AI in BuSINESS transformation

Our first directors’ forum focused on the ability of AI and robotics to create new commercial models and transform core business processes. We looked at how AI-driven innovation is boosting competitiveness and optimising business performance.

Audience: By invitation only – business leaders, strategists and senior decision makers across core business functions including innovation, transformation, finance, HR, supply chain and IT.

Transforming your organisation in the new age of automation

An intensive day of presentations, discussions and case studies that focus on the ability of AI to power new commercial models and transform core business processes.

                        Delegates found out how you can use AI to…

  • Create new commercial models that disrupt categories and open up new markets
  • Streamline core business processes to unlock agility and efficiency gains

Who attends…

An exclusive audience of business leaders, strategists and senior decision makers across core business functions, including innovation, transformation, finance, HR, supply chain and IT.

Attendance strictly by invitation only  If your job title/role fits the above description and you would like to receive an invitation to one of our Forums please complete the application form on this link

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AI in Business Transformation, 29 March 2017

Agenda Summary:

09:30 Welcome – James Rapinac, Director, Gallup
09:35 Chairman’s introduction – Anton Fishman, MD, Fishman & Partners
09:40 Opening Keynote –Why AI is the future of growth ?– Mark Purdy, MD-Economic Research, Accenture Research
10:10 Flying robot companions for future smart cities – Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Lab, Imperial College, London
10:40 Capable Conversations – Bringing AI to Life, Andy Peart, CMO, Artificial Solutions
11:10 Coffee
11:30 Preparing Your Workforce for the AI Revolution – David Leonard, Partner & Director, Advanced Analytics Practice, Gallup
12:00 The Business impact of AI and Automation: creating an Autonomics assisted, human- led business – Alan Flower, HCL CTO – Europe, Middle East, Africa
12:30 Ordnance Survey Case Study: But is it a map?  What AI means for location – Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart Cities Practice, Ordnance Survey
13:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Panel Debate: Show me the Money – Has anyone seen a real return on their AI investment?
14:30 Vodafone Case Study: ‘Data is the new oil, but intelligent data is the new petrol’: How Vodafone is to reboot procurement embracing AI – Virginie Vast, Head of Cognitive Procurement and Digital Sourcing Vodafone
15:00 Delivering the UK robotics and autonomous systems strategy – Dr Rob Buckingham, Director, UK Atomic Energy Authority and Head of RACE, Centre for Remote Applications (Robotics)
15:30 Coffee
15: 50 Why use Robotic Process Automation? – a ROI case studyMarcel Horst, Partner at b2econsulting
16:20 Deconstructing everything: the future of business organization in the age of cognitive computingGeorge Zarkadakis, Digital Lead at Willis Towers Watson
16:50 Chairman’s Summary followed by Drinks & Networking

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2017 Speakers include:

Virginie VAST

Head of Cognitive Procurement and Digital Sourcing, Vodafone

Anton Fishman

Managing Director, Fishman & Partners Ltd

Alan Flower


Andy Peart

CMO, Artificial Solutions

David Leonard

Partner & Director, Advanced Analytics Practice, Gallup

George Zarkadakis

Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson

James Rapinac

Director, Gallup

Marcel Horst

Partner at b2econsulting

Mark J. Purdy

MD-Economic Research, Accenture Research

Miranda Sharp

Head of Smart Cities Practice, Ordnance Survey

Mirko Kovac

Director Aerial Robotics Lab, Imperial College, London

Rob Buckingham

Director of UK Atomic Energy Authority and Head of RACE



29 MARCH 2017

Gallup Conference Centre,The Shard, London

32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
A unique London venue The Shard is a perfect setting our Directors Forums.“A skyscraper that is recognised immediately and is already considered London’s new emblem” . The Shard is a 310 metre high skyscraper located in the London borough of Southwark. It is the tallest building in the UK and Western Europe and was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The Shard is open to visitors and features 3 restaurants, multiple bars, a hotel and a viewing platform on the top floor.


Underground and mainline trains come into London Bridge station, which is directly next to The Shard and a short journey from other major transport hubs in London.

Car parking is available in Kipling Street and Southwark Bridge Road. The Shard sits within London’s Congestion Charge zone. For navigation the postcode is SE1 9SG

The Shard is a pleasant 30-minute walk along the South Bank of the Thames from Waterloo station, and a 5-minute walk across London Bridge from the City.

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The AI & Robotics Directors Forums are organised by Connect Business Media An experienced business media organisation with a reputation for creating mould breaking business events that challenge traditional thinking and overturn established formats. With over 30 years' experience the Connect team has managed national and international events on every continent in industries including customer experience, employee engagement, outsourcing, information and communication technologies ,food manufacturing, nutrition and pharmaceutical industries. Connect Business Media events are more than conferences; they connect audiences in new ways, opening up opportunities for discussion and debate that foster innovation and business growth.

For information on 2017 AI & Robotics Events Contact: Chris Wood Connect Business Media: Direct: +44 (0) 1483 614451 Mobile: + 44 (0) 7775 604011 Email: [email protected]