On the 15 October 2019, our fourth, DLA Piper European Technology Summit brought together business leaders from the European tech industry alongside key figures who are currently shaping the regulatory and financial landscape. The full day's programme covered some of the key issues impacting enterprise in the context of emerging technology, innovation and the pursuit of growth.
Throughout the day we were delighted to have eminent industry leaders joining us as keynote speakers and panellists to share their insights.
The Summit welcomed over 350 senior executives from across Europe’s technology, media and telecommunications industries as well as the financial services, retail, manufacturing and other industries looking to grasp opportunities and manage risks arising from digital transformation, plus private equity and venture capital organisations, entrepreneurs and investors from digital start-ups and local and regional regulators.
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Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
Thimon de Jong is set to share exciting insights into digital transformation and the human side of new technology, how emerging technologies influence trust, how society’s younger generation are using these technologies and the ethics and technology debates relating to bias and traceability, artificial intelligence and more besides.
WHETSTON / strategic foresight
This session explores how new and traditional financial services business models are both competing as well as collaborating as both FinTechs and incumbents strive for market share locally, regionally or globally. The intensifying innovation across the financial services industry spectrum is creating demonstrable value, in areas such as customer experience and transactional efficiency, as well as presenting potential risks for investors, consumers and other stakeholders.
However, with those gains also comes the responsibility of effectively navigating: evolving regulatory and compliance frameworks across various jurisdictions; different digital infrastructures and advancing technological applications; and cultural differences both across markets as well as between large enterprise and start-ups where both invest in the establishment of partnerships to improve the delivery of services as a new decade of further technology-fuelled transformation dawns.
CEO, Ozone and Head of Technology
Founder and CEO
Global Digital Finance
Chief Operating Officer and Board Member
This session explores and contrasts the different dynamics at play within ‘real sports’ and ‘e-sports’ environments, particularly in the context of rights ownership and sponsorship by global brands.
Our panellists will discuss how authenticity, intimacy and content are integral to the consideration for brands’ and audiences’ participation, especially in today’s social media-led world, and therefore how this, as well as an evolving regulatory landscape, shapes the approach rights owners and brands take as they seek to meet changing consumer demands while delivering on revenue, profit, reputational or other strategic motives as we enter a new decade set to offer further opportunities and challenges from future advances in technology innovation.
Partner, Global Co-Chair, Media, Sport and Entertainment Sector
Motorsport & esports
Head of Partnership Development
Co-Founder and CEO
This session explores how prepared enterprise, regulators and governments are to meet the growing cyber security-related challenges arising from new threats to private as well as public critical information infrastructure in a context of intensifying, tech-driven innovation coupled with a macro-environment defined by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).
This session will reflect on what leading law enforcement authorities are doing to protect enterprises across various industries, as well as citizens, in a threat landscape that is rapidly and continually evolving and where threat actors are becoming more sophisticated.
The aim will be to share insights into what leaders in business and society can do now to ensure their cyber security strategies, and those of enterprises in their supply chain, are ready and able to respond to new forms of attack quickly, so as to avoid any cyber-related breaches or other such ‘accidents waiting to happen’ with more frequency and severity as we enter another decade of digital transformation.
Cyber Technical Director
Founder & CEO
Custody Digital Group
Chief Commercial Officer, EMEA Cyber Solutions
This session explores the regulatory framework likely to govern future innovation in artificial intelligence (AI)-related technologies, robotics, automation and machine learning.
This session will consider how legislation may influence the ethical basis through which people, organizations, investors and governments may design and deploy AI-driven machines at scale.
Would a code of ethics enforced at a global level be an adequate instrument in guiding the development of sophisticated software and machines that act with moral intent and positively transform our world?
Or does the law need to evolve to be ‘fit for purpose’ for today’s digital era so as to more robustly protect consumers and society from malevolent forces that are already rapidly ‘weaponizing’ AI technologies, be they State-sponsored threats driving critical infrastructure attacks, hackers infiltrating institutions with targeted intrusions or corporates exploiting their rich data assets without appropriate consent in, for example, predatory or discriminatory practices?
If so, how, over the coming decade, may regulation most effectively strike a balance that enables AI-led innovation to flourish while also containing any related risks in ‘real life’ today and tomorrow, rather than in Asimov’s historical fiction?
Principal Analyst technology thematic research
Founder and CEO
Polytechnic University of Turin
EMEA Industry Transformation Director
This session explores how emerging technologies are reshaping various industry landscapes and why enterprise and investors must be prepared not just to build digital capabilities in-house but also to buy-in the related technologies, data, process, talent and culture if they are to realize the opportunities to transform how they serve changing customer needs as further innovation is unleashed in the coming new decade.
This session will consider: the different structural approaches to securing assets in today’s digital economy; the evolving mix of sources of funding available; how best to identify new partners and targets in a context of rapid, tech-driven change; and what the future holds as organizations of all shapes and sizes look outside of their own companies in order to build and integrate mission-critical digital capabilities through mergers and acquisitions, while also mitigating against the challenges and potential forward risks that can destroy value in digital transactions.
Global Lead, Disruptive M&A
Group General Counsel
Carlyle Europe Technology Partners
This session explores how investing in and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies, and deploying technology as an enabler to the achievement of desired outcomes, should give enterprise a competitive advantage as we enter another decade of transformative innovation.
The discussion in this session will reflect on: some initiatives across various industries and government-driven programmes that are helping to attract a more diverse talent pool into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)-related sectors; how businesses are using technology to promote a more inclusive approach to recruitment and retention; the impact of gender pay gap reporting in the context of tech-driven businesses and how to effectively meet the demands on enterprise of evolving obligations in this area globally; and effective interventions that large and small enterprise can take to address workplace cultural issues relating to diversity, noting the recent high profile reputational damage various brands worldwide have faced which have had significant consequences for balance sheets and boardrooms.
Founder and Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
This session explores the strategies and tactics retailers are implementing as they seek to deliver innovative solutions that differentiate their offerings and provide a seamless, integrated customer experience across both online and high street outlets, while doing so in as cost efficient manner as possible for the benefit of their internal and external stakeholders.
As we enter another decade of technology and data-driven transformation, enterprise decision-makers and investors looking to drive global sales and profit growth efficiently and sustainably must consider: shifts in consumer behaviour and lifestyles; the role emerging technologies play in generating supply chain efficiencies; the importance of aligning brand values with customer expectations in the context of social and environmental impact; and a continually evolving regulatory and compliance landscape that can, at any point in time in any global market, influence how retailers invest in shaping their propositions, products, people and purpose.
Head of Venture
Founder and Joint Managing Director
VP, Global Markets - Distribution Sector (UK)
Co-Founder, Strategy & Product
This session explores how ‘the future’ is already here given the profound impact that rapid advancements in technology are having across all industries, whether that’s in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics and automation or blockchain.
However, this session will primarily look to reflect on ‘what next’, as enterprise, start-ups, governments, regulators and consumers prepare to grasp the opportunities, or mitigate against the threats, that continued and relentless innovation into the next decade is set to offer with, for example: ‘big data’ now widely recognized as a key foundation of transformation; the deployment of 5G expected to stimulate greater connectivity and reliability of networks; the massive increase in computational power anticipated from quantum computing at scale; and as all stakeholders better understand how emergent technologies may complement and enhance, or wholly disrupt, existing operations as businesses pursue supply-side efficiencies or seek to meet shifting demand-side expectations.
Cloud Practice Lead, KPMG UK LLP
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Digital Bank UK: RBWM
Yancey Strickler is set to share some exciting insights into how he foresees Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform he founded, becoming a public service vehicle, how he sees entrepreneurship declining and what the drivers are behind that. He will also look at how society needs to expand its concept of value by assigning rational value to other values besides money - things like community, purpose, and sustainability.
Co-founder & Former CEO
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