Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Esra Kasapoglu, UKRI on "Why is research in the digital world so different – the UKRI view"


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Digital Transformation
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Date: 4th May 2022
Time
10:05 - 10:15
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion "Research Challenges and Opportunities"

Esra Kasapoglu is Director of AI and Data Economy. Esra brings deep experience as an industrial leader, particularly focused on business transformation and innovation. She has a keen interest in the application of emerging technologies and hands on experience of digital transformation, most recently as Digital Strategy Advisor of Microsoft.

Her career, with grassroots in management consulting and technology, ranges from customer relationship management, developing new ways of working and business development to senior leadership. Esra has cross industry expertise and has worked across financial services, telecommunications, and transport and logistics industries for Big Four and multinationals across the globe.

Why is research in the digital world so different - The UKRI view

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Kevin Lee, BT, on "Understanding BT’s digital transformation"

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 5th May 2022
Time10:00 - 10:15

Kevin Lee, Chief Digital Officer, Consumer at BT, is responsible for the overall vision and strategy for all digital products and services across BT’s consumer brands, spanning BT, EE and Plusnet. In this role, Kevin oversees a team of product, digital strategy, design, research, and engineering creators to drive innovation and deliver great products to extend BT’s market leadership and surprise and delight millions of customers.

Kevin has a long track record of digital leadership, including roles at eBay, PayPal, Visa, Samsung, Whirlpool and GE Healthcare, in the UK, US, Italy, Korea and beyond. He’s passionate about tackling challenging business and customer problems, working with brilliant growth mindset teams, and driving impact for the customers whose lives are touched by the products and services he and his teams deliver.
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Understanding BT's digital transformation

Kevin Lee shares insights into the strategy, thinking, progress and programmes that make up the transformation BT’s Digital team is driving to accelerate the company on its journey from telecoms incumbent to technology leader. Spanning everything from a customer-obsessed approach to user experience to how data and AI and other platforms will help BT shift from purely being a seller of ‘stuff’ to a key connector between producers and consumers, Kevin shares a valuable glimpse behind the scenes at BT as it undergoes a period of incredible and accelerated change.

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Prof Gerard Parr MBE, UEA, on "Setting the Scene and Vision for the EPSRC DIGIT Lab Project"

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 4th May 2022
Time
10:15 - 10:30
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion "Research Challenges and Opportunities"

Gerard Parr holds the Full Chair in Telecommunications Engineering and is Head of School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He holds a PhD in Self-Stabilising Protocols from Ulster University, aspects of which were completed with UCL and one of the founding Fathers of the Internet (Professor Jon Postel) as a Visiting Research Scientist at the DARPA/University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles. 

Within his academic career, areas of research include Wireless Sensor Clouds, Disaster Response Communications, ICT for the Rural Economy, delay-sensitive protocols and energy-aware autonomic networking and IoT-edge computing. 

He has attracted several £millions of external research and commercial funding and has advised governments on the allocation of funding to large-scale projects valued in total at approximately £3 billion. He was previously appointed as a Visiting Professor to the Science Foundation Ireland/CTVR at Trinity College Dublin and to the Emirates-BT Innovation Centre (EBTIC) at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi- UAE. 

Presently Professor Parr is working on the development of the East of England Smart Emerging Technologies Institute- SETI (one of the recommendations from the UK BEIS Science Innovation Audit) with colleagues from Essex, Cambridge, UEA and BT Adastral. SETI will look at innovations in 5G, IoT, AI-Big Data/Cloud Computing and Testbeds across a number of sectors, including Energy, Intelligent Manufacturing, AgriTech and Smart-Supply Chains. 

Gerard was awarded an MBE in Queens New Year Honours for 2018 for contributions to Telecommunications Infrastructure in Northern Ireland. During January 2020 Prof Parr was elected to the Strategic Advisory Team for the (EPSRC) ICT Programme to assist with strategic developments and identification of funding priorities. Most recently Gerard has been successful in attracting Co-I funding for a 5-year EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy Hub called DIGIT (Digital-Innovation-Growth-Impact-Transformation) valued over £12 million which will explore methodologies and business impact of Digital Transformation in Large Organisations. During 2021 Gerard was also successful as PI to attract £1.4 million funding for the “EPSRC UK-India Future Networks Initiative” with IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, UCL, Surrey, Southampton and BT.


Setting the Scene and Vision for the EPSRC DIGIT Lab Project 

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Dr Sally Howes OBE, Chair of Council, UEA, on "The Importance of Digital Transformation in Government"

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 4th May 2022
Time
10:30 - 10:45
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion "Research Challenges and Opportunities"


Dr Howes has a PhD in hydrology, an early career in international satellite programmes and has worked in aerospace, digital, cyber, government and higher education sectors, most often at the boundaries between technology, research and commercial business.

She has performed a diverse range of roles including software engineer, programme manager, entrepreneur, strategy consultant, chief executive, member of the Senior Civil Service, business mentor and visiting professor. All of this experience is now applied to support those leading major programmes in the public sector, helping them to address complex digital transformation and governance challenges.

Non-executive roles have included the Chair of the UK Space Agency, Council Member of Surrey University and Chair of Surrey University Research Park. She is currently the Chair of Council at the University of East Anglia, an Independent Director of the Copyright and Licensing Agency and an external non-executive member of Parliaments Joint Investment Board.

She was awarded an OBE for services to the UK space industry in 2004 and an Honorary Fellowship for the Institute for Project Management in 2019.


The Importance of Digital Transformation in Government


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Thursday, 21 April 2022

Dr Will Venters, LSE, on "How do we research digital transformation? Thoughts on qualitative research approaches. "

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 4th May 2022
Time
11:00 - 11:15 
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion "How to create impact in Digital Transformation


Dr Will Venters is an Associate Professor in Information Systems and Digital Innovation within the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

He speaks regularly at practitioner conferences on various digital business issues, particularly around digital ecosystems, digital innovation and cloud computing; has briefed European government policy makers and various company executives; and undertakes wide ranging consultancy in IT strategy and digital transformation

His research interests include digital transformation, digital platforms and ecosystems, and Agile innovation approaches. He has a first-class degree in computer science and a PhD in information systems. His research work has been published in major refereed journals including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Information Technology, the Journal of Management Studies, Government Information Quarterly and the Information Systems Journal.
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How do we research digital transformation? Thoughts on qualitative research approaches

In this wide ranging talk I will introduce the challenges and opportunities of researching digital transformation. 
  • How can researchers go beyond traditional research topics? 
  • How can we research digital ecosystems? 
  • How can we develop new theories of digital transformation? 
  • What should we researchers be thinking about? 
  • How can we engage with industry better to find new insight? 
  • How do we ask the right questions? 
  • How do we remain critical of assumptions made by industry?

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Theo Kanellos, Zoetis, on "The Opportunities for Digital Transformation in Animal Health"

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 5th May 2022
Time10:15 - 10:30 


Theo Kanellos qualified as a veterinarian from the Aristotle University of Thessalonica in Greece and has been awarded an MSc in microbiology and PhD in molecular medicine from the University of London. He also has a business diploma from the Ecole SupĂ©rieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). 

During his career he worked as a clinician, an academic, a governmental official and for the last seventeen years as part of the management within the Pharmaceutical Industry where he has held several strategic roles. He has managed research laboratories, business development and M&A transactions, scientific and multi-functional alliances teams and programmes in several organisations that have led to the spinoff of biotechnology companies, the award of significant scientific grants, the founding of major strategic partnerships and the registration and licensing of successful commercial products and services. 

In his current role in Zoetis, he establishes business transactions and entrepreneurial partnerships with companies, venture capitalist groups, universities, and governmental institutions, internationally and also is leading the Intergovernmental Tender and Grant Business. He holds a visiting professorship at the School of Health and Medicine at the University of Surrey, and he is a board member in several organisations including the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines in Africa, The Global Antimicrobial Research Innovation Fund, Action Group of the One Health Platform etc. He is ad hoc advisor in several EU and national scientific and veterinary organisations. He is the author of over 40 peered reviewed papers and his articles, presentations and interviews have also featured in many trade and public media.

The Opportunities for Digital Transformation in Animal Health

The past few years have brought an unprecedented surge in pet adoption and an awareness of food security around the world. 

Both sectors depend heavily on healthy animals where aside from the increased demand of more traditional animal health products, we have experienced an increased momentum on Digital Health. 

But what does that mean exactly and what are buzzwords like telemedicine, wearable devices, precision livestock farming, and even smart health tools in the animal health-setting and how they can be of benefit to the vets, pet owners, farmers and of course to the health of animals? 

Advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and biosensors have enabled a significant number of digital companies and start-ups to emerge. In addition, there are significant advances in genetics, image analytic technologies, biomarkers etcm, which could complement well some of these digital tools and contribute valuable data to help develop precision animal health solutions. The relatively quick development timelines and lack of clear regulatory guidelines have led to a number of these technologies reaching veterinarians, the carers of the animals. 

Digitalisation is therefore, helping to drive value growth in animal health products but still the adaption of some of these technologies has not reached their optimum. New business models are now being evaluated that could potentially accelerate the adaption of these novel technologies.


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Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Yvonne Gallagher, NAO, on "Lessons from Digital Transformation in Large Government Organizations"

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Digital Transformation
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Date: 5th May 2022
Time
10:30 - 10:45 Presentation
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion "How to create impact in Digital Transformation

Yvonne Gallagher, Director, Digital, National Audit Office has over 25 years’ experience in IT, business change, digital services and cyber and information assurance.

She has had senior roles in the private sector in large organisations such as the Prudential and Network Rail. Yvonne was CIO in two government departments, as well as Chief Digital Officer and CIO in the private sector prior to her move to the NAO. Yvonne is also a Fellow of the BCS and previous chair of their Organisation and Employer board. 

Yvonne’s role in the NAO over the past 7 years is to support the NAO’s work for Parliament evaluating how well Digital and associated business change programmes are implemented to deliver value for money.


Lessons from Digital Transformation in Large Government Organizations

Last summer we published a major report on The challenges in implementing digital change, which looked into why digital business change programmes are very difficult to implement successfully. 

In this session we will look at the systemic areas that we said government needs to get right and how some of the more persistent challenges can be addressed, including approaches to legacy systems and data, choice of delivery method, engaging with commercial suppliers and addressing the digital skills gap.

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