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CWIC 2019: Digitising Industry

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At the CW International Conference we are bringing together technologists and business leaders from six vertical markets to explore industry’s future requirements of the digital sector and identify opportunities for collaborative development. New speakers announced 1st April.

About the event

At the CW International Conference 2019 we are bringing together technologists and business leaders from six vertical markets to explore industry’s future requirements of the digital sector and identify opportunities for collaborative development.

Will technological innovation or industry’s eternal drive for better margins be the greater definer of 21st century economics? The unstoppable rise of the internet giants to their current positions has been remarkable – and, at least before the turn of the last millennium, unpredictable. 

Yet it is important for those in the technology industry to not underplay the extent to which vertical markets have always embraced technological change, and the impact that mature industries will have on the economics of next generation communications. Many industries have quickly adopted the implications of the connected world and are now pulling it forwards at pace. And the mobile industry, which has relied hitherto on mass consumerism, is now sprinting to keep up with the diversity of demand arising from the complexity of each vertical market.

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Steve Archer - Business Development Manager, 30MHz

Steve is a Business development manager at 30MHz, a Dutch Agri-tech company. They help businesses in the agri-food chain drive productivity with data. From seed companies through cultivators to food retailers, they provide cloud-based software to access real-time data generated by their own scalable wireless sensing technology. Steve works closely with growers on a daily basis to understand their problems, to learn how we can use our system to solve them and to understand how to drive strong ROI for customers as well as passing feedback for 30MHz product development team enabling a rapid customer driven approach to product development.

Julian Burnett - VP, Global Markets - Distribution Sector , IBM

Julian is a digital and business transformation expert ranked in the CIO Top 40 by Computing in 2018. He is VP & Executive Partner, Global Markets, leading IBM UK's business in the retail, consumer products and logistics industries. Prior to joining IBM, Julian was on the Board at House of Fraser where he was CIO and Executive Director of Supply Chain & Transformation. He designed and led the first major phase of their transformation journey to create House of Fraser's award winning multi-channel customer experience, ranked in the Leader's group in Europe by the independent IREUTop500 annual index in 2017. Julian was the first CTO of John Lewis and of Sainsbury's where in both he founded and led digital and technology transformation programmes to deliver step changes in customer experience, operational efficiency and profitability performance. He is an advisor to the UK fashion retail industry on digital supply chain strategies through his role on the GS1 Apparel Board and advises Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the work place.

Daniel Clarke - Smart Cambridge Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Connecting Cambridgeshire

Dan is the Programme Manager for the Smart Cambridge programme which was set up to explore how data, innovative technology and better connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond. Local councils, technology businesses, university researchers and partner organisations are working together to find smart ways to tackle city challenges, such as transport and air quality.

Ben Crowther - Co-Founder and Engineering Lead, Lettusgrow

Ben Crowther is the CTO and one of three founding members of LettUs Grow, a Bristol-based indoor farming technology company. He's been deploying his systems engineering background to the development of highly efficient irrigation systems in order to build the farms of the future for the past 3 years. LettUs Grow has been expanding rapidly. Ben has been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his role and recently has been awarded an Industrial Fellowship with the SWCTN to explore automation within vertical farming.

James Dean - CEO, SenSat

James is a technology entrepreneur fascinated by the way the world works. He founded SenSat in 2015 to enable the greatest step change since the internet; the digitisation of the physical world. SenSat allows computers to interact with the real world in their own language, making important information accessible to everyone.
James received a BSc from King’s College London in Geography and a minor in Astrophysics from The University of California, Irvine. His speciality lies in Satellite Sensing and Earth monitoring where he worked with NASA’s LandSAT and MODIS satellites. In addition he worked collaboratively with professors from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Greg Dickens - Innovation Consultant, Innovia Technology

Greg uses his background in entomology and life-sciences to provide a fresh perspective on  logistical or strategic problems.

He is part of Innovia’s medical and strategy teams, and has a life-long love of solving puzzles and telling stories.

Richard Fairchild - Operations Director, Aurrigo

After completing a PhD on the feasibility of autonomous navigation in 2009, Richard worked in research developing V2V and V2I technologies and improving access to transport for vulnerable and elderly passengers through technology.

In 2011, Richard moved to industry, where he worked to set up and manage an automotive telematics division at RDM Group in Coventry.

In March 2017, the Aurrigo division of RDM Group was formed and Richard has taken up the challenge of developing connected mobility solutions utilising autonomous vehicles to improve transport choices and accessibility for all travellers.

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and technical strategy responsibility across the company. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a regular speaker at industry events. He is a Small Cell SIG Champion. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent the past 20 years working in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for development of 3G and 4G products and established a core team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI). In recent times he has directed projects on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and then directing Real Wireless engagement in H2020 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther is a leading partner of the electronics team of Marks & Clerk’s Cambridge office. Since 2004, she has helped to build IP portfolios for start-up and SME companies across the Cambridge region. She also has extensive experience of managing international patent portfolios, including for global cloud services provision and scalable IoT consumer applications. Esther works alongside colleagues across the Marks and Clerk UK and international network, responding to new innovations by assembling interdisciplinary teams of experts in technologies spanning, e.g., IoT Sensors, Artificial Intelligence, telecommunications and more generally Electronics, Software and Biotech.  She is delighted to be involved with Cambridge Wireless in considering how these enabling technologies will interact synergistically to rapidly evolve our population centres into Smart Cities.

Esther was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering prize and a PhD in Microelectronics while studying at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt and Cambridge University. Her PhD research achieved a novel nanodot array device, which for the first time opened the way for single electron devices with a reproducible, controlled threshold voltage at high temperature. She also presented the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World", which was delivered to live audiences throughout the UK and broadcast over Europe and North America, reaching an audience of 20,000


Mansoor Hanif - CTO, Ofcom, UK5G Advisory Board Member, UK5G

Mansoor has 25 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world. In 2011 Mansoor joined EE and was accountable for the technical launch of 4G as well as the Integration of the 2G/3G Orange and T-Mobile networks. Mansoor was Director of RAN and a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. At BT Mansoor was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018, and led collaboration with UK Universities, innovators, and government bodies. Mansoor was closely involved in the foundation of several cross-industry initiatives to accelerate innovation with disruptive technologies: in the UK, he co-founded the Scottish Innovation Partnership, and internationally participated in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). From September 2018 Mansoor is the CTO of Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. As CTO he is head of the technology profession across the organisation, ensuring that the technology aspects of all Ofcom’s policy work are informed and robust, and is a member of the Policy and Management Board (the decision-making body at executive level). He also leads Ofcom’s activities in network security & resilience as well as engagement with CTOs at our stakeholders, industry bodies and with Government. Outside of Ofcom, Mansoor is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the UK5G Innovation Network, the Satellite Applications Catapult and UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept.

Chris Hole - Business Development, TTP Group

Lina Huertas - Chief Technologist, Manufacturing Technology Centre

In her current role, Dr. Lina Huertas focuses on driving the creation of value in the UK through the digitalisation of UK industry. This includes shaping the UK national strategy and policy, chairing the High Value Manufacturing Catapult strategy team and running the MTC corporate strategy on Digital Manufacturing. In recent years she has formed and led different engineering and technology teams that offer unique capabilities to develop and mature technological solutions for the UK manufacturing sector. Her experience includes a PhD in the application of simulation and informatics solutions to support manufacturing, and 12 years’ experience delivering industrial projects that generated business benefits on the back of digital technologies. Lina is a Fellow of the IMechE and has a first class honours degree and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Derek Long - Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Cambridge Consultants

As head of telecoms and mobile at Cambridge Consultants, Derek leads the company’s collaboration within the sector. Central to Derek’s role at Cambridge Consultants is helping create breakthrough innovation that transforms the delivery of high-performance communication for their partners; from mobile carriers and ISPs, to vendors and component manufacturers. With over 20 years’ experience in mobile technology, Derek has held a range of multinational senior management roles and has a wealth of expertise across all generations of mobile and broadband technology, including LTE-A and 5G. Derek holds a PhD in telecommunications from the University of Bristol.

Duncan McFarlane - Head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering , University of Cambridge

Duncan McFarlane is Professor of Industrial Information Engineering at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory within the Institute for Manufacturing. He has been involved in the design and operation of industrial automation and information systems for twenty years.

Prof McFarlane joined the Department of Engineering at Cambridge in 1995 as a lecturer in the area of industrial automation systems. His research work is focused in the areas of distributed industrial automation, reconfigurable systems, RFID integration, track and trace systems and valuing industrial information. Most recently he has been examining the role of automation and information solutions in supporting service environments and in addressing environmental concerns.

Emma Mee - Programme Manager, Allia

Emma supports impact entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to make a positive impact on the world, and leads the “Future 20”, a select group of inspiring start-ups addressing global challenges. She is passionate about encouraging and helping people to create solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. She has 12 years' experience of working with large corporate clients solving sustainability challenges at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability, and a sound understanding of climate change and renewable technologies. She also supports Cambridge Cleantech with business development and making connections to support the growth of both organisations, and is an elected member of the council for the National Trust, guiding long term strategy.

Tim Moore - VP Smart Devices, ghd Cambridge

Dr Tim Moore is VP Smart Devices at Coty Inc, the third largest beauty company in the world, where he is responsible for innovation and early stage development of devices and systems for beauty, including Internet of Things (IoT). Tim joined Coty through their acquisition of ghd. As the CTO of ghd he lead and built ghd’s world-class laboratory facilities in Cambridge where innovative high performance products are developed based upon a fundamental understanding of the physics of hair. Prior to joining ghd, Dr Moore was CEO of Sagentia SGAI Ltd, a technology consultancy based in Hong Kong and Cambridge focusing on the development of breakthrough consumer products. Dr Moore obtained his PhD in Microelectronics at Cambridge University.

Abhi Naha - CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

Abhi has a long heritage with CW having previously founded the CW Handset Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2008, now called Future Devices. Prior to CW, Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has a MBA in International Marketing and interestingly, was approached by Cambridge University Press (alongside a colleague at the time) to write a book on Mobile Handset Design which was successfully launched in New Delhi. 20 years in the ICT industry, it’s fair to say Abhi has built up an enviable network of contacts, to the great fortune of CW! He joined the team in June 2015 as Head of Marketing before landing his current role as CCO. Abhi is responsible for commercial operations, engagement with the start-up community, and is a key driving force behind CW Unplugged; an initiative aimed at the younger generation. A strong advocate of digital inclusion and diversity within the technology industry, Abhi champions this across all areas within CW and actively mentors several young CEO Founders.

Chris Regan - Head of Business Development, EDF Energy

Chris has a background in Physics and complements this with an MBA.

As an energy trader, Chris was present at two market openings before Heading up EDF Energy trading and Operations capabilities between 2009 and 2017. As Vice Chair of the FOAs Power Trading Committee and as Chair of Energy UK’s Wholesale Markets subcommittee, Chris helped create the current Energy market we have today, making changes to the Energy trading products, negotiating the current Mandatory Market Making rules as well as making changes to allow customer’s assets to be re-optimised closer to real time. He is now using this experience to bring new types of flexibility management and contract types into the Customers business leading on our Powershift flexibility offering, focusing on Electric Vehicles, Battery Optimisation, Demand Side Response and Grid Scale Optimisation.

Andy Rhodes - Operations Director, 42 Technology

Andy has over 30 years of international experience in the development of wireless communications and tracking products and systems. He has sector experience in industrial and consumer electronics, commercial telecoms, high reliability satellite systems and security & defence. At 42 Technology, a technology and product development consultancy, he has recent first-hand experience of delivering an Industrial IoT system deployment with 1000's of devices across UK and Europe, operating in harsh and hazardous environments, to provide quality data that can change the operating business model for the industry.

Robert Shaw - Head of Asset Intelligence, Anglian Water

Having worked for Anglian Water for 17 years, most recently leading the creation of the company Asset and Operations Strategy, Rob now heads up a new and exciting team, Asset Intelligence.

With genuine passion for innovation and delivering tangible and sustained positive change, he will be responsible for enabling asset maintenance excellence through intelligent exploitation of existing and new capabilities in technology, digital, data and information.

Ian Simmons - Vice President Business Development, Magna International

Ian Simmons has served as Vice President Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R&D since 2012. Simmons is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities with start-ups, universities, venture capital companies and entrepreneurs. As a result of his work in the last 12-15 months, Magna has entered into partnerships with more than 15 companies and invested over $90 million.

Simmons joined Magna in 2003 as Executive Director Sales and Program Management for Magna Steyr North America. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager, Magna Steyr North America and in 2010 this role was expanded to President of Magna Steyr North America.

Simmons, who has worked in the automotive industry for more than 35 years, began his career in 1976 with student training at the Ford Motor Company in the U.K. Upon leaving Ford in 1982 he undertook engineering assignments in Europe with Volkswagen and DAF Trucks.

In 1990 Simmons held the position of Manager of Business Development for Hawtal Whiting Plc. in the U.K., where he was responsible for sales activities throughout Europe. In 1993 he accepted a transfer to the company’s U.S. operation to become Vice President of Sales. In 1995 Simmons became Vice President of Operations for the Hawtal Whiting technical center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Simmons returned to the U.K. in 1997 as Director of Business Development for TWR Ltd. supporting TWR Group sales and operational tasks for the technical services division. He subsequently returned to the U.S. in 1999 and joined Porsche Engineering Services as Head of Sales in 2000. Simmons holds dual U.S. / U.K. citizenship.

Simmons has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 20 years.

Ian Wheal - Co-founder and CEO, Breedr

Ian Wheal is co-founder and CEO of Breedr, a data app for livestock farmers. Ian grew up on a family farm in South Australia and passionately believes that better informed farmers – coupled with an integrated, transparent supply chain – can revolutionise the productivity, quality and sustainability of the entire livestock industry. Breedr recently raised £2M Seed investment to re-think the way we track, measure and trade livestock globally.

Nik Willetts - President & CEO, TM Forum

An experienced leader in the technology, media, and telecoms (TMT) market, Nik Willetts is the CEO of TM Forum.

He is passionate about the digital revolution and its profound impact on our lives and businesses. As an industry thought leader, he is a frequent writer, speaker and moderator at industry conferences and events. In 2013, Global Telecoms Business named Nik to their Top 40 under 40 as one of the most exciting leaders in the communications industry.

Previously, Nik served as the Deputy CEO of TM Forum where he was responsible for leading the Forum’s strategy, digital transformation and value-delivery for its core communications industry collaboration programs.

Nik has also held a number of executive positions within the Forum, including responsibility for strategy, marketing and communications, global events and IT. Prior to joining TM Forum, Nik ran a successful consulting business working with multi-national companies including BT, WestLB and The Carphone Warehouse.

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