26-28 April, 2021 | 08:30 - 18:30
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The Business School's MBA London Symposium 2021: Perseverance & Ingenuity
The Business School's MBA London Symposium is dedicated to sharing our capital's thoughtleadership and gives our MBA students and guests the opportunity to interact with seniorfigures of our vibrant global city home.

During the Symposium, participants will hear from leaders and influencers in a variety of sectors driving London's prosperity, but engagement is also key - this is a class not a conference. All our speakers are looking forward to hearing from you too - so please be prepared.

Now in its eighth year, each Symposium is curated on a theme and for 2021,we will celebrate the value of "Perseverance & Ingenuity". As London, and everywhere else seeks to respond to a changed world, the MBA London Symposium offers you a variety of perspectives, insights and experiences to inspire you, connect with others, and prompt reflection on how you can put perseverance and ingenuity to work in facing some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Agenda

The itinerary of the online Cass MBA London Symposium is almost complete and it is a pleasure to share an outline with you.

The Business School's MBA London Symposium is dedicated to sharing our capital's thought leadership and gives MBA participants opportunity to interact with senior figures of our vibrant global city home.

During the Symposium, participants will hear from leaders and influencers in a variety of sectors driving London's prosperity, but engagement is also key - this is a class not a conference. All our speakers are looking forward to hearing from students - so please be prepared to join our discussions.

Now in its eighth year, each Symposium is curated on a theme and for 2021,we will celebrate the value of "Perseverance & Ingenuity". As London, and everywhere else seeks to respond to a changed world, the MBA London Symposium offers you a variety of perspectives, insights and experiences to inspire you, connect with others, and prompt reflection on how you can put perseverance and ingenuity to work in facing some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Please find below the schedule. All start times are in British Summer Time (BST)!:

MONDAY MORNING

 
8.40am

Welcome from Dr Sionade Robinson, FRGS, Associate Dean, People and Culture, Associate Professor (Education) and Faculty Lead for the London Symposium.

 
9.00am

Opening Plenary on the Changing City, Lord Mayor William Russell, the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London, also known as "the Square Mile" it is the hub of United Kingdom's trading and financial services industries.

 
10.00am

"How Perseverance & Ingenuity make London the best city in the world for business"
John Dickie, CEO London First, London is the UK’s capital and a global player, it has risen to the top of all the main international rankings — but it wasn’t always that way and we cannot afford to be complacent. The pandemic has shone a light on the challenges global cities face – now is the time for the business community to step up once again.

 
11.00am

Ingenious Coffee Break with magic from 11.15am.

 
11.30am

"UK Tech Pioneers are creating the future"
Parveen Dhanda, Head of Programmes at Tech Nation and the Future Fifty.

 
12.30pm

"Inclusive Leadership: Everybody In - Nobody Out"
Rene Carayol MBE, one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before.

MONDAY AFTERNOON

3.00-4:30pm

Participants will be invited to join EITHER:

Expert Panel Discussion: "Leadership Lessons in Tech"
Chaired by Parveen Dhanda, Tech Nation and the Future Fifty.
Panellists: Torie Chilcott, Founder of Paddle and Scoota, Ali Khan, Head of Analytics & Insights Services, International at Amazon and Jill Palmer, Former CEO of Clicktravel.

OR

3.00-4:30pm

Expert Workshop: "Should we be worried about Klara? The future of Artificial Intelligence in Sport"
With renowned leadership and sport expert Professor Chris Brady, Sportsology.

5.00pm

Networking: Sherlock Holmes, The Grand Debut
Participants will join an 18-year-old Sherlock Holmes embarking on his maiden investigation. A wonderful opportunity to meet a famous Londoner and build your network.

TUESDAY AM

 
8.30am

Liz Broderick of Kindred Capital, VC,  shares her insights and career story.

 
9.30am

"Digital Currency; changing how pay will change the way we do business"
William Lovell, Head of Future Technology, the Bank of England.

 
10.30am

Ingenious Coffee Break with magic from 10.45am.

 
11.00am

"The Opportunities of Astropreneurship"
Sam Adlen, Chief Strategy Officer at Satellite Applications Catapult
will talk about emerging opportunities for astropreneurship. The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. Our aim is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030.

 
12.10pm

"The Business of Experience"
Mark Sherwin, Managing Director - Global Lead - Energy Retail, UK&I Growth at Accenture Interactive.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON

3.00-4:30pm

Participants will be invited to join EITHER:

Expert Panel Discussion: "Creating value with perseverance & ingenuity when leading ESG"
Chaired by Professor Barbara Casu, Director of the Centre for Banking Research at the Business School (formerly Cass), where she is Professor of Banking and Finance.
Panellists: Alex Barbosa (HS2 Ltd), Dr Tauni Lanier (World Wide Generation), Varia Pehurina (BlackRock) and Gordon Wilson (PwC).

OR

3.00-4:30pm

Expert Workshop: "Future of Money – the role of cryptocurrencies"
With Julian Sawyer, CEO of Bitstamp, the Bitcoin Exchange.

WEDNESDAY

 
9.30am

Archie Norman, Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc (commonly abbreviated as M&S) a major British multinational retailer with headquarters in London, England, that specialises in selling clothing, home products and food products, mostly of its own label.

 
10.30am

"Reimagining Human Flight"
Richard Browning, an English inventor, Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries Ltd will share his experiences of building a jet suit. Prior to founding Gravity, Richard was a Royal Marine Reservist for six years and an Oil Trader with BP for 16 years. See Gravity Industries.

 
11.20am

Ingenious Coffee Break with magic from 11.30am.

 
11.45am

"How to think like a human: problem-solving in the age of AI"
Dr Harvey Lewis, EY, and Visiting Professor at the Business School (formerly Cass), will speak on AI & the Human Mind.

 
12.40pm

"Our Future on Mars"
An inspiring session led by Lucinda Offer, Education, Outreach and Events Officer at the Royal Astronomical Society and Dr Robert Zubrin, Founder of The Mars Society.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Participants will be invited to join EITHER:

 
3.00-4:30pm

Expert Workshop: "Winning the inner game — adopting the right mindset to thrive in our uncertain world"
With Matt Watkinson, an internationally renowned author, speaker and business consultant. He has been cited and interviewed by the world's leading research firms, and invited to address industry leaders worldwide. His first book, The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences won the CMI's Management Book of the Year Award in 2014.

 
3.00-4:30pm

Expert Workshop: "Storytelling as a Superpower"
With Clare Murphy, an international storyteller who has performed in more than 20 countries.  She has performed at many places including The National Theatre, The Barbican, Soho Theatre, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Clare also works as a storytelling consultant and trainer with many companies and institutions worldwide including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Jaguar Landrover, BLESMA Limbless Veterans, The Young Vic and the National Trust.  Clare is the Director of Story at the Mission Critical Team Institute USA, and Storyteller in Residence at the NHS Leadership Academy SW.

 
5.00pm

Symposium Close:
Closing remarks from Dr Sionade Robinson, FRGS, Associate Dean, People and Culture, Associate Professor (Education) and Faculty Lead for the London Symposium.

Speakers

Alderman William Russell

John Dickie

John Dickie is Acting Chief Executive at London First. Formerly Director of Strategy and Policy, he was responsible for the business membership organisation’s public policy development and its member management team. A former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London, John was a member of the current Mayor of London’s London Finance Commission, the previous Mayor’s Infrastructure Delivery Board and is a member of the King’s College Commission on London.

His previous senior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC, Regulatory Affairs Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and Managing Director of consultancy Prima Europe, later GPC London, where he provided political and policy advice to major international businesses. John started his career at Swiss Bank Corporation International and has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.

Julian Sawyer

Chief Executive Officer at Bitstamp

Julian leads the global team at Bitstamp, the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange that serves over four million customers worldwide. He is in charge of the company’s overall strategy and vision. In addition to leading Bitstamp, Julian is also an advisor to the board of the leading Australian challenger bank, Volt.

Before joining Bitstamp, Julian was Gemini’s Managing Director for Europe. Prior to that, he had gathered extensive experience in traditional finance, as the co-founder of Starling Bank, where he held the role of COO and was responsible for running customer services, AML & Fraud, Payment Operations, HR and Supplier Management. Prior to Starling, he was a management consultant at Accenture and EY and set up and ran his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock Consulting, for 13 years before making a successful exit. Julian is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at CASS Business School’s Faculty of Management.

René Carayol MBE

Will Lovell

I am Head of Future Technology and I focus on looking at how the next generation of technology, and the generation after that will change financial services. I spend much of my time working on payment systems and have strong interests in blockchain, digital currency and machine learning. My background is in engineering and application development, so I like to keep a practical focus but I also work with those developing policy. I am particularly interested in where policy and practice intersect and the opportunities that creates.

Professor Chris Brady

One of the best known and innovative business school professors in the UK - Financial Times

Chris Brady is currently the Chief Intelligence Officer with Sportsology, a US advisory consultancy to elite global sporting organizations (Sportsology.pro). He has had a varied working life ranging from a line-worker at Chrysler in Detroit in his teens to managing a bookmaker's shop, from a land surveyor to a semi-professional footballer, from a naval officer to a management consultant. Professor Brady has been Dean of the Business School at Bournemouth University as well as Dean of BPP Business School based in London, and Deputy Dean responsible for external affairs and business development at the Cass Business School in the City of London. He also served in the Royal Navy for 16 years including appointments in the joint HQ intelligence cells during the first Gulf War and the Balkans crises.

He is the author of books and articles on subjects as varied as US foreign policy, British Cabinet government and business. Most recently he has co-authored the award-winning book Quiet Leadership with Carlo Ancelotti. His other books include the best-selling The 90 Minute Manager. He has also written on specific business issues in The End of the Road, the story of BMW’s ownership of Rover and its aftermath, The Extra Mile, which deals with employee engagement, and Intelligent M&A, an analysis of the intelligence function within the M&A process.

Professor Brady is an advisor to the League Managers’ Association’s Institute of Leadership and High Performance. He played, coached and managed football semi-professionally throughout his working life. Professor Brady has also been qualified as a coach in tennis, squash and trampoline but admits that he probably draws most enjoyment from the movies and from football.

Clare Murphy

Clare Murphy is an international storyteller who has performed in more than 20 countries. She has performed at many places including The National Theatre, The Barbican, Soho Theatre, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and for former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Clare also works as a storytelling consultant and trainer with many companies and institutions worldwide including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Jaguar Landrover, BLESMA Limbless Veterans, The Young Vic and the National Trust. Clare is the Director of Story at the Mission Critical Team Institute USA, and Storyteller in Residence at the NHS Leadership Academy SW.

Dr Harvey Lewis

Harvey is a senior technology leader, with a diverse background spanning rocket science, data science and research. He has nearly 30 years of experience in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. He is a strategist, innovator and thought leader focused on applying technology to solve problems for clients in the public, private and charity sectors. He is currently pioneering the use of AI in EY’s tax, law and sustainability businesses

Harvey is an accomplished writer and public speaker, winning the 2017 Management Consultancies Association Award for the best use of thought leadership investigating the impact of advanced technologies on the UK’s economy.

Harvey provides expert, impartial advice to the Technology Advisory Panel for the Office for Tax Simplification in HM Treasury and the Technology Advisory Group of the EY Foundation. He is a former member of the Open Data User Group, the Public Sector Transparency Board and the Advisory Committee to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at The Business School (formerly Cass).

Harvey lives in the South Downs National Park with his wife and two sons.

Sam Adlen

Parveen Dhanda

Parveen Dhanda is Head of Programmes at Tech Nation. Supporting companies from pre series A to Exit. The programmes focus on working closely with the C-Suite of Britain's fastest growing digital companies in order to further help these businesses grow and scale fast, alumni include Just Eat, Shazam, Zoopla and Skyscanner.

In her role as Chief Operations Officer for a fledgling consultancy specialising in migrating corporate clients to new IT platforms, she has first hand experience of the challenges growing businesses face.

Parveen applied this knowledge to manage the London City Incubator at City University London. Overseeing the commercialisation of early stage high-growth firms with innovative technologies, specifically in cleantech, digital media and medical devices.

Previous roles involve working in the IT sector for 18 years as a global project manager for companies such as Fujitsu, Barclays and British Gas.

Outside of her work, Parveen has mentored businesses in India as part of the Cherie Blair Foundation, and following her Executive MBA was the Chair for Cass Entrepreneurs Network, an alumni group from Cass Business School.

Being surrounded by entrepreneurs has also led Parveen to co-found Stubble and Strife, a men's lifestyle business focused on male grooming.

Gordon Wilson

Gordon Wilson, PwC Senior Manager, Stakeholder Assurance with a focus on sustainable assurance

Gordon previously held senior management roles with KPMG in their Climate Change and Sustainability practice. His current role at PwC, in their Stakeholder Assurance business, focuses on satisfying stakeholder needs for information related to sustainability (including Investors, Board, Employees, Customers etc) ensuring transparent and impactful Climate Change and Sustainability reporting. Gordon holds a BA from Oxford University.

Dr Tauni Lanier

Varia Pechurina

BlackRock -Varia Pechurina, Vice President Portfolio Consulting with focus on Sustainability (ESG)

Varia Pechurina, Cass MSc Alum, joined BlackRock as part of their iShares Graduate Programme, she has held successive roles with BlackRock in Investment Strategy and Digital Product Management for iShares before taking on her current role as VP for Portfolio Consulting with a Sustainability focus.

Liz Broderick

Liz is Head of Network and Portfolio at Kindred Capital, a Seed Stage VC firm investing in European tech companies. Liz works closely with the founders and leaders within the portfolio, helping tackle challenges that early-stage startups face and navigate the network to find experts, resources and shared learnings. She joined Kindred having completed the Full Time MBA at Cass in 2018. Prior to the MBA, Liz was a Director at Educated Change, a social media startup developing digital communication strategies for business leaders. Liz was one of the first employees and as such, held responsibilities from product development to client management to HR. She has a BA, Economics from the University of Virginia.

Archie Norman

Archie Norman is one of Britain’s leading businessmen with a long term track record of business change and value creation. He has led transformations of major British businesses in the UK and abroad, served on the Boards of several others, and built strong management teams who are now in leading positions in several major British companies. Archie has also served as a Member of Parliament for eight years and worked at the highest level in British politics.

Archie was a member of a three strong team that established and built Kingfisher plc in the 1980s to become Britain’s leading general merchandise retailer. In 1991 he took over as Chief Executive of Asda. Over the subsequent eight years the business was transformed into the second largest supermarket group before being sold to Wal-Mart for an eight times multiple of the starting share price. In 2002, Archie acquired Energis, Britain’s third largest telecoms business, on behalf of the creditor banks and over four years refocused and rebuilt the business before agreeing a sale to Cable and Wireless for double the original enterprise value.

November 2007 – November 2018, Archie was Advisor to the Board of Wesfarmers and Deputy Chairman of Coles Group, the second largest retailer in Australia, and lead the strategy and recruitment of a world class team for probably (at the time) the largest turnaround project in global retailing. Since that time Coles has more than doubled its profits. He remains an advisor to the Coles Board.

Archie set up a management partnership, Aurigo Management Partners, which sought to acquire underperforming or unfashionable businesses. In June 2007 Aurigo acquired HSS, the UK’s second largest equipment hire business, on behalf of investors. It was sold in October 2012.

Archie was Chairman of ITV from January 2010 until May 2016. He restructured the Board and recruited Adam Crozier as Chief Executive, and a new executive team, to lead a five year transformation plan. Operating performance improved and profit before tax quadrupled. After six and a half years he stood down as Chairman of ITV in 2016 handing the role to his successor who he had recruited to the Board. From 2013 to 2019 he served as Chairman of Lazard UK and sat on the Deputy Chairman’s Committee for Lazard worldwide. In September 2019 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Lazard Global CEO. October 2016 – August 2020 he served as Lead Non Executive Director at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In 2017 he was appointed Chairman of Marks and Spencer plc. In September 2020 Archie was appointed Chairman of Signal AI, one of the UK’s fastest growing companies that is transforming how business leaders make sense of the world’s information. In February 2021, he was appointed Advisor to Global Counsel, a strategic advisory business which helps companies and investors manage risk and see opportunities in politics, regulation and public policy.

Archie is the first and only Footsie 100 Chairman to be elected a Member of Parliament, where he served for eight years, including as Chief Executive of the Conservative Party and as a leading member of the Shadow Cabinet. He led the first stages of the reform of the Conservative Party after the 1997 electoral defeat and rose to become the opposite number to the Deputy Prime Minister. Subsequently he co-founded the well known think tank “Policy Exchange.”

Archie has served as a non executive director on the Board of a number companies including British Rail, Railtrack and Geest. He was previously the youngest partner at McKinsey and Co and has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA from Cambridge University. He is on the Board of the NIESR, has Honorary Doctorates from York University and Leeds Metropolitan University, was a Director of the Judge Institute, has been elected to the Marketing Society Hall of Fame, and been voted Retailer of the Year and Yorkshire Businessman of the Year. In December 2010 he was awarded the Institute of Turnaround Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Sionade Robinson

Sionade is an Associate Professor (Education) in the Faculty of Management and current serves as the Associate Dean of People and Culture. She has been at the Business School for 10 years, previously serving as the Associate Dean of the MBA Programme and teaching on both MBA, MSc, UG and in Executive Education. Her professional background is in management consulting, specialising in customer experience and strategy implementation. Her clients have included Barclays, BBC, Citroen, HP, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva, SAGA and the RAC. Sionade's current research is on the value of an explorers' mindset to business leadership.

Alex Barbosa

Alex's career spans leading global players and agile startups in almost 20 countries where he applies his expert knowledge of ESG and sustainability standards, data and analytics, ratings and reporting frameworks from TCFD, GRI, SDG, CDP, GRESB, PRI, EPRA, IEMA, EMA, Nabers, Global Compact, Bloomberg, Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters, Moody's, S&P. Alex has advised large institutional investors and corporations in EMEA and Americas on how to increase energy efficiency, improve ESG and sustainability reporting, reduce operating costs and increase portfolio transparency.

Professor Barbara Casu

Professor Barbara Casu is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, where she is Professor of Banking and Finance. Her main research interests are in empirical banking, although several of Barbara’s research project are cross-disciplinary and include aspects of financial regulation, structured finance, accounting and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 40 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook “Introduction to Banking” (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking.

Matt Watkinson

Matt is an internationally renowned author, speaker and consultant on customer experience and strategy. He won the CMI's Management Book of the Year for his first book, The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences, considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject.

He has been cited and interviewed by the world's leading research firms, has written for Wired Magazine and The Guardian amongst others, and as a speaker has addressed industry leaders at organizations including Microsoft, Volkswagen, Salesforce, American Express, the FBI, Paychex, Google Campus, Pelican Products, CCI, Ogilvy, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Publicis, Syzygy Group, Sanlam, Contagious, O2, HSBC, Experian, The Institute of Directors, KwikFit, Gartner, Dun & Bradstreet and Genesys.

Matt is the CEO of Methodical, a customer experience and strategy consultancy based in California. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London.

His second book - The Grid: The Decision-making Tool for Every Business (Including Yours) was published by Random House to critical acclaim — it was shortlisted for 2019’s Management Book of the Year. As a consultant and designer he has worked on projects for a roster of well-known companies, around the world, including Vodafone, Bupa, ARM, IBM, Telefonica, Flex, Experian, Ogilvy, Land Rover and a host of well-funded start-ups.

Matt has been a member of the Royal Chartered Society of Designers for over a decade and holds a B.A. in Business and Information Management from Oxford Brookes University.

He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and young son. Outside of work he enjoys photography, and running, plays the classical guitar and piano, and collects whiskey.

Lucinda Offer

Lucinda currently leads Education and Outreach for the London's Royal Astronomical Society, founded in 1820, which encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. She has also worked with the Mars Society for almost twenty years and has been their Executive Director since 2009. Formally a NASA Associate with the NASA Spaceward Bound team whose mission is to put teachers in the field with scientists. She worked on four expeditions around the world studying: Mars and Titan analogues in Abu Dhabi, geothermal vents in New Zealand, tardigrades in the Mojave and 3.5Bya stromatolites in Australia. Each expedition gave the teachers rich experiences in field science to share with their students back in the classroom. With degrees in Geology and Science Education she currently works as one of the Education and Outreach Officers for the Royal Astronomical Society in London. She also spends her personal time working with Mars Society chapters around the world to inspire others about humans to Mars and kick-starting a new Education and Outreach team for the Mars Society.

Dr Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer, author, and advocate for human exploration of Mars. He and his colleague David Baker, were the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal in a 1990 research paper intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. The key idea was to use the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. A modified version of the plan was subsequently adopted by NASA as their "design reference mission". Disappointed with the lack of interest from government in Mars exploration and after the success of his book The Case for Mars (1996), as well as leadership experience at the National Space Society, Zubrin established the Mars Society in 1998. This is an international organization advocating a human mission to Mars as a goal, by private funding if possible. This week Nasa have announced that oxygen has been successfully manufactured by an experiment aboard the Perseverance Rover, a critical step in facilitating human exploration.

Richard Browning

Mark Sherwin

Jill Palmer

Jill is an experienced CEO with a sustained record of delivering success in fast growth businesses covering Operations , Sales, Marketing, Technology, HR, legal , ESG and Customer Service. Extensive background of achievement in diverse service organisations managing performance and cultural change across all levels. Her specialties: Strategic planning and leadership; Operational management and control; Transformation; Restructuring; Change management; Growth; Cost reduction; Management development.

Ali Khan

Head of Analytics & Insights Services, International at Amazon. Amazon's mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. This is what unites Amazonians across teams and geographies as we are all striving to delight our customers and make their lives easier, one innovative product, service, and idea at a time. Ali is a senior executive with deep expertise gained through leadership roles in a range of global organisations.

Torie Chilcott

Torie is co –Founder of Paddle Consulting Ltd, Co- Founder of Rockabox/Scoota, a Guinness Book of Records Holder, Everywoman’s Technology Woman of The Year, Best Selling creator of Stars at Bedtime and Star Cooks children's book Co-creator of Bafta Nominated Farmer Wants A Wife TV format, Co format writer of Pop Idol, Non Executive Director and Honorary Doctorate from Southbank University Business School. Torie can also hold her breath for 3 and half minutes

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