Taking place from 27-29 November 2019, the European edition of our Technology Insight Summit will bring together senior IT decision-makers and business leaders from across the continent at the wonderful Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in tech today.

The summit program focused 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 2020.

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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Alex Tarter
Chief Cyber Consultant and CTO
Thales
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Ajwad Hashim
VP Innovation & Emerging Technology
Barclays
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Zakaria Rachid
CISO
MNT - Mutuelle Nationale Territorlale
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Elaine Bown
CISO
Sky
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Mauro Israël
CISO
ORPEA
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Barbara Saunier
CIO
Beiersdorf
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Alessandro De Luca
CIO
Merck Healthcare
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Alexia Schmitt
CIO
L’Occitane En Provence
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Veronique Rhode
CIO
AXA Re
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Francesco Marzoni
Vice President, IT Data and Analytics
Bayer Healthcare
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Bibi Knoetze
VP Supply Chain IT & Master Data Systems
Coty Inc
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Roel Schouten
CISO
Novozymes

6 Challenges in IT

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Understanding how we increase customer retention, with the competing innovation of start-ups and emerging technologies
  • Promoting a diversity of skills in our IT teams, and the added value it brings to our teams
  • Valuing the importance of information security for our customers
  • Effectively and efficiently transitioning legacy systems to cloud, without interrupting customers and employees
  • Promoting agile methodologies and an agile business culture, in order to align all aspects of the business to a unicentric approach of tackling challenges
  • Implementing RPA and machine learning into aspects of the business which require an improved method of operation
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday November 27, 2019
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.

Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Details To Follow.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

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.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The shift in IT – how can we encompass all five key themes to improve what we do?

Understanding the importance of incorporating a variety of strategies to improve how we work

How problematic is it?

Or, is it an issue we’re overthinking?

Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
From bedroom to business

Bedroom hacker gone pro and the lessons to be learnt as a business

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Increasing customer retention with the competing innovation of start-ups
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Swaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam
Chief Architect - cSwaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam, Chief Architect, HSBC Commercial Banking

1. How are customer expectations changing?

2. Will an end-to-end digital experience improve customer service?

3. Is customisation always the answer to improving customer experience?

4. How can we best understand our customers?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Recognising the value of diversity in our teams
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Joanna Drake
CIO - The Hut Group

1. How important is incorporating both a diversity of genders, but also skills?

2. How can we encourage the none-tech people to join our teams?

3. How do we promote inclusion throughout our diverse teams?

4. Can we teach the necessary skills, rather than looking for the ‘right’ skillset?

5. Can we forget about the I personalities and just look for the T’s?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Valuing information security for our customers
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Riccardo Riccobene
CISO - Deutsche Bank, Italy

1. How can information security be a benefit, as well as a hindrance?

2. How can we ensure there are measures in place when working with partners, to guarantee the same level of security that exists internally?

3. There’s no short-cut to take with security, so how can we enforce it swiftly and thoroughly?

4. How do we build and maintain a brand to outlive a breach?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Implementing machine learning

1. What are the issues we’re implementing solutions for?

2. Does it have to add customer value for us to incorporate it?

3. How will machine learning change the modern-day IT team?

4. Should we implement rules and regulations now, to prevent ethical issues in the future?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Agile methodologies & business culture
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Ritesh Jain
COO - HSBC

1. To what extent can agile processes improve operations?

2. Are agile technologies a buzz-word that’s overhyped?

3. How important is a microservice approach for a business to be agile?

4. Is a scrum framework the answer to increasing efficiency in our teams?

5. How can we alter the cynical-analysis way of thinking, to incorporate agile technologies across the board?

Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
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.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: The reality of technology for a globally renowned sports organization
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Daniel Marion
Chief of Information & Communication Technology - UEFA
  • What does technology mean for a large sports organization?
  • Fans, partners, staff, how are they all having a seamless experience?
  • How do we incorporate innovation of new technologies?
Thursday November 28, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Interview
8:00am - 8:20am
Learning from failure
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Filip Jakubowski
ex-CTO - Loot Bank

An honest and open interview with the ex-CTO of Loot Bank

  • Where did they go wrong?
  • What are the lesson’s to be taken away from it?
  • Where do they go from here?
Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
Hiring and retaining the right talent

Consultancy firm that looks at the skills behind the people

  • Understanding how we can reshuffle the existing organisation to fill the gaps in our team
  • Understanding the importance of a mixed group of thinkers, to enhance the way we work
  • How do we retain the talent and stay relevant, in untraditional tech brands?
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
Keynote Panel: IT aren’t to blame; how do we make the rest of the organisation agile?
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Anthony Smith
Head of Technology Solutions - JLL
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Tanju Arslan
CIO - Bupa Global
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Christian Maitre
CIO Deputy - Orange

Agile technologies can’t be implemented successfully without the support of the rest of the organisation, so how can we portray the importance of them across the board?

  • How are the roles of C-level executives across organisations changing?
  • Is the line between IT and the rest of the business slowly fading?
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Is failure acceptable?
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Jon Townsend
CIO - The National Trust

Discussing whether failure is the stepping stone to success

  • Is failing and moving on quickly, the most efficient way of being agile?
  • Or, should we take our time in making decisions, so failure occurs infrequently?
  • What are the best practises in terms of companies allowing staff to fail fast and learn?
  • What can be learnt from the big players that can afford to fail fast?
  • What are the drawbacks in not implementing these strategies?
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

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

Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
Over 40% of cyber attacks are caused by employee negligence, so let’s focus on employee education
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Mads Syska Hasling
CISO - Saxo Bank

Case study of an organisation that has experienced an internal hack and their security that’s in place

  • Going back to basics, we must educate the rest of the organisation on simple threats to our information
  • How did they overcome this and the procedure in place to prevent future attacks?
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
Encompassing a 360 view on our data flow

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Demisting the fog on cloud computing
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Martin Bordt
CIO - Cargolux Airlines
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Jesús Cabet Muñoz
CIO - Abengoa

Discussion on where we’re at currently and where we’re heading

  • Addressing the added difficulties with GDPR regulations
  • Can we ever solely be cloud based?
  • What’s coming up in the world of cloud?
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
The shift in platforms to increase agility throughout this digital disruption

Details To Follow.

Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

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

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables

1. Understanding Your Customers

2. Diversity of Skills and Inclusion

3. Information Security

4. Machine Learning

5. Agile Technologies & Work Place

Workshop
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Migrating to new platforms, without impacting the end users
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Gerry Waterfield
Director of IT Global Operations - Save the Children

Taking care of your legacy, whilst transitioning to new platforms

  • How do we do this efficiently?
  • How can we do this without impacting those using our platforms?
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Keeping Customer’s Core
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Raahil Burhaani
CIO - Essar Oil
  • Understanding the importance of keeping our customers central to everything we do
  • How do we deliver an end-to-end digital experience?
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Digital transformation, to digital reinvention; let’s address the shift that’s occurring.
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Nick Giannakakis
CTO - British American Tobacco
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Henk Kolk
Head of IT Innovation & IT Transformation (CTO) - NN Group

From moving old legacy systems to the cloud, to the introduction of microservices

  • What are the key challenges we’re facing?
  • What are the key opportunities we’re facing?
  • How do we best optimise this transformation?
  • How can the intrapreneurs with an entrepreneurial mindset facilitate the shift?
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

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

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
What comes first: the security or the technology?
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Tiago Lousada Soares
Head of Cybersecurity - Galp Energia
  • How can we progress with technology without security rigours in place?
  • Should security fall in place around technology, as solutions are becoming increasingly bespoke?
  • Hackers are embracing AI, so can one come before the other?
Panel Discussion
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote: IoT Case Study

Highlighting the role that IoT is going to play in the near future

  • How can IoT be incorporated to improve customer experience?
  • IoT devices are on the rise, so how are we going to incorporate it?
  • If we don’t follow the trends that are attracting our customers, are we doing something wrong?
  • What role will IoT play in information security?
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

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

Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Friday November 29, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
If you don’t disrupt yourself, you will be disrupted
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Jason Maude
Head of Technology Advocacy - Starling Bank

Example of a successful start-up that has been innovative, continued to grow and remain relevant, despite their growth; further looking at how they compete with the looming stretch of digital players

  • Are you driving the digital transformation or are you being forced to transform?
  • How do they continue to innovate?
  • How do they attract their customers despite the competition of large players?
Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Autonomous decision making and the benefits to the customer

Details To Follow.

Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables

1. Understanding Your Customers

2. Diversity of Skills and Inclusion

3. Information Security

4. Machine Learning

5. Agile Technologies & Work Place

Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

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

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Big data’s role in predicting customers’ behaviour

Organisations that utilise machine learning to predict shopper’s behaviour, in correlation with social, economic and environmental impacts.

  • How is machine learning incorporated into this?
  • How close are we to incorporating AI into this?
Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Delving into the nuts and bolts of machine learning: the who’s, the how’s, the what’s and the why’s

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Closing panel & wrap up
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Swaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam
Chief Architect - cSwaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam, Chief Architect, HSBC Commercial Banking
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Joanna Drake
CIO - The Hut Group
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Riccardo Riccobene
CISO - Deutsche Bank, Italy
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Dr. Isaac Ben-Akiva
Director of Machine Learning - Barclays
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Ritesh Jain
COO - HSBC

Round-up of the five-core roundtable challenges and the solutions to be taken back to the office

  • What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days?
  • What are the key takeaways?
  • Are there any immediate actions to be implemented?
  • What further questions have emerged?
Buffet lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

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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