Glasgow Business Summit announces theme and speakers

Glasgow Business Summit announces theme and speakers

Speakers have been announced for the second Glasgow Business Summit, which will take place on October 12 at Strathclyde Business School.

The Glasgow Business Summit is a student-led business conference in Scotland, in association with Clydesdale Bank, for students and professionals to provoke debate about business issues.

The theme they selected for this year’s summit is Digital and Ethical Leaders of the 21st Century, which the organisers hope will attract interest from a range of businesses.

Speakers will include Jani Kelloniemi, digital partner at Bain and Company; Jim Hamill, director at Future Leaders; and Colin Cook, digital director of The Scottish Government.

Organiser Michael Dore said: “There are massive challenges determining global order and business at the moment. Given Strathclyde’s strategy to help create ethical business leaders of the future, we thought it would be good to mix these two things together – to help future leaders to generate profit while doing something good for the world and inspire positive actions in Scotland.”

Co-organiser Rosie Mitsina said: “There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the use of digital technology in business. If organizations increasingly depend on digital for different aspects of business, does that mean people will be replaced and is that ethical? If we look at the skills of the future where digital becomes a priority, what kind of skills will employees need to make use of that technology? We think the programme we’ve drawn up and the speakers who’ve agreed to come along will make this a day of interesting, stimulating and informative debate.”

Martin Jordan, director of Innovation at Equator; Oli Norman, founder at Itison; and Cat Leaver, head of strategy at After Digital, will be offering practical hints and tips for digital marketers.

Strathclyde Business School’s Daniel Broby, director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation (CeFRI) will discuss Fintech with Kent Mackenzie of Deloitte, while Graeme Roy, director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, Paul McNamee, UK Editor of the Big Issue and John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde, will make up a panel discussing political, economic and social perspectives on the UK.

Entrepreneur and columnist Shaf Rasul heads up the afternoon session, with a talk on lessons he’s learned in his journey to becoming a multimillionaire. The afternoon session also features segments on skills of the future, the artificial intelligence revolution and social enterprise business models.

Michael added: “We’re really excited about the summit. We see how quickly the world is changing and as graduates we have some responsibility to help the world change for the good. We can’t keep on exploiting resources in a non-sustainable way. Business needs to think ahead and work with technology, not be a slave to technology. We hope the theme of digital and ethical leadership in business will be inspiring for those who come along.”