Cognizant Community Europe 2017


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This year's event was full of valuable insights and unique perspectives from technology experts and thought leaders from around the world. At Cognizant, we're continuously monitoring trends and helping you utilise today's technology and seize digital opportunities.


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Mark Blyth

Political Economist, Brown University

Noted author, professor and expert on global politics and economics, Dr. Blyth distinguishes himself with an ability to break down complex, financial and political issues with clarity and sharp Scottish wit. He predicted the Brexit vote, Trump's election and Italy's referendum well before most pundits.

Currently Mark serves as the Eastman Professor of Political Economy at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. His research focuses upon the causes of stability and change in the economy, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary.

His first book,Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century, explored how our changing ideas about how the economy works itself, drives changes in the economy.

This is a theme he continued in his most recent works. His most recent work on The Future of the Euro argues that while the Euro as a currency will survive, its current make up of members will not. His work on how economic ideas impacts politics, on macro-prudential regulation in finance and on exotic monetary policies has been internationally recognized.

He is a regular contributor to the journal of the Council for Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs and The Guardian Newspapers and has appeared multiple times on NPR, BBC, and Bloomberg. He is currently working on two books.


Rachel Botsman

Global authority on a New Era of Trust

Rachel Botsman is the global authority on a new era of trust. She studies and teaches how technology is transforming human relationships and what it means for life, work and how we do business.

In her first highly acclaimed book, What's Mine is Yours (HarperCollins, 2010), she defined the theory of collaborative consumption. The concept was subsequently named by TIME as one of the "Ten Ideas That Will Change the World" and by Thinkers50 as the 2015 Breakthrough Idea. She teaches the world's first MBA course on the subject, which she designed, at Oxford University's Saïd School of Business.

Her forthcoming book, Who Can You Trust? (Penguin, October 2017) focuses on why trust is collapsing in all kinds of institutions and yet at the same time, the rise of new technologies is enabling what she calls "distributed trust" across networks of people, organisations and intelligent machines.

An engaging storyteller and visionary thinker, Rachel's skill lies in discovering and explaining paradigm shifts happening in the world and making them meaningful to a wide range of audiences. Her TED talks have been viewed more than three million times and she was named as one of the world's top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle.

She is a regular writer and commentator in leading international publications including Harvard Business Review, Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Australian Financial Review and more.

Rachel was recognised as one of the "Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company, a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and is part of Thinkers50 2016 Radar list of up-and-coming management thinkers.

She sits on the board of the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) and was a former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation.

She received her BFA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and attended Harvard University for her post-graduate studies.


Raffaello D'Andrea

Entrepreneur and Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

Spanning academics, business and the arts, Raffaello D'Andrea's career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, his research redefines the capabilities of autonomous systems.

D'Andrea is co-founder of Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon in 2012, and now operating as Amazon Robotics), a robotics and logistics company that develops and deploys intelligent automated warehouse systems. He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four-time world champions at the international RoboCup competition. With his startup, Verity Studios, he recently created the flying machine design and choreography for Cirque du Soleil's Paramour on Broadway.

In addition, he is a new media artist with exhibitions at various international venues, including the Venice Biennale, the FRAC Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. Other creations and projects include the Flying Machine Arena, the Distributed Flight Array, the Balancing Cube, Cubli, Flight Assembled Architecture, the Blind Juggler, the Robotic Chair and RoboEarth. His TED talks, viewed more than 10 million times, have inspired a generation to pursue engineering, robotics, and computer science.


Rudi Peeters

Senior General Manager and Chief Information Officer, KBC Group

Rudi Peeters is an experienced senior general manager and appreciated keynote speaker. He is an example of the T-functions because, he started in IT, he transitioned to business functions and became general manager Marketing KBC-Belgium. He also was responsible for the sale and carve out of CENTEA, FIDEA after state support and for redefining the strategy and finance planning for KBC Belgium within the KBC group afterwards.

Today, he is the group CIO for KBC, where he personally leads the transformations of the IT department;

‐ from IT centric towards Customer centric organization and fit for scale

‐ from frozen to fluid organization

‐ from IT as butler or cost grinder to IT as co-entrapeneur to become a digital organisation

and he enjoys sharing his experience with colleagues and partners.

January 2014 he won the CIONET Belgium Best Speaker of the Year award. His presentation "The Changing Role of the CIO", given at the 2013 CIONET Belgium annual event, obtained the highest score on the base of all conference feedbacks compiled for the past year. (

His journey from IT centric, to customer centric to agile to digital is a cas study on the londen business school (exec class) and vlerick mangament school.

Rudi studied at and began his career at the University of Leuven, where he set up the Biometrics practicum for Master of Sciences and conducted statistical analyses of PHD studies.


Bertrand Piccard

Initiator, visionary, chairman and pilot, the Solar Impulse project

A medical doctor and much-decorated explorer, Bertrand Piccard continues his family's storied tradition of achieving the seemingly impossible. Where his father reached the ocean's deepest point and his grandfather the stratosphere, Bertrand conceived of exploring the boundaries of renewable energies. His vision, and more than 15 years' of work and technical innovation, led to the voyage of the Solar Impulse. The goal: fly around the world in a solar-powered aircraft capable of flying perpetually without fuel--even throughout the night.

Last year, the Solar Impulse completed its fuel-less journey around the world. Along the way, Bertrand became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a solar, electric and zero-emission airplane, flying for more than 70 hours. He also flew a night flight between Hawaii and California as well as piloting flights across India and China. All told, Solar Impulse's fuel-less flights set eight FAI world records for milestones achieved. In addition, Bertrand holds four current FAI world records for his flight as captain of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.

In addition to his records and many awards for his explorations, Bertrand is also a psychiatrist, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and an accomplished author and speaker.


Tim Urban

Creator, Wait But Why

As the creative force behind the extremely popular Wait But Why blog, Tim has authored dozens of viral articles on subjects ranging from why we procrastinate to why we haven't yet encountered alien life forms. Wait But Why has topped 10 million unique visitors during peak months and attracted thousands of patrons, including famous fans like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, TED Curator Chris Anderson and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.

Known for delighting audiences with smart, fascinating and truly original content, Tim synthesizes complex concepts and presents them in a humorous, highly entertaining and memorable way. Follow his spellbinding train of thought to ignite your own insights and energize your thinking.


Dr. Christian von Reventlow

Chief Product & Innovation Officer (CPIO), Deutsche Telekom AG

Dr. Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product & Innovation Officer (CPIO) at Deutsche Telekom AG, is in charge of the group-wide innovation strategy, product development and partnering as well as corporate research & development. He is a member of Deutsche Telekom's extended board of management, the Executive Committee (ExCom). He controls the Deutsche Telekom product portfolio and defines the product roadmap for the group, as well as implementation in the market via systematic innovation management and corporate R&D.

Before joining Deutsche Telekom in March 2015 he held several executive positions, most recently as SVP Core platform at Nokia's map service and navigation system subsidiary At, he supervised the development of the first real-time cloud backbone for high-resolution maps in connected vehicles. At Intel, he was responsible for the software development of the first and second generations of Windows 8 and Android tablets; at Avaya he managed the relaunch of the "Avaya Flare" videoconferencing solution.

Christian von Reventlow studied at TU Berlin and has a doctorate in electrical engineering. He is married and is the proud father of four children.


Steve Wright

Data Privacy and Information Security Officer, John Lewis Partnership

Steve joined The John Lewis Partnership in April 2016 and is responsible for both the Information Security and Data Privacy, both of these enable the John Lewis Partnership to protect the personal data of our customers and partners, to be compliant with data protection laws and regulations, and to provide trust and transparency - resulting in greater brand experiences across our digital, mobile and ecommerce channels.

Steve is passionate about big data and all things digital. With more than 20 years' experience, designing, developing, managing and delivering transformational data, governance, privacy and security programmes, Steve's vast experience as a pragmatic and charismatic leader, ideally places him as a 'trusted advisor' at board level on all privacy and security related matters. Steve strongly believes that governance, cyber security and privacy are all inextricably linked as they share common objectives and principles, and therefore, require satisfactory safeguards and assurances.

Having once served as a CISO, and held senior roles at, Unilever, Deloitte, PwC, Siemens and Capita, Steve has a full appreciation of what is required to get the job done in a cost effective, pragmatic and timely fashion with a natural ability to lead from the front, to coach others and to take responsibility consistently, courageously and with integrity.


Rajeev Mehta

President, Cognizant

Raj Mehta is responsible for the overall P&L of Cognizant's operations, leading global industry and geographic business units, consulting, digital services, and next-generation IT solutions. Mr. Mehta's responsibilities also include the offices of Chief Operating Officer and Chief People Officer, focusing on talent, utilization, and performance as well as ongoing operational excellence. Additionally, he manages the organization's emerging business accelerator unit and other special initiatives dedicated to building new solutions for our clients. As a 20-year veteran of Cognizant, he remains passionate about delivering on our promise of helping clients build stronger businesses in the new digital era, and maintaining our longstanding culture of deep customer centricity.

Mr. Mehta joined Cognizant in 1997. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Executive of IT Services, leading industry, geographic, and delivery operations on a global basis to provide excellence through process and quality initiatives, contributing to industry-leading growth. He has also served as COO of Cognizant's Global Client Services, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cognizant's Financial Services business unit, with full P&L management and responsibility for our largest business. Earlier in his tenure, he was responsible for establishing the U.S. Central Region, securing early relationships with some of Cognizant's largest clients. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon University.


Malcolm Frank

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Cognizant

Mr. Frank's focus is on shaping Cognizant's corporate strategy and global brand in order to maintain our track record of rapidly growing market and mind share. He joined Cognizant in 2005 and has more than two decades of experience in the information technology industry. Prior to joining Cognizant, he was Co-founder, President and CEO of CXO systems, an independent software vendor providing dashboard solutions for senior managers. In addition, he was the Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of Nervewire Inc., a leading management consulting and systems integration firm. Prior to founding Nervewire, Mr. Frank was a Co-founder, Executive Officer and SVP at Cambridge Technology Partners, where he ran worldwide marketing, business development and several business units.

As a recognized industry thought leader, Mr. Frank is a frequent speaker on key issues of IT management. He has been profiled by Forbes magazine and ABC's 20/20 and quoted in publications such as ComputerWorld, InformationWeek and Business 2.0. He is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on Leadership and Management and was named "One of the most influential people in finance" in 2005 by Risk Management Magazine. He is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in Economics.


Theodore "Theo" Forbath

Global Vice President, Digital Transformation, Cognizant

Theo is the Global VP of Digital Transformation at Cognizant, is a member of the Cognizant Digital Business' Executive Leadership Team, and Co-Leads the Insights, Strategy and Design Practice. Theo is responsible for leading cross-functional teams who consult, prototype and commercialize digital solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Initiatives involve taking clients from product and service concepts to market expeditiously by bringing Cognizant's deep industry experience, domain knowledge and consulting expertise to deliver breakthrough approaches to customer engagement, product innovation and operational efficiency.

Prior to joining Cognizant in July 2014, Theo Forbath was the Global Vice President of Innovation Strategy at frog.

Theo was a member of frog's Executive Leadership Team and led its global consulting organization, the Innovation Strategy Group for six years.

Theo's writing, speaking and thought leadership has focused on how organizations can develop a culture of innovation, on creating new business models within a data-rich world, and on understanding the impact of global collaboration on product innovation. Theo's work has appeared in Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review (HBR), Rotman Management Journal, Design Mind, IEEE conference papers, Harvard Business School Working Papers, and in the 2006 book "Global Sourcing – Issues and Perspectives".

Theo holds a BA with honors in Philosophy and Sociology from Brandeis University, attended Harvard Business School's Executive Program on Leading Product Development, and he holds a Professional Certificate in Data Communications from Northeastern University.


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