Imperial business partners. Executive dinner and discussion 11 June 2014

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ExEcutivE dinnEr and discussion

11 JunE 2014

impErial businEss partnErs

big and opEn data



of EvEnts

sir nigEl


sir nigel shadbolt is professor of

artificial intelligence at the university

of southampton, where he leads the

Web and internet science group. he

is also the chairman and co-founder

of the open data institute (odi).

since 2009, sir nigel has acted as

an information adviser to the uK

government, helping transform public

access to government information,

including the widely acclaimed data. site.

With over 400 publications he

researches and publishes on open

data, artificial intelligence, computer

and web science. during his career,

he has also worked in philosophy,

psychology and linguistics. since

2000 he has secured 17 projects as

principal investigator with a value

of over £20 million pounds. he is

currently principal investigator on a

£6.14m Epsrc funded programme

grant researching the theory of social

machines - Web scale problem solving

systems comprising large numbers of

humans and computers.

in 2006 he was one of three founding

directors of garlik ltd, which in 2008

was awarded technology pioneer

status by the davos World Economic

forum and won the prestigious uK

national bt flagship award. garlik was

acquired by Experian ltd in 2011. in

2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for

services to science and engineering.

170 QuEEn’s gatE

impErial collEgE london

south KEnsington campus

london sW7 5hf

value, opportunities and pitfalls

tim Whitley & simon thompson, bt

exeCutive disCussion





aRRival & tea



finding thE

valuE in data



ibp mEmbErs

aWe: andReW


chiEf sciEntist

after completing a phd in plasma physics, andrew joined aWE in 1997 and worked across multiple teams, winning the discovery award for Early career scientific innovation. in 2009 he moved to lead the high performance computing group where he was involved in the procurement and installation of some of the largest computers in the uK. he was appointed head of plasma physics in november 2011. as part of the role, andrew was asset manager for the orion laser, one of the largest science capital investments in the uK. also in 2011, andrew became head of profession for physics with responsibility for the cpd of all physicists at aWE, and the company’s interactions with the institute of physics. in 2013, he became aWE chief scientist.

andrew is a chartered physicist and a fellow of the institute of physics and the royal institute. he was also appointed as a visiting professor at imperial college, london in april 2012.

bp: RiChaRd


vp tEchnology it


richard is currently responsible for the delivery of the it strategy and ongoing services across bp’s Exploration, reservoir development and upstream technology functions. in addition, he leads a major business transformation programme across upstream and the development of the bp’s company-wide automation and digitisation strategy. richard joined bp in 1998, holding a variety of roles including commissioning engineering in bp’s petrochemicals business and reliability engineering in refining, before moving into it as a business information consultant and project manager for bp’s combined oil, chemicals and upstream business in grangemouth, scotland. since then, he has held various it positions covering the breadth of bp’s businesses, including leadership of several wide-scale transformational programmes.

We are living in an age of superabundant

information. the internet and World Wide Web have been the agents of this revolution. this deluge of information and data has led to a range of scientific discoveries and engineering innovations. data at Web scale has allowed us to characterise the shape and structure of the Web itself and to efficiently search its billions of items of content. data published on the Web has enabled the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of humans to solve problems beyond any individual or single organisation. open government data published on the Web is improving the efficiency and accountability of our public services. open data is giving rise to open innovation that is generating social, environmental and economic value. this presentation will discuss the fundamental important of data science, which is emerging as an area of competitive advantage for companies, public and private sector organisations and nation states. it will review the opportunities and challenges that face us as we move into an era of ubiquitous data.



david eyton

hEad of tEchnology

as head of technology, david Eyton is accountable for bp’s technology strategy, its implementation across bp, and conducting research & development in areas of corporate renewal.

prior to this, david was bp’s upstream head of technology including responsibility for research and development, technical service work, it, procurement and supply chain management.

david joined bp in 1982 from cambridge university with an Engineering degree and has led exploration & production businesses in australia, the uK, trinidad and the gulf of mexico. he is a fellow of the uK royal academy of Engineering, institute of materials, minerals & mining and institute of directors.




lEadEr, big data &

customEr ExpEriEncE

simon received a ph.d in computer science from the university of portsmouth in 1998. his thesis was on distributed boosting algorithms and explored the mechanisms of building ensembles of classifiers efficiently in a distributed system and avoiding overfitting by using genetic algorithms to prune the ensembles created from deliberately biased subsets of data. he went to work for bt and was asked to learn about intelligent agents, which was exciting, and led to a number of years implementing intelligent agent systems in an open source system developed by bt. simon participated in a number of Eu funded international projects including agentcities, a finalist in the descartes prize in 2005. he became interested in the hadoop ecosystem and social networks and led the implementation of the debatescape social media monitoring and response system. simon now leads the big data and customer Experience practice at bt.

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tim Whitley

managing dirEctor,

rEsEarch &

innovation, &

adastral parK

tim is accountable for bt’s global research activities. he joined bt in 1981 as an apprentice engineer and over his 30 year career has held many varied positions.prior to his current role tim was bt’s group strategy director, accountable for guiding bt’s major strategic and investment choices. since their inception in 2008, tim has been at the heart of bt’s exciting next generation access plans which will see the next generation of broadband – superfast broadband – deployed across the uK.

tim has published over 50 papers in the field of optical communications.



hEad of innovation

peter joined btg in January 2011, following the acquisition of biocompatibles. peter joined biocompatibles in 1990 and was appointed to the board in 2002. he took the role of group director research and development in 1998 and transitioned the group to the current oncology products focus. he joined the cardiovascular division management team at its creation in 1993, after completion of development work in contact lens application. peter has a bsc in chemistry, an msc in polymer synthesis and a phd in pharmaceutical synthesis.




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Rio tinto:

deep Chana

managEr, businEss


a mining professional with extensive experience of transactions and strategy work. prior to joining rio tinto in 2011, deep worked in audit and transaction advisory first at priceWaterhousecoopers and then at Ernst and young. deep studied chemistry at imperial and lives in northwood with his wife and son.

national gRid:

neil hughes

hEad of tEchnology

neil is a chartered Engineer who has worked across a number of industry sectors, including in fuel and submarine systems. in national grid, neil has held several roles - as head of technology, his responsibilities now include the identification and development of new and emerging technologies, and the co-ordination of internal technology programmes and external technology networks.

neil is a fellow of the institution of Engineering and technology and has a in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

huaWei: John


EntErprisE salEs


John is an experienced sales leader in the ict industry having led hardware, software, sales Engineering and professional services teams worldwide. currently John is Enterprise sales director leading huawei’s uK Enterprise business. huawei is the world’s second largest telecom solution provider serving over 2 billion people in more than 140 countries.

prior to huawei, John was operations lead for cisco’s European service provider business; he also held senior sales roles looking after the bt 21c business for cisco and the cable and Wireless account globally. John joined cisco following a 15 year career at nortel where he held a number of roles including European sales director for nortel’s global professional services business.

ge: maRk


cEo & prEsidEnt

uK & irEland

mark Elborne joined gE in 2004 and prior to his appointment as cEo & president, he was vp and general counsel, Europe and European regulatory affairs, gE international, where he was responsible for leadership of the company’s legal & compliance functions. before joining gE, mark was a senior partner in the insurance & reinsurance group at cms cameron mcKenna in london. he was qualified as a solicitor at hewitt Woolacott & chown (a predecessor firm of cameron mcKenna) in 1983 and was made partner in 1988. he was admitted to the missouri bar in september 2004.


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vp architEcturE/

group it architEct

since 2006 as group it architect, Johan has been fully accountable for the it architecture across the shell group including business, applications, data and infrastructure, ensuring that the group has a clear target architecture and roadmaps to achieve it. since 2010, Johan has also been the lead architect for the projects & technology business in shell.

between 2003 and 2006 Johan worked in shell’s Exploration and production business unit as infrastructure architect. previous to this spent three years as architecture and development manager for the shell group infrastructure desktop (gid) project, which rolled out the same desktop infrastructure to 130,000 users in over 130 countries.

Johan has been with shell for over 35 years in many different it positions in a variety of locations in the uK and netherlands, and is currently based in rijswijk, in the netherlands.

Rolls RoyCe:

paul stein

chiEf sciEntific


as chief scientific officer, paul helps the rolls-royce group set its technological and business direction in view of market and technology trends, and examine areas where alternative technological and innovative approaches could lead to competitive advantage for the company. he is also actively engaged in talent development for the company, ensuring that specialist engineering talent is promoted and sustained. paul is also independent chair of the nuclear Engineering Executive and represents the nuclear sector at the Engineering leadership board.

previously paul was md at roke manor research, a member of the siemens uK Executive management board, and director general, science & technology, at the ministry of defence. paul is a fellow of the royal academy of Engineering, a fellow of the royal aeronautical society and a fellow of the institution of Engineering and technology.



bob bailey

chiEf information


bob has worked in the information industry for 30 years, for much of that time specialising in information for financial markets and investment management. he leads the information strategy team, who help focus cross-company efforts on new business approaches to information use, target information architecture and core information policy formation. most recently this included leading an exploration of the potential for use of linked data and open data in and by thomson reuters, culminating in march 2014 with the company joining the open data institute as a partner.


deboRah keith

hEad of ExtErnal

collaborations &

adJacEnt tEchnologiEs

for r&d

deborah Keith has worked in the field of plant science in academia, international development and industry for most of her career. deborah joined syngenta in 1998 as a research biologist group leader and has held various positions in r&d for crop protections and seeds divisions since, most recently head of the crop protection research portfolio.

prior to joining syngenta, deborah held several posts in academia, as a post-doc working on genetic transformation of crop plants at reading university, and prior to that, worked in an oilseed rape gene mapping program at the John innes centre.


ibp guEsts


Chi onWuRah

mp nEWcastlE upon

tynE & shadoW

cabinEt officE


chi onwurah mp is the labour mp for newcastle upon tyne. before becoming an mp she was head of telecoms technology at ofcom, and worked as an electrical engineer in hardware and software development, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of mainly private sector companies in a number of different countries – uK, france, us, nigeria, denmark.

chi was shadow minister for innovation, science & digital infrastructure oct 2010 – Jan 2013, working closely with the science and business community, with industry on broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and regulatory reform bill. chi continues to encourage women in stEm.

chi is a chartered Engineer with a bEng in Electrical Engineering from imperial college london and an mba from manchester business school.

impErial attEndEEs

professor yike guo has been working in technology and platforms for scientific data analysis since 1995 when he became the technical director of imperial college parallel computing centre. over the last 15 years, he has been leading the data mining group of the department to carry out many research projects, including some major uK e-science projects. yike has published nearly 200 papers in journals and conferences. he is the founder and had been the cEo of inforsense limited for 9 years inforsense limited, an imperial college spin-out company on enterprise platform for business and scientific intelligence.

he is currently the director of the data science institute of imperial college, which will provide a hub for data-driven research and education at imperial which launched on 1 april 2014. david holds a joint chair in technology and

innovation management – an appointment between imperial college business school and the department of civil and Environmental Engineering. he was previously deputy principal of imperial college business school and founding head of the innovation & Entrepreneurship group.

david leads a large portfolio of research in collaboration with firms across a number of sectors. his research includes work on the intensification of innovation, focusing on the electronic toolkit supporting design, research, development and engineering, called innovation technology (ivt). this includes how ivt can reduce costs and uncertainty in innovation processes through the use of simulation, modelling and virtual prototyping.

yike guo

david gann

dirEctor, data

sciEncE institutE



(dEvElopmEnt &





dave WelleR

chiEf EntErprisE


dave is the chief enterprise architect for thomson reuters, a position he has held since the beginning of 2012. he is responsible for defining the future state architecture and technology platforms needed to build thomson reuters products and support business operations. additional responsibilities include building partnerships with technology companies to maximise investment and joint opportunities, identifying emerging technologies, and fostering internal innovation. he has worked for thomson reuters for more than 20 years in a variety of development and technical positions, including interim cio and cto of factiva, a joint venture with dow Jones. dave is married with two children and in his spare time runs a small record label.


claire is Executive coordinator to prof david gann cbE, imperial’s vice president (development and innovation). Working at the business-policy-research interface in the office of the president, she supports the vice president in shaping college strategy and building relationships with industry and government, fuelling her passion for science policy and university-industry engagement. claire took up this post in october 2013. prior to this, claire coordinated an imperial cross-college smart cities research programme. claire is a physics graduate, with an

astroparticle physics phd from imperial college london.

charles is director, imperial business partners and also has responsibility for imperial’s strategic enterprise ventures, supporting academic-championed b2b partnering. he played a key commercial leadership role in the establishment of various imperial college and other collaboration initiatives in the uK and with overseas partners. charles also represents imperial college as director on biotech company boards as well as industry bodies such as london first. he joined imperial in 2009 from a senior corporate and entrepreneurial career in engineering, industry and healthcare including with ftsE100 boc plc and its subsidiaries in the uK and internationally.

ClaiRe thoRne




co-ordinator, vp

(dEvElopmEnt &


dirEctor, impErial

businEss partnErs

mike joined imperial in november 2013 from the international consulting engineering firm, atkins , where he was the group business transformation director working on developing enterprise wide changes to infrastructure design and implementing international collaboration processes for project teams. mike was atkins cio from 2008, responsible for strategic direction and delivery of it services to atkins internationally. mike’s early career was with Emi Electronics as an electronic engineer designing and implementing instrumentation and computer control systems in the offshore oil and gas industry.

mike holds a bsc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from nottingham university, an msc in physical instrumentation and is a fellow of the british computer society, a chartered information technology practitioner and member of the institution of Engineering technology.

simon joined imperial college london in september 2009 with 14 years’ corporate experience in the automotive and electronics sectors. he has worked for the ford motor company and the visteon corporation in a range of product development, strategy, b2b sales, business development, program management and manufacturing roles in the uK and overseas. simon holds a dphil from the university of oxford.

mike Russell



chiEf information


hEad & dirEctor,





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