Sky Technology Summit, 12 September 2017


Aidan Cooney

CEO & Co-founder - InCrowd Sports

Aidan Cooney is a sports technology entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of InCrowd Sports, an insight-led mobile first sports marketing company, backed by Sky Ventures and Albion Ventures.

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Ali Davis

Industry Leader for Telco, Media & Entertainment - IBM

Ali is a seasoned media, entertainment and telecommunications professional with over 20 years experience. Ali started her career at M&C Saatchi, representing the Agency at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising at 22.

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Andrew Griffith

Group Chief Operating Officer & Group Chief Finance Officer - Sky

Andrew Griffith was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2016 and is a Board Director of the Sky Group plc. In addition to his role as Chief Finance Officer he is responsible for the group’s overall future growth plans as well as the group’s advertising businesses across Europe, including AdSmart.

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Andrew Horne

Solutions Architect, EMEA - AWS Elemental

Andrew is a lead Solutions Architect in EMEA for AWS Elemental, where he works closely with customers and partners to transform their media workflows with software-defined video architectures.

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Anna Jones

Presenter - Sky News

Anna joined Sky News in 2005 and has anchored every programme on the multiple award-winning rolling news channel, as well as presenting live on location and in the studio on a range of breaking news stories.

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Barney Francis

Managing Director - Sky Sports

Barney Francis was appointed Managing Director, Sky Sports in 2009. He is responsible for Sky Sports output across TV channels including Sky Sports News HD, as well as online and mobile content.

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Ben McOwen-Wilson

Director, EMEA - YouTube

Ben is the Director of Partnerships for YouTube where he leads the development of content and business strategy across the UK & Ireland, Northern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. His remit includes working with some of YouTube’s largest global television, news, sports and traditional media partners, as well as many of the platform’s most-recognised endemic creators - its YouTubers. Ben has led YouTube’s growth in various roles in EMEA for six years.

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Charles Dawes

Senior Director, International Marketing - TiVo

Charles Dawes leads TiVo’s international marketing team across APAC, EMEA and Latin America. A regular speaker at industry events, he is responsible for evangelising how TiVo’s world-leading products, services and technology licensing programmes can help media and entertainment companies bring amazing, award-winning experiences to their consumers.

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Colin McQuade

MD, Group TV & Digital Platforms - Sky

Colin McQuade was appointed MD for Group TV and Digital Platforms in 2016 to lead the UK Broadcast Services and UK OTT operation and engineering teams.

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Colin Sladen

Head of Platform Technologies, TV Engineering - Sky

Colin has been with Sky UK for 20 years, joining in 1997 to work on the launch of the direct to home platform, Sky Digital. Following a successful launch the Sky satellite platform has gone from strength to strength, and Colin has held various roles in operations, support, engineering and design.

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Conrad Clemson

SVP/GM, SP Platforms & Applications (SPPA) - Cisco

Conrad Clemson is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Platforms and Applications (SPPA) Business, with responsibility for Video, Mobility, and Network Function Virtualisation.

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Cyrille Berson

Head of Product Management, Video Processing - Ericsson

Cyrille Berson leads the video processing software portfolio in the Ericsson Media Solutions group.

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Dan Valcour

Director, Platform & Solution Architecture - Nuance

Dan Valcour’s passion for language technologies and human-machine interaction has been fed by over 20 years of linguistic studies, speech recognition research and interaction design.

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Daniel Danker

Product Director - Facebook

Daniel Danker is a Product Director at Facebook, leading product management of the company’s video product and Facebook Live. Daniel joined Facebook in January 2016, and oversaw the global rollout of Facebook Live, as well as new formats including Live 360 and Live.

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Darren Long

Director of Sky Production Services - Sky

After graduating from Brunel University, Darren spent seven years working at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) teaching students in television production and helping to run the NFTS TV department. After leaving NFTS, Darren spent a year working in the TV industry as a vision engineer before joining Sky Plc at the birth of the company in 1989.

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Dave Cameron

Director of Product Experience - Sky

Dave Cameron is responsible for the development of the product and customer experience on Sky Q in those areas which are wider than the traditional DSat ecosystem. He is responsible for the roadmap for extending Q into a full IP-delivered product and establishing the role of Q within the connected home

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David Gandler

Co-founder & CEO - fuboTV

David Gandler is co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, the leading sports-first streaming TV service. Officially launched in January 2015 as a streaming soccer service, fuboTV has evolved under David’s leadership into one of the leading virtual MVPDs in the country.  David and his team recently closed a $55 million Series C investment round, and has raised a total of $75.6 million to date.

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David Mercer

Vice President & Principal Analyst - Strategy Analytics

David Mercer is one of the industry’s most experienced analysts focusing on convergence in media technologies and its impact on consumers, and heads Strategy Analytics’ global digital consumer research team.

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Devi Lozdan

Senior Product Lead, Product Experience - NOW TV

With a background in artificial intelligence and interaction design, Devi has more than 10 years’ experience in the product world.

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Didier Lebrat

Group Chief Technology Officer - Sky

Didier Lebrat joined Sky in December 2006 as Chief Technology Officer. In 2016 he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer across the group.

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Ed Haslam

CMO - Conviva

Ed Haslam is the chief marketing officer at OTT experience management company, Conviva. He is a strategic marketing executive with substantial experience in digital media, network infrastructure and enterprise software.

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Emma Lloyd

Group Director Business Development & Strategic Partnerships - Sky

As Sky’s Group Director Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Emma identifies and nurtures key strategic relationships with Sky’s technology partners, ranging from start-ups through to major international technology brands. This includes identifying strategic commercial partnerships as well as strategic investment opportunities of which she has now made investments in 20 technology start-ups.

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Gary Davey

Managing Director, Content - Sky

Gary was appointed Managing Director, Content in January 2015. In this role, he has responsibility for Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK and Ireland as well as the entire entertainment offering of Sky Deutschland where he has been Executive Vice President Programming since 2011.

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Hannah Brown

Head of Business Development (Sport) - Sky

Hannah has managed Sky’s investments and partnerships with start-up and emerging sports businesses since 2016 alongside Sky‘s broader investment and partnership approach with start-ups.

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Hubert Behaghel

Head of Technology, Discovery Platform - Sky

A passionate software engineer, entrepreneur and tech leader, Hubert Behaghel has worked all over Europe across several industries, in start-ups as well as corporations. He started his career as a consultant in Paris before founding tech consultancy Zenika.

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Jason Taperell

Principal Architect, Content Systems - Sky

Jason is an experienced Enterprise Architect, joining Sky in 2001 to shape the architecture of the Sky Interactive platform.

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JeanDavid Blanc

Founder & CEO - Molotov

JeanDavid Blanc is an entrepreneur, investor, musician, writer, movie producer, and paramotorist. He started his first company at the age of 16. Later, in 1993, he founded one of France’s most famous internet success stories, AlloCiné.

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Jeff Binder

CEO - Layer3 TV

Jeff is CEO at Layer3 TV Inc, the next-generation cable provider spearheading a new era of home media, combining the best of television, social, and digital life.

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Jeff Kember

Technical Director, Media - Google

Jeff was appointed to his current position in November 2016. Before this he was Cloud Solutions Architect at Google, having joined the company in September 2014.

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Jeremy Darroch

Group Chief Executive Officer - Sky

Jeremy joined BskyB plc as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2004 and was appointed CEO in December 2007

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Jian Li

Principal Data Scientist - Sky

Jian leads the machine learning research for Sky’s content discovery products including search and recommendation. His research covers various topics including deep learning, natural language processing, ranking, metadata enrichment and semantic knowledge inference.

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John Cassy

CEO & Co-Founder - Factory 42

John is CEO and Co-founder of Factory 42, an immersive contentproduction studio and creative agency.

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Josh Wiggins

Chief Commercial Officer - GrayMeta

With over 20 years’ of experience in Operations, Systems Implementation, Customer Service, Account Management and Sales, Josh Wiggins has led advancements in technology and SaaS solutions internationally – driving efficiencies in supply chain automation for companies such as Ascent Media, Digitalsmiths, T3Media, Deluxe Media and now, GrayMeta.

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Julia Barry

Director of On Demand - Sky

Julia Barry is Director of On Demand, Sky Entertainment. She is responsible for the curation of the home-pages and VOD entertainment / Online Video content experience across Sky’s platforms – Sky Q, Sky+ and Sky GO.

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Kieron Sharp

Director General - FACT

Kieron joined FACT in November 2006, following a distinguished 30-year career with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, including a four-year secondment to Interpol as Head of the Economic Crime Department, and culminating in the position of Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Specialist Crime Operations in the City.

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Liz Bales

CEO - BASE & Industry Trust for IP Awareness

​Liz is an experienced commercial lawyer now working in the not-for-profit sector. She is responsible for strategic leadership across the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE), the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and the Digital Entertainment Group Europe (DEGE).

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Luke Bradley-Jones

Chief Marketing Officer, UK & Ireland - Sky

Luke Bradley-Jones was appointed as Sky UK’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2017 and is responsible for brand strategy, product marketing, and customer engagement across all Sky UK’s TV, broadband and mobile products.

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Mai Fyfield

Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer - Sky

Mai is Sky’s Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer. Mai leads the strategy function across the group. She is also responsible for the distribution of Sky’s channels to other platforms including cable and IPTV.

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Mark Noble

Delivery Manager, Platform Technology - Sky

Mark has been with Sky since 2011, and has worked in several areas within the Technology division. He is currently responsible for Sky’s Live Streaming Platform and OTT Video Quality.

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Matthew Cope

Deputy Director, IP Enforcement - IPO

Matthew took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights, in May 2014.

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Matt Heiman

CEO & Founder - Diagonal View

Matt is a London-based entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of Diagonal View, a leading digital video producer. The business was recently acquired by Sky PLC. The leading channel, AllTime10s, generates over 1.5 million views per day and is available in 10 languages worldwide

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Matt Hopkins

Director of Group TV & Digital Platforms Strategy and Planning - Sky

Matt is Director of Group TV & Digital Platforms Strategy and Planning, responsible for defining the overarching technology and organisational strategies for TV and digital technology across the Sky Group.

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Neil Graham

Executive Producer - Sky VR Studios

Neil is head of Sky VR Studios, the Virtual Reality (VR) production unit established by Sky in 2016. He is responsible for the creation of immersive VR video experiences across news, sports, movies and entertainment, leading a team of directors and production staff with rare and valuable experience of VR film making.

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Nick Horbaczewski

CEO - Drone Racing League

Nicholas Horbaczewski is the CEO & Founder of the Drone Racing League (DRL), the premier international drone racing platform. Before founding DRL in 2015, Nicholas served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Tough Mudder, the largest mass participation running event series in the world, which grew to over 60 global events and $100mm in revenue during his time there.

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Nigel Walley

CEO - Decipher

Nigel is CEO of Decipher, the media strategy consultancy, and Chairman of the Decipher Group of companies, which includes iBurbia Studios, the interactive media research lab.

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Patrick Miceli

Director of Software Engineering - Sky

Patrick Miceli joined Sky in April 2014. He is responsible of the strategy, build and delivery of the OTT technology across the group.

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Pedro Salvado

Strategic Engagement Manager - Akamai Technologies

Pedro is a Strategic Engagement Manager for Akamai’s Media division in the UK and Ireland.

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Quentin Sannié

Co-founder & CEO - Devialet

Quentin is the co-founder and CEO of Devialet, the Paris-headquartered start-up and most award-winning company in the history of audio.

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Scott Rose

SVP & CTO - SDI Media

Scott Rose leads the research and development group at SDI Media, and is responsible for the company’s technology portfolio and vision.

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Simon Driscoll

Head of Search & Discovery - Sky

Simon has been a Product Manager at for Sky for coming up to 10 years, being part of the teams that delivered search and metadata services across DTH, OTT and the Web.

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Sol Rogers

CEO & Founder - Rewind

Sol is CEO and Founder of REWIND, a content production agency that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award winning creative storytelling.

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Stephen van Rooyen

CEO, UK & Ireland - Sky

Stephen was appointed Chief Executive, UK and Ireland in March 2016.

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Steve Northam

International Sales & Business Development Director - Surrey NanoSystems

Steve joined Surrey NanoSystems, developer of Vantablack™, in 2013 as International Sales & Business Development Director. Vantablack™ is a nanostructured black coating exhibiting the lowest measured reflectance across the visible and infrared spectrum.

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Will Shu

Founder & CEO - Deliveroo

Will founded Deliveroo in February 2013, alongside his childhood friend Greg Orlowski. The pair brought technology together with the nation’s best-loved restaurants to bring an enormous range of great food to customers fast.

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