by industry analysts earning IBM recognition through its recent Leadership position on Forrester’s Wave report.

Bret has over 28 years of technology and leadership experience in all aspects of IBM's business; including hardware, software, service delivery, and business transformation. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

Josh Hardie

Josh Hardie
CBI Deputy Director-General

An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 to head up all policy development and influencing work. This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can best provide jobs and growth, and developing campaigns to ensure government supports this. From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone's business, all the CBI’s work is aimed at building prosperity.

Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating strategies and campaigns for clients including Sky, Google, the Army, the NSPCC as well as many Government departments and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.

Naresh Vyas

Naresh Vyas

Naresh Vyas has over 20 years experience in financial services including roles at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Standard Chartered Bank prior to joining the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has a proven track record of delivering innovative capabilities into large financial services institutions, being awarded with the Best Digital Bank at both Citi and Standard Chartered.

He is responsible for driving and introducing new ideas into production, working closely with the architecture, data and CTO teams to ensure the safe passage of innovation activity into the hands of our customers

RBS, under his leadership, has deployed multiple innovative solutions internally and to customers, such as in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Enterprise Social, and Cyber Security.

Naresh is also supporting the bank’s Innovation Education initiatives, which includes presenting at various bank events, partnering with Universities, and hosting RBS executives in major startup ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Israel, and in the UK FinTech community.

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is the global head of Business Solutions marketing for a portfolio of IBM Watson products, including those from The Weather Company. As a brand evangelist, she helps businesses understand how to make more informed decisions and take action in the face of weather.

In her role, Michelle oversees a global marketing organization supporting the needs of companies across key verticals including retail, media, aviation, energy, insurance, ground transportation, and government.

With more than 20 years of experience in technology marketing and consumer marketing services, Michelle was previously head of marketing for Quaero, a data management company, where she helped large media and consumer organizations learn how to make their data work for them, not against them. Michelle has also served in leadership roles at Harte-Hanks, Jabra, and Kronos.

Michelle received her master’s degree in communications from Simmons College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two daughters, and two very large dogs.