Speakers List 2019

Rohit Talwar: Futurist, Stategic Advisor & Author
Rohit Talwar

Futurist, Stategic Advisor & Author

Rohit Talwar is an award winning global futurist, entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Nominated as one of the top ten global future thinkers by the UK's Independent newspaper, he comments regularly on the future and innovation for global news networks. Rohit has been published widely. He is the initiator, editor and a lead author for The Future of Business, which was published on June 23rd 2015 - completed in just 19 weeks. This 60 chapter book brings together the work of 62 future thinkers from around the world to explore the forces shaping our world and highlight the implications for business. He is also a major contributor to a forthcoming US feature film and documentary on the concept of 'creating a new country'.

Rohit has an MBA from London Business School and delivers regular keynote speeches to leadership audiences around the world. He focuses on helping us make sense of and respond to a constantly changing reality and a hyper-connected world. Rohit provides clients with critical insights into how to respond to the forces and ideas shaping the future, deliver transformational change and create imaginative new strategies and possibilities. He shows us how to identify the key factors shaping the future, assess their impact and deliver real change both in our own lives and in the organisations we lead or work for.

Through his work, Rohit travels the world researching the innovations, developments and ideas shaping the future and uses these powerful insights, case studies and provocative imagery to shed light on the intangible and 'yet to be seen' developments. His interests include the evolving world of technology in business and society, the future of emerging economies and industries, the future of education and embedding foresight in organisations. He currently leads research projects on drivers of change for the next decade, the long term impacts of cybercurrencies and Artificial Intelligence, practical strategies for delivering sustainable organisational transformation, human enhancement and the shadow economy.

Rohit has worked worldwide with leading corporations, governments, associations and NGO's and has delivered highly inspirational, thought provoking and humorous keynote addresses to audiences in over 60 countries.

Daisy McAndrew: TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer
Daisy McAndrew

TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer

Daisy is an accomplished corporate facilitator and host, having hosted countless awards and moderated many conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, trade bodies and charities.

Daisy was ITV News' most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the UK as well as in-depth reports on the German and French economy. She also presented ITV's Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV's Moral of the Story. Prior to that she had a successful journalistic career with the BBC's Daily Politics and as BBC Breakfast News' Political Correspondent, as well as presenting on LBC, Channel 4 and Radio 5Live.

Daisy spent a decade in Westminster as a researcher and reporter.

Daisy's interests include all aspects of business and political life, parliament, social affairs, the economy and business. However, she also has a wide range of other interests which she writes about and comments on ranging from all aspects of family life and children's issues to penal reform, dogs and horses, motorbikes, interior design, party and planning and juggling life as a busy, working mum.

Professor David Hughes: Food Marketing Academic
Professor David Hughes

Food Marketing Academic

Dr. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K. He is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents. With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh food business which served supermarkets in the USA.

Dominic Watkins: Partner and Head of Food Group DWF
Dominic Watkins

Partner and Head of Food Group DWF

Dominic specialises in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues in three primary areas: food law, trading standards and safety advising household name retailers and food manufacturers.

He has spent a significant amount of time on secondments to some of the UK's best known retailers and food businesses, advising on a range of issues including food law. This experience has provided him with a clear understanding of the role that legal advice plays in making a commercial decision.

Dominic assists companies on the full range of food law issues, from product development and labelling through to successful launch and on-going marketing of products. He has extensive experience in advising brands on high risk campaigns particularly involving health claims, comparative advertising and price promotions and keeping them on the market at the lowest risk to the brand.

Dominic has also developed due diligence systems and safety policies for a number of national retailers.

Dominic is a regular speaker on issues in the food industry in the UK, EU and in the US and has been published in a range of industry publications, including a chapter on EU food law published by Elsevier.

Matthieu Vincent: Foodtech Entrepreneur
Matthieu Vincent

Foodtech Entrepreneur

Matthieu is the co-foundeur of DigitalFoodLab and has been a FoodTech entrepreneur since 2010.

Since he sold his first startup, WeCook, in early 2017, Matthieu is developing DigitalFoodLab in order to grow the European FoodTech ecosystem. DigitalFoodLab delivers talks, expertise, business intelligence and acceleration to entrepreneurs, investors and food corporates. It aims to help them identify and act on FoodTech opportunities with a unique mix of data (with the most comprehensive database on FoodTech startups) and expertise (coming from FoodTech entrepreneurs).

Matthieu is M.Eng from Telecom SudParis and MSc. in e-commerce from Dublin City university.

Andrew McLay: Innovation Lead - Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK
Andrew McLay

Innovation Lead - Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK

Andrew McLay is the Innovation Lead for agriculture at Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Innovate UK is the UK Government’s innovation agency and the agri-food team are currently responsible for the delivering the £90 million Transforming Food Production programme – part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Andrew has extensive experience in UK and international agricultural market research and strategy, having worked for Promar International, the consulting arm of Genus Plc for over 12 years. Prior to moving to the UK Andrew held international marketing manager roles for Australian dairy and meat industry groups including Dairy Australia and Australian Pork Limited.