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The full programme

The afternoon offered the opportunity to hear cutting edge perspectives on our future from subject matter experts and thought leaders. We focused not only on what to expect from the future, but on how we can shape it for the better.

Breakout discussions

Our guests joined us for two in-depth breakout discussions, exploring The Future of… as a common theme across 20 different areas

Shaping the sectors of tomorrow

Explore The Future of… Banking, Energy, Government, Healthcare, and Risk and Insurance

Shaping management

Explore the future of… Artificial intelligence, Boards, Digital, Growth, Innovation and Operation

Shaping business and society

Explore the future of… Capitalism, Globalisation and Sustainability

Keynote speakers

Andrew McAfee

Cofounder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Andrew studies how technological progress changes business, the economy, and society. He is coauthor of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future.

Dominic Barton

Global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, Dominic leads the firm’s focus on the future of capitalism and the role business leadership can play in creating long-term social and economic value. Before becoming managing partner, Dominic served as McKinsey’s chairman in Asia from 2004 to 2009.

Panel discussions

What can large organizations learn from a new generation of technology-driven start-ups, purpose-driven entrepreneurs, and employees for whom diversity is non-negotiable?

Alice Bentinck

Alice is cofounder and COO of Entrepreneur First, an early-stage investor that builds deep tech companies from scratch. Alice is also cofounder of Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that helps young women explore careers in technology.

Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn is cofounder and co-CEO of Decoded, a technology education company that promises to teach anyone “code in a day.” She is chairwoman of the UK Institute of Coding and the UK Government Cyber Security Skills Advisory Board.

Reshma Sohoni

Reshma is cofounder and managing partner of Seedcamp, Europe’s first seed fund. Since 2007, the company has raised more than $350 million and invested in more than 240 companies, including TransferWise, Revolut, and UIPath.

John Thornhill

John is the innovation editor at the Financial Times, writing extensively on the impact of technology and hosting the weekly Tech Tonic podcast. He is also the founder of the FT125 forum, which holds monthly events for senior business executives.


Our guests were invited to join us on the morning of October 23 for hands-on masterclass led by leading practitioners.

How Behavioural Science Can Raise Our Game and Transform Our Working Lives

Led by economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb, this masterclass will highlight simple everyday steps that leaders can take to improve their team’s performance – and their own.

Cybersecurity Leadership

This masterclass will help executives address one of the biggest management challenges of the digital era by focusing on proven management practices, tools and techniques that underpin a business-back approach to cybersecurity.

The Art of Storytelling

Learn how to bring extraordinary ideas to life through technology. This masterclass will incorporate hands-on demos of working with groundbreaking technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality and step-by-step creative challenges.

Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

This masterclass will present four core principles that underpin successful leadership development, and feature an experiential session to help attendees develop a leadership vision that fosters courage and unleashes energy.

Advanced Analytics for Improved Performance

From data lakes to machine learning, every large organization is investing in analytics. Yet few are achieving the results they want. This masterclass will focus on what leaders need to know to harness data analytics and drive lasting performance gains.