Geoff Mulgan has been chief executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation programmes and research.
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the government's strategy unit and head of policy in the prime minister's office.
From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first chief executive of the Young Foundation. He was the first director and co-founder of the think tank Demos; chief adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and University of Melbourne and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is also currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange.
His most recent book is The Locust and the Bee, Princeton University Press, 2013. His next book focuses on the theory and practice of collective intelligence.
Geoff is keynote speaker for our second plenary session on day one of Digifest, which takes place at 12:30. See programme.
Lauren Sager Weinstein
Lauren Sager Weinstein, head of analytics at Transport for London, has responsibility for the analysis of customer data, supporting operational and planning areas in delivery of services to TfL’s customers. She joined TfL in 2002, where she has held a variety of roles.
During her time at TfL, Lauren has worked on a number of projects: the establishment of TfL’s first long-term funding package for infrastructure investment; the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by providing analysis on travel patterns; the launch of contactless payment card acceptance on the TfL network; and the creation of TfL’s ODX tool that provides a multi-modal picture of customer travel patterns.
Lauren is keynote speaker for our closing plenary session on day two of Digifest, which will take place at 15:15. See programme.
Sarah Davies is Jisc's head of change implementation support - education/student. She leads on Jisc’s research and development work to enhance the digital student experience.
She has managed significant change and research and development programmes in a number of areas, including digital literacies, learning environments, and regional partnerships for learning.
She is also working in a consultancy role with universities and colleges to offer tailored support to help them meet their strategic aims with technology-supported learning.
Sarah is speaking on day one of Digifest at 10:30 during our welcome plenary session. She's also involved in various sessions across the Digifest programme. See programme.
Liam has worked at Jisc Collections since 2003 where he has been involved in the negotiation and licensing of a wide range of e-content agreements on behalf of universities, colleges and museum libraries.
He's also been involved in a large number of projects associated with copyright and licensing, especially the adoption of machine readable licences, as well as providing consultancy and advice to the NHS, the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and a variety of overseas consortia on the negotiation and procurement of e-content.
Liam is speaking on day one of Digifest at 10:30 during our welcome plenary session. See programme.
Paul Feldman has been Jisc's chief executive since October 2015.
Before joining Jisc he was, most recently, an executive partner at Gartner UK - a technology research and advisory firm.
He spent over 20 years in financial services at Nationwide Building Society, Barclays Bank and First Data EMEA, both in IT and business roles.
He has also worked in knowledge-based IT companies including Thomson Reuters Legal UK and the Intellectual Property Office.
Paul is hosting our afternoon plenary on day one of Digifest, which takes place at 12:30. See programme.
Andy McGregor is JIsc's deputy chief innovation officer.
Andy is responsible for overseeing the implementation of co-design, Jisc's approach to innovation.
Co-design has been designed to ensure that Jisc innovation work is more closely aligned with customer priorities and to deliver the new products and services that customers need. Co-design does this by ensuring that Jisc's customers are closely involved in shaping and delivering projects.
Andy also manages the team who are responsible for managing the projects which will deliver these new products and services.
Andy is speaking at our welcome plenary on day one of Digifest and is will also host our closing plenary on day two at 15:15. See programme.
Paul McKean is Jisc's head of further education and skills.
The key function of Paul's role is to ensure Jisc meets the needs of providers within the FE and skills sector.
Paul works closely with funders, sector agencies and providers to ensure Jisc constantly understands the latest sector priorities and challenges.
The intelligence he gathers helps Jisc directorates plan and respond to the ever changing needs of our FE and skills customers.
Paul is speaking on day one of Digifest at 10:30 during our welcome plenary session. He's also involved in various sessions across the Digifest programme. See programme.