Guest Speakers at Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019

Guest Keynotes

Guest Keynote: Innovation is the end result of inclusion, diversity, and good leadership… if you lack one of these three points, you’re not innovative


Having developed a model to analyse cultural differences, the so-called "Seven Dimensions of Culture Model", he shows how managing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is a major challenge for today's international managers and corporate leaders as well as a critical component of long term success. 

In this keynote, Fons will explain:  

How reconciling cultural differences will lead to competitive advantage. Fons presents in an entertaining, thought-provoking way and gives interactive introductions into a topic with the aid of examples and best practices that relate to the audience's daily work situation and its implications globally.

Gala Dinner Featuring Special Guest Speaker - Lewis Gordon Pugh

Lewis Gordon Pugh is an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer who has put his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualization that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole. Lewis has received a number of awards including France and South Africa's highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London.

In this session, Lewis will teach you:

How to harness the energy that comes from overcoming extraordinary odds and inspire audiences to rise to their own internal challenges.

Guest Keynote: Interview with Joe Garner, CEO, Nationwide


Digital Service With a Human Touch - In September 2018 Nationwide announced a £4.1 billion five-year investment in the future of the Society, of which the greatest part will be on technology.  As a building society Nationwide is owned by and run for the benefit of its 15 million members, and member needs are at the heart of this investment.  Nationwide is committed to delivering technological innovation, but with a human touch. We’ll be exploring how in this CEO Interview with Joe Garner.

Guest Keynote: Benedict Evans, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Close to three quarters of all the adults on earth now have a smartphone, and most of the rest will get one in the next few years. However, the use of this connectivity is still only just beginning. Ecommerce is still only a small fraction of retail spending, and many other industries that will be transformed by software and the internet in the next decade or two have barely been touched. Global retail is perhaps $25 trillion dollars, after all. Benedict Evans provides an investment perspective right from the heart of Silicon Valley.

In this session you will:

Gain valuable insights into consumer technology, ecosystems and mobile platform, as well as discover a fresh perspective on 5G, AI and Machine Learning, software and disrupion.

Women CIO Event

Sian Thomas

Management Expert on Leadership & Performance

Executive Programs Women CIO Event

We invite you to join us for an exclusive event at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in London, U.K for Women CIOs hosted by Gartner Executive Programs. For more than a decade, Gartner Executive Programs has been proud to bring together its extensive network of female members from across Europe each year.


We invite you to join us on Monday 4th March for a half day meeting with your Gartner Executive Programs peers, Gartner Associates and Keynote speakers from the industry. Please be sure to add the session to your agenda if you plan to attend the event. Please refer to the session documents, once available, for the agenda.


*Please note that this session is available on a first come, first served basis so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Management Expert on Leadership & Performance Sian is one of the UK’s most versatile female leaders, a powerful speaker and an international consultant. Sian considers herself a global nomad after 25 years in corporate roles, working in over 20 countries. With an impressive global client portfolio including Deutsche Bank, RBS, NHS, Arcadia Consulting, World Gold Council and American Express, Sian helps organisations to implement strategy and achieve their objectives; working with them on their organisational and strength leadership issues. She also coaches key individuals to grow their potential to lead others. Sian has worked across all business sectors including banking, health, mining, regulatory, technology and professional services. Sian is currently helping the Financial Conduct Authority on the topic of culture.  


Sian specialises in strength leadership, transformation change and bringing about global collaboration and increased performance with her clients. As a coach she shares stories and insights into how to achieve peak performance through behaviour and mind set change. 

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