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IoD Online & TrueCue: Data for good – why a data strategy is critical to post-Covid recovery

21 May 2021
Online webinar, Online

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, driving the value of data to the top of the agenda for boards and directors across all sectors and industries.

In fact, EY’s recent non-executive directors (NED) risk barometer concluded that “rapid technological advances mean that digital transformation, data and cybersecurity have become key priorities. With COVID-19 likely to both intensify and accelerate these changes, NEDs and boards must fully understand these new technologies and their impacts.”  In a recent survey, IoD members rated digital transformation and data governance in their top five development priorities.

COVID-19 has brought the positive and transformative impact of data to the forefront. Data has and continues to be used for good; in order to innovate, create more meaningful customer experiences, and increase revenue. The challenge now is to ensure directors and boards embrace the new ‘data-driven’ society to reap the rewards it has to offer. 

The IoD is collaborating with TrueCue and the Open Data Institute (ODI) to respond to these rapidly emerging challenges. Recognising that senior executives are ultimately responsible for their company’s data and that the impact of poor data stewardship on companies’ reputations can be highly damaging, we are working together to better prepare directors for their role in data governance and strategy. This is a vital building block for creating a strong data infrastructure across society, keeping supply chains functioning and businesses trading ethically and profitably in normal times as well as during a crisis. 

The learning outcomes for this session include:

• Highlight data governance opportunities and risks and their connection to an organisation’s overall strategy
• Appreciate the importance and value of data-driven decision-making at board level; 
• Identify some of the capabilities required to deliver data resilience and sustainable growth for your organisation

Mapped to IoD Director Competency Framework standards - K1.3, K1.3, K1,8 

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Date & time: 21 May 2021 09:00 - 10:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Come and join our panel of experts and keynote speaker, Sir Ian Diamond, UK's National Statistician, who will explore the challenges facing organisations in operationalising a sound data governance strategy. In this webinar, we will share insights into the latest technological trends and practical advice regarding the capabilities required to deliver resilience and sustainable growth through data. 


9.00 Welcome 
9.05 Welcome from our sponsor – James Don-Carolis, Managing Director, TrueCue 

9.10 Keynote speech - Sir Ian Diamond, UK's National Statistician, Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 'The importance of data governance and data driven decision making in the boardroom’.

9.30-10.10 Panel Discussion 

10.10-10.30 Q&A 

10.30 Event Close


James Don Carolis – Managing Director, TrueCue

James is an economist with 20 years of experience spanning the public sector (UK Government Economic Service), large-scale private sector consulting (with PwC and A.T. Kearney), and start-up through to scale-up business growth (with Concentra). Part of the founding team at Concentra Analytics, James established the Analytical Consulting practice and pioneered their brand of data-driven, technology-enabled, analytical consultancy.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS, UK's National Statistician

Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS became National Statistician on 22 October 2019.

Sir Ian previously served as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board from June 2018 to August 2019.

Sir Ian was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen from 2010 to 2018. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Council and, from 2004 to 2009, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group (2004-2009).

Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career. Sir Ian is Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Chair of Edinburgh College of Further Education, Chair of Plan International UK and a Board member of UK Research and Innovation. He chaired the Welsh Assembly Government of the Higher Education Review for Wales reporting in 2016.

Sir Ian was elected to the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff, Glasgow and Curtin.
Janhavi Dadarkar, Programme Lead for IoD’s flagship governance courses

Janhavi is the Programme Lead for IoD’s flagship governance courses, a Chartered Director, an Advisory Board member of the IoD’s Centre for Corporate Governance and holds the accolade of having been the youngest member of IoD’s Board of Examiners.

Janhavi’s broad career as a corporate lawyer and equity partner in the City followed by her own ventures which she successfully built, restructured and exited means she has that rare combination of academic and legal rigour in UK and international governance regimes combined with the mindset and practical experience that makes her an ideal thinking partner for any board. Janhavi currently is the CEO of Maiora International, a boutique advisory firm that boasts an eclectic client list from private equity firms, charities, governmental and supra-national organisations to film studios, famous personalities and enterprising families and individuals. Committed to learning, honing her skills and keeping touch with the real challenges that board have, she continues to hold portfolio of board roles including as an Independent Chair on the board of a technology company, a board member on an Indo-European think tank and adviser to boards of a National Student organisation and a local authority trading company.

Crystal Rugege, Managing Director, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda

Crystal Rugege is Founding Director of Strategy CMU Mellon. Crystal joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 charged with the task of establishing the first Carnegie Mellon location in Africa. In this capacity, she co-authored the white paper, which served as the framework for a 10-year partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda, one of the most significant public-private partnerships impacting higher education in Africa today, and one of the most successful international engagements of CMU.

From its inception in 2012, Crystal has led the business operations and driven the strategic vision for CMU-Africa. Under her leadership, the university has raised more than $12 million dollars, which has enabled the expansion of the program, making it more accessible to Africa’s brightest young people.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, Crystal worked at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab for seven years. As a software engineer, she developed business intelligence solutions for banking and retail institutions.

Crystal is a non-executive director on the board of I&M Bank Rwanda. She serves on Andela’s Global Advisory Council and is the vice chair of the board of directors for kLab. She also sits on Rwanda’s National Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum Internet for All initiative. She received the 2017 Inspirational Leadership Award from CMU’s College of Engineering and 2018 Women in STEM Leadership Award from the Next Einstein Forum.

Louise Burke, Managing Director, ODI

Louise is a finance expert supporting the ODI team in meeting its needs with regards to finance, policies, processes and systems.

Louise combines her work as a finance consultant to a number of technology and media startup companies, with her expertise in training.

Louise qualified as an accountant while working in practice and further developed her career by undertaking the role of Financial Controller with Compass PLC. She then joined The Financial Training Group as Divisional Training Director and Senior Management Accountant lecturer.

Louise then became an examiner for a leading accountancy body for many years. After leaving the Financial Training Company, Louise then worked as Finance Director for a number of high-profile companies, such as Tornado Productions, Servecast, Setanta Sports and AMEE.



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