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Designing our Future

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Designing Our Future: New York
April 2-4, 2019

Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011


On April 2-4, the British government will a host a major transatlantic business event in NYC. It will address the drivers transforming economies across the globe and how technology, innovation, low-carbon growth and diverse talent provide the foundation for this rapidly evolving economic future.


Central to the event is the idea that partnership between government, business and academia is essential for success in this new world.


Designing Our Future: New York launches a North America-wide campaign showcasing UK-North America partnerships creating solutions to our shared challenges, including healthy aging, AI and the data revolution, the future of mobility, inclusive and green finance, diversity of talent, and environmental sustainability.
Thought leaders, policy-makers, influencers, entrepreneurs and decision-makers will discuss innovations and ideas that will Design Our Future. The event will include seminars, workshops, conversations, panels and keynotes. Attendees can also explore an interactive showcase of UK organizations addressing the global trends transforming our society.


Headline speakers include Michael R. Bloomberg KBE, 108th Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Dame Glenda Bailey; tech evangelist, digital skills expert and social entrepreneur Professor Sue Black, OBE; Goldman Sachs Chief Strategy Officer Stephanie E. Cohen; Chair of UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce and the London Green Finance Initiative Sir Roger Gifford; famed horologist Dr Roger Smith, OBE; and Co-Founder and CEO of Diversity VC Francesca Warner.


The event is hosted by the UK's Department for International Trade and the British Consulate General New York.

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Highlights of the three-day program include:


  • As the event’s special guest, Michael R. Bloomberg KBE, a global advocate for clean growth and sustainability, as well as a renowned business leader who has forged collaborations between the private and public sectors, will highlight the need for continued innovation partnerships in a rapidly changing world. Bloomberg LP’s new European Headquarters in London, which opened in 2017, is one of the world’s most sustainable office buildings and set a new standard for sustainable office design.
  • 'Venturing Through the Glass Ceiling: Closing the VC Gap for Female Founders' with Stephanie E. Cohen of Goldman Sachs, Alice Hu Wagner of British Business Bank, and Francesca Warner and Travis Winstanley of Diversity VC
  • 'Healthy Aging: How to Add Five More Healthy Years to Your Life', moderated by technology futurist and geopolitical expert Jamie Metzl and featuring Dr Lynne Corner of UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing, Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and George MacGinnis of UK Research and Innovation
  • 'Transforming Urban Mobility: Sustainable Solutions and Innovative Technology' with Andy Byford, President of New York City Transit, Crissy Ditmore, Director of Strategy of Cubic, Dr Anita Sengupta, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Airspace Experience Technologies, and Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow at the NewCities Foundation
  • A Fireside Chat with Fashion Industry Icon Dame Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach on the business of fashion, corporate and social responsibility of contemporary brands, and sustainability in the fashion industry
  • '11:FS Presents Fintech Insider Live', supported by De La Rue, with Sam Maule of 11:FS, Andrew Boyajian of TransferWise, Natalie Ceeney CBE of Innovate Finance, Farrah Lakhani of OakNorth Analytical Intelligence, and Robin Mackenzie of De La Rue discussing the Future of Money in the UK, US and around the world
  • ‘How UK AI of Today Is Shaping Tomorrow’ will explore how the UK’s thriving AI ecosystem is leading the world in innovation and changing the future of work and industry with Christine Foster of The Alan Turing Institute, Danny Hakimian of Onfido, and David Masson of Darktrace, moderated by Joyce Shen of Tenfore Holdings
  • Throughout the three days, attendees can also explore an interactive showcase addressing four of the global trends transforming our society. The featured UK organizations are creating innovative solutions for the future of mobility, sustainability, our aging society, and AI and big data, helping improve people’s lives across the globe.


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