We’re delighted to announce a stellar lineup of plenary speakers for Venturefest 2017!

These include:


Mandy Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  Mandy is a trusted advisor to executives from large organizations, working with them to develop their strategy and architecture relating to the governance, integration and management of information.  She is also driving IBM’s strategic move to open metadata and governance through the Apache Atlas open source project.  More information about Mandy’s work and publications can be found on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mandy-chessell/22/897/a49 and her blog at https://poimnotes.blog

Ailsa Gray is a corporate lawyer who has successfully held Director, Regional Director and Company Secretarial roles, latterly in a FTSE 100 company.

She has extensive experience in board governance, strategic risk management, corporate and social responsibility, business development, team building and stakeholder engagement.  Through her business, Profits with Purpose, she has advised government, businesses and educational institutions on how alternative business models can be used to deliver social and environmental impact alongside profit. She is a member of the team at Strathblair Associates a collection of business leaders that have come together to help businesses achieve greater impact. She is also currently a non-executive director at Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Louise Opprud Jakobsen has more than 8 years of experience helping companies into the digital paradigm. She is the former Creative Lead of Innovation Lab, one of Scandinavia´s first innovation think tanks. Today she works with a global horizontal outlook, experiences from frontrunning companies and pioneers, and the tools needed to revamp existing realities. She is an international keynote speaker and has given several hundred keynotes on the topic of new organizational innovation models and the new ways of working; among others for LEGO, Google, Weekendavisen, Hyperisland and Novo Nordisk.

Since Louise worked for the Foreign Ministry of Denmark in their Palo Alto unit, Innovation Center Denmark, she has been busy bridging Silicon Valley and Denmark. Her second home is San Francisco, and she has invited several international Executive delegations into her network in the Bay Area, to ensure bandwith from some of the leading thinkers and doers in the absolute front-end of technology, business and innovation.

Louise has co-founded several innovation networks in Scandinavia, among others the World’s first Co-Creation network and Future50. She also paved the way for Region Midt in the international network “Districts of Creativity”, so Aarhus is now able to host the much renowned conference Creativity World Forum in 2017.

At the moment, Louise is authoring a book about the 21st Century Mindset. She delves into the dilemma of catering for real time needs in a time where required skills are changing faster than the employee basis of most organizations.

Louise has applied her areas of expertise for the companies she has advised and worked for – e.g. MBR Space Center in Dubai, Google, Radisson Blu Hotels.