MBN Chairman chairs expert discussion as part of the Scotsman’s Data Driven Innovation series

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As part of The Scotsman’s Data Driven Innovation series, MBN Chairman, Paul Forrest was invited along to chair an expert panel session:How do we create a culture of sustainable business growth through Data?’

The panel explored how important it is for companies to develop a culture which promotes growth through data and encourages the development of new and existing talent within their organisations. The debate placed data skills in a wider context and considered how important they are in enabling companies in Scotland to embrace the data opportunity.

The panel looked at why is data key to Scotland’s future economic growth and how do we ensure broad adoption and data innovation across all sectors? What needs to be done to address the digital skills gap to develop a diverse and globally competitive talent pool, and research infrastructure that contributes more to the Scottish economy?

The panel included:

Paul Forrest – MBN Solutions
Paul is the Chairman at MBN Solutions and has some twenty-five years’ experience of helping businesses to solve complex business problems, deliver their transformation goals and to achieve tangible strategic outcomes.

Paul also sits on the board of a number of agile, disruptive and challenger businesses whilst supporting value creation programmes for Private Equity backed businesses.

Elizabeth Hollinger – Agrekko
Elizabeth is the Head of Analytics and BI for Aggreko, and leads a team of data scientists who use data to drive value across the business.

She has spent the last 12 years working in a variety of industries, helping them use their data to solve business problems.

David Smith – Scottish Enterprise
David was appointed Sector Portfolio Director on the 1st May 2013. In his current role he has responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of strategy to increase the global competitiveness of a portfolio of sectors which between them make up around a quarter of the total GVA of the Scottish Economy.

Ed Broussard – Mudano
Ed has spent his entire career in data, having started his career at IBM before establishing and growing EY’s Data Transformation capability. 4 years ago, he co-founder Mudano where he is now CEO.

Mudano is a data and machine learning company that uses artificial intelligence and data science to help large IT projects run more effectively.

David Tracy – Castlight Financial
David is responsible for ensuring Castlight’s products leverage the latest state-of-the-art data science techniques, and for creating innovative new products to help lending institutions and consumers take advantage of the new opportunities afforded by open banking, by giving them the tools they need to make better financial decisions.

David has built and led data science teams in the UK and internationally, most recently founding and developing the data science team at web-based fantasy sports company FanDuel, where he mechanised advanced methods of data modelling to predict the behaviour of its 6 million registered users.

Dr Kathi Kaesehage – University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Kathi is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Edinburgh Business School where she organises and teaches courses on the international postgraduate degrees Carbon Finance and Carbon Management. Through her highly interdisciplinary research, she directly supports the Centre for Business and Climate Change, where she explores the role of climate change for business strategies.

Professor Gareth Peters – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Prof. Gareth W. Peters (YAS-RSE, FIOR) is the ‘Chair Professor for Risk and Insurance’ in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Previously he held tenured positions in the Department of Statistical Sciences, University College London, UK and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

You can find related articles from The Scotsman below:

‘Data Set to Provide £30bn Boost to Scotland’s Economy’

‘Call for Data Standards to Govern Edinburghs Data Growth’ 

‘David Smith: Collaboration Key for Scotland’s Data Growth’