Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Alex Kendall: Research Fellow, University of Cambridge 
  • Dr Amrit Chandan: Co-founder and CEO of Aceleron; Forbes 30 under-30 2017
  • Andrei Iancu: Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS: President of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Sidney Sussex College
  • Anne Rweyora: Founder, Smart Havens Africa 
  • Azeem Azhar: Senior Advisor for AI to CTO at Accenture; Entrepreneur, Investor, Member of the editorial board of Harvard Business Review; Host of The Exponential View podcast
  • Brian Turyabagye: Chief Data Scientist and co-founder, MamaOpe Medicals
  • Dr Caroline Hargrove FREng: Chief Technical Officer of Babylon Health
  • Chelmis Thiong’o: Co-Founder and Engineer, Sign-IO
  • Chris W. Benson: Principal Artificial Intelligence Strategist, Lockheed Martin
  • Christine Schindler: Co-Founder and CEO of PathSpot
  • Christopher Mairs CBE FREng: Venture Partner, Entrepreneur First
  • David Byrad: Technology Manager, BP Technology Group, BP
  • David Rowan, Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019 Moderator: Founding editor of Wired Magazine, author and speaker
  • Dean Kamen: Entrepreneur; inventor of the Segway and Founder of FIRST Global & DEKA Research
  • Diane Greene: Co-founder and former CEO VMware
  • Evangelista Chekera: Founder, Passion Poultry
  • Dr Gill Pratt (video only): Founding CEO of the Toyota Research Institute; Fellow, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Gitanjali Rao: Student inventor awarded America's Top Young Scientist in 2017, author, speaker
  • Hannah Olmberg-Soesman: COO and Co-Founder of Guguplex Technologies; Attorney at Olmberg Law; Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network Mentor, awarded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Personality in 2017
  • Professor Dame Henrietta L. Moore DBE: Founder and Director, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London
  • Dr Jack Stilgoe: Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies, University College London
  • Dr Jackie Hunter CBE FMedSci: Board director at BenevolentAI
  • Dr James Williams: Writer and academic 
  • Dr Jian Wang: Chairman of Alibaba Group Technology Committee, founder of Alibaba Cloud; honorary mayor of Yunqi Cloud Town and Xuelang Town; and creator of the 2050 Conference
  • Professor Jianyun Zhang FREng: Chief Engineer, Bureau of Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources; Professor and President, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
  • Jo Swinson MP: Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire
  • Professor Juergen Maier CBE FREng: CEO of Siemens UK; Honorary Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Professor Klaus Lackner: Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE: Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials, Queen Mary University of London 
  • Dr Loubna Bouarfa: Founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies; named MIT Innovator under 35 in 2017 
  • Professor Luciano Floridi: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Maria Dramalioti-Taylor: Managing Partner, Beacon Capital LLP
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci: CEO UK Research and Innovation 
  • The Lord Martin Rees Kt OM HonFREng HonFMedSci FRS: Cosmologist and astrophysicist; Astronomer Royal at Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge; Member of the House of Lords
  • Monica von Schmalensee: Adviser to Sadiq Khan, Lord Mayor of London; Member of The Mayor’s Design Advocates; Special Adviser to the National Architect, the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning; President of the Swedish Council for Sustainable Cities
  • Neo Hutiri: Founder of Pelebox; South African electrical engineer; 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation winner 
  • Professor Nilay Shah FREng: Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr Olivia Feng: Founder and CEO, ICAN Future Star
  • Peter Lacy: Senior Managing Director Accenture, Head of Accenture Strategy UK and Ireland
  • Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE: Professor of Chemical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
  • Rob Meyerson: Former CEO at Blue Origin and space engineer 
  • Dr Shakir Mohamed: Research scientist working on statistical machine learning and artificial intelligence at Deepmind
  • Professor Sheng Xu: Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego
  • Sue Daley: Associate Director for Technology and Innovation at TechUK where she leads work on cloud, data analytics and AI; previously responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland
  • Professor Weijia Yuan: Department of Electric and Electrical Engineering,  University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FREng FRS: Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton
  • William Tunstall-Pedoe: Entrepreneur, founder of artificial intelligence company Evi and co-creator of Amazon Alexa and Echo
  • Professor Zhiqiang Wu: Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Vice President of the Tongji University

Further speakers will be announced in due course.