Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Amrit Chandan: Co-founder & CEO of Aceleron: created circular economy lithium ion battery which helps reduce waste & get energy to developing regions; Forbes 30 under-30 2017; recipient of the Hawley Award for Engineering Innovation
  • 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
  • Azeem Azhar: Entrepreneur, Investor, Member of the editorial board of Harvard Business Review; Host of The Exponential View podcast
  • David Rowan, Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019 Moderator: Founding editor of Wired Magazine, Author & Speaker
  • Davida Herzl: CEO & Co-Founder, Aclima Inc. 
  • Diane Greene: Former CEO at Google Cloud and current Board Member at Alphabet
  • 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 & Co-Founder of Guguplex Technologies; Attorney at Olmberg Law; Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network Mentor, awarded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Personality in 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dr Loubna Bouarfa: Founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies; named MIT Innovator under 35 in 2017 
  • ​Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS FRCP FRCPath FMedSci: CEO UK Research & Innovation 
  • Professor Luciano Floridi: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • The Lord Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow 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
  • Peter Lacy: Senior Managing Director Accenture, Head of Accenture Strategy UK & Ireland
  • 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
  • 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 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.