Speakers

  • Alisdair Gunn

    Director, Framewire & BIMA Scotland Council Member

    A highly respected and trusted leader, Alisdair is recognised as one of Scotland’s prominent professional advisers amongst Scotland’s technology sector and is passionate about commercialising innovation.

    Alisdair now heads up Framewire, Scotland’s leading professional services firm which specialises in Strategy, Business Design, Investment and Market Analysis as well as growing emerging technology, digital and creative start-ups/SME’s focused on Mobile, Data, FinTech, AI/ML, SaaS and IoT.

    Combined experience in private and public sectors, Alisdair previously held senior positions at PA Consulting within their Digital Business and Government practices as well as heading up the Interactive Scotland tech accelerator, focused on growing Scotland’s Digital Economy.

    Alisdair focuses on delivering trusted, independent advice and is recognised as having one of the most extensive networks of connections amongst the international digital and technology industries where he accelerates the revenue and equity investment of the organisations he supports.

    Prior to Framewire, Alisdair was responsible for leading product design, development and management at Philips, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies as well as founding the Turing Festival, Edinburgh’s International Technology Festival. 

    Alisdair is an active board member of the UK’s digital industry association BIMA in Scotland and is the strategic adviser to the Seed Haus tech accelerator and Legal Tech startup Amiqus. 

    Alisdair  Gunn

    Sessions with Alisdair Gunn :

    • Chair's opening remarks

    • Chair's closing remarks

      The Chair will summarise the mornings discussion that will be fed into the Digital Scotland 2018 Conference which will take place on 21st June in Glasgow.

  • Ian Armstrong

    Regional Director – North East, SCDI

    Born in Lanark in 1962 and brought up in Lanarkshire and Dumfries.

    Graduated in 1984 with an Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen.

    Worked for three years with detergent manufacturer, Albright and Wilson in Cumbria before joining the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in 1987. SCDI is Scotland's leading independent membership organisation and undertakes policy research, lobbying, trade promotion and industry/schools initiatives. It is also heavily involved in bringing organisations and people together through a comprehensive programme of seminars, lunches, dinners and conferences.

    Initial work within SCDI involved leading up a newly formed online information service for members, before helping establish SCDI's role as the main provider of export statistics and research for the Scottish economy. In 1998 established a full time Scottish Council office in Aberdeen aimed at providing a more focused service to members in the North East and allowing SCDI to better reflect the business issues and concerns in the region. As Regional Director I have responsibility for all SCDI’s activities in the North East of Scotland.

    A Board Member at Peterhead Port Authority, Ian is also a member of Aberdeen International Airport Consultative Committee.

     

    Ian  Armstrong

    Sessions with Ian Armstrong :

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from the regions business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities and the challenges currently being faced.

  • Senior Representative

    Aberdeen City Council

    Senior  Representative

    Sessions with Senior Representative :

    • City Region Update

      Valued at £826.2 million, the Aberdeen City Region Deal is an opportunity to overcome key challenges and unlock further investment in the region.This session will provide delegates with an overview of the City Region Deal as it moves forward.

  • Jackie Doyle

    Director, Digital Development, Opportunity North East

    Jackie is a Director with Opportunity North East Ltd (ONE). ONE is the North-East of Scotland’s private sector led and funded response to the challenge of maximising the oil and gas opportunity for the region long-term and rebalancing the region’s economy to achieve sustainable prosperity. Working with public and private sector partners, including the two Aberdeen Universities and NESCol, the life sciences and tourism sectors, ONE aims to deliver projects that enable businesses of all sizes to realise their full potential.

    ONE sees the increased use of digital technology as an integral part of the North-East’s economic sustainability. Aberdeen and the North-East has a substantial IT service sector. The aim going forward is to turn the region into a global hub for people and businesses that want to engage in the digital economy; with an increased focus on building digital capability and capacity, and on enhancing the competitiveness of the North-East supply chain through the application of digital solutions.

     

    Jackie Doyle

    Sessions with Jackie Doyle:

    • Maximising Aberdeen and the North East's international business potential

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from the regions business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities and the challenges currently being faced.

  • Nicola Graham

    Head of ICT Aberdeenshire and SOCITM National President

    Nicola Graham

    Sessions with Nicola Graham:

    • Digital Update

      In this session hear from the key organisations driving forward Aberdeen's digital economy.

  • Paul Zealey

    Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland

    Paul is Skills Planning Lead at Skills Development Scotland, and has lead responsibility for the national skills agency’s strategic relationships within his city region and for oversight of key sectors including digital/ICT. Paul has worked in economic development in Scotland for 25 years, both as an independent consultant and with leadership roles in Scottish Enterprise, CSV and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. His non-executive directorships include Digital Xtra, Scotland’s pioneering digital skills charity.

    Paul  Zealey

    Sessions with Paul Zealey:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have big plans to drive forward the regions digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the Aberdeen's world class educational institutions and key stakeholders in how they are working to close the digital skills gap.

  • Belinda Miller

    Head of Economic Development & Protective Services, Aberdeenshire Council

    Belinda Miller

    Sessions with Belinda Miller:

    • Digital Update

      In this session hear from the key organisations driving forward Aberdeen's digital economy.

  • Professor Gordon McConnell

    Vice-Principal for Commercial and Regional Innovation, Robert Gordon University

    Gordon held the title of Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2016 and was the Head of the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center from 2014 until December 2017. During that time he led the deployment of KAUST teaching & learning strategy and implementation in innovation and entrepreneurship including the national STEAM Innovation Challenges. Gordon developed the externally focused non-credit New Venture School programs and the KAUST for-credit teaching for Master and PhD students.

    During this time his team developed and launched Kingdom-wide startup accelerators such as the TAQADAM University Entrepreneur Accelerator and the Takamol 910th Startup Accelerator. He created the first KAUST Corporate Innovation program, which has supported innovation activities in twenty-nine organizations in Saudi Arabia including SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Airlines and Islamic Development Bank. The Center was given the award for ‘High Impact Award for University Incubation’ for the MENA region by UBI Global in October 2015.

    Prior to Saudi Arabia, he was Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, Principal Investigator of the ASU Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, which was funded by the US Department of Defense, and an Assistant Professor of Practice.  During his time in ASU, his group was ranked in the top 10 in the US for university incubators according to the UBI Global Index. While in ASU he developed several new innovation initiatives including the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, which won the U.S. award for Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development by SSTI in 2013. He was awarded the title ‘Tech Titan’ for contributions economic development in Arizona in 2014.

    Previously Gordon was Deputy CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland where he developed new programs such as the Business Innovation Program (accredited) in 2011 and was the founder of the Propeller startup accelerator in 2010. Before the Ryan Academy, he spent several years as chief of staff to the President of Dublin City University and was architect of two of the university’s strategic plans. He was a co-founder of two funded start-up companies and also worked in a number of industry management roles including at Westinghouse and the strategy practice of Accenture.

    He has developed and taught entrepreneurship and management curriculum in a number of colleges and universities and has been a mentor to a number of startup companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States and Ireland.  McConnell was awarded the title of Arizona Tech Titan in 2014 by the Arizona Business Journal and an Award for Excellence – Outstanding Contribution from KAUST in 2015. He has spoken at a number of leading conferences in the US, Canada, Russia, and Saudi Arabia including at the Kauffman Foundation, the AUTM Annual Conference and the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).

    Professor Gordon  McConnell

    Sessions with Professor Gordon McConnell :

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from the regions business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities and the challenges currently being faced.

  • Robin McGregor

    Director of Learning Enhancement, North East Scotland College

    As Director of Learning Enhancement at North East Scotland College, Robin is responsible for ensuring the growth of transformational activity aimed at enhancing the learner experience, both inside and outside of the classroom via the adoption of creative and innovate approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

    With a background in Sport Science, Robin has worked at NESCol for over 12 years in a variety of academic and support posts including Lecturer, Curriculum Manger and Head of Learning Resources. In addition to his current post, Robin also sits on the College’s Regional Board.

    With responsibility for strategic leadership of the College’s Learning Technologies, Central Timetabling, Library, Digital Skills Development and Learning Development teams, Robin has a broad range of knowledge and experience  in supporting learners to develop the skills necessary to be successful in learning, life and work.

    Most recently Robin has been leading the College’s “BYOD” project, which has successfully embedded the use of mobile devices and relevant digital technologies within the curriculum of over 4000 students, and the new “Digital Futures” project, which aims to help staff and students to develop their digital capabilities.
     

    Robin McGregor

    Sessions with Robin McGregor:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have big plans to drive forward the regions digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the Aberdeen's world class educational institutions and key stakeholders in how they are working to close the digital skills gap.

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29 May 2018 Marcliffe, Aberdeen

Digital Cities 2018 - Aberdeen and the North East

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