We draw on the experience and talent of our members to share their expertise, insights and inspiration.
Laura is a researcher and writer who began working with D/SRUPTION as an intern in 2015. She has written for a number of publications including technology blog Mind the Horizon, and was News Editor of student magazine The Yorker. She studied BA History at the University of York.
Kev’s focus is on technology, culture and disruption and its impact on business, society, and life. An experienced writer, editor and creative director, he helps our contributors shape their work and is usually found talking about things like – creativity, innovation, future thinking, language, context, culture, advertising, communication, experiential design, behavioural economics, brands, identity and the power of knowledge sharing to effect positive change.
John is a leading authority on emerging technologies and author of the guide book to Disruption: iDisrupted. He’s a serial entrepreneur with three successful exits, and an active early stage venture capitalist and Non-Executive Director at several digital and data startups. John advises IBM Watson IoT and McKinsey and Co and was previously Chairman of Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board. John is actively involved in transforming enterprise-level technology strategies as well as creating new entrants and services.
Kamales Lardi is a strategist specialising in digital business transformation focused on helping companies transform their traditional business to compete in the digital economy. With over 16 years of management consulting experience, Kamales has advised companies across Europe and Asia in corporate strategy, business process optimisation and technology implementation.
Calum Chace is an acclaimed author and speaker on how AI (artificial intelligence) is set to re-shape the global economic and social landscape.
He is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the death of capitalism (2016), and “Surviving AI: the promise and peril of artificial intelligence” (2015), a concise, easy-to-read guide to what’s coming, explaining technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a super-intelligence (the technological singularity). He is also the author of “Pandora’s Brain” (2014), a novel examining the possible impact of super-intelligence.
Born in Bonn and resident in Zurich as well as San Francisco, Gerd is a global citizen of the future who spends his life travelling through global meetings and conventions on transformational change. A star speaker on topics of major strategic import – from digital disruption to business remodeling to specific vertical scenarios across public and private sectors, Gerd is a rare hybrid of artist and scientist with a pioneering background in digital music ecosystems and a head start in the disruption game. For the last fifteen years he has been the first choice in business leaders’ minds for inspirational and paradigm-shifting advice.
Timothy Chou is the former president of Oracle On Demand, Lecturer at Stanford University and chairman of Lecida, an industrial machine learning company, and recently authored the book – Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things
Nicholas D. Evans is a Vice President and General Manager at Unisys, a BCS Fellow and author of the new book Mastering Digital Business published by the British Computer Society (BCS). One of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants, and one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, he has 25 years of consulting under his belt and is also a widely recognised digital business speaker and author.
Content and social media strategist, Jacqi has been with IBM since 2010. She has blogged on numerous IT topics, most recently focusing on Internet of Things, she has previous experience in the healthcare, construction and sports industries.
Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm Agency.com in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009. Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch. He has been a weekly columnist about the new economy for the Financial Times, a member of GartnerG2’s first advisory board on online advertising and spoken at numerous conferences including TED. He has yet to receive any royalties from obscure pop songs released by a minor independent record label in Europe.
David Passiak is a keynote speaker, innovator, futurist, and author of three books – Empower, Disruption Revolution, and Red Bull to Buddha. A former religion scholar who did Ph.D. studies at Princeton on “Great Awakenings,” his work focuses on building movements, co-creation, crowd-based innovation, and emerging business models that will reshape the global economy.
Jeremy Basset is Founder & CEO of CO:CUBED, a company which works with large corporates to help them define and execute their collaborative innovation capabilities. Prior to launching CO:CUBED, Jeremy spent 13 years at Unilever where he was responsible for launching and leading the Unilever Foundry.
Terence Mauri is an author and entrepreneur, his new book The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption is a global bestseller – described by MIT as ‘a fine read for anyone looking to take their leadership skills to the next level’.
Ian Smith trained as a product designer, then moved into the IT industry, working with new ventures continuously challenging business-as-usual approaches to digital innovation. Most recently, he has been engaged with NTT Data subsidiary Everis, focusing on the problem of integrating health and social care.
Rob is a professional futurist who helps organisations manage uncertainty and prepare for the future. He conducts on-going horizon scanning and researches emerging trends and technologies, exploring their impact across business and society. He is an experienced leader of strategic foresight projects, working with organisations to help them create more resilient strategies.
Rob also leads PA’s Digital Innovation Lab and has extensive knowledge of a wide spectrum of technologies, applications and markets. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society. Prior to joining PA, Rob worked as a Technology Analyst at Ovum.
A management consultant, author and speaker with over 25 years’ experience, Andrew is considered an authority on innovative and disruptive technology, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and impact sourcing. He is a former CTO who has run sourcing advisory firms and built automation practices. He has been involved in many major change projects, including strategic development, IT transformation and outsourcing, in a wide range of industries across four continents. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of a number of ambitious disruptive companies, and is currently writing a book on the practical implementation of AI.
Tina is passionate about innovation in health and science, and tapping into the talents and creativity in people to drive change. She believes that in uncertain times organisations will increasingly depend on the certainty of purpose to guide their future.
After studying genetics and deciding not to pursue medicine, Tina spent many years in the agency world, running her own medical education consultancy and working in various independent and global network agencies, helping big pharma and other healthcare corporates educate doctors and create awareness around new drugs, treatments and diagnostics.
Over the last 4 years Tina has worked increasingly in the fast-moving area of health technology, and has established relationships with leading incubators, accelerators, investors, digital health start-ups, clinical innovators and tech corporates. She has a special interest in how developments in other industry sectors, such as financial services, insurance and education, are driving the changes we are seeing in health, particularly in relation to consumer choice and attitudes.
She recently founded Collider Health to catalyse new thinking and doing, recognising that traditional healthcare companies cannot innovate fast enough and are being turned upside down by the exponential rate of technological change. They need access to new thinking and new ideas and are looking increasingly to start-ups for help- not least because a lot of talent is moving there. Tina is passionate about helping young businesses and new ventures succeed and looking to pioneer more socially-driven collaborations with large and small businesses.
Tanya has been at the forefront of emerging creative technology spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, Transmedia VR, AR and AI. She is the creator of the the VR Writers Room and the co-organiser for the VR & AR focused meetup group “Augmenting Reality”, a Trustee for both the World Youth Organisation and UN Influx, the winner of a Women in Games Award (Unsung Hero) and the vice chair of BAME in Games
David Swan is the Director of the Cyber Intelligence Defence Centre, part of the Center for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS). A retired Canadian Army Intelligence officer, his background in technology started in customer service progressively migrating until selected as a Chief Technical Officer tasked with developing RFID systems. A self described Intelligence evangelist, David uses his experience to provide training and intelligence integration to people and organisations. David is also a member of the CSCSS Board of Directors.
Dr Phil Reeves is VP of consulting at Stratasys and leads the company’s expert services consulting activity. With his team he specialises in helping companies across numerous sectors to identity where 3D printing can increase sales and decrease waste. stratasys.com
Arguably the highest profile patent attorney in the UK, Gwilym advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.
Dr Louis Rosenberg is a Stanford graduate who founded Unanimous AI to amplify the intelligence of human groups. A prolific inventor, he has been awarded more than 350 patents for his technological efforts in AR, VR, collaborative systems, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction
Jody Orsborn is co-founder of The Backscratchers, the website that connects companies like Red Bull, Spotify and Unilever with the best industry-approved freelance or agency talent for projects. She is also a judge for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition and was recently chosen as one of the UK’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by CNBC and a ‘One To Watch’ for Tech City News’ International Hall of Fame.
Head of Procurement Operations & Supply Chain RPA COE Lead at eir
Consulted to multiple global companies and worked with Toronto Stock Exchange, Home Retail Group, Moodys Investor Service, Symantec, PayPal, CSC & Spark Digital NZ
Joe Siebert is President and CEO of Sandwich Entertainment, a film production company based out of Cleveland, OH. The company’s most recent film, The Sax Man, toured the US festival circuit in 2014 and is set to be released to the public by the end of 2017. Joe is also a content contributor for Seeds.
Matt Jones is Lead Analytics Strategist at Tessella, Altran’s World Class Center for Analytics – using data science to accelerate evidence-based decision making, allowing businesses to improve profitability, reduce costs, streamline operations, avoid errors and out-innovate the competition.
Louise Beaumont has over twenty years experience in growing companies – from initial spark, to operationalisation, results delivered, and value created. Having previously worked for organisations such as Siemens, HP, Microsoft, and Capgemini, Louise has focused on the UK’s fast growing alternative finance sector since 2010.
Louise has advised key UK government departments and units on FinTech and AltFin including; HM Treasury, British Business Bank, Government Office for Science, Cabinet Office, UK Trade & Industry, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and Number 10 Downing Street’s Policy Unit.
Currently Louise is Co-chair, techUK Open Bank Working Group & strategic advisor to SapientRazorfish
Anna Simpson is a futurist and innovation coach working to help organisations and individuals build resilience in the face of complex, rapid change. She curates the Futures Centre, an online hub tracking change to accelerate sustainability, and has her own innovation coaching company, Flux Compass. She’s also the author of two books, most recently The Innovation-Friendly Organization, in which she asks how organisations can develop a culture that enables them to embrace change.
Sean Murphy founded Lootok in 2006 with a vision: to do business continuity management differently. As CEO of Lootok, BCI board member, and former executive at Marsh & McLennan Risk Consulting and Ernst & Young, Sean has blazed a path as a visionary through the business continuity industry. He blends cognitive science, military models, storytelling, engagement strategies, and industry standards to create new ways of understanding and managing risk. You can often see Sean at the helm of executive-level meetings providing guidance on such topics as brand reputation, system design, resiliency engineering, and crisis management.
It was Sean’s vision that led to the establishment of Lootok as a new kind of risk consulting company—a dynamic think-tank of business continuity and risk management experts with members from a cross-section of other disciplines to challenge conventional practices and to infuse new thought into the industry. An avid learner, Sean constantly strives to consider how people perceive risk, interpret new concepts, and retain information. Through Lootok’s use of storytelling techniques and competitive group activities that encourage teamwork and teach difficult concepts, play is made purposeful.