2019 Confirmed speakers
- John Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North
- Julian David, CEO, techUK
- Alain Dilworth, Programme Manager, Made Smarter - North West Pilot
- Martin Ewings, Operations Director, Experis
- Shivani Govil, EVP Emerging Tech and Ecosystem, Sage
- Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI
- Dan Sodergren, Head of Business Services, The Landing
- Phil Swan, Chief Information Officer & GM Digital Lead, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Darren Wood, Vision Director, Resonate
Julian David is the CEO of techUK, the Digital Technology Trade Association. Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing 850 member companies, comprising Global and National Champions and more than 500 SMEs. He is a member of the UK Government and Industry Cyber Growth Partnership and the Digital Economy Council. He is also the Vice President for National Trade Associations on the Executive Board of DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President representing Europe on the board of WITSA the Worldwide IT Association. He is also a Member of the Board of the Health innovation Network, the South London Academic Health Science Network.
A senior executive, Shivani Govil is EVP of Emerging Tech and Ecosystem at Sage, a global technology company operating in 23 countries around the world and serving over 3 million customers. In her role at Sage, Shivani is responsible for driving value through key technology growth areas such as AI and Blockchain into the product line to enhance the customer experience. Additionally she is responsible for building an ecosystem of partners that can complementing Sage’s solutions.
She has an undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai and a Master of Science from Princetown. Prior to joining Sage, Shivani was Global VP AI and Cognitive Products at SAP Ariba and previously lead the mobile innovation program at SAP.
Shivani is passionate about giving back to the community in areas such as education and entrepreneurship. She is on the board of IITBHF and was previously on the Bay Area board of BUILD, a non-profit inspiring high-risk youth to graduate from school. At Sage, Shivani is a key member in the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Council.
With over two decades in client-side roles focused on data as an organisational asset and its exploitation, Guy Matthews is helping lead developments in 5G and smart cities, helping our clients implement these and other emerging technologies in economically sustainable programmes.
Phil leads the GMCA’s digital programme which includes collaboration with public and private sector partners across the city region to drive economic growth and social impact. Working closely with the ten GM localities and the Health & Social Care Partnership, he is focussed on delivering the GM Digital Strategy which was crowdsourced in 2017 through two #GMdigital Mayoral Summits and events led by Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor. The current scope of work includes digital skills and inclusion, growth of GM’s digital economy, full fibre and 5G connectivity, cyber security, helping residents make smarter use of their data in GM, and running the GMCA’s own ICT.
Phil believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy underpinning the GMCA’s Digital Team: “Big enough to matter, small enough to know each other, and hungry enough to make things happen” and works with some amazing people, across all sectors, who are combining their talents with digital opportunities to create a better Greater Manchester for the people of the city region.
He is the current chair of iStandUK, the local government information standards body, and is a member of the Digital Futures Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Manchester.
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