Annual Conference 2016
London, United Kingdom
May 31—June 3, 2016
Event Speakers: London
Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara
Lord March manages the Goodwood Estate Company and is founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed; President of the British Automobile Racing Club; Patron of the TT Riders Association; and President of the Motor Racing Cycle Industry Association.
What makes for a great product? As an entrepreneur and User Experience Architect, Daniel chases the answers to that question. Having previously worked for Apple, co-founded and exited a mobile security startup and co-authored several patents, Daniel is head of product development at UCL Enterprise where he oversees the ideation, creation and testing of products.
Daniel is also the China Innovation Lead, and oversees partnerships and initiatives in China on behalf of UCL Enterprise.
Daniel holds two BA’s in Criminal Justice and Philosophy, an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction & Ergonomics and has published research on using technology to change human behaviour.
Founder of Lepe Partners and Co-Founder of Founders Forum and ProFounders Capital Jonathan founded Lepe Partners in 2011, an independent merchant bank focused on the media, internet and consumer sectors. Lepe combines corporate finance advisory and principal investment practices dedicated to helping our clients, portfolio companies and investors unlock growth. Previously, Jonathan was CEO/Co-Founder of LongAcre Partners, Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house, which he sold to Jefferies in 2007. Prior to this he was Group MD of the Wireless Group Plc, a UK radio group, which was formed when he left Apax Partners to join a buyout of the radio station Talk Radio in 1997 with the backing of New Corporation and Liberty Media. In 2005, Jonathan created Founders Forum with Brent Hoberman and in 2009 they co-founded PROfounders Capital. Jonathan is President of the British Fashion Council Investment Pillar, Treasurer of Centre of Policy Studies and on the advisory board for the Tech City Future Fifty. He is also a member of the Board of the V&A and Chairman of the NSPCC Digital Taskforce.
Café dining is revolutionizing how people enjoy quick and healthy meals. Julian Metcalfe will explain how he is driving profits by listening intently and responding to what, where, and when his customers want to dine.
Since 2013, Matthew Barzun has served as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He was previously United States Ambassador to Sweden. He has interests in education, public policy, and interfaith relations.
Nicole Fichera is the General Manager of District Hall, a civic gathering space for innovators–the first building of its kind in the world. Nicole’s background is in integrated architecture and economic development. Her work centers around the powerful role that space plays in supporting and amplifying human and economic potential.
Nicole currently works for the Venture Café Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building connections in the innovation community. In addition to her work at District Hall, Nicole is the Co-Principal of the Roxbury Innovation Center, a new program in the heart of Dudley Square focused on providing space and programs to support local entrepreneurs and innovators.
Previously, Nicole was the Innovation District Manager for the City of Boston, managing the City’s initiative to transform 1000 acres of underdeveloped land on the South Boston Waterfront into an urban environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. Nicole also worked as a designer at Hacin + Associates, an award-winning boutique architecture and interior design firm in Boston’s South End, where her work ranged from high end residential interiors, startup offices, mixed-use buildings, urban master plans, graphic design and styling. Nicole was on the design team for District Hall and has designed many spaces for creativity and collaboration. Nicole studied architecture at Northeastern University, and is fascinated by the connection between innovation and place.
In addition to her work in design and urban innovation, Nicole is a singer and songwriter. Nicole’s process for making music is deeply connected to learnings from other parts of her career: from design and architecture, and from working to support creative entrepreneurs and innovators. She ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in Fall 2015 to raise funds to record a full studio album, which is in production now and will be released in Spring 2016.
Sir Nicholas Soames, MP
Sir Nicholas Soames, MP has been a Member of Parliament for 32 years, and has specialist knowledge in the fields of defense, Europe, international affairs, trade and industry, aviation, and the countryside.