Baroness Valerie Amos
Baroness Valerie Amos is the Master of University College Oxford. She was appointed a Labour life peer in 1997 and was the first black woman to serve in a British Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development. She went on to become Leader of the House of Lords. She has consistently sustained an interest in, and commitment to, issues of equality and social justice. Baroness Amos’ career has spanned local and national government in the UK as well as global leadership in her role as Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations. Baroness Amos also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia and between 1994 and 1998 worked extensively in South Africa.
Her work in the voluntary and charity sector and in non-governmental organisations has gone hand in hand with her policy and political work. In addition to being a patron of the Amos Bursary, Valerie sits on the board of the Mastercard Foundation, the UN Foundation, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. She is also a board member of the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, Institute of Government, and Grenfell Foundation.
Brian Solis is a world-renowned digital anthropologist and futurist who serves as Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. Brian is also an 8x best-selling author and international keynote speaker. Forbes has called him “one of the more creative and brilliant business minds of our time” and ZDNet has said that Brian is “one of the 21st century business world’s leading thinkers.”
Over the past 20 years, Brian has studied Digital Darwinism to understand the impact of disruption on businesses, markets and society. In his work, he humanizes emerging and disruptive trends to help leaders see new and more meaningful possibilities for digital transformation and innovation.
Brian’s research explores innovation, digital transformation, experience design, CX, AI, and the cognitive enterprise, and human behavior.
His insights on the state and future of digital trends have made him a go to resource among media and market experts. He has published over 60 research papers and also actively shares his work in industry-leading publications including Forbes, ZDNet, CIO, eWeek, Fast Company, Adweek, and Singularity University.
As a keynote speaker, Brian has traveled the world to help audiences embrace change, learn what’s coming next and why, and to take a leading role in shaping the future they want to see.
Brian’s latest book, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life, is a research-based (and personal) journey to discover the effects of digital in our lives and learn how to rewire ourselves forward with greater purpose, creativity, and performance.
Brian’s previous book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explores the importance of experiences and how to design them for customers, employees and human beings everywhere.