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November 2019, London

Leading in a Disruptive World

In today’s world of digital and social disruption, opportunities and challenges arrive in a blink.

Blink - your car is driving itself. Blink - your competitor has become your collaborator. Blink - technology has created a new market or changed the shape of an existing one. Where will these swift and constant changes take us? How should leaders respond?

On the 14th of November, McKinsey will host ‘BLINK: Leading in a disruptive world’, an invitation-only conference that brings together CEOs and senior executives from across industries to discuss how best to tackle these questions.

Here are a few highlights:

McKinsey Blink Highlights

Highlights of BLINK 2019: A conference on leading in a disruptive world.


Keynote speaker

Dr. Eric Schmidt

Dr. Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor for Alphabet Inc. and founder of Schmidt Futures, will open the conference, sharing his perspective on how business leaders can empower exceptional people to tackle disruption.

Fireside chats

Senior leaders from multiple industries will share their views around “the arc of disruption” – how to respond, innovate, and scale. Click here to see a detailed agenda of speakers and topics.

Breakout Sessions

Learn more about unlocking the value of digital transformations through carefully curated breakout sessions. Morning sessions are built around the elements of a successful digital transformation. Afternoon sessions focus on future trends and innovations across industries.

Tech Zones

Participants will meet innovators and experts across a range of subjects including design thinking, new business building, digital operations and advanced analytics, and engage with interactive exhibits to learn more about the technologies and strategies that are disrupting industries.

Networking opportunities

Participants will connect with fellow senior leaders and debate the most pressing issues they are tackling. Whether in one-to-one meetings or in group discussions, leaders will learn from each other and uncover new ways to harness opportunities and tackle challenges.



07:30 – 08:30 - Registration & Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15 - Opening Remarks – Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

09:15 – 10:00 - Keynote Address – Dr. Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet Inc. and founder of Schmidt Futures

10:00 – 10:30 - Panel Discussion: "Embracing Disruption"  
Alison Rose, CEO, Royal Bank of Scotland Group;
Laurel Powers-Freeling, Chair, Uber UK;
Moderator: Tunde Olanrewaju, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

10:30 – 11:00 - Coffee & Networking

11:00  12:00 - Morning Breakout Sessions – Please see list of breakout sessions below

12:10 – 12:40 - Panel Discussion: "Seizing the Digital Opportunity" 
Stephanie Phair, Chief Customer Officer, Farfetch and Chair, British Fashion Council;
Graham Cooke, Founder and CEO, Qubit;
Rob Moffat, Partner, Balderton Capital;
Moderator: Liz Ericson, Partner, McKinsey & Company


12:40 – 14:00 - Lunch & Networking

14:00 – 14:30 - Panel Discussion: “When the Start Up Grows Up”
Omid Ashtari, President & Head of Business, Citymapper;
Sunil Chandra, CEO, Platform Business, OakNorth;
Joanna Hubbard, Co-Founder & CEO, Electron;
Moderator: Louise Herring, Partner, McKinsey & Company

14:45 – 15:45 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions - Please see list of breakout sessions below

15:45 – 16:15 - Coffee & Networking

16:15 – 16:45 - Panel Discussion: “Trust in a Digital Age”
Mark Rogers, General Manager, Europe, Buzzfeed;
Robert Hannigan, Chair, BlueVoyant;
Sherry Coutu, CBE; Serial Entrepreneur; Investor & Advisor;
Moderator: David Chinn, Senior Partner McKinsey & Company

16:45 – 17:00 - Closing Remarks – Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company

17:00 – 19:00 - Drinks Reception

Want more info? 

Explore materials from our breakout sessions here.

If you have any questions, please send us a note.