ThoughtWorks Live Series UK 2018
ThoughtWorks Live Series UK 2018

Executive breakfast events for business leaders and technology innovators

1 May 2018, London | EVENT FINISHED

3 October 2018, London

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The Data-Guided Business

Around the world, massive amounts of data are captured every second. Data has now evolved from being business-critical to life-critical – with the advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, mobile and IoT.

A truly data-guided business understands the value of data, and works hard to create the necessary culture, technology ecosystem and governance to enable safe experimentation and rapid delivery of solutions. As a leader how do you steer your organisation to drive this change? Join us on 3rd October to learn how you can leverage the power of AI to transform into a data guided organisation.

About ThoughtWorks Live Series

Technological innovation continues to grow at an exponential rate with disruptors changing the face of many industries for good, forcing organisations to change the way they view the world, the way they use technology to tackle their biggest problems.

With technology augmenting the world around us and where the unimaginable is created in weeks, how can business leaders know what to do, how to start and where to go? How can leaders leverage their current digital foundation to seize the growth opportunities that exist in the realm of possibility?

ThoughtWorks Live is a breakfast series that explores how thriving businesses are taking advantage of this new world by being responsive and enhancing their market agility, focusing on their customers, breaking down data silos to act on information faster, and developing technological excellence at the core.

the data guided business
the data guided business

The Data-Guided Business

3 October 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place

Hear stories from other business leaders about how they've made a step change in the way they work with data, and have driven data and analytics to the core of their business.


8:30 AMRegistration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 AMWelcome and IntroductionRuth Harrison, Managing Director, ThoughtWorks UK
9:10 AMKeynote: How Data Changes EverythingViktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford
9:40 AMApplying Continuous Intelligence to your BusinessDave Elliman, Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks
10:10 AMCoffee break
10:25 AMKeynote: Creating a Data-Guided OrganisationKit Collingwood, Deputy Director, Data: Universal Credit at Department for Work and Pensions
10:55 AMPanel discussion: Embedding AI to evolve Data-Guided Decision-MakingEmer Coleman, Co-op Digital, Mohammad Khodadadi, Babylon, Gavin Littlejohn, FDATA and Mark Brand, ThoughtWorks
11:30 AMClose and Networking

Meet the speakers

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger


Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation,

University of Oxford

Viktor has published several international best-selling books such as “Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data", “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” and “Big Data” and has written many articles on the governance of information. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and ‘Person of the Year’ in Salzburg in 2000. He is on the boards of foundations and think tanks focusing on the information economy and advises on new economy and information society issues. He is an alumnus of Harvard and London School of Economics and has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journals, BBC and others frequently for his work on data governance.


Deputy Director - Data, Universal Credit,

Department for Work & Pensions

Kit works for the Universal Credit programme in the Department for Work and Pensions. She previously worked for the Ministry of Justice, where she was Head of Digital at the Office of the Public Guardian before moving to MoJ’s digital team to lead digital service delivery for HM Courts and Tribunals service. Kit has been successfully leading the One TeamGov Initiative. She is passionate about offering radically improved services to citizens while meeting departmental spending challenges, about increasing digital capability in government, and about joining up policy making with service delivery.

Mohammad Khodadadi


Director of Data & AI Cognition, Babylon Health

Mohammad is an accomplished technologist and entrepreneur with over 15 years of industry experience in building and managing large teams, designing complex big data architectures, and leading high-growth intelligence-driven businesses. His interests include applying artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts to health and biotech and developing cognitive ecosystems capable of contextual deduction from data for actionable suggestions. Mohammad is currently leading the data architecture team at Babylon Health, prior to joining Babylon he was a Co-Founder at Klappo Ltd. which is a semantic platform for ingredients. It enables the development of applications that help people make educated and engaged choices about what they consume.


Technology Engagement Director, Co-op Digital

Emer is an ex Government Digital Service and former Digital Projects Director with City Hall London where she established The London Data Store. She is an experienced digital leader with a background in the public and private sector. Emer is an expert in the field of open data and is the former Chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland, where she advised the Irish Government on their open data initiative. She lives in Manchester where she is helping to build The Federation an open community of digital businesses and innovators, built on co-operative values. She is also a Non Executive Director of TransportAPI (the digital platform for Transport).

Gavin Littlejohn


Chairman, FDATA

Gavin Littlejohn serves as the Chairman of Financial Data and Technology Association, the Global Open Banking Trade Association, where he successfully led the campaign to have account aggregation added to PSD2 in 2013. Through FDATA, Gavin is a leader in the Open Banking movement and campaigns for common technical standards and a consistent liability models across the globe. Gavin is a fintech entrepreneur with experience in developing innovative solutions to mass market problems and is well known as the Founder of Money Dashboard, where he was serving as a CEO until 2015.


Managing Director, ThoughtWorks UK


Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks


Data Strategy Director, ThoughtWorks

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place

First Floor

The Maxwell Library



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Who can attend?

Attendance at ThoughtWorks Live is limited to CxO level executives only. Board-level decision-makers or 'Head-of' level executives from different departments are invited. We welcome leaders who are driving an organisation wide transformation to join and share their stories with us. The guest list is carefully hand-picked, we expect 40-50 courageous business executives of the digital scene to come together at ThoughtWorks Live. 

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