From 19th – 21st November 2018, the European edition of our CIO Insight Summit will bring together senior IT decision-makers and business leaders from across the continent at the wonderful Royal Turnberry Resort in Scotland, to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in tech today.

The summit program will focus on key themes such as: innovation and digitalisation: separating from the pack; the CIO forecast: emerging technologies and trends to integrate into your strategy; and infrastructure and operations: the mix of strategic, tactical and organisational challenges in 2018.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Cindy Hoots
Global Vice President, IT
Unilever
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James McGlynn
CIO
Virgin Money
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Johan Kestens
MD & CIO
ING
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Vivek Ganotra
Group Head of Region IT
British American Tobacco
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Felipe Martinez
CIO Retail & Business Banking
Santander Bank
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Peik Martin
CIO
TUI Group
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Claudette Jones
CIO
University of the West of Scotland
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Martin Bordt
CIO
Cargolux Airlines
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Christopher Walter
Vice President Commercial IT, Europe
Mylan
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Rene van Zundert
Senior Vice President IT - CIO Contract Logistics
DB Schenker
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Michael Ruttledge
SVP Technology and Unit CIO
American Express
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Daniel Malan
CIO
Asahi Breweries

6 Challenges in IT

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Spending less time serving line-of-business management and more time partnering with it
  • Moving from the traditional technology ownership model to a cloud-based, data-based, API-based future
  • Linking IT transformation to business goals
  • The balancing act: driving efficiency and control for existing processes, delivering innovation and support for new business models
  • Facilitating your company's no. 1 goal: to be closer to the customer
  • Doing it all securely, staying compliant, under ever tighter data governance
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday November 19, 2018
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Keynote panel discussion: The CIO is dead, long live the CIO
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Enable: how do you support new business models and customer-facing initiatives?
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Secure: new approaches to prevention and response, new threats
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Niamh Muldoon
EU Information Security Director - DocuSign
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
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Keith Dargie
Director of IT - Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
Welcome drinks reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner: Digital leadership
Tuesday November 20, 2018
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Keynote address: How CIO can create a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion
Collaborate session: The CIO Insight debate
8:35am - 9:30am

Join this session with all summit attendees and have your say on the biggest and hottest topics being discussed in our roundtables, keynotes and workshops. Pick one of the six topics, join a table, test your ideas against the best in the business, uncover and share key lessons.

Morning meeting sessions
9:35am - 1:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: Rise of the “transformer-in-chief”
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Vivek Ganotra
Group Head of Region IT - British American Tobacco
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Future proof: organising for the future of cloud
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: Optimising the cloud: Kubernetes and container technology
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: AI, a blessing or a curse?
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Johan Kestens
MD & CIO - ING
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Session 5: Digital or dead? Effective CIO leadership in times of transformation
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Cindy Hoots
Global Vice President, IT - Unilever
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Afternoon meeting sessions
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: People, not technology
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Felipe Martinez
CIO Retail & Business Banking - Santander Bank
Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Enabling a Successful “Zero Trust” Access Transformation
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Khadir Fayaz
VP Security Strategy Engineering & Architecture - Pearson
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: The human-machine partnership
Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment.

Wednesday November 21, 2018
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Morning meeting sessions
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: Digital transformation will decimate the IT department
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: Challenging infrastructure modernisation
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: The key role of Security Culture in innovation & competition
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Stephane Nappo
Global CISO - Societe Generale
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Data - The art of the science
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Anwar Mirza
Global Head of Data Governance - TNT
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Tomorrow's world: where is the next disruption coming from?
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

Royal Turnberry Hotel, Ayrshire, Scotland

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.