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This exclusive program for the first time combines all the cogwheels of Business Automation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution for transformation of business and industry. The program encompasses Design Thinking for Automation, Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Cybersecurity.

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Duration 2 Day Program
Date 16th and 17th March 2018, Friday and Saturday
Starts 10am
Ends 5pm
Networking Session 5pm-6pm
Invitation Price £800 + VAT


The Program capacity is 100 seats. Limited only  80 seats are open for reservation via Invitation purchase

Tickets will be sold as First Come- First Serve Basis

Tea/Coffee/Snacks/Lunch is included in the Ticket Price

A copy of Book: Technology vs. Humanity by Gerd Leonhard is also included in the invitation for each participant as a takeaway. View Overview


Participants may also choose to Stay at Oxford at their own expense.
If individuals wish to book themselves, all bookings must be made on-line by clicking here.

The rate is £69 per night based on bed & breakfast and for single occupancy and payment is made on-line at the point of booking.


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Programme Venue

University of Oxford,
Said Business School

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Programme Speakers

Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik

Former Dean & Deputy Commandant (Two Star equivalent)
NATO Defense College, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik served as Dean, a two-star equivalent, and Deputy Commandant of the NATO Defense College (NDC) from September 2013, when elected by the NATO Military Committee, until September 2016, for a mandate of three years. She holds a PhD in Political Theory from LUISS University in Rome (2012), an M.A. in International Law from the University of Maribor (2006), a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations from the University of Ljubljana (2002), and A.S. in Paralegal Studies (1982) from the University of Maribor.

Her extensive experience in the field of international security and policy matters and her broad educational background contributed significantly to her balanced and forward-looking approach to her posting as Dean and Deputy Commandant of the NDC. As Dean, she was the functional head of all academic matters, bringing leadership to the academic divisions, i.e. Research Division, the Middle East Faculty, Academic Planning and Policy Division, and Academic Operations Division. She chaired the NDC Academic Council, which promotes, improves and develops academic planning, policy, and academic curricula in the context of advanced Professional Military Education (PME) strategy. In her capacity as Deputy Commandant, she provided advice and direction on academic, political and diplomatic issues in support of the NATO’s strategic priorities.

In 1991, she joined the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, when she worked on the creation of the Slovenian Armed Forces after independence. As army officer, she rose through the ranks and held subsequently a wide variety of appointments, mostly in the General Staff and in the field of international military cooperation, while working with numerous international organizations, e.g., NATO, the EU, OSCE, and the UN. Dr Daniels thus gained considerable experience and strategic insight into policy solutions for the military sector. She also worked extensively on a bilateral basis with the militaries of various countries, especially in the field of advanced civil-military education and strategic level cooperation. During her military career, she received a number of notable military awards for her outstanding work. After over two decades of military service, she left with the rank of Colonel/Uniformed Military Specialist Class XIV to pursue an academic career. The final posting of her military service was as Faculty Adviser and Senior National Representative at the NATO Defense College, where she continued to work as a civilian ‒ first as a Visiting Scholar and then as a Senior Fellow.

Dr Daniels‘ extensive military and academic experience empowered her deep understanding of the security context from a national and international perspective. Her expertise in high-level policymaking, research, senior strategic-level education, and leadership skills, together with related outreach activities in NATO and its main Partnership frameworks, add enormous value to her professional endeavours. While working in NATO from 2008-2016 she has networked widely with leading security-focused institutions, practitioners and academics worldwide, in particular in the NATO member nations, countries in the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, as well as other NATO partners from the broader Middle East, and Asia. As a result, an extensive global nexus of over 3,000 alumni, as well as numerous practitioners, academics and high-ranking professionals, is well formed and interactive.

Her own research, lecturing, mentoring, and the keynote speeches, have focused to date on the Strategic Level Professional Civil-Military Education, International Security & Geopolitics, and Crisis Management & Cooperative Security.

Deepak Swaroop

Automation Central Leader
EY Global Delivery Services
Ernst & Young Global Ltd
London, United Kingdom

Deepak Swaroop is a partner in EY Global, London and is the Automation Central Leader for EY’s Global Delivery Services. He has 28 years of business management experience across operations, client service and senior management roles. In the last couple of years he has pioneered the adoption of Automation across EY and has set up EY’s centralized capability “Automation Central.” Also, in the last decade he established EY’s shared service centers in India, China, Europe, Philippines and Latin America and built shared services capability in finance, HR, risk, IT, creative design, markets and other support functions.

Anuj Sharma

Chairman, Canada Research Centre
Post Graduate – Management and Leadership, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. First person in history of MIT, USA to attend and graduate via using Live telepresence robotics. Conceptualizer of India Astronaut Candidate Program.
Post Graduate – Education Systems, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA
Post Graduate – Human Resources, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, USA
MPSF – Business Management-Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA
PHD – International Business, H. university, Paris France
Masters – International Education, H. university, Paris France

18 years of diversified global experience transcending industry sectors like Space, Information technology, Robotics, Education, Business Advisory, Construction, Mergers and Joint Ventures, Valuations, Concepts and Ideation, project management, Investments and Liaison.
Mr. Anuj has conceptualized the new age concept of Education 4.0, Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and India Astronaut Candidate Program. Mr. Anuj also serves in multiple roles such as Founding Dean of University in India and honorary speaker by various industry and government bodies. Mr. Anuj also serves as Chairman of Canada Research Centre.

Dr. Nawtej Dosanjh

Vice President – Education & Consulting, Canada Research Centre
Former Global Dean
Hult International Business School

Dr. Dosanjh is a global expert on the topic of ambidextrous leadership. As the global dean at Hult International Business School, a multi-campus institution with locations in London, Dubai, Shanghai, New York, Boston, and San Francisco, he blended his research in ambidextrous leadership with leadership practices to transform Hult as a global benchmark for the creation and delivery of business management education worldwide.
Dr. Dosanjh had a hands-on approach to faculty development across Hult’s campuses. His onboarding strategy, which included hiring 50+ faculty, deans and associate deans, reversed a significant decline in student retention rates and faculty turnover. As part of the School’s leadership team, Dr. Dosanjh was central to Hult receiving the coveted ACCSB and QAA accreditations, having served as a member of Hult’s Formal Leadership Team and
Academic Board. He was also instrumental in the school achieving its first positive Net Promoter Scores (NPS).
Dr. Dosanjh led the faculty in curricula innovation, resulting in Hult’s first digital courses, as well as the first
dual-degree program (MBA plus a second Masters degree) offered by any business school globally. In 2014,
Dr. Dosanjh co-designed the implementation of a leadership program for which the school won the AMBA
Innovation Award. His impact as a mentor and leader increased the academic rigour at Hult, and this achieved
with a practical outcome in mind with the design of eight new specialisations and an external partnership
program offering students the opportunity to solve real-time business problems. This was achieved as a result
of Dr. Dosanjh’s initiation and maintenance of sustainable relationships with Fortune 500 companies, FTSE 100,
and SMEs.
Before being named global dean, Dr. Dosanjh was dean at Hult’s London Campus (2011-2015), where he oversaw
the academic operations, standards, and programs. He was also charged with building the campus; hiring 15
faculty, two associate deans, and other support staff; and extending the school’s external-facing relationships.
Dr. Dosanjh was associate dean (2010-2011), and an adjunct faculty member (2007-2010). Dr. Dosanjh’s most
recent contribution to the school was bringing technology into the classrooms.
Before working at Hult, Dr. Dosanjh was immersed in the business world, first in the banking industry, most
notably as a compliance and risk management consultant. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics; a Master’s
of Arts in International Relations; and a PhD in Strategy, Operations, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.

Dr Susan Scurlock

CEO and Founder
Primary Engineer UK
Honorary Doctorate- University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Honorary Doctorate- Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom

Susan Scurlock is the CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer and its related programmes which expand from early years settings through to teacher led research via the Primary Engineer Postgraduate Certificate course. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, a Fellow of the RSA, a sister of the Hammermen and the proud recipient of two Honorary Doctorates from the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University for her work in engineering education.

Her early career in education began as a secondary school teacher but the experience only fuelled her ambition to see more children achieving their potential and the belief that engineering in primary schools would provide the vehicle.

In 2005 Susan established Primary Engineer with the simple aim of increasing the number of engineers entering the profession. Over the years she has designed many programmes to engage teachers, engineers, parents alongside Primary Engineer; Early Years Engineer, Secondary Engineer, The Leaders Awards, and the Institution of Primary Engineers and the Institution of Secondary Engineers.

Her work has seen Primary Engineer become a national programme delivering a sophisticated series of activities focusing on teacher training, practical maths and science and project-based learning in the classroom. These classrooms are then linked to engineers to provide context for learning and inspiration. The aims of the programmes she has designed are to equip children and young people for a world where the careers have not been thought of or the technologies designed. Identifying that therefore, our young people need skills and competencies that will make them resilient, curious and creative individuals able to lead in a technological world.

The work of Primary Engineer has, over a 12-year period, developed a methodology which integrates industry, education and the public with an understanding of the Universe of Engineering around them and how to inspire generations towards it. Susan works with an inspired team who help to support and realise her ambition.

Alan W. Brown

Professor of Entrepreneurship &Innovation-University of Surrey
Executive Director of the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE)

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Surrey where he is Executive Director of the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE), and leads activities in digital transformation and agile innovation practices.

In addition to teaching activities in digital business, entrepreneurship and global strategy, Alan is engaged in several research projects funded by the UK Research Council looking at business model innovation driven by digital disruptions such as blockchain and new material science. He is also applying his work on commercial engagements with a diverse set of clients in the retail, finance, pharmaceutical, and industrial sectors.

Alan previously spent over 20 years in industry holding senior positions at IBM, Texas Instruments, Sterling Software, and Rational Software Corporation. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Dr Dave Richards

Dr Dave Richards is a highly acclaimed speaker, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He works with a wide variety of organizations (in public, commercial and non-profit sectors, ranging from start-ups through SMEs and multinationals, across many industries including digital, internet and various other technologies, healthcare, and manufacturing) improving how leaders and teams come together effectively to drive all forms of innovation – customer experience, business performance, and bottom line results. Previously, Dr Dave directly led the creation of $ Billions of shareholder value as a globally responsible senior executive with Nortel Networks and Oracle Corporation. Dr Dave is a globally recognized innovation thought-and-practice leader, and co-founder and lifetime member of the MIT Innovation Lab – engaging globally leading multinationals in sharing secret sauces and recipes for innovation. These insights are shared in Dr Dave’s book, The Seven Sins of Innovation: A Strategic Model for Entrepreneurship – which “elevates the thinking on this crucial subject to the highest level” according to Roger Lacey, former Chief Strategy Officer of 3M. Dr Dave is a ‘Canadian-American Brit’, working globally, and living primarily in Buckinghamshire, UK with his family.

Programme Sessions

16th March (Friday)

10AM – 5PM

Session 1: Margaret Andrews

Session 1

Design Thinking

Creativity is serious business. The World Economic Forum lists creative problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as the top three skills needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution and a 2010 IBM study identified creativity as the top leadership skill for managing in an increasingly complex world. Design thinking is a process of immersing yourself in a problem space, thinking creatively around pain points and opportunity areas, then iteratively prototyping new solutions. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied within any team and in any field, and the techniques and tools can be applied to problems in the business world as well as in the nonprofit and public sectors. In this 4-hour session, we’ll explore design thinking for innovation and the creative process underlying it, including some of the enhancers and inhibitors for creativity and innovation, and practice some of the tools and techniques for creative problem solving, including a short design thinking challenge.

  • The case for creativity and innovation
  • Design thinking for a brave new world – methodology and process
  • Design challenge exercise
  • Creative problem solving tools and techniques
  • Tips and traps in managing for creativity

Session 2: Anuj Sharma and Dr. Nawtej Dosanjh

Session 1

Big Data and Analytics
  • Driving force behind Big Data revolution.  What is the difference between describing data and analytics. Key technologies and applications driving the big data revolution the capabilities and the limits of data analytics.
  • Privacy and copyrights of digital data ownership.
  • Risks in using big data.
  • The organizational and cultural contexts that effect data-driven decision-making.
  • Data Analytics tools and their workings and implementation
  • Data Strategy for organizations: Destining and Implementation

17th March (Saturday)

10AM – 5PM

Session 1: Anuj Sharma and Dr. Nawtej Dosanjh

Session 1

Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Workings of internet of things. How to design IOT ecosystem, Strategies for IOT
  • Understand the digital landscape of today and upcoming future.
  • Learn how to align the Company with a Digital Business Strategy- Answer the What, Why, How by defining a Digital Transformation Roadmap
  • How to select and evaluate digital technologies that impact the success of digital projects and How to Monetize Digitization in a business
  • How to create metrics for measuring impact of digitization in the business

What is Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence. Types of Artificial intelligences, How it is developed and how it works. How can it be implemented for automation.

  • Principles of Crowdsourcing
  • History of the Ro-”bot era”.
  • Integration of Robots into human life. (Personal and Manufacturing) an Artificial Intelligence
  • VR- What is virtual reality and where is it heading?- Uses and implementation for automation

Session 2: Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik

Session 1

Cyber Security
  • Hybrid Warfare;
  • Cyber Security: National and International Aspects;
  • Strategies for Countering Cyber Security Threats
  • Building Business Resistance & Resilience
  • Cyber Security Readiness Checklist
  • Cyber Security Education