AI in BuSINESS transformation
29 MARCH 2017

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. Participants explored and discussed how AI can be used to:

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

Our attendees


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 Directors’ Forums please get in touch.

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 computing – George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead at Willis Towers Watson
16:50 Chairman’s Summary followed by Drinks & Networking

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The AI & Robotics Directors Forums are organised by Connect Business Media A business media organisation with a reputation for creating mould breaking business events that challenge traditional thinking and overturn established formats. With more than 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 more information on 2017 AI & Robotics events please contact: Christina Wood, Connect Business Media - Phone: +44 (0)1483 614451 Mobile: + 44 (0)7775 942252 Email: [email protected]