On 15 November 2017, Dr Karen Smith attended the Tomorrow’s Company Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords. (Tomorrow’s Company is an independent non-profit think tank that inspires and enables business to be a force for good in society). The event, held in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace was hosted by Lord Haskel, Deputy Speaker of the Lords.
Introductions were made by James Wates CBE, Chairman, Tomorrow’s Company and the keynote speaker was Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage (a FTSE 100 company) who discussed business over the next decade. He particularly focused how the 4th industrial revolution is impacting incumbent businesses and how businesses will have to adapt and operate in order to thrive in the long term. Stephen called on the global tech community to take responsibility for the ethical development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for business and discussed the company’s approach encapsulated in “The Ethics of Code” - which involves developing AI for Business with five core principles. Further details can be found here: https://www.sage.com/~/media/group/files/business-builders/business-builders-ethics-of-code.pdf?la=en
The impressive guest list included senior leaders from a wide array companies such as; Anglian Water, Aviva, CISCO, Coca-Cola, HSBC, Shell, TTP and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Karen was able to have meetings with existing industry contacts and open dialogue with new companies. She has expertise in working with a wide range of organisations and an in-depth knowledge of UEA and the NRP helping external organisations to define their interests, needs and objectives for interaction with us and she works with them to develop a plan of action. For UEA staff (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy), she can recommend, facilitate and scope customised interactions with external organisations that will help both staff and the organisation to meet key objectives.
If you would like to find out more please contact her at Karen.L.Smith@uea.ac.uk