Growth Opportunities For Scotland’s Businesses

From 18:00 Thursday 2 February

The Western Club 32 Royal Exchange Square Glasgow G1 3AB

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Exciting new growth and international trade opportunities are being created for Scotland’s businesses who are operating in the digital economy. The UK is growing its portfolio of Digital Economy Agreements (DEA) which simplify and facilitate end-to-end digital trade with safe and secure e-payments and paperless trading, as well as seamless and trusted data flows, which encourage participation in the international digital economy. Consumers enjoy greater online consumer protection, as well as safe and secure cross-border payments under DEA’s.

Please join leaders from across Scotland’s Tech Ecosystem to:

Learn more about the DEA business growth opportunities

Essential knowledge and know-how for DEA trade, including trusted international data flows

Connect with peers and the Global Tech Advocate community

Running Order

18:00 Guest Arrival

18:10 Welcome & Speaker Introductions

18:40 Guest Q&A

18:55 Vote of Thanks

19:00 Networking with refreshments

20:00 Carriages



Starting 10:30 Wednesday 3 November

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Send your questions about the transition to a low carbon future HERE

Hear the voices of Young People as they explore what their role and yours might be in creating a fair and inclusive transition to a low carbon future. We will introduce you to the UK’s Net Zero Leaders, Experts and Technology Innovators in a programme co-created and co-presented by young people from LGBT Youth Scotland.

Our session will:

– Understand the Transition from young people, community and career changer perspectives.

– Spotlight UK Net Zero Leadership, Expertise and Technologies that power the Transition

– Explore the role Diversity has played in creating Net Zero Innovation and taking it to market

– Highlight Net Zero Skills, Competencies, Job Opportunities and Alternative Learning Pathways

– Signpost to additional resources and contacts to connect with climate action

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As companies of all shapes and sizes rush to adopt the latest data driven tech to boost their productivity, responsiveness and profitability, much less effort has been given to the ‘ethical obligations and opportunities’ our business leaders now have in deploying these new tools and techniques. Ethics can mitigate risk and unlock innovation, making it a prized asset for business leaders looking to the future. Our DataFest 2020 Fringe Event convenes world leading authorities in the field of ‘tech ethics’ to share their insights on building and integrating this new professional practice into the governance and operating structures of businesses large and small.

Key Themes & Takeaways

Our event is focused on equipping leaders with the knowledge and know-how needed to create the many business benefits that accompany applied tech ethics, to help them on their journey. We will be comparing and contrasting the approaches to ethics in business and tech from a leading global brand and hyper-growth company perspectives. We will also explore how ethics has been incorporated in both company culture and operational activities, the first steps that were taken when embarking on such an initiative, and how business practices have evolved and adapted overtime.

Kindly hosted by lncremental Group at their Headquarters In Glasgow

Our Distinguished Panel Provide Unique & Powerful Perspectives:

Ethical Intelligence – OLIVIA GAMBELIN

Olivia is an AI Ethicist who helps corporations and entrepreneurs create, deploy and operate their advanced technology driven products and services in global markets. She is a leading proponent of artificial intelligence and the immense innovation opportunities it offers – realised through robust, responsible and ethical practices. Olivia is originally from the Bay Area, where she started her career in digital marketing. She holds an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, a BA in Philosophy and Entrepreneurship from Baylor University, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Tech Scotland Advocates.


Martina heads Data Science operations at Mallzee, a hyper-growth company who are transforming how global consumers find and buy clothes. With data and technology being fundamental elements of her work, Martina provides leadership on the company’s ethics and transparency practices in relation to the fair use of Machine Learning algorithms. She engages with the tech community at a number of Meetups and is a regular contributor and speaker at tech events throughout Scotland.

State Street – RICHARD BAIN

Richard leads the Ethics Control Room at State Street, one of the world’s leading Financial Institutions, where he is responsible for global conduct investigations and employee conflict surveillance. He also provides second line defence advisory services to State Street stakeholders in the areas of market misconduct and inside information risk management. He is an experienced business development and compliance professional within international financial services and markets. Richard is a member of the Chartered Banker Institute and currently studying the Chartered Banker MBA.

Networking over refreshments and canapes will follow formal proceedings.

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When it comes to encouraging entrepreneurs it’s fair to say that Scotland is not short of advice and opportunities. In the past couple of decades the culture of big company dependency has been replaced by a thriving community of smaller firms, many run by incredibly talented individuals. Some have developed game-changing technologies and services, and a few have helped transform the way we live. Yet it seems that not all is well in the land of entrepreneurialism.

The start-up scene in Scotland may be thriving, but the old chestnut of Scaling Up consistently remains an elusive and challenging conundrum. Despite the creation of a new industry in Scale-Up Summits, conferences, lectures and lessons in how to build and grow … we’re still stuck in first gear.

The most recent ranking of high growth performance across the UK by the ScaleUp Institute, a private sector-led, not-for-profit organisation, reveals that Scotland has plunged 21 places to third from bottom. This is poor reward for a country that has come to think of itself as fertile territory for a new generation of technology pioneers and a leader in new ideas.


Tech Scotland Advocates are convening a distinguished panel of speakers to compare and contrast how tech businesses scale-up and internationalise in Silicon Valley, Scotland and Singapore. We aim to halt and reverse the decline in Scotland’s scale-up performance through the sharing of new perspectives from each jurisdiction and encourage peer support within the group of delegates in attendance.


The event features a very distinguished panel of industry veterans and tech titans from each jurisdiction:

SINGAPORE – Scott Wightman

Scott has served as the British High Commissioner to Singapore until June 2019, and before that as the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. He has also worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris and Rome and was Director for the Asia Pacific region in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2008 to 2010. Scott is the newly appointed Director for External Affairs with the Scottish Government, where his role will focus on enhancing Scotland’s international relationships.


SCOTLAND – Seonaidh MacDonald

Seonaidh is Chairman of EOLAS Advisory Ltd, (boardroom advisory firm), Chairman of The Lennox Partnership, (social enterprise organisation), and Chairman of Pufferfish Ltd, (digital visualization company). Until 2016 he served as CEO of mLED Ltd, a world leader in Augmented/Virtual Reality products, which he led through a hugely successful trade-sale to Oculus / Facebook.



Tracey heads up the USA practice at MBM Commercial, being an attorney and active member of the State Bar of California as a well as a solicitor. In addition to UK corporate investment and M+A work, Tracey’s practice area includes advising on US market entry, corporate and commercial transactions, deal flow between UK/European businesses and US entities including investment rounds, joint ventures and the establishment, capital structure and shareholding arrangements of US entities and advising high growth/tech companies through all phases of growth and across a range of sectors including IT, life sciences, healthcare and e-commerce. Her key clients include UK businesses with US operations, SMEs and high growth technology companies. Having lived and worked in California for 14 years before joining MBM, Tracey retains strong links with her US clients and her US legal networks.


Scotland’s leading women in business will interview our panellists in three fireside chats, ahead of Q&A from our guests.

Networking over refreshments and canapes will follow formal proceedings.

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Bloomberg’s Flagship Business Event Of 2019

11 – 12 June, Central Hall Westminster, London


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DAN SCHULMAN – President and CEO, PayPal
WILL SHU – Founder & CEO, Deliveroo
PIERRE-DIMITRI GORE-COTY – VP and General Manager of EMEA, Uber
RONAN HARRIS – VP & MD, Google UK & Ireland
HELEN DIXON – Irish Data Protection Commissioner
ANNE BODEN – CEO, Starling Bank
ALEJANDRO AGAG – Founder & Chairman, Formula E
STEPHEN HOOD – President, Motorsport Games
JOHN MICKLETHWAIT – Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg
BRAD STONE – Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg
RUSS SHAW – Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates
MITCHELL BAKERChairwoman, Mozilla


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