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Greg williamsGreg Williams

Editor in Chief WIRED Magazine
From Atoms to Bits and Bytes Accelerating trends and business impact in a connected world.

Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and the ways they impact business and society. As editor-in-chief of WIRED, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity and ideas. A journalist and author of five novels, Greg formerly served as the executive editor of WIRED for seven years before taking the publication’s helm. He possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and entrepreneurship. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next. Greg primarily speaks on what’s new and what’s next and how businesses and brands can best prepare themselves for what’s coming. He also has extensive experience as a conference facilitator and moderator.
Spending his days scanning the horizon for world-changing technologies, ideas and companies, Greg is constantly on the lookout for genuinely transformative trends. His dynamic presentation style enables his audiences not only to understand these shifts, but also inspires them to implement the changes they need to make in order to move their businesses and brands forward is a fast-changing landscape.
Greg has delivered keynote speeches at technology and corporate events throughout Europe and the Americas, at educational institutions such as the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in London and Oxford University, and has given future trends presentations to numerous corporate clients in the energy, banking, retail, and fashion sectors. He also consults for several advertising agencies.
He has interviewed CEO-level business-people at both private and public events and has moderated panels with executives from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies at high-profile conferences and private gatherings. Greg enjoys an international career – he has lived in both London and New York – and travels regularly in search of the people and ideas that are transforming our world.

He speaks on aspects such as the Internet of Things, smart phones as a remote control for life, wearables, hardware as the new software, robotics and artificial intelligence, the power shift from top-down to distributed models, e-commerce, data and why old business models don’t work.

 

felixDr. Felix Hovsepian

AI Consultant & Author

Morphogenesis, self-replication, swarms & cyber security

Dr. Felix Hovsepian is a consulting CTO with a focus on R&D and AI. He holds degrees in mathematics, systems engineering and a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), and has spent more than a decade as a Professor of Informatics at Western International University.

Felix has spent much of career designing and building systems for business sectors that are typically regulated; these include, enterprise-level document imaging and management systems, as well as x-ray imaging systems, control system for electric vehicles, software for the legal industry as well as eLearning systems. In 1992, he led a team of researchers that developed a biometric system, which won an award for innovation from the British government.

Felix began his career as a management consultant, returning to academia for graduate education and research – including two Research Fellowships in AI. He returned to the commercial sector in 1992, rising through the ranks to become a CTO in 2000, as well as being an advisor to C-level stakeholders.

He recently co-authored a book entitled, “The 4th Industrial Revolution: Responding to the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Business”, published by Springer in December 2017 – this is complemented by his various engagements as a speaker. 

Plenary Presenters

Colin WilliamsColin WIlliams

Director SBL
Honorary Fellow University of Warwick
Visiting Professor De Montfort University 

As both a businessman and as an academic, Professor Williams is a leading figure in the international cyber security community with twenty years of experience in enterprise IT, Information Assurance and cyber security. As a director of SBL, he develops and leads the business development strategy of a wholly UK owned and controlled market leading provider of vendor independent cyber security solutions to central government, blue light services and the wider public sector.
Professor Williams was a member of the founding cohort of CLAS consultants. He has been involved in initiating and delivering some of the largest software volume licence public sector procurement projects in the world.
As an academic, he is developing a body of work around the human, intellectual, cultural, societal and historical context of computing which he is delivering across a series of lectures, seminars and papers. He is an honorary fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting professor at De Montfort University.
Professor Williams consults and speaks on cyber, cyber security and strategic enterprise IT procurement in the UK and internationally. He is editor in chief of “CyberTalk” a journal for the promotion and development of fresh and interdisciplinary thinking about cyber and the human relationships with computers.

 

RikRik Ferguson

Global Vice President Security Research Trend Micro

Rik Ferguson, Vice President Security Research at Trend Micro, is one of the leading experts in information security. He is a Special Advisor to Europol EC3, a project leader with the International Cyber Security Prevention Alliance (ICSPA), and Vice Chair of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace & Security Science. In April 2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame.

As a presenter at global industry events such as RSA, Mobile World Congress, Virus Bulletin, RUSI and the e-Crime Congress, Rik addresses the challenges posed by emerging technology and online crime. He is frequently interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel 4, Sky News and Al-Jazeera English and is quoted by national newspapers and trade publications throughout the world.

Rik writes the Countermeasures blog and is the lead spokesperson for Trend Micro, he also writes regular columns for CIO, ZDNet, T3 and several other European publications. In this position, Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise.

With over twenty years experience in information security, Rik has been with Trend Micro since 2007. Prior to assuming his current role he served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.

Rik Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and is a Certified Ethical Hacker and CISSP-ISSAP in good standing.

 

Steve LatchemSteve Latchem

Head of Architecture, ISS, UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Steve has been in IT for over 30 years, starting out in Financial Services systems with NatWest, followed by Public Sector programmes delivery with WS Atkins, then Process/Architecture & Modelling with Select Business Solutions. Prior to joining Defence, he spent 10 years as a supplier of agile enterprise and digital solutions to the private and public sector with Mastek, a Cloud Store provider. Through his career he has been a consultant, enterprise architect, programme manager, solutions director, and senior executive for global operations. Most recently Steve was a senior global executive charged with introducing agile to the enterprise, delivering digital solutions (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud), and building and running innovation labs (Model Offices). Steve also directed the delivery of agile solutions to Government via the Cloud Store, including solutions to HSCIC, the Home Office, DWP and Monitor Group. Steve is a BCS Member, and has co-written four books on Process, Architecture and Solution Delivery. He has contributed to international standards definition, presented across the globe on current and next generation technologies, and is a patent inventor of a solution for cloud data security. In MOD, he is proud to be involved in bringing private sector, agile and cloud solution innovation to the Architecture team which is driving ‘Design-led’ capabilities and services for our Defence personnel and coalition partners.

 

Steve LatchemPaul Vingoe

Director, VinDo Technology

Paul Vingoe is a technology strategy consultant. A chartered engineer and fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technologists, Paul leads on major technology driven transformations for clients in the public sector and professional services.
Paul is an experienced leader and senior executive of technical organisations. As a partner at Glue Reply, a company that specialises in architecture, big data, and integration for major retailers, public sector, telco and financial services, he led on public sector accounts. As Head of Engineering and CTO of a medium sized defence manufacturer, he led the engineering team and all product development and innovation. He consulted on defence technology as the defence lead at PA Consulting’s Wireless Technology Practice. He has led major assignments for both the MOD and other Government departments in secure information management, risk and spectrum management, as well as specialising in wireless technologies.
Paul’s career includes 22 years’ service as a British Army officer in the Royal Signals, leaving as a Colonel. His expertise is in communications and information support to expeditionary warfare.
He is widely travelled, a black belt in karate, and is a private pilot. Educated at Liverpool University, Sandhurst and Cranfield, he has a degree in computing and a master’s degree in Defence Technology.

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