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IoD Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation Deficit in the Boardroom

16 Jun 2021
Online, Online
Digital Transformation Deficit in the Boardroom 

Digital disruption is everywhere, and the pandemic has brought digital disruption at the forefront of every organisation’s strategy. In just over a year, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business. According to a new McKinsey Global Survey of executives*, their companies have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years. The share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by a shocking seven years. Are the boardrooms of today, specially non-technology sectors ready for providing strategic leadership to the Executive on digital transformation? Is the boardroom equipped to ask the right questions to the Executive and remain fully aligned to their digital transformation agenda? When will there be a digital transformation committee sitting alongside conventional committees like audit, risk and compliance?

The Institute of Directors invites you to join this panel discussion on 16th June. This will be a thought-provoking panel discussion with international technology leaders and veteran non-executive chair and board member(s). The panel discussion with be facilitated by Raj Singh, Chairman -Institute of Directors Berkshire. 

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Date & time: 16 Jun 2021 16:00 - 17:15
Location: Online, Online
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Digital Transformation Deficit in the Boardroom - Panel

Charlotte Valeur has over 35 years of experience in finance, primarily as an investment banker in Denmark and UK. She is an experienced FTSE Chair, Non-Executive Director, and corporate governance expert. She has been a director of eight public companies, including three appointments as the Chair. Charlotte also has board experience with a range of unlisted companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, BT Pension Fund, Chair of Institute of Directors U.K., Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice and Founder of Impact of Neurodiversity. Charlotte is a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion in the boardroom.

Liselotte Engstam has a background from international leadership positions in the technology industry. She serves as Chair and Non-Executive Director at three listed and two private companies. Liselotte also serves as board member at World Economic Forums Climate Governance Initiative and at INSEAD Directors Network. She is an advisor to European Commission on Digitalisation and Corporate Governance. As founder of Digoshen, she advises boards, engages in academic research and is a co-author of “AI Leadership for Boards” and “Leading a Board - Chairs' practices across Europe”.  Liselotte has a Master of Science in Engineering and Sustainability, is certified IDP-C from INSEAD, and is a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School.

Natasha Davydova is Global Head of Infrastructure and Information Security at Allianz. Natasha is an experienced executive with a proven track record of 25+ years in financial
services, technology and operations, solutions engineering, risk management and regulatory compliance, IT strategy and governance, innovation, customer-centric digital transformation, and customer success. Prior to joining Allianz Technology, Natasha had held business and technology leadership roles such as Global Head of Technology in Standard Chartered Bank, Global Head of IT Strategy and Global Head of IT, Information Security & Product Development Risk in Deutsche Bank. Natasha has extensive consulting experience with Accenture, Salesforce, and EDS/Hewlett Packard.

Ashish Kumar Gupta is Corporate Vice President, Head Europe and Africa (Diversified Industries), at HCL Technologies. Over the last 5 years, Ashish has been focussed on mergers and acquisitions in Europe, leveraging the power of data and platforms to create new business models. Ashish is widely respected as a forthright advocate for Business with a Purpose, a passionate believer in Employees First, Customer Second, and one of the most disruptive voices on topics such as Direct to Consumer, IT Outsourcing and Cloud. In 2020, he was invited to be part of the Prince’s Trust Leadership and Technology Group. He is a board member of techUK. Ashish is an engineering graduate with a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

 Raj Singh is the Chairman of IoD Berkshire. He is a member of Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Forum, which provides governance oversight on its board. He is a member of the Justice and Emergency Services Committee and UK-India Tech Forum of techUK, an advisor to the National Police Chief’s Council and a $5 billion private equity organisation; while running his boutique strategy and digital transformation consulting organisation Innotatio. Raj is an accomplished leader in strategy and digital transformation space with over 35 years of international industry experience. He has held executive management positions for multinational organisations like Oracle, Infor Group, HCL Technologies, Hexaware Technologies and Godrej. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

* How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever – McKinsey & Company Survey, October 2020



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