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Speakers & Panelists

From global thought leaders to seed investors, Shaping a Better Future features diverse voices and provocative perspectives on the forces shaping business and society.

Andrew McAfee

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Andrew is cofounder and codirector of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, studying how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. He is the coauthor of the bestseller, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. His latest book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding in this turbulent era of technologies hurtling forward at a startling pace.

Dominic Barton

McKinsey & Company

Dominic is McKinsey's global managing partner. He 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. In his 31 years with McKinsey, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries, including banking, consumer goods, high tech, and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was McKinsey’s Asia chairman from 2004 to 2009. He is the chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council, chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a Rhodes trustee, and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Alice Bentinck

Entrepreneur First

Alice is cofounder and Director of Entrepreneur First, an early-stage investor that builds deep tech companies from scratch. Over the last 5 years, EF has built and invested in 150 companies primarily focusing on deep tech, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and cyber security. 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 CEO of Decoded, a technology education company that launched with the promise to teach anyone “code in a day.” She is chairwoman of the UK Institute of Coding and is on the London mayor’s Business Advisory Board, the UK Government Cyber Security Skills Advisory Board, and the nonexecutive board of the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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. Early on in her career, Reshma worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B software and internet service businesses in the United States and India.

John Thornhill

Financial Times

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. John was previously deputy editor and news editor of the FT in London. Prior to this, he spent four years in Paris as the editor of the European edition.

Vivian Hunt

McKinsey & Company

Vivian is the managing partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices. She advises leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. Vivian serves on several business boards and commissions, including BritishAmerican Business, the CBI London Council, the London mayor’s Business Advisory Board, the US–UK Fulbright Commission, and the Trilateral Commission. She sits on the advisory councils of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre and the Teach First’s business leaders’ council.

David Chinn

McKinsey & Company

David leads McKinsey’s services to defence ministries and armed forces globally, as well as leading the firm’s work in aerospace and defence in the United Kingdom. His work focuses on the transformation of defence forces to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. David also supports McKinsey’s pro bono efforts, applying his experience in military logistics to aid efforts following natural disasters, working with governments, leading nongovernmental organisations, and others in the international community to manage disaster-recovery and reconstruction operations.

Penny Dash

McKinsey & Company

Penny leads McKinsey’s healthcare work across Europe. She works with senior management, chief executives, and leading clinicians to help redesign healthcare systems for improved clinical outcomes, efficiency, and value. She was previously the head of strategy for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, where she developed the NHS Plan, a guide for policy direction that is still used today. She was the vice chairman of The King’s Fund from 2006 to 2015 and is the founder and director of the Cambridge Health Network.

Pedro Rodeia

McKinsey & Company

Pedro co-leads McKinsey’s global banking practice. He has more than 20 years of banking experience in 28 countries and works with financial institutions on a wide range of strategy, digital, and organisation issues. He works with CEOs and senior bank leaders to help them transform their institutions through M&A transactions, digital transformations, cultural change, and capability building. Previously, Pedro led McKinsey’s financial institutions practice in Asia, the European retail banking practice in Europe, and the firm’s strategy and corporate finance practice in EMEA.