Tech Forum: Towards an AI enabled future

10 June, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Virtual, London

Tech Forum 2021 brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics to discuss an AI enabled future. Artificial intelligence is already having an almost revolutionary and transformational impact on society, but where is it taking us? We will be looking at the adaptation of AI in organisations, AI as a driver for smart transport, how FinTech and AI will transform finance, but also diving into the ethical dilemma. Through keynotes, panels, pitching sessions from aspiring start-ups and interactive talk shows, with stellar line-ups of speakers, the forum is a great way to connect with the UK-Nordic tech ecosystem.

About the forum

Tech Forum is a platform for Swedish-British tech and investors to meet, learn and to discuss. Celebrating the best of the latest in technology from across the North Sea, whether it's artificial intelligence, blockchain or virtual reality (and beyond) - the forum features leading experts at global success stories, exciting entrepreneurs and challengers alongside passionate purse-string partners.

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Peter Sandberg., Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Aurore Belfrage, Partner, SusTechable, and Senior Advisor, AI Innovation of Sweden


Towards an AI Enabled Future

Sana Khareghani, Head of UK Government Office for Artificial Intelligence

Panel: Adopting AI across an organisation

With development and changes in business accelerating like never before, AI has become a natural part of the modern organisation. But how can AI be a driving force in sectors traditionally driven by the human mind? Why is it needed in all sorts of businesses, and not only within tech?

Kye Andersson, Major Impact Initiatives, AI Sweden

Simone Babb, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Commercial Product Lead, Digital Catapult

Dimitri French, Business Development Manager for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solutions, UK&I, Amazon Web Services

Errol Koolmeister, Head of AI Foundation, H&M Group

Harry Rhys Davies, Applied AI Lead, Tech Nation

Panel: AI as a driver for smart transportation

The transportation of the future has now become reality, but is it really useful in everyday life? What will the next 5 years look like, and can we expect smart transportation not even imaginable 20 years ago?

William Sachiti, Founder & CEO, Academy of Robotics

Hamid Zarghampour, Chief Strategist, Swedish Transport Administration

Joshua Rayner, Business Development Associate, what3words

Panel: Investing in the tech of tomorrow

Transforming an idea into a successful venture is a long journey, and often depends on partnering with an initial, and sometimes long-term, investor. But what are investors view of AI and what are they looking for? How do they identify the tech that will shape the future, the opportunity, and the scale?

Carlo Biggio, Vice President, Accel Partners

Vinoth Jayakumar, Partner, Draper Esprit

Magda Lukaszewicz, Principal, Balderton Capital


The storm is coming, and the storm is Artificial Intelligence

Rikard Steiber, CEO, GoodTrust

Panel: The ethical dilemma

The big struggle and the number one argument for AI opponents – how can we ensure a sustainable and effective use of AI whilst keeping personal integrity? Can businesses adapt AI throughout, and simultaneously guarantee privacy and the personal, intangible touch on business?

Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory & Policy, Yoti

Magnus Strand, Associate Professor of European Law & Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University

Bootcamp pitches

Closing remarks


Speakers 2021

Kye Andersson

Kye Andersson

Major Impact Initiatives, AI Sweden

Kye is responsible for Major Impact Initiatives with AI Sweden, currently focusing on accelerating applied AI in Swedish healthcare and Media & Democracy.  He is also a delegate of the Swedish AI Council, as well as the Nordic AI Alliance, holds an innovation Grand Prix Winner from Cannes Lions, and has 20 years of experience in digital transformation, international advertising, PR, PA and product and service development. 

Kye is convinced that AI will change our world more than any other technology we have seen before. That AI will save millions, and improve the lives of billions. That AI will fundamentally impact health, food production, energy, business and creativity. Everywhere. Across the planet. AI will allow us to do things we haven’t even thought were possible. He is a frequent public speaker and works regularly with international AI organisations and communities across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

Simone Babb

Simone Babb

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Commercial Product Lead, Digital Catapult

Simone’s focus is on driving industry adoption of AI. At Digital Catapult she leads commercial engagement and strategy for AI and ML.  She works with industry and the start-up and scale-up ecosystems to champion AI and ML innovation and experimentation in the UK across the manufacturing and creative sectors as it relates to optimisation, sustainability, and resilience.  Simone has over 14 years of experience in technology consulting and strategy at tier 1 management consultancies where she led programmes in the US, UK, and sub-Saharan Africa and developed a variety of technology commercial offerings.

Matthew Blakemore.

Matthew Blakemore.

Head of Product, British Board of Film Classification

Matthew is a committee member of the Young Professionals at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. He is the Head of Product at British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), an independent, not-for-profit organisation, here to help everyone in the UK choose age-appropriate films, videos and websites. In his role he forms the product strategy and manages the delivery of innovative solutions using the latest technology (Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)) to support and enhance the BBFC's classification work. Matthew is also a member of the Artificial Intelligence committee in both the British Standards Institute and International Standards Organisation. Prior to the BBFC, he has managed product development at several companies and run his own tech startup. He studied International Business at the University of Hertfordshire.

Aurore Belfrage

Aurore Belfrage

Partner, SusTechable, and Senior Advisor, AI Innovation of Sweden

Tech entrepreneur, political advisor and investor Aurore Belfrage spends her time in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and international affairs. She’s an Industrial Advisor to Europe’s leading PE house EQT, she’s a syndicated columnist with leading Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) and a contributor to Politico, she writes, vlogs and hosts a podcast on pressing issues like the environment, geopolitics, ethics, governance and labor/future of work. Born in London, raised partly there as well as in Saudi and Sweden, with previous lives in venture capital with EQT Ventures, scrap dealing at Stena Metall, speechwriting and attempts at stand up comedy.

Carlo Biggio

Carlo Biggio

Vice President, Accel Partners

Carlo Biggio is a Venture Capital Investor at Accel Partners, who focuses particularly on financial technology and SaaS businesses. Prior to joining Accel, he worked for the investment team of Anthemis Group, a fintech-focused venture capital fund and Rocket Internet. Carlo holds an MSc in Finance from Bocconi University and the Rotterdam School of Management, with a focus on investment valuation.

Julie Dawson

Julie Dawson

Director of Regulatory & Policy, Yoti

Julie is known internationally for driving the ethical framework development at Yoti digital identity platform. Leading regulatory and government relations for Yoti, she develops policy approaches for fraud prevention and safeguarding, liases with national and sectoral trust frameworks, in conjunction with Yoti's internal and external ethics boards.

Julie is an authority in digital identity policy, ethics and governance, representing Yoti at numerous fora such as the World Economic Forum Digital Identity Innovators; techUK Public Sector, Data Ethics and Digital Identity Boards, ADA Citizens Biometric Council Oversight Board, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Digital Identity and the EU SHERPA Stakeholder Board.

Dimitri French

Dimitri French

Business Development Manager for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solutions, UK&I, Amazon Web Services

Vinoth Jayakumar

Vinoth Jayakumar

Partner, Draper Esprit

Vinoth is a Partner at Draper Esprit, having joined the team in 2016. Prior to that he worked at a boutique management consulting firm in London and was an angel investor in various startups.

He leads Fintech investing at Draper Esprit, leading investments into companies like Thought Machine, Form3, PrimaryBid, Revolut, Freetrade and Ravelin. He is focused on investing against a thesis that is built around the future of financial services covering how people interact with money, all the way through to the infrastructure software behind the architecture of banks.

Sana Khareghani

Sana Khareghani

Head of UK Government Office for Artificial Intelligence

Errol Koolmeister

Errol Koolmeister

Head of AI Foundation, H&M Group

Magda Lukaszewicz

Magda Lukaszewicz

Principal, Balderton Capital

Magda joined Balderton in 2018. She is a principal and responsible for the Nordics, with a particular interest in fintech. Prior to Balderton, Magda was at Goldman Sachs, starting in the financing group, and later moved to the Consumer, Retail & Healthcare M&A team. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Magda was involved in Swedish politics and worked in start-ups. Magda has an MSc in Business & Economics from Lund University. 

Joshua Rayner

Joshua Rayner

Business Development Associate, what3words

After studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations, and his Master’s in Politics and History at the University of Nottingham, Josh moved to France for ski season before joining a travel risk management firm on the south coast of the UK. There he spent two years helping coordinate global travel projects and emergency response tasks before moving on in 2019 to cycle from Bordeaux to Florence. Josh was looking for an organisation that would have a real impact on the world, which led him to join what3words. Outside of work, he likes keeping up to date with international affairs, chasing the snow in winter and the sun in summer.

Hamid Zarghampour

Hamid Zarghampour

Chief Strategist, Swedish Transport Administration

Hamid Zarghampour is currently responsible for the Swedish Transport Administration’s strategies and related activities for the introduction of connected and automated road transports. It includes coordination of the ongoing national projects and collaboration with the EU member states in various areas of connected and automated road transports. Mr. Zarghampour started his career at the Swedish Road Administration about 25 years ago and has worked within the field of transport planning in general and road asset management in particular. He has also been actively working for the implementation of innovative solutions, encouraging sustainable development globally. Since 2013, he has mainly worked with research and innovation within the field of connected and automated transports.

Harry Rhys Davies

Harry Rhys Davies

Applied AI Lead, Tech Nation

Harry built and runs Tech Nation's Applied AI programme, a Government-backed initiative to support the UK's leading AI companies as they scale. The first cohort included companies like SenSat, which closed $10m with Tencent, and Latent Logic, which was acquired by Waymo. Previously, Harry was Head of Investment at Wayra, Telefonica's startup accelerator, and managed a number of different programmes across the country, including the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator.

Peter Sandberg.

Peter Sandberg.

Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Peter Sandberg is Managing Director at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since 2018. He holds an MSc in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and has previously worked in press and communications roles at the Swedish Embassy and Chamber of Commerce in London respectively. He has worked at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City as Director of Program and VP, and when returning to London, joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association where he was part of the management team in his role as Director of Commercial Development & Membership.
Rikard Steiber

Rikard Steiber

CEO, GoodTrust

Rikard is currently CEO of GoodTrust and Senior Advisor for Autonomous Electric Transport company Einride. Former President of Viveport and SVP of Virtual Reality at HTC, built Viveport which is the world’s first and only “Netflix of VR” subscription service. Before joining HTC, Rikard successfully built up several international businesses in Video on Demand and eSports, as the CEO for MTGx. At Google, he was Global Marketing Director of Ads, Mobile and Social Advertising and prior to this ran marketing for all Google’s products in Europe. Rikard is the founder of Europe's largest Women in Tech event. He is a future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic.

William Sachiti

William Sachiti

Founder & CEO, Academy of Robotics

Having exited his first start-up (123-registration) at 19, team leader William Sachiti (34) has since founded and exited 3 businesses including Clever Bins, a business he pitched aged 24 on the BBC Dragon’s Den show. Before he turned his attention to AI and robotics his last business, MyCityVenue was acquired by Secret Escapes in 2015.

Whilst studying at the University of Aberystwyth, William invented world’s first AI robot librarian. He has since devised several patents on driverless vehicle technology, including drone delivery systems such as SkyHighway, but is now focused on ground-based solutions to the challenge of last-mile delivery. Under his leadership, Academy of Robotics has developed Kar-go, a fully operational self-driving car that can deliver packages.

Magnus Strand

Magnus Strand

Associate Professor of European Law & Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University

Magnus Strand is associate professor of European law and senior lecturer in commercial law at Uppsala University. He is also director of research in the law and business unit at the Department of Business Studies, managing two research projects on the use of artificial intelligence in the financial markets (FinTech and RegTech, respectively). Both projects are funded by The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program — Humanities and Society (WASP-HS).

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