2017 FEATURED SPEAKERS
For this year's Summit, we are delighted to have the following speakers headline our agenda:
Magnus is a renowned trendspotter, futurologist and author, and an active member of TED – the world’s leading trends forum. In a world that requires increased agility and innovation, he mixes business facts with a visionary perspective that challenges our entire way of thinking. As one of the most sought-after speakers on future-thinking, megatrends and trendspotting, he asks two questions relentlessly: “What’s going on in the world?” and “Where is this all heading?” As a trendspotter and futurologist, these questions fuel his curiosity and enable him to inspire and provoke the minds of audiences around the world.
To date he has authored three books: Everything We Know is Wrong: The Trendspotter’s Handbook (2009), The Attack of the Unexpected: A Guide to Surprises and Uncertainty (2010), and When The Future Begins: A Guide to LongTerm Thinking (2013).
A management consultant and filmmaker by background, Magnus mixes quantifiable business facts with the visionary art of ‘futurology.’ In his own words, his presentations are designed to generate ‘ahhs, ha-has and ahas.’
Robert GrassieHead of TBM Office
Appointed in 2012, Robert is responsible for running the RBS TBM office together with a number of other technology business management functions. Robert initially joined RBS in 2004 to run Data Centre infrastructure teams heading up storage, database, messaging and server platforms. His passion for looking at both technical and commercial aspects led him to start adopting TBM practices and five years ago he introduced activity based costing and began developing cost optimisation and TBM frameworks which are now used across the whole technology practice.
Jenny WoodHead of Performance & Business Management
Jenny joined RBS in 2016 as Head of Performance & Business Management in Technology. Prior to joining RBS Jenny was Director of Simplicity at Telstra Corporation.
Jenny has a diverse background of executive experience ranging from Customer Services and HR through to significant Project/Programme Management and agile transformation. Her experience is underpinned by her IT expertise and during her career she has held a number of operational and transformation roles across telecommunications and financial services.
Jenny holds a Master of Business (IT Management) degree and a Bachelor of Information Technology degree from the University of Technology Sydney.