Deputy Director, Future Sectors, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Government
Louis Barson is Deputy Director, Future Sectors at the Department for BEIS since April 2018 and Head of Future Sectors since September 2017. He is leading a whole range of Government approaches to policy in new tech and innovation-led sectors such as Robotics, Drones, Artificial Intelligence (through work with the Office for AI) and clusters of disruption in established sectors such as EdTech, InsurTech and LawTech – supporting new technology and ways of doing business for the benefit of the economy and society.
Before this he was head of the BEIS Challenger Business Programme, tracking disruptive technology trends, identifying application areas where technology running ahead of policy, convening businesses to understand their issues and working across government to resolve.
Chairman of the Board, Software Engineering Center Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xuhui Feng, graduated from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the Chairman of the Software Engineering Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Concurrently, Mr. Feng is the vice president of China Software Industry Association, the vice president of China Electronic Commerce Association and the vice chairman of professional committee on family health of Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association.
William Samengo Turner
Senior Associate, Allen & Overy London, Corporate
Will’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the tech sector. From emerging enterprises and startups to public corporations, Will advises some of the world’s leaders in technology on a range of issues including M&A, JVs, board advisory and corporate finance. He also regularly advises on corporate governance matters and has extensive experience of working closely with in-house teams.
A member of Allen & Overy’s London team, Will has spent considerable time living and working in Silicon Valley. His West Coast experience included a variety of M&A and financing transactions for corporations – ranging from seed round investments in startups to major acquisitions and disposals by listed companies.
Chief Engineer and Founder, Riversimple
Hugo Spowers is an Oxford University trained engineer and entrepreneur. His first business was in motorsport, designing and building racing cars and restoring historic racing cars. He left for environmental reasons and set up Riversimple on the basis that a step change in automotive technology is both essential and possible. The first project was the LIFECar, developed by a consortium Hugo brought together with Morgan and presented at the Geneva Motorshow in 2008; the Hyrban, a small technology demonstrator, followed in 2009. The Rasa prototype, currently on the road in the UK, is the first Riversimple car designed for type approval and delivers the equivalent of 1.2 litres/100km; a pilot trial of 20 vehicles is being launched later in 2018.
Managing Director, SoWhen?
"The Vision and the Concept" Having an audio-visual production background and drawing on his extensive experience in post-production agency, Mohamed specializes in filmmaking and cinematographic production and new technology entertainment. He has worked on the feature film Logorama that has received an Academy Award in 2009. Founding member of SoWhen?, he focuses all of his digital art and new technologies expertise and vision on improving the image of major brands (Cartier, Shiseido, Air France, SNCF) and agencies (FG design, 3Prime,Publicis) and creating concepts that enhance their customers engagement. He is also leading an international R&D project aiming at the convergence of new technologies toward the human emotions.
After a promising career in finance, Yonathan Parienti founded Horyou, the social network for social good. His strong knowledge of the international financial markets, drawn from his former senior executive responsibilities in major global banking groups such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of China, and Julius Baer, added to his acknowledgement of the growing importance of the Internet.
With the growing importance of social networking, he saw the challenge of combining communication with technology to promote and advance ideas, projects, and actions at all levels - local, national, and global, and to encourage and help Internet users everywhere to connect for good. In February 2016, Parienti introduced Spotlight - the first Global Social Currency - to be used within the Horyou community with the aim to promote economic inclusion by distributing capital through social media.
Andre Loesekrug Pietri
Speaker for J.E.D.I., former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, founder of ACAPITAL
André Loesekrug-Pietri, French-German nationalities, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in venture capital, including 10 years in China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology & innovation. He is currently speaker of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), aiming to accelerate France and Germany’s leadership in disruptive innovations. Graduate from HEC and from Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he is a private pilot and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve. @andrepietri
Head of Policy, Open Data Institute (ODI)
Peter Wells is Head of Policy at the Open Data Institute (ODI).
Before joining the ODI he worked in a voluntary role to organise an independent review of digital government policy for the UK Labour Party, and worked for Open Addresses Limited to experiment with creating a collaboratively maintained open address register for the UK.
Previously Peter spent 20 years working with telecoms businesses and regulators in multiple countries. He’s a big fan of Blackpool FC and he was once told he had impeccable taste in music
Head of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Service, City of Paris
François Moreau is an Engineer graduated from the Ecole Centrale (Lille) and the Univesidad Politecnica (Madrid), he also got a Masters degree in political sciences and urban planning from Sciences Po (Paris). He began his career as a consultant for the Paris Essonne Development Agency, where he notably worked with a Boston MIT researchers team led by Pr. Suzanne Berger on the internationalization of Western companies' R&D centers in China. In 2008, he joined the Attractiveness and Employment Department of Paris City Hall, where he was initially in charge of the Digital Sector. He is now manager of the municipality's Innovation policies and head of the Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Creative Industries Service.
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Equity Capital
I spent 20 years in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank helping companies raise money through multiple asset classes across Asia and Europe.
I am currently working on a number of projects around the capital markets business where new technology will challenge the existing oligopoly. This evolution is already happening at the crypto business where activities are having to adhere to securities regulation.