Digital Leaders Podcast

Conversations with key influencers in the UK’s digital transformation community. On season one of the Digital Leaders podcast, we sit down with some of the UK’s most proactive Digital Leaders as they share their views on the importance of digital leadership in an evolving digital workforce and economy. The time is now. The place is the Digital Leaders Podcast, and the future is digital!

Each episode features an in-depth conversation with a Digital Leader, highlighting how they got into the digital space, their passion for why they do what they do, the impact digital has had on their sector and their thoughts on what the digital future will look like in the next 5 – 10 years.

 

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Episode Ten: Maggie Philbin

Maggie Philbin, Founder & CEO of TeenTech

[Listen time: 39 mins, 25 secs]
On the final episode of series one, we sit down with BBC Tomorrow’s World alumni and Founder and CEO of TeenTech, Maggie Philbin.
Listen as Maggie shares the impact working on Tomorrow’s World had on her own beliefs about careers in science and technology, how teen tech is empowering the next generation of Digital Leaders in the UK and why she believes that despite shows like Tomorrow’s World being a thing of the past, it is imperative that we make understanding the future both accessible and exciting for the next generation.
@maggiephilbin

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Episode Nine: Nick Williams

Nick Williams, Managing Director, Commercial Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

Nick Williams

[Listen time: 33 mins, 41 secs]
On this episode, we are joined by Managing Director, Commercial Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group – Nick Williams.
Listen as Nick shares how Lloyds has evolved their offerings and services to meet the demands of their growing digital customer base, what Lloyds is doing to help the 21% of people in the UK who do not have the five Basic Digital Skills according to the 2018 Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index and why he believes that as digital leaders we need to educate individuals at the local level about the benefits of digital adoption if we want to ensure both digital literacy and equal opportunity for all citizens in the UK.
Check out the newly released UK Business and Charity Digital Index
@LBGAmbnorth

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Episode Eight: Leni Zneimer

Leni Zneimer, General Manager, UK and Ireland for WeWork

[Listen time: 33 mins, 07 secs]
On today’s show we sit down with the GM of UK and Ireland at WeWork, Leni Zneimer. Listen as Leni shares the catalyst behind WeWorks rapid growth, why WeWork believe everyone should be equipped for the future world of work and what they are doing to make that happen a why they define themselves as a movement towards a new way of working and what that looks like.
@lenizneimer

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Episode Seven: Kajal Odedra

Kajal Odedra, Executive Director at Change.org UK

[Listen time: 34 mins, 09 secs]
On today’s show we sit down with the Executive Director of Change.org in the UK, Kajal Odedra.
Listen to find out how Change.org is helping minority groups and young people have a voice, how government and politicians can leverage the Change.org platform to understand the issues that matter most to their constituents and why it is true what they say, one person really can change the world.
@KajalOdedra1

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Episode Six: Russell Haworth

Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet

[Listen time: 31 mins, 29 secs]
On this episode of The Digital leaders podcast we sit down with the CEO of Nominet, Russell Haworth.
Listen to learn the three things that drew Russell to the opportunity at Nominet, why and how Nominet is diversifying its business solutions in the cyber security, registry and spectrum management space, their recent partnership with Microsoft and what that means for connecting millions of people in both the US and the UK and his plans in his new role and Chair of Digital Leaders.
@russellhaworth

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Episode Five: Jacqueline de Rojas

Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK

[Listen time: 34 mins, 56 secs]
Jacqueline de Rojas, President techUK, is passionate about the UK, the technology industry and championing women in business. She is especially proud to support the technology transformation of the Girlguiding Association.
Jacqueline has been employed throughout her career by global blue-chip software companies and is recognised as a leading figure in the UK’s tech industry. In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame as the most influential woman in UK IT; and was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital.
Listen as Jacqueline shares what initiatives techUK has undergone to increase diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, how organisations with at least one woman on their board can reduce their risk of bankruptcy and how technologies like AI can improve gender diversity in the workplace.
@JdR_Tech

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Episode Four: Ariane Gorin

Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia Partner Solutions

[Listen time: 27 mins, 17 secs]
Half American, Half French, and the youngest of three girls, Ariane spent most of her early childhood growing up in California. She received her undergrad in Economics at the University of Berkley and an MBA from Northwestern University, graduating in the top 5%.
After graduating she eventually moved to Paris, working her way up to Director at Microsoft before leaving to join Expedia as their VP of Europe, Middle East and Asia Market Management. In her 5 years at Expedia she has held various roles in the organisation, her most recent being that of President, Expedia Partner Solutions.
In this episode, Ariane shares how Expedia is leveraging the cloud to improve the customer experience, the impact travel has had on her own life and what it has taught her, and how Expedia looks for the next big thing in travel and what it is.
@GorinAriane

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Episode Three: Tony Blair

Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change

Tony Blair

[Listen time: 31 mins, 17 secs]
In a wide ranging interview from the impacts of Brexit to Artificial Intelligence, Tony Blair, talking to Tarah Ferguson, expresses concern that Government officials have yet to find an effective way to connect with those driving the technological revolution saying “the change makers, the people engaged in making these huge changes with such impact on how we live, work and think; and the policy makers, those who are going to have to produce the governance and regulation and work out the impact of it all, are not in a proper dialogue together.”
Calling for a Department of Digital and Technology, he says it should be staffed and run in a very different way to traditional government departments. It should bring together experts in technology and government and create a faster interchange between the private/tech sector and government, getting rid of old rules that don’t apply today and will help overcome the lack of understanding of the tech sector amongst policy-makers, which is predominantly a generational issue.
@InstituteGC

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Episode Two: Sherry Coutu CBE

Sherry Coutu CBE, Executive Chair of the Board, Founders4Schools

[Listen time: 31 mins] Sherry Coutu CBE Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and the Scaleup Institute and also serves as a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Zoopla plc. and the London Stock Exchange plc.
Perhaps best known for her work connecting business into schools to help secure the next generation of skilled young people the economy needs and with a particular focus on encouraging young women into STEM careers, in 2018 she was voted DL London Local Champion.
@scoutu
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Episode One: Paul van Zyl

Paul van Zyl Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit

[Listen time: 27 mins, 24 secs] Paul van Zyl grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. He spent many years actively opposing apartheid, and served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1995 to 1998.
Paul’s latest project launching in September 2018 is the Conduit, a new London Club for the business, creative and non-profit sectors ranging from youth activists to grassroots social entrepreneurs, from critically acclaimed authors to CEOs, from innovative policy makers to tech entrepreneurs, from scientists to civil society leaders. The Club through the power of this community, will seek to facilitate positive change in a stimulating environment conducive to collaboration and new ways of thinking.
@Paul_VanZyl
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Series One Guests Include

Tony Blair Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change and former UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair served as UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections.
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people; working for peace in the Middle East; and countering extremism. He has established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges in the world today which earlier this year published a Digital Strategy Report.
@InstituteGC

 


 

Sherry Coutu CBE Executive Chair of the Board, Founders4Schools

Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and the Scaleup Institute and also serves as a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Zoopla plc. and the London Stock Exchange plc.
Perhaps best known for her work connecting business into schools to help secure the next generation of skilled young people the economy needs and with a particular focus on encouraging young women into STEM careers, in 2018 she was voted DL London Local Champion.
@scoutu

 


 

Paul Van Zyl Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit

A winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009 and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Paul served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organization based in New York City.
Paul’s latest project launching in September 2018 is the Conduit, a new London Club for the business, creative and non-profit sectors ranging from youth activists to grassroots social entrepreneurs, from critically acclaimed authors to CEOs, from innovative policy makers to tech entrepreneurs, from scientists to civil society leaders. The Club through the power of this community, will seek to facilitate positive change in a stimulating environment conducive to collaboration and new ways of thinking.
@Paul_VanZyl

 


 

Ariane Gorin President, Expedia Partner Solutions

Ariane Gorin is the President of Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS). In 2017, EPS was formed by combining two of Expedia Group’s B2B businesses – Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) and Brand Expedia Global Partner Solutions (GPS). The new group leverages the best of the Expedia Group’s partner facing API and template products with a laser focus on B2B, powering hundreds of partners around the world. Gorin joined Expedia in 2013 as Vice President of Market Management for EMEA and led the EMEA team in rapidly expanding the hotel network in the region.
Prior to joining Expedia, Gorin spent 10 years at Microsoft in various sales, distribution and marketing roles. Before joining Microsoft, she was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, both in San Francisco and in Paris. She currently serves on the board of directors of Adecco Group, and is on the advisory council of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
@GorinAriane

 

Host

Tarah Ferguson Podcast Producer, Storyteller & Host

Our first Digital Leaders Podcast series is hosted by Guest Podcaster Tarah Ferguson.
A well known Canadian podcaster, storyteller and host, she is the successful producer of two branded podcasts: “She Built That”, a podcast that celebrates female entrepreneurs and “Tech Is Everywhere”. As a result of her passion for storytelling, Tarah was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Community Engagement in May 2015.

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