Home » 2024 EY Stage Day 2

This new addition to Innovation 2024 allowed attendees learn from public and private sector experts to learn of the most innovative solutions to government issues.

Wednesday 20 March

All times quoted are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

09:00 – 09:15

Main conference event content and exhibition will be taking place. Please do see our main-stage agenda here.


How can innovation strengthen public finances while empowering policy outcomes?

Last year, The Economist wrote that governments the world over must confront the state of public finances. Meanwhile, the Financial Times notes that geopolitical shifts demand countries spend heavily on defence, changing demographics require more social security spending, and the climate crisis compels governments to commit vast sums to the green transition.

With debt levels already high, compelling demands for extra public spending and little appetite for tax rises, something has to give.

The debate will look beyond the question of whether we should tax and spend more, or less. It will focus on the money that governments choose to spend, interrogate how it is currently managed and ask: Could it be spent better and, if so, how?

Are governments spending good money on bad results?

Are we getting it wrong by tracking the money, not measuring the impact?

What new tools and technologies can help governments better manage public spending?


Dr Mark MacDonald, EY Global Public Finance Management Leader
Nikhil Sanghani, Managing Director, Economic & Monetary Policy Institute, OMFIF
Professor Christopher Hood, Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
Sofia Melis, Chief Revenue Officer, OMFIF
Max Tse, Executive Director, National Audit Office, United Kingdom




How can grant funding reach the right recipients and maximize impact while providing transparency?

Grant funds of all sizes are used every day to improve individual health and wellbeing, drive community development and advance environmental and economic policies across all levels of government.

Given a global push toward multilateralism, an increase in public visibility and scrutiny of grant spending, and heightened risk and complexity of grant programs, the burden of effective grant and relief fund management weighs heavier than ever.

How best to reduce friction in the granting process, build stakeholder trust and demonstrate value delivered?

This session will identify four principles that drive effective grants management. Participants will examine how these principles can be operationalised in a range of real-life scenarios and challenges.


Amy Fenstermacher, EY Americas Grant and Relief Funds Management Leader
Matthew Wilson, EY EMEIA Grants and Relief Funds Management Leader
Mark Wesley, Partner, Government and Public sector, EY
Simon Inglis, Partner, Managed Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Deepa Sharma, Head of Humanitarian Transformation, Save the Children UK
Ivana Gordon, Digital Director for Government Grants Management and Commercial Function, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
Maryam Hussain, EY Global Fund & Corruption Investigator
Karl Hoods, Group Chief Digital and Information Officer, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, United Kingdom
Tim Andersen, Energy Saving Trust Group Head of Transport, United Kingdom


Main conference event content and exhibition will be taking place. Please do see our main-stage agenda here.

Followed by lunch Break


How can innovation turn crisis into prevention?

Many countries are facing their biggest cost-of-living crisis in decades following the COVID-19 pandemic, increased inflation and global conflict. Local authorities must help an increasing number of people who are struggling to meet essential needs like food, energy and housing – and do so with their own finances challenged.

So how have local authorities and partners innovated to meet this crisis of need? How have they managed to do more with less?

This session will feature amongst others, a UK council that has reduced the number of homeless people in their care by harnessing data and technology to prioritise the prevention of homelessness and improve a households financial resilience, as well as insight from Citizens Advice on how they are exploring data, technology, partnerships and convening power to define their role and way of working to enhance citizen support.


Helen Sunderland, UK Local Public Service Leader, EY LLP
Neil Sartorio, Head of Local Public Services, EY LLP
John Littlemore, Head of housing, environmental health, licencing and community safety, Maidstone Borough Council
Wajid Shafiq, CEO, Xantura
Alex Butler, Executive Director for Digital, Technology and Advice, Citizens Advice


Main conference event content and exhibition will be taking place. Please do see our main-stage agenda here.