Upcoming Business Soundbites Session: Entrepreneurship in the era of digital transformation

Sign up to the Business Soundbites Session on ‘Entrepreneurship in the era of digital transformation’ organised by Kent Business School

Upcoming Business Soundbites Session: ‘Entrepreneurship in the era of digital transformation’ is to take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Royal Dockyard Church at the Medway campus. See the full event programme here.

This soundbites session looks at the concept of digital transformation. During the session, we will examine the challenges and benefits of incorporating digital technologies into business operations by discussing factors entrepreneurs should take into account when embarking on the journey of digitally transforming their business. The event will feature talks by three professionals followed by:

  • Round table discussion
  • Q&A session
  • Networking

Session Speakers

Neil Gibb

Strategic business consultant, coach and author

Neil Gibb has always been in the business of transformation, one way or another. He works as a business consultant, enterprise designer and coach. He co-developed the module on social innovation in a digital world as part of Cambridge University’s Master’s degree in Social Innovation.

Over the past ten years, he has become a thought leader on the structural changes in our society which are being driven by new thinking and technology. His aim is to share thoughts and tools on how to build successful enterprises and authentic lives in the emerging economic and social landscape. He described his 2019 TEDx talk – entitled The Life and Death of Everything Now – as being in a permanent beta state as things are changing so fast.

A decade in the writing, and based on research and experience across five continents, Neil’s book The Participation Revolution begins with a quote from the mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Neil believes this captures the essence of his philosophy.

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Ahmed Nuaman 

CEO Firemind

As a former employee of Google, BBC, Sky (and many more during his freelance years), Ahmed believes that challenging himself is how he becomes a better developer and he loves working on projects that will push him.

Ahmed is the managing director of Firemind, established at The Business Terrace in January 2018. Built on the foundation of great engineering, data science, visualisation, and user experience, Firemind delivers custom end-to-end business solutions, serving a broad range of sectors, with high profile brands including telecoms giant Vodafone and fashion house Alexander McQueen.

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Ronnie McBryde

Founder of Sustainability Monitor

Founder of Sustainability Monitor (SusMon), Ronnie is an expert in global consumer insight and market intelligence.

Monitoring social media campaigns alongside other corporate communications, Sustainability Monitor provides a 360-view of the sustainability strategies of multinational companies. SusMon reports combining difficult-to-access data, analysis and insight with advanced statistical and text analysis, and superior data visualisation. The company has worked with students and staff from the Schools of Psychology, Digital Arts, Computing and Business Studies at the University of Kent to get to a stage where the company can apply machine learning and advanced digital asset management systems to enable the business to scale up to achieve its global ambitions.

Prior to launching Sustainability Monitor, Ronnie headed up the global team at Ogilvy which provided consumer insight and market intelligence to 22,000 employees at the world’s largest marketing communications company. He led a team of sixty researchers as a member of the Executive Board of Mintel International for three years and was Group Information Director at advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty for nine years.

With masters degrees in the social sciences, science and arts from Edinburgh University, Imperial College & Birkbeck College (University of London), Ronnie was a researcher at London Business School for three years and is now based at the Innovation Centre at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

The Business Soundbites Session: ‘Entrepreneurship in the era of digital transformation’ is to take place on Wednesday 16 October from 17:30 hrs onwards at the Royal Dockyard Church at the Medway campus.

The event is FREE but spaces are limited. Register here.

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