Innovation 2019 will feature speakers from the worlds of government and business, both in the UK and overseas
Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, UK
As Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni leads the reform programme across government, working with permanent secretaries to transform public services and the way government works. John’s work focuses on skills, property, shared services, government processes and digital technologies.
As Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, John is responsible for leadership and governance. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.
John has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. Before joining government, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. Prior to that he was at BP, where he held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007 he was BP’s Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries; and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.
Director General, Estonian Emergency Response Centre
Kätlin Alvela was confirmed as the Director General of the Estonian Emergency Response Centre (EERC) in March 2017. EERC handles all incoming emergency calls nationally, assessing and prioritising each and despatching police, rescue and ambulance services.
From 2004-2017 Kätlin served in the Police and Border Guard Board, holding various positions in criminal and public order policing. From 2015, she was Director of the Development Department’s Prevention and Offence Proceedings Bureau.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Rehabilitation at Tartu University, and a Master’s Degree in Governmental Sciences at Tallinn University. Kätlin speaks Estonian, English and Russian.
EY Global Government & Public Sector Leader
George Atalla is EY’s Global Leader for Government and Public Sector, which includes more than 19,000 professionals across developed and emerging markets providing advisory, audit, transactional and tax services. George has worked in over 30 countries, focusing on government digital transformation, public private partnerships, business outsourcing, restructuring, organizational transformation, policy reform and investment prioritization. In collaboration with clients and EY teams worldwide, George leads the development of services and solutions, including public finance management and smart cities. George has also authored several papers and insights that position EY as a thought leader in government policy and modernization.
A licensed professional engineer, George has earned graduate degrees in engineering and business administration from Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, and George Washington University.
Director, Global Practice Head, Workspace Services, Wipro
Sujay is Global workspace head in Cloud & Infrastructure Services at Wipro Limited. He has more than 14 years of experience in the End User Services space with roles across delivery and pre-sales. He has worked in India, US and UK and has experience in delivering transformation to large enterprises. He leads the engineering efforts to build and enhance workspace offerings for Wipro.
Deputy Assistant Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, USA
Dustin Brown is the Deputy Assistant Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President.
Dustin is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is the career lead for the Federal government’s efforts to improve the results of government through the President’s Management Agenda and Federal performance framework. He helps lead the OMB’s Office of Performance and Personnel Management which is responsible for leading several government-wide initiatives that require coordination across agencies; improving the Federal government’s mission performance outcomes; and developing Federal personnel policies.
Dustin also helps lead inter-agency efforts including improving the infrastructure permitting process, the security clearance process, shifting from low value to high value work, and improving customer experience. In 2010, he worked with Congress to overhaul the Federal government’s performance framework through the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act.
He is the Chair of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Committees of Public Governance and has represented the US at the OECD Centres of Government conference. He is a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Volcker Alliance, and a Visiting Fellow of Practice at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.
Dustin joined OMB’s Housing Branch in August, 2001, worked in OMB’s International Affairs Division, and as the OMB Director’s Special Assistant for Policy. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and has a bachelor’s degree from Manchester University in Indiana. Dustin received a Fulbright Scholarship for Latin American studies in Quito, Ecuador.
Director General for Digital Society, Digitisation of the Administration and Information Technology, Federal Ministry of the Interior Building and Community, Germany
Peter Batt was born in Dusseldorf in 1955. After studying Law at the Universities of Bochum and Bonn, and spending time as an intern at the regional court in Dusseldorf, he began a professional career as a lawyer in 1986 with two insurance companies.
He joined the public sector through German Pension Insurance – first in the field of IT management and programming, then overseeing human resource strategy and management 1996-2000. Peter then became director general of the Organisation and ICT Services department, leading a staff of about 1000 – one of the largest ICT teams in the public sector.
In 2009 he joined the Federal Ministry of the Interior as Deputy IT Director. In 2016 he became Director General, and is now responsible for Digital Society, Organisation and Digitisation of the Administration and Information Technology, as well as the Federal Academy of Public Administration.
Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada
Prior to his appointment as CIO, Alex was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. From 2011 to 2014, he was Vice-President of Government Affairs and Business Development at OpenText; and prior to that, he managed various teams and programmes at the Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Library and Archives Canada.
Alex has a BA in History from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in History. He has long played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry, and promoted the global shift to digital in organisations such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Olympics. He was recently named on Apolitical’s international list of the 100 most influential people in digital government. He is also the author of Canadian Failures, an anthology of essays from prominent Canadians openly talking about failure; and Government Digital, an in-depth look at how modern governments are tackling digital change.
EY Partner, UKI Central Government, Global Lead for Digital and AI in Government
Radhika Chadwick leads EY’s UKI Central Government sector which covers all our work across Whitehall and its arms-length bodies. She is also EY’s Global lead for Digital and AI in Government.
Both a strategist and a technologist by background, she has twenty-five years’ experience in rethinking complex strategic transformation and refocusing organisations for success in an age of increasing technological disruption. Her work with clients includes: helping large Departments manage the impact of EU Exit, redesigning a modern prison service for the future, and using data-led approaches and technologies to create operational efficiencies and address deep social issues.
Radhika has an MSc as a Sloan Fellow in Strategy & Leadership from London Business School, and an undergraduate degree in technology from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a Trustee of national UK charity The Restorative Justice Council and co-founder of the Economic Singularity think tank focused on the long-term role of AI in society.
She regularly speaks on topics related to AI and technology disruption, public sector reform, and women/diversity in technology.
Deputy Director, Public Sector Fraud, Cabinet Office, UK
Mark set up and heads the Centre of Expertise for Counter Fraud at the Cabinet Office, which manages cross-government efforts to improve the tackling of fraud and economic crime. Working with ministers and civil service leaders, he leads initiatives to transform the way central government deals with fraud – including establishing the Government Counter Fraud Profession, creating organisational standards, and improving data-sharing and the use of analytics.
Mark began his career as a filing clerk in the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), at the Ministry of Justice. He later held various project management, operational and assurance management roles there, including that of Head of Counter Fraud and Investigations. In this latter role, his work led to the first prosecutions of members of the public for legal aid fraud; the first cross-agency prosecutions with other public bodies; a fundamental redesign of the fraud risk assessment model; and securing a return on investment from the counter fraud function that exceeded its cost.
Deputy Director, Data – Universal Credit, Department for Work and Pensions, UK
Kit Collingwood-Richardson works on data at the Department for Work and Pensions, and is passionate about radically improved public services; open and empathetic leadership; and joining up policy making with service delivery.
In 2017 she co-founded the One Team Government movement: a cross-sector reform community which aims to improve the way the public sector operates by breaking down boundaries and changing the way we lead.
Deputy Director, Debt Policy & Strategy, Cabinet Office, UK
Steve has worked on government debt for 18 years – starting as a collector on the phones in HM Customs & Excise, before moving into HMRC’s debt transformation programme and then on to commercial management of private sector debt contracts. Now heading up the Debt Function in the Cabinet Office, he is currently working to implement a National Audit Office recommendation which will see the remit of the Cross Government Debt Strategy expanded to include local authorities.
Director General of the Government Digital Service, UK
Kevin became Director General of GDS in August 2016. He is also Head of Function for Digital, Data and Technology across government, and a member of the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy, before becoming Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group then Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Crown Commercial Service, Cabinet Office, UK
A commercial leader with wide experience in the public and private sectors, Chris specialises in shaping and leading major transactions – including those with high technology content. His private sector experience includes senior appointments in blue-chip technology companies, and 20 years’ practical experience in hands-on management consulting. He has successfully built and led commercial teams within the civil service and professional services firms.
Director of Methods, Data and Research, Office for National Statistics, UK
Sarah leads the Office for National Statistics’ work to bring in datasets, prepare them for the production of statistics, and make them available for research inside and outside the office. She joined ONS in 2017 from Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, where she developed evidence and analysis that informed devolution initiatives as well as local decisions – managing projects including the creation of a ward-level population forecasting model; linking datasets to inform safeguarding services and early interventions; and building a spatial forecasting model to predict ‘urban flow’ in partnership with Ordnance Survey.
Sarah is passionate about using data for public good and ensuring that the national data asset is utilised to describe and explain the society and the economy.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Finland
Martti Hetemäki has been Permanent State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland since 2013. He took up this position after a long and distinguished career in the Ministry, including 10 years as a Permanent State Under-Secretary.
He chaired the Sub-Committee on Statistics of the European Union’s Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) 2003-2013, and served as a Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Martti is the Chairman of the Finnish National Fund Sitra, and Vice Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Authority. Other board activities cover areas such as security and defence, technology, health and the social economy.
Martti holds a PhD in economics, and a Licentiate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Helsinki as well as a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Hull, UK.
Deputy Secretary-General for Tax and Customs Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
Dmitri Jegorov has served as Deputy Secretary-General for Tax and Customs Policy at Estonia’s Ministry of Finance since August 2014. Prior to that appointment, he underwent doctoral studies at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 2014, having held a research post at the Strategy and Management Department.
From 2008-10 he was Deputy Director-General for core processes at the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, having held the post of Deputy Director-General for services from 2006-08. And from 2001 to 2006 he worked at the Tax and Customs Board, first as Head of the Direct Taxes Division (2001-04) and then as Head of the Tax Department.
Before entering government, Dmitri was a corporate finance consultant at KPMG Estonia AS from 2000-01. He speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Norwegian.
Director for Business Growth, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK
Rannia Leontaridi is the Director for Business Growth at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy since May 2016.
Recently she has also taken responsibility as the joint Director for the Office for Artificial Intelligence for the UNK Government. In her dual role Rannia leads the Government’s work to start up, grow and scale productive businesses in the economy.
She also focuses on the role that technology plays in creating economic value and disruption in existing sectors as well as the creation of new business and new emerging sectors in the economy. As the joint Director lead for Artificial Intelligence in government and has responsibility for the AI Sector deal and AI grand Challenge in the Industrial Strategy.
She is also the Government’s senior sponsor for the British Business Bank, the UK’s development Bank, and “Be the Business”, the new organisation created by the Productivity Leadership Group, chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield. Rannia began life as an entrepreneur and later went on to be an Assistant Professor in Economics. She is a Carnegie Scholar and holds a PhD in Labour Market Economics.
She began her career in the civil service in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office and has held senior positions in the University sector, Cabinet Office and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Rannia is a co-founder and sits on the board of Crown Hosting Services, a start-up and joint venture between Government and Ark Data centres, set up to deliver hosting services for legacy public sector infrastructure.
In February 2016 Rannia received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public service.
Director (Transformation Office), Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
Mr Tang Liheng joined the Public Service Division in 2016. He assists in the transformation of the Public Service so that it is better prepared to serve citizens and businesses. He facilitates improvements to government agencies’ service delivery models, and encourages innovations in the agencies.
Mr Tang was previously in the Ministry of National Development, where he coordinated the strategies and development plans of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city project. Prior to that, he was in the Ministry of Finance overseeing social policies and financing measures to help Singapore companies internationalise. When he was in the Ministry of Home Affairs, he oversaw policies and operations of the Singapore Police Force to ensure security.
Director (Technology) and Chief Information Officer, Accountant-General’s Department, Singapore
Paul Loke is Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Accountant-General’s Department (AGD) where he leads the technology strategy and manages multiple civil service wide systems including the government’s financial, accounting, e-invoicing, medical benefits, payroll and claims systems.
Paul has over 20 years of IT experience in both the public and private sectors, and has driven cultural change and digital transformation, helping organizations to adapt to a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. He believes in creative problem solving and in reducing silos at work, thus enabling innovation to transform the workplace and allowing the cross pollination of ideas between disciplines and industries.
Paul is currently exploring technologies to automate testing and increase productivity as part of AGD’s digital transformation agenda. Leveraging robotic process automation technologies, AGD hopes to save over 3000 man-hours of back office work per annum, and are looking at coupling RPA with technologies such as analytics, machine learning and natural language processing as a way to derive additional value from automation. He is also actively involved in driving the adoption of cloud technologies as means to reduce costs and fully exploit the potential of new technology as part of Singapore’s Smart Nation journey.
Paul has delivered multiple projects during his tenure at AGD, including [email protected] mobile application to provide small and medium enterprises with a more convenient way to invoice government agencies and the [email protected] mobile application, which provides an easy way for government employees and pensioners to check their pay and claims, while integrating across agencies to allow for leave applications and approvals. The mobile applications subsequently won the Best Mobile Government Service Award (Economy & Commerce Category) at the World Government Summit 2017 and Enterprise Innovation 2017 (Government and Public Services Category) awards respectively.
Beyond technology, Paul has held a variety of roles in his career, including managing audio visual and lighting teams, corporate services, corporate planning, office operations, governance and legal services. He is also one of the contributing authors of the “Inspire Beyond SG50” book, a collection of inspirational lessons shared by 55 IT leaders to impart practical knowledge to future and aspiring CIOs.
Paul holds a Master of Science in Networking and Communications and is married with three children.
Director General, Statistics, Estonia
Mart Mägi has served as Director General of Statistics Estonia since April 2017. Prior to that, he worked in insurance and banking – spending time as CEO at Swedbank Estonia Asset Based Financing and P&C Insurance, and CEO of the CEE unit of Sampo plc. He has also led businesses in the services sector, including roles as CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Advisors Estonia; CEO of car retailers Amserv Grupi AS; and CEO of pharmacy group Südameapteek.
He has MBAs from the University of Tartu and the University of Banking and Insurance in Warsaw. He speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish, and is Chairman of the Council of the University of Tartu Foundation.
Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, UK
Tony Meggs is the Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. He became Chief Executive of its predecessor body, the Major Projects Authority, in 2015.
He is a senior executive with significant experience as a functional leader in the private sector and has led collaborations with several businesses and universities. Tony set up the BP project leadership programme that was the inspiration for the UK government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy. He also co-chaired a major study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Results and Delivery in the Privy Council Office, Canada
Matthew Mendelsohn leads the Canadian federal government’s Results and Delivery Unit and its Impact and Innovation Unit. He is a former Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet with the Ontario government, and a former Senior Advisor in the federal government’s Privy Council Office.
During a stint outside government, Matthew was the founding Director of the Mowat Centre: a public policy think tank in the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. During that time he published and lectured widely on government transformation, democratic institutions and intergovernmental politics.
Matthew received his BA from McGill University and his PhD from the l’Université de Montréal, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University for 10 years, and has been an active volunteer board member for many not-for-profit organisations supporting community engagement and improved social and economic outcomes.
Chief Executive, Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office, UK
William is a Director in the Cabinet Office, CEO of the new Geospatial Unit, and a member of the Geospatial Commission – charged with setting policy and overseeing implementation for the UK’s geospatial agenda.
He joined the Cabinet Office and the Government Commercial Function (GCF) as a Crown Representative in September 2015, overseeing the government’s relationship with IT suppliers IBM and DXC. From April 2017 to January 2018, he was Interim CEO of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and a member of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS’s) Executive Board.
With over 20 years executive experience in the IT and telecoms sectors, William has held senior leadership positions with a number of the leading global ICT service providers. He is a chartered civil and water engineer, and has worked in many overseas countries on development projects for the World Bank and the CDC Group.
William is also a non-executive director of DCMS’s Royal Armouries International, and an independent board member on the DCMS Major Programmes Board.
Gareth Rhys Williams
Government Chief Commercial Officer, Crown Commercial Service, Cabinet Office, UK
Gareth has been the Government Chief Commercial Officer since March 2016, leading the transformation of commercial activities – one of the civil service’s top three management priorities. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Gareth is an experienced CEO and Non Executive Director, with a consistent record of reinvigorating and reinventing listed and private equity-backed companies through creative growth strategies.
Before joining PHS, Gareth held CEO posts at engineering group Charter International; Capital Safety Group Ltd; and Vitec Group plc.
Dr. Andrea M. Schneider
Head of Directorate Innovation and Policy Planning, Federal Chancellery, Germany
Andrea Schneider studied economics and taught economic policy and development economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2007, she joined the Office of Germany’s Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel; and she is now its Head of Directorate Innovation and Policy Planning.
Andrea specialises in the development and implementation of strategic innovation projects, with an emphasis on effectiveness and evidence-based politics, anticipatory politics, and dialogue with citizens. Her public engagement projects have included the Chancellor’s National Dialogue on Germany’s future, the government dialogue and report on wellbeing in Germany, and the Dialogue on Europe’s Future.
Programmes Director and SRO, Government Property Agency, UK
Martin is the Senior Responsible Officer holding accountability for the Government Hubs, Whitehall Campus and Smarter Working Programmes, all part of delivering the Great Places to Work for Civil Servants aspects of the civil service’s overall strategy.
Previously Martin led the delivery of various projects and programmes – most recently the Smarter Working Programme in the Home Office, which included the movement of 2100 Home Office staff to Croydon, and the creation of the Croydon Campus housing 7700 staff in five refurbished buildings.
Dr Andrea Siodmok
Deputy Director, Policy Lab, Cabinet Office, UK
Andrea leads the award-winning Policy Lab and Open Innovation Teams, where she has worked on over 40 policy projects for the Prime Minister and other government departments. From digital policing to social housing, she is responsible for inspiring new thinking in policy-making, putting citizens’ needs at the heart of decision-making, and supporting departments to open up policy-making and trial new approaches.
Andrea holds a first class honours in Industrial Design, a PhD in Virtual Reality, and an Executive Masters in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. After working in consultancy and academia, she joined the Design Council as its first Chief Design Officer. She is an international judge of design prizes and has been a board member for various research initiatives and a member of the European Commission’s Design Leadership Board.
Andrea is providing leadership training on Design Thinking for a range of global leaders in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education, Oxford SAID Business School and the London School of Economics. In 2015, she became the 10th female to be awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal.