Digifest, 12-13 March 2019
The founder of Stemettes, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is an inspirational figure within maths, technology and business.
As a champion of STEM and a speaker on technology, she is well-placed to discuss the digital revolution, diversity in STEM, young entrepreneurship and why it's never too late to go into tech.
Previous work at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers means she has amassed a wealth of experiences. She is also pioneering change in the tech sector as the co-founder of Stemettes - an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into STEM roles.
Anne-Marie was named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, won a Points of Light award from the UK prime minister in October 2014 and was named the 29th most influential woman in IT in 2015. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 under 35.
Anne-Marie will be the opening keynote speaker on day one of Digifest, Tuesday 12 March, at 10:00. See the full Digifest programme.
Dave Coplin is the founder and CEO of the Envisioners and chief envisioning officer at Microsoft.
With over 25 years in the technology industry Dave is at the forefront of conversations on how individuals and organisations could benefit from the transformational potential that technology offers, rather than simply using it to do the same things, but only slightly better.
Dave is known for being positive, encouraging, engaging, challenging and upbeat about the future including AI, big data, digitalisation and much more, looking towards the future of the world of work. He looks at “humans plus machines” to combine the best of both, not “humans versus machines”.
Dave’s work as a published thought leader allows him to begin new conversations with audiences to resonate at all levels about the changing nature of work, which requires greater flexibility, collaboration, creativity and innovation.
Dave will be the closing keynote speaker on day one of Digifest, Tuesday 12 March, at 16:00. See the full Digifest programme.
Joysy John is the director of education at Nesta, bringing together Nesta's work in education across innovation programmes, research and investment.
Joysy is the former chief industry officer of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills where she led the college’s industry engagement and online learning website. Prior to this, she headed up international strategic development for EF Learning Labs, led business development for Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s first education technology accelerator and advised Level 39, technology incubator based in Canary Wharf.
Joysy is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She helped launch three non-profits focused on education. She founded Founders Fit to help startup leaders find the right cofounders. Joysy has over a decade of experience in technology, business management, strategy and sales roles with JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Singapore, US and UK. She was the youngest person selected into the Future Leader Development Programme at JP Morgan Chase.
She holds a computer engineering (honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with distinction from London Business School where she was the president of the Women in Business Club and a Forte Scholar.
Joysy will be the opening keynote speaker on day two of Digifest, Wednesday 13 March, at 09:30. See the full Digifest programme.
Liz Sproat is Google's head of education for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
With more than 15 years' experience in education, Liz is responsible for working with universities and schools to bring technology into the classroom.
Prior to moving to Google, Liz was based in Dubai working as vice president for K12 for Pearson Education. In that role Liz collaborated with ministries in the UAE, Saudi and Nigeria to develop national professional development and digital programmes.
Liz will be the closing keynote speaker on day two of Digifest, Wednesday 13 March, at 15:00. See the full Digifest programme.