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Claus Bendtsen - Director & Head of Quantitative Biology, AstraZeneca

Claus Bendtsen heads Quantitative Biology as part of Discovery Sciences within AstraZeneca. His department provides global support in areas of informatics, mathematical modeling, image analytics and non-clinical statistics. Prior to joining AstraZeneca he held positions at Novartis and Merck & Co. Earlier in his career he co-founded three start-ups and worked in academia. He holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and an MBA.

Professor Andrew Blake - Director, Alan Turing Institute

Professor Andrew Blake is Director of the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to joining the institute in 2015, Professor Blake held the position of Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before assuming the directorship in 2010. Before joining Microsoft Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

Stan Boland - Founder, FiveAI

Stan Boland co-founded and was CEO of two VC-backed communications silicon and software companies, Element 14 Inc. and Icera Inc., one bought by Broadcom and the other by NVIDIA, for an aggregate value of over $1 billion. Before that he was CEO at computer pioneer Acorn and a BoD member at its then associate ARM. His early career includes spells at Rolls-Royce and ICL (now Fujitsu Services). He is a graduate in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Vishal Chatrath - Co-founder and CEO, CEO and co-founder Vishal Chatrath was the first employee and management team member of VocalIQ, a speech-related AI company which was acquired by Apple in 2015. Prior to VocalIQ he founded Chleon Automotive, an auto telematics company and also led Nokia’s automotive team which developed MirrorLink, an open technology standard for connecting smartphones and cars.


Pilar Machon - Cognitive Interfaces, Amazon Cambridge Development Centre

Profile to follow.

Owen McCormack - Co-founder and CEO, Hoxton Analytics

Owen is a data scientist with a background in finance. His passion for new ideas and innovation led him to set up Hoxton Analytics whilst studying at UCL in 2014. Prior to that, he worked in finance and earned his CFA charterholder status whilst valuing equities at PwC.

Dr Boris Shulkin - Vice President Research & Development, Magna

Boris Shulkin leads Magna’s activities in technology incubation, product strategy, technical due diligence and intellectual property assessment of new technologies and high-tech startups. He holds multiple academic degrees and patents, has more than two decades of experience in the automotive industry, and has been with Magna since 2003.

Ian Simmons - Vice President Business Development, Magna

Ian Simmons focuses on validating innovation opportunities for Magna, along with developing cooperative relationships with customers as well as coporate venture groups, government agencies, educational communities and other research institutions. He also manages outside investment in partner-technology companies to commercialize inventions for the Magna product groups. Ian has been with Magna since 2003 and has worked in Europe and North America during his 30-plus years in automotive.

Jonathan Tudor - Managing Director BP Ventures - Mobility, BP

Jonathan is one of the managing directors of BP Ventures, with specific responsibility for Mobility. Jonathan graduated from Oxford University with a Doctorate in Chemistry. His early career was in R&D and sales and marketing of fine chemicals before he moved into venture investment with Schott Glas in Germany and QinetiQ in the UK. He was a partner at a UK-US venture firm before eventually joining BP in 2012 to lead the mobility investments of the group. Jonathan’s investment background covers software, electronics, materials and life sciences and sits of on the board of a number of BP Ventures portfolio companies. He is based in London in the UK.

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