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Chief Data Officer Think Tank, UK & Ireland

Future-proofing Data Leadership to Thrive in the New World

2nd December 2020 | Online


After 6 successful years in the US and UK, 'the most influential gathering of CDOs' is coming back to the UK for one extra day of unique discussion, insight and more this year!
On 2nd December, the CDO Think Tank, UK & Ireland will bring together 30 Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers and top-level data analytics executives to learn, develop and network in an exclusive, invitation-only digital experience.
Key agenda themes for 2020, include:
  • The evolution of data leadership in an era of uncertainty
  • Delivering and demonstrating ROI on data analytics initiatives
  • Cutting through the hype to successfully deploy AI and Machine Learning
  • Building a data-driven culture through accelerated democratisation and literacy



30+ Live Attendees

Join an exclusive group of the UK's brightest CDAOs

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20+ Expert Speakers

Learn from the most progressive minds in data analytics


Exclusive Networking

Connect with your peers in groups and 1:1



Dial In & Welcome


Opening Remarks

Alastair MacKenzie, Brand Leader, Data & AI, IBM

1:10pm Keynote Fireside Chat: Building a Successful Data, Analytics & AI Function in a New World
  • Accelerating your data journey isn’t just about identifying the right technology – exploring the importance of empowering your people
  • How ensuring diversity & inclusion within your team is a key contributor to realizing optimal outcomes
  • Balancing the need for technical ability with the importance of inter-personal and communication skills during the recruitment process
  • Appreciating the importance of ‘Empathic Data Scientists’ who can relate to pain points and pursue a focus on business outcomes
  • Getting ahead of the game – what changes should data leaders expect in the next few years? How can we continue to deliver actionable use cases to turn data into business value?

Susara Van Den Heever, Director Data & AI IBM Expert Labs and Learning, EMEA, IBM
Alastair MacKenzie, Brand Leader, Data & AI, IBM


Intermission & Conversation Recap with Live Illustration


Panel Discussion: Boosting the Bottom-Line! Delivering Business Value from Data & Analytics

  • Discover the key to unlock the value contained in your data
  • Data is knowledge, and knowledge is power - Generating useful insights that move the needle for your organisation
  • What does success look like? How to quantify the impact of data & analytics function and communicate its worth across the business

Moderator: Clare Mortimer, Analytics, Data Science and AI Leader, IBM
Zachery Anderson, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, NATWEST
Gillian Tomlinson, Chief Data Officer, THREE
Ariel Cohen, Chief Data Officer, INVESTEC
Rick Hawkins, Chief Data Officer - Global Risk & Global Finance, HSBC


Intermission & Conversation Recap with Live Illustration


Defining & Delivering a Data Strategy in an Ever Changing World

  • What are the core elements of building a data strategy? What are the common pitfalls?
  • Aligning your data strategy with wider business goals to ensure meaningful impact
    Data meets Digital – How can Data support the organization’s wider Digital
  • Transformation?
    From Brexit to Covid-19, we live in an uncertain time. How do you ensure your data strategy remains flexible to allow you to adapt and pivot quickly in the future?

Aaron Torrens, Business Leader, Data and AI, IBM
Lisa Allen, Head of Data and Analytical Services, ORDNANCE SURVEY
Roshan Awatar, Data & Analytics Strategy Director, LLOYDS BANKING GROUP

Think Fast! Creating an Agile Analytics Environment

  • What does an agile analytics function look like, and what are the benefits of adapting an agile approach?
  • How can we ensure close collaboration between data scientists, engineers, IT, and business teams required to succeed?
  • What can large enterprises learn from start-up organizations to ensure the required agility in order to compete?
  • How can we get analytics into everyone’s hands through self-service and real-time analytics?

Claire Williams, UKI GBS Retail Leader - AI, Data & Analytics, IBM
Steven Faull, BI & Strategy Leader, WILLIAM GRANT & SONS
Rob McKendrick, Head of Data Governance and Management, CO-OP

Rise of the Machines - Demystifying Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

  • How mature are AI & ML currently, and what should we expect in the coming years? How can we tackle scepticism and avoid hype?
  • Avoiding garbage in, garbage out - What does AI mean for your Data?
  • Overcoming the skills shortage - Learn how to develop and acquire AI skills and discover how automation can help
  • Tackling trust issues - Detect bias, determine drift, and be able to explain your AI outcomes

James Stewart, Global Account Chief Technology Officer, IBM
Doug Brown, Chief Data Scientist, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Guild, CAPITA
Giovanni Romero, Chief Integrated Analytics Officer, MINDSHARE WW (A WPP COMPANY)


Lessons Learnt: Sharing Key Takeaways from Roundtables

Alastair MacKenzie, Brand Leader, Data & AI, IBM

Intermission & Conversation Recap with Live Illustration


Panel Discussion: Creating a Culture of Data Comprehension; Improving Data Literacy Organisation-Wide

  • From Gut Instinct to Data-Driven – how to raise the level of Data Literacy within your company
  • A change that lasts – building long term knowledge and habits by overcoming resistance & embedding the transition to a data-driven business
  • Empower colleagues to self-serve their data & analytics need, giving them the power to inform themselves and free up the data team to focus on more complex projects

Moderator: Brendan Buckingham, Data and AI Strategy Leader, IBM
Christopher Butler, Chief Data Officer, HSBC UK
Frisco Chao, Chief Data Officer, Worldwide, M&C SAATCHI
Neil Taylor, Vice President Data Strategy, MASTERCARD


Event Wrap Up

Alastair MacKenzie, Brand Leader, Data & AI, IBM

End of Event

What to expect from the Chief Data Officer Think Tank, UK & Ireland

Best of the best – With 30 of the UK’s top CDOs, CAOs and top-level execs in attendance, the CDO Think Tank is an exclusive group of data leaders   Expert speakers - 20+ thought leading experts from IBM and the UK's leading brands sharing their latest innovations and tackling your greatest challenges 
Genuine Interaction - This invite-only event has a strictly limited number of spaces, open to the 'creme de la creme' of the UK's data & analytics execs. Combined with highly interact formats and technology, you will see, hear, talk to and benefit from the experience of all in attendance   Exclusive Conversations - Unique insights you cannot hear anywhere else, in addition to engaging Panel Discussions and interactive Roundtable sessions

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  • CDO Think Tank, UK & Ireland is a virtual summit for data & analytics-driven leaders. The Conference will take place exclusively online.
  • We will be sharing insights from the world's data & analytics experts within an immersive virtual experience.
  • All conference presentations are broadcasted via webcast so you can watch from the comfort of your own workspace or mobile device, wherever you are. 
  • The Think Tank will take place on December 2nd 2020.



  • Registered attendees will receive an email with login instructions 3-5 days before the event. We encourage all attendees to log into the platform before the conference starts to make sure you can login. If you have trouble logging in, please email enquiries@coriniumintel.com



  • Laptop, personal computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Strong, reliable wifi connection.
  • Google Chrome is recommended to run the Virtual Conference platform.



  • Yes, the Virtual Conference is accessible via a smartphone or tablet.



Registration & Logging in


  • Attendees will receive an email with login instructions 3-5 days before the event. We encourage all attendees to log into the platform before the conference starts to make sure you can log in. If you have trouble logging in, please email enquiries@coriniumintel.com



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