Alongside the structured, tailored networking events on offer, we want to make sure you have the freedom to reconnect and pursue new contacts in an informal setting at the Delegate Networking Reception. 

In a rush? No worries! We know time is precious & leads matter! Our Speed Networking platforms can help. They provide a structured opportunity to generate a large number of new, relevant contacts in an efficient way.



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The Global Expansion Summit 2017 Keynote Programme is a platform for world leaders from business and government alike to share their insights and experiences on the global trends and developments shaping global economies today and the impact on businesses who are growing globally and doing business across borders.

Political Trends & Your Global Strategy

Business is business. It’s not politics…right?

Benefits: Hear from a line-up of MPs, experts & business leaders about how current global events are shaping the way the world does business; learn where the greatest potential for global economic growth lies in future; discuss what the global shift towards protectionism will mean for business & how Brexit & a Trump presidency will impact on world trade. 


Creating Global Ecosystems of Innovation & Helping Startups Grow

Startup meet investor, investor meet startup!

Benefits: Learn from VCs and successful startups like Uber Eats &TransferWise on the realities of start-up expansion; ask questions of corporate partners on your fastest route to international growth and the right market for you; market your project with Google Digital Garage, pitch your idea to top investors, hear pitches from top startups. Get involved!


Monday Highlights:

Innovation Driven Expansion – A Start Up Success Story

Nilan Peiris, VP of Growth, Transferwise

VC Panel

Taking Portfolio Companies Abroad

Chris Wade, Venture Partner, Octopus Ventures

Alex MacPherson, CEO, Octopus Investments

Jonny Nicol, CEO, Stratajet

Fireside Chat: 

Micro-multi-nationals - How Innovative Startups Are Going Global for Less Than £1,000

Matt Learner, Partner, 500 Startups

Panel: Corporate Investments in Innovation  

Didem Un Ates, Director, Partnerships & Startup Success, Microsoft Startup Growth Partners

Tom Yoritaka, Founder & Former Global Managing Director, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence

Andrew McCartney, Founding Partner, Whitespace Ventures Ltd

Panel: The Realities of US Expansion & Fundraising

Dan Glazer, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (moderator)

Paul Fifield, Chief Revenue Officer, UNiDAYS

Patrick Timoney, Head of Operations, Improbable

Miranda Lerner, General Counsel, SmartUp

Julia Salasky, Founder & CEO, CrowdJustice


** Start Me Up Abroad **

A platform for start-ups looking to grow their business abroad allowing them to pitch to a panel of investors and accelerators from some of the most sought after innovation hubs around the world. A small, select group of startups will have a 5 minute pitch, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judging panel.


Tuesday Highlights

Google Digital Garage Workshop

Ade Bamgbala, Partnership Manager Upskill Digital, Google Digital Garage

Panel: Lessons from Successful Start-up Leaders on Going Abroad

Simon Campbell, Founder, The Sandpit

Nick Peart, EMEA VP of Marketing, Zendesk

Jessica Vollman, Head of Market Expansion, Thinkful

Hussein Kanji, Partner, Hoxton Ventures


Optimise Your Global Talent Pool & Efficiently Manage Global Operations

Expanding into new markets is HARD but getting the right talent & systems in place makes everything easier.

Benefits: Learn how to manage the challenges, risks & costs of global expansion, discuss opportunities with innovative technologies, emerging sourcing strategies & effective global talent management, work out how to balance compliance & cost with global mobility; maximise options as you expand offshore. Get your talent & logistics strategy in place!


Monday Highlights

 The Impact of Automation

Srini Krishna, Director Outsourcing Strategy & Economics, Microsoft Finance

 Panel: How well is the supplier side adapting to the pace of change within client organisations?

David Wyer, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, BBC

Ritesh Idnani, President of Business Services Group (BSG), Tech Mahindra

 Logistics & Supply Chain challenges, opportunities and strategies in expanding into new markets

Bert De Winter, Director PPS EMEA SC Logistics, Hewlett-Packard

 The Tsunami of Change in the Supply Chain

Mick Jones, Global Head of Logistics, DS Smith

 Panel: Is the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry Ripe for Disruption?

Matt Chasen, Founder & Board Member, Uship  

Dr. Zvi Schreiber, CEO, Freightos

Laura Behrens Wu, CEO & Co-Founder, Shippo


Tuesday Highlights

 Attracting and retaining talent: Making global expansion work for your company

Mark Derkson, Associate Director, Head of International Mobility, Arup

 Panel: Balancing Compliance and Cost with Global Mobility

Tracy Figliola, Director of Global Mobility and Global HR Shared Services, Equinix

Jane Harris, Head of Global Mobility, Novartis

 Global Mobility & Immigration in Times of Geopolitical Uncertainty: Impact for Business

Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner, Legal Markets Leader and Head of Global Immigration, PwC


Identify How Global Risks & Opportunities Can Inform Your Expansion Strategy

When it comes to expansion, timing is everything! 

Benefits: Hear from industry experts about how business can turn risk into a positive part of their expansion strategy; gain insights into how to effectively mitigate security challenges in the digital era and the innovative cybersecurity companies showing the way, hear the latest business models & learn how to identify the right time to expand; learn about market attractiveness, product readiness, business drivers, how to identify & analyse the competition.


Monday Highlights

How Security & Connectivity Affect Different Global Markets

James Kretchmar, CTO EMEA, Akamai

Future-Proofing Cyber-Security when Companies Go Global

Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace

Fireside Chat: Secure Digital Transformation & Expansion Across Borders

Helen Sutton, VP Enterprise Northern Europe, DocuSign 

Panel: Challenges with addressing risks and threats when and expanding into new foreign markets

Rudy Neefs, Director Corporate Security EMEA, Tech Data

Werner Cooreman, Group Chief Security Officer, Solvay

Panel: Managing the Unique Cyber Security Challenges in Multiple Global Markets

Vince Warrington, Cyber Security Leader & Entrepreneur

Justin Lyon, CEO, Simudyne

James Chappell, CTO & Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

Managing Geopolitical & Financial Risks in Emerging Markets

Apostolos Bantis, Director, Head of EM Corporate Research, Commerzbank AG

How to Master Global Politics and Regulations

Basim Al-Ahmadi, Consultant at SET Advisory & Co-Founder at Global Risk Insights

Going Global Case Study: Cyber Security Start Up Success

Tim Sadler, CEO and Co-Founder, CheckRecipient


Tuesday Highlights

Case Study: Lessons Learnt from an SME on Going Global

Adam Reynolds, CEO, webexpenses

Increasing the Valuation of SMEs Through Intelligent International Expansion

Oliver Dowson, CEO, International Corporate Creations

Managing “Black Swan” Events in Global Markets

Carolyn Williams, Director of Corporate Relations, Institute of Risk Management


Financing Growth, Embracing Innovation & Tracking Global Fintech Expansion

This is the cool stuff!

Benefits: Hear how Fintech firms are revolutionising supply chain finance, learn how Fintech enables companies to operate in new foreign markets and do business across borders; hear the latest in Fintech innovation, emerging innovation hubs, barriers & drivers for Fintech company expansion.From emerging payments to alternative lending, insurance & blockchain; meet the exciting finance disruptors powering international expansion. The future starts here!


Monday Highlights

 Taking Logistics to the Next Level - Unlocking the potential of combining logistic and working capital cycles

Fabio Manca, Managing Director, DHL Inventory Financing Services GmbH

 The Impact Fintech Firms Have on Supply Chain: Enabling Growth in New Markets

Chen Amit, Co-Founder & CEO, Tipalti

 Panel: How fintech firms are helping revolutionise supply chains

Prabhat Vira, President, Tungsten

Alexander Goulandris, CEO, essDOCS

Richard Hite, Director of Supply-Chain Finance, Barclays

 The SME Landscape – Facilitating Growth

Edoardo Volta, Vice President, UK&I Commercial Products, Mastercard

 Panel: Securely Moving Money Across Borders

Samish Kumar, CEO, Transfast

Nate Spanier, Director, Global Product & Expansion, Remitly

 Panel: Cultivating Global Fintech Ecosystems & Investing in Innovation

Oliver Harris, Corporate & In


A Deep Dive on Opportunities & Realities of Doing Business in Specific Markets

Deciding your next market can be confusing & complex, but don’t worry! We can help.

Benefits: Learn what it takes to enter specific markets; hear from experts on local cultures, business environments, tax & regulatory landscapes, incentives for foreign investors & support services to ensure a smooth transition into new markets. Essential knowledge for anyone seeking to expand abroad.


Prefer to network with a view? The Exclusive GXP VIP Sky Bar party for our Black Pass delegates will ensure you can connect in style, in the dazzling surrounds of the InterContinental O2 Sky Bar. Come and be entertained under the amazing ‘night sky’ ceiling as you enjoy drinks into the night with new contacts.


Someone you want to meet? Let us know & we’ll do our darnedest to make it happen! Exclusive service for our GOLD & BLACK Pass holders.


Need help navigating international tax structures, understanding local regulations, securing funding for expansion, available trade finance support or overseas market introduction in your target market? Seeking expertise about how to expand to the UK, Europe, China or further afield? Register for our B2B Expert Clinics & secure your chance to get 10 minutes of one on one airtime with a market or industry expert. Establish connections for future planning & gain the knowledge you need to take your business global!

Exclusively for registered delegates, the GXP Networking Application can be used to message fellow delegates & arrange B2Bmeetings. Use it to follow up with key contacts after the Summit.