The Essex MBA 2019 Conference 

Successful Futures: Innovation in a digital world

  • Tue 30 Apr 19

    15:00 - 19:45

  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School, EBS 2.34

  • Event speaker


  • Event type

    MBA Events

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Sian Savage
    01206 873131

The Essex MBA 2019 Conference brings together current MBA students, recent alumni and local business professionals to hear from industry representatives on the subject of digital disruption and innovation in their sectors.

The Essex MBA 2019 Conference 

Immerse yourself in the digital debate

This interactive conference will immerse you in the debate surrounding disruptive technologies and how this is impacting today’s business landscape. Professor Nicolas Forsans, MBA Director, will welcome a range of speakers to share their experiences of innovation in their organisations and how such innovation looks set to transform business as we know it. 

The Essex MBA Conference Agenda
 14:30 Guest and MBA Student and Alumni Registration
15:00 Welcome
Welcome by Professor Nicolas Forsans, MBA Director, an insight into The Essex MBA
15:15 Alumni
Overview of services to MBA alumni, Jo Rogers, Director of Advancement
15:30 How it was for me? The legacy and impact of The Essex MBA
The Essex MBA develops socially responsible innovators delivering sustainable business. This session showcases the impact the MBA has had on its graduates and alumni, sharing their personal stories, coping mechanisms and the ways through which the MBA changed their world-view and abilities. Followed by a Q&A
16.15 Tea and coffee break and Business Delegate Registration
16:45 Innovation in a digital world
Digital innovation is all around us, impacting society and disrupting established organisations and start-ups alike. In this session, leading business practitioners and innovators will discuss the business models of tomorrow – digitally-enabled, consumer-focused and powered by innovation.
18.15 Panel discussion 
Facilitated by Professor Nigel Pye, former MBA Director
 18.45 Networking reception with drinks and canapes
An opportunity to network with our guest speakers, leading business practitioners, MBA Faculty, alumni and course participants

Speaker profiles

Michael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs, Founder of Flow Fintech and formerly Managing Director of Accenture Digital is a promoter of Inclusive Digital Finance. He will argue banks have been failing to innovate and develop products that are addressed to everybody and assess how design thinking and digital innovation powered by AI, the Internet of Things and cloud services have the potential to disrupt the banking sector.

Andrew Starkey

Andrew Starkey, Senior Researcher at BT discusses the link between innovation, artificial intelligence and sustainability and will argue digital innovation will help make our world more sustainable – for the benefits of all.

Elisabeth Kelan

Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Organisation at Essex Business School discusses what type of leadership and what type of leaders we need for organisations to thrive in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

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