Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and Delta. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.
Ade McCormack is a former technologist who today is focused on helping organisations and societies thrive in the digital age.
He has worked in around forty countries across many sectors. His focus is largely on leadership. He has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership and currently works with Cambridge University on their executive education programmes.
Ade is a former FT and CIO columnist, as well as having been a former CIO100 judge. He has written six books on digital matters. He is also the founder of the Digital Readiness Institute (www.dri.guide).
His work focuses around creating super-resilient organisations. In respect of public speaking, his anthropological and cognitive management perspectives are considering educational, engaging and entertaining.
Hayley is the Lead Product Owner in the Intelligent Automation Garage (IAG), a Digital Group function in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A founding member of IAG, Hayley is responsible for leading the roadmap and teams, driving transformation and delivering “Intelligent Automation” technologies (such as RPA, Machines Learning and Chatbots) across the Department, running these as business critical live services. IAG’s position as an industry leader in Intelligent Automation means that Hayley and her teams are recognised as best practice experts in this area.
Prior to this role in IAG, Hayley held roles in digital project/service delivery across DWP as well as senior commercial roles in the digital space, providing commercial strategy and support to major Government and digital initiatives.
Dr. Muhannad Alomari is the head of the London AI Hub in Rolls-Royce. In his current role, he is leading a team of AI specialists and developers, working on introducing state of the art AI and Machine Learning algorithms into Rolls-Royce. The challenges tackled by Muhannad’s team are some of the most exciting and challenging engineering problems in the world. Utilising the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence research to advance the engineering designs of aircraft engines and nuclear power plants; whilst, advancing the digital capabilities for Rolls-Royce.
Dr. Muhannad completed his PhD in AI & Robotics from the School of Computing, University of Leeds. His research on advancing the boundaries of Natural Language Processing capabilities for robotic agents was awarded the highly prestigious EurAI Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2017, by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence; and awarded the Research Excellence Award from the University of Leeds. Muhannad’s research interests are in Natural Language Processing and Understanding, Deep Learning, Robotics and Computer Vision. Moreover, Muhannad authored thirteen papers in the field of Machine Learning; for which he received a number of Best Paper Awards from top AI and ML conference around the world.
Marina is a Global Business Analysis IT Manager in BAT. Her international career spans across Russia, Germany, Singapore and UK and she fluently speaks languages of those countries. Love for optimisation and structure topped up with the International Management Master’s degree and passion for art giving Marina a powerful mix for creative problem solving. Within her team she instils the idea that nothing is impossible.
In her current role Marina has championed the potentially risk-reduced products as a step-changing addition to the traditional tobacco business in BAT. Overseeing IT side of this start-up within the corporation, she was instrumental in defining the operating model and data structures, lately integrating new generation products into the overall company business, and finally launching B2C e-commerce platform as a service.
Marina is delighted to be judging the 2020 nominees for the Cloud Excellence Awards. The sky's the limit!
Paul is currently Head of Data at Royal Mail and has recently been recognised by DataIQ as one of the Top 100 most influential people in data and by HotTopics.ht and Truata as one of the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries. He is passionate about helping businesses get the most from their own data and the data solutions available in the market. Paul is an advocate of the use of data for good and has worked with organisations of all sizes enabling them to understand the value data can bring to their business. Prior to this role with Royal Mail, Paul held roles in data and marketing as well as senior commercial roles and has over 20 years’ experience in these areas.
Alex Denley is Director of Innovation and Transformation at London South Bank University. A multi award winning senior IT leader and visionary, noted for his disruptive stance and approach to transforming the way his students interact with technology. Alex has overall accountability on technology modernisation spend for one of London’s top Universities, aligning strategy with benefits realisation to achieve his goals. A member of the UK Governance Board for BETT, being a Judge for the UK Business Awards and also ranking within the accredited CIO 100.
With over 16 years of experience, he has led the technology teams for some of the most exciting visitor attractions in the UK, including the prestigious London Eye. Combined with experience in running technology programs for Barclays Investment Bank and delivering 5 star experiences within London’s thriving hospitality market. He has leveraged technology to modernise, transform and innovate; striving for world-class customer service with operational efficiencies at the forefront.
David is RSA’s Group, UK & I CIO and leads the long-term technology / transformation vision. He is responsible for transforming both the way that IT is operated and how it interfaces with the overall business. Including reshaping new ways of improving the customer experience and optimising business performance.
Prior to joining RSA, David worked for a number of world leading Banking institutions in C-suite roles.
2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Woman in Technology panel judge.
David was voted Top 10 BAME (UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who are driving change) leader influencing the technology sector in 2019 by the Financial Times.
2019 Finalist at the ITA Awards and British Black Business Awards in the STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) category.
One of the youngest Fortune 500 technology executives and FTSE 100 technology executives.
David is also a Non-Executive Director on a number of UK boards.
David is married with three children.
Jon Howard is a digital executive in his 14th year of developing innovative and educational digital products at the BBC - working closely with brands from Doctor Who to Radio One and CBeebies to Bitesize to bring the potential of new technologies to large audiences. Over the last three years, Jon has dedicated his attentions to the challenge of using emerging deep learning and AI tech to support children as they take their first personal steps with smartphones - delivering the ground-breaking and multi-award-winning Own It App.
Tony is a passionate advocate of the power for technology to achieve truly transformative results when implemented with a business and user centric focus.
He has successfully built and led large, international technology teams in both the retail and media sectors. Most recently he was responsible for the International (everything outside of North America) Technology group at 20th Century Fox.
During his time at Fox, Tony oversaw digital, data and cloud transformation initiatives that equipped the International business teams to successfully evolve in a constantly changing and disrupted industry landscape.
John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.
John Rakowski, VP of Strategy, joined LogicMonitor in December 2019. He is responsible for the alignment of LogicMonitor's go to market functions, including sales, marketing, product and customer success. John has nearly 20 years of monitoring solution experience and started off as an engineer working with monitoring products back in 2001. Prior to LogicMonitor he was at AppDynamics and before that was lead analyst for monitoring and analytics at Forrester Research.
Huseyin is a research-oriented and enterprise-focused academic and manager with both academic and industry experiences in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging & disruptive technologies/systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been involved with a portfolio of collaborative research, enterprise and teaching/learning projects of over £20M as PI, Co-I and international researcher in collaboration with universities and companies in the UK and abroad. He was one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and lead its activities at Northumbria University until September 2019.
He previously worked as a Reader/Assoc Professor and Director of Enterprise and Engagement for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University and Faculty Head of Research Operations for the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University.
Chris is an experienced digital and technology leader, with 15 years of experience across different industries including Telco, Retail and Travel. Despite not being able to write a line of code, Chris started his career at consultancy SapientNitro, before spending 5 years at Sainsbury's leading technology enabled change programmes across HR, Trading, Logistics and Supply Chain.
For the last 5 years, Chris has worked for Travelopia, the KKR private equity backed collection of specialist travel brands, which until 2018 was part of travel giant TUI. Chris is currently the Head of Technology for the Yachts and Le Boat businesses, with responsibility for driving an ambitious technology agenda for the largest Yacht & Boat charter companies in the world (Sunsail, The Moorings, Leopard Catamarans, Le Boat.)
Neil has worked in IT and digital roles for 25 years, from early 90’s SGML first online internet solutions to current Head of Architecture role with Covea. He has defined and shaped strategy for Enterprise Architecture, SOA and Cloud. This included transformation approaches and innovations to establish next generation platform solutions. Neil’s specialised in a number of IT areas, with SOA being one of his key specialities.
Neil spent 15 years working on strategy and architecture for distributed computing and has worked across a variety of sectors including Banking, Insurance, HealthCare, Manufacturing, Logistics, Mobile and Government. He has also spent some time working as a consultant in America, India and Europe, and have now been at Covea for 3 years as Chief Architect.