AI Business


Title: Lead with confidence in the age of AI

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Time: 2:00pm BST / 9:00am EST

Duration: 1 hour

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AI Buisness School

AI is changing how business works across all sectors and with this comes a new set of challenges. How do you define an AI vision and strategy for your business? How do you remain competitive in this changing climate? How do you enable an AI-ready culture and develop skills for your staff?

Microsoft’s recent research report of 3000 UK business leaders found that AI is changing UK businesses so fast that nearly half of UK employers believe their business model won’t exist in the next 5 years, but more than half (51%) do not have an AI strategy in place to address those challenges.

Our ‘Lead with Confidence in the age of AI’ webinar aims to address some of these challenges to help you learn how to strategically apply AI in your organisations. Our leading experts will discuss how you can find the support needed to help foster an AI culture and skills, including the recently launched AI Business School.


Ian Fordham

Ian Fordham
Chief Learning & Skills Officer
Microsoft UK

Ian is Chief Learning & Skills Officer for Microsoft in the UK. He leads Microsoft UK's learning & development strategy and delivery and their National Digital Skills programme. He is a Member of the UK Government (DCMS) Digital Skills Partnership Board, a Mayor of London Technology Ambassador & Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute.

Simi Awokoya

Simi Awokoya
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft UK
Founder, Witty Careers

Simi Awokoya is a Technical Evangelist for AI and the Founder of Witty Careers.

Alongside her career in the Tech Sector, Simi is most well-known for her work for advocating for women starting careers in Tech. She has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2019, Virgin, BBC, We are Tech Women 100, Financial Times as one of the Top 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders in the UK Tech Sector.

Tom Castle

Tom Castle
Head of AI Practice and Development, Commercial Bank

Tom Castle is a Head of AI Practice and Development within the Commercial Bank at RBS. He has over 16 years of experience designing and delivering complex products and services, covering everything from trading systems through to digital platforms supporting small businesses. In his current role he is focused on helping the bank create best practice in the delivery of AI based solutions across the corporate and commercial bank supporting both customers and staff in achieving their goals.

Aditya Kaul

Aditya Kaul - Moderator
Research Director

Aditya Kaul is a research director at Tractica, with a primary focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. He also covers blockchain and wearables as part of his research. Kaul has more than 15 years of experience in technology market research and consulting. He is based in London.

Prior to Tractica, Kaul was a practice director at ABI Research, where he led the firm’s Mobile Networks research group. Kaul has also worked as an analyst and team leader at firms including Pioneer Consulting and Evalueserve, and has provided independent consulting services in the areas of Internet of Things, wearables, and smart cities. Kaul started his career as an electrical engineer designing chipsets and wireless networks with stints at Qualcomm and Siemens. Kaul has been a prolific speaker, moderator, and panelist at industry conferences and events, and has appeared frequently in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, CNBC, The Motley Fool, VentureBeat, Unstrung, ZDNet, Wireless Week, EE Times, and CommsDesign, among others.

Kaul holds two master’s degrees in engineering, from Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat in India.