- Social Innovation lead, Arm
Fran leads Arm’s work on projects and programmes designed to deliver technology solutions that can help address global sustainability issues, creating opportunities that deliver social impact at scale. This includes leading Arm’s social innovation partnerships, from supporting entrepreneurial start-up projects, through to managing Arm’s global partnership with UNICEF and their Office of Innovation. Fran also supported the development of new Arm-founded initiatives such as 2030Vision, a partnership between business, academia, governments and NGOs designed to drive technology innovation across the UN’s Global Goals. Before joining Arm, Fran has worked in consultancy, communications and the charity sector, specialising in international development.
- Senior Principal Research Engineer, Arm
James Myers leads the Devices, Circuits and Systems team within Arm Research, seeking to push compute to the furthest extremes of cost, efficiency, performance, and integration. James holds 25 granted US patents, has taped out 20 successful chips, co-authored one book chapter, and presented at ISSCC and VLSI Symposium. His current interests include energy harvesting systems, bespoke printed electronics, and electronics for sustainability.
- Digital Accelerator Director, PwC UK
Abhi Naha is the Digital Accelerator Director at PwC. He is creating and leading a new tech division for PwC. The Digital Accelerator solves innovation challenges using the power of scale ups and ecosystems for greater insights, impact and value creation.
Abhi was the CCO of CW Cambridge Wireless and CEO of the Product as a Service Consortium. At CW, Abhi initiated and lead on the 5G private network testbed in Cambridge, corporate digital innovation accelerators and high value collaborations.
Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impairment through inclusively designed smartphone software. He held senior roles at Powermat, San Jose based Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility scale up Conigital, Industry Partner (Digital Infrastructure) for Arjun Infrastructure Partners with 5 Billion Euros of assets under management and an Ambassador for the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute. Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has an MBA in International Marketing and authored a book on Mobile Handset Design when approached by Cambridge University Press. More recently Abhi has created an initiative to help train widows in developing countries learn python programming, gain financial empowerment and become future leaders.
Dan is the founder and CEO of SafetyNet Technologies, which he started as the result of his final year project while studying product design engineering in Glasgow. Leading a design team in the space industry, helping companies refine their business models and take a more user-centred approach to their product and service offerings, has equipped him with a set of skills that benefit SafetyNet on a daily basis. Dan recently accompanied several SafetyNet prototypes to sea on a trawler during some trials and was not sick.
Lauren manages a range of projects that focus on life in the ocean and the services they provide. As part of her role, she leads the development of digital knowledge products that help increase access to ocean biodiversity and spatial data. She has a background in geography, fisheries science, and communications, and is passionate about creating tools and products that bring the best data and information to decision makers around the world.