Jonathan Sims – CPO ENGIE/EQUANS – Carbon Neutrality, ESG, Change Management, Procurement & Businesses Challenges

ENGIE/EQUANS, Carbon Neutrality, ESG, Change Management, Procurement, Businesses, Johnathan Sims, Interview

Jonathan Sims is the CPO for French company ENGIE/EQUANS and an experienced senior executive manager. Jonathan has more than 25 years of experience in different industries including engineering, energy and construction. Jonathan Sims has a strong connection with academia and holds four university degrees, including an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), as an external advising practitioner to Nottingham Business School and guest lecturer at Durham Business School.

Jonathan Sims Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…

2. How did you cope with your academic and corporate career?

3. Can you tell us about your MBA and DBA fields of research?

4. Can you tell us about the industry verticals you have been involved in – from change management, to legacy systems, environment, talent management, drive to zero carbon, digital twins, digital transformation…?

5. How can businesses cope on a practical level with carbon neutral solutions?

6. Engie SA is a French multinational electric utility company, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie, which operates in the fields of energy transition, electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum. Stock price: ENGI (EPA) €11.56 -0.05 (-0.45%), Headquarters: La Défense, France, CEO: Catherine MacGregor (1 Jan 2021–), Revenue: 60.1 billion EUR (2019), Number of employees: 171,100 (2019), Subsidiaries: Cofely AG, Electrabel, ENGIE Home Services, more. Parent organizations: Sofina, Agence des participations de l’État, Equans… Can you tell us about Engie company / companies, organisations and focus?

7. How do you see Carbon Neutral solutions for business?

8. How can businesses cope on a practical level with carbon neutral solutions?

9. ESG is a critical element of our business, society and government focus. How do you see Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance data refers to metrics related to intangible assets within the enterprise, a form of corporate social credit score. Research shows that intangible assets comprise an increasing percentage of future enterprise value?

10. When it comes to supply chain and procurement with your experience working with hundreds of thousands, what are the most important subjects in order to simplify these big topics for SMEs and businesses?

11. How do you see the geolocation challenges when it comes to supply chain, carbon neutral and the ESG challenges?

12. How do you see your areas of expertise when it comes to #enterprisevalue, #corporatestrategy, and #culturetransformation / change management?

13. Can you highlight some concrete examples on how you deal with challenges and politics in the big organisation you have been working in?

14. You have been working in the energy and previously in the construction industry, very conservative and legacy industries. How do you see these industries when it comes to innovation and digital transformation?

15. How do you see Society 5.04IR concepts?

16. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?


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Jonathan Sims Biography

Jonathan Sims has 25 years of experience in the construction, engineering, and energy sectors.  Jonathan originally qualified as a development surveyor and brings significant knowledge of asset management, land acquisition and commercial property development.  Jonathan Sims has worked for two of the largest privately owned construction and engineering groups in Europe, in varied roles from strategic business projects, human resources, procurement and business transformation.  Currently, Jonathan Sims works as the CPO for the French company ENGIE/EQUANS where he manages an annual spend of £1.2bn on goods and services with a team of c65.  In this capacity, he holds expert knowledge in risk management, people development, zero carbon solutions, due diligence, and responsible business practices.

Jonathan said about his experience: “Having worked across a range of industry leading businesses, I have enjoyed senior level exposure to multiple business functions and projects including work winning, strategic procurement and supply chain management, organisational culture and strategic human resources, business transformation and general management.”

Jonathan Sims has a strong connection with academia and holds four university degrees, including an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Jonathan Sims is very well versed in delivering cultural change programmes and managing transformations within organisations. Jonathan has been an external advising practitioner to Nottingham Business School for the past 9 years.  Jonathan is also a guest lecturer at Durham Business School on the executive MBA and DBA programmes.

As CPO of ENGIE/EQUANS

Jonathan Sims is the Chief Procurement Officer of EQUANS, which is the joint venture of ENGIE UK & Ireland’s services-led activity under a new brand.

All of ENGIE’s UK & Ireland activity in technical services & facilities management, energy efficiency and regeneration are now part of EQUANS – along with their specialist energy related capabilities: smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

EQUANS was formed by ENGIE Group in July 2021 as a new global market leader in the sector with 74,000 employees, leveraging 200 years of expertise. It has revenues of €12 billion and a presence in 17 countries. EQUANS is a company of ENGIE.

Industries, cities and businesses face unprecedented, ever-renewing challenges. The energy, digital and industrial transitions are redesigning the way we use and optimise energy towards a net zero carbon future, the way we move, work and live. Buildings are increasingly efficient and intelligent, transport greener and connected, industrial production improved and controlled.

EQUANS empowers transitions both for today and tomorrow.

Vision

Digital Transformation in Industry

“There is a huge amount of change that is hitting a business that is typically, a sector that is typically quite slow to respond to some of those changes. And there is a real burning platform around. So the issue probably keeping us awake at night is the EDA agenda, and our need to be more representative of society and inclusive. And there is a myriad of academic papers written on just how male, pale, and stale the construction and engineering sector is and that starts to impact on our ability to attract the brightest minds into the sector. The drive to zero carbon by 2050 has a huge impact on our sector and our organisation, so Enji globally as a business contributes 0.5% of all carbon, so we are a huge carbon-heavy organisation, that is a phenomenal challenge for us”.

Carbon Neutral solutions for business

“I mean it’s a, the focus on carbon at so many different levels, whether it’s from clients, whether it’s from government, whether it’s from our own supply chain, it’s huge and it is a phenomenal burning platform for us, and I think for me, where everybody is striving to get to at this moment in time, we have a team within Enji that are procuring carbon neutral team. The driver for us at the minute is to baseline and to have that really robust understanding across more than a 100 thousand vendors. I was heat-mapping where our carbon is actually coming from at scope 3 level. So it’s about understanding which services and which categories of spend and which subcontractors are the biggest contributors and how we can target the reduction of that embodied carbon. And it has a myriad of focus areas. It is about looking at alternative methods of delivery, be that moving to prefabricated solutions where applicable, reducing the embodied carbon in finished products and looking at the selectivity of products that we bring in”.

Links And Sources

https://www.efficioconsulting.com/en-gb/resources/insight/the-first-100-days-interview-with-jonathan-sims-chief-procurement-officer-uk-ireland-at-engie/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jonathan-sims-bsc-msc-mba-dba-fcips-81420064/

https://www.b2e-media.com/thedigitalinsight/jonathan-sims-cpo-engie-and-a-massive-procurement-transformation

https://issuu.com/b2e-media/docs/05.engie_cpostrategymarch2020

https://www.arounddeal.com/profile/jonathan-sims/p9kvxkeiom/

https://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/partners/engie/

The first 100 days – tips and advice for new CPOs, interview with Jonathan Sims

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5exGCQwbjBo

Jonathan Sims, Chief Procurement Officer, ENGIE, and a massive procurement transformation

https://poddtoppen.se/podcast/1450714884/the-digital-insight/jonathan-sims-chief-procurement-officer-engie-and-a-massive-procurement-transformation

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NFT Studio and Marketplace INFLUXO Launches with a Collection Featuring Two-Time FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho

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INFLUXO, a premier NFT creative studio, announced its launch with a limited edition NFT collection featuring two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho, on INFLUXO’s own integrated marketplace. 

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INFLUXO caters to producing quality collectible collections and one-of-a-kind masterpieces in select collaborations with sports and entertainment personalities to generate exclusive opportunities between devoted supporters and featured collaborators. Backed by a team of investors including INBlockchain, an investment group dominating the Asian blockchain space and technologies from BigONE, a global digital asset trading platform, INFLUXO is a pioneer of the future of digital collectibles. The INFLUXO Marketplace features robust payments rails, a proprietary NFT wallet and a secured bidding history as well as transactions on the Ethereum and RumSystem blockchain, which help the platform serve as an intersection of the metaverse and the universe.

INFLUXO’s main function is to serve as a trusted partner to influential clients, providing complete digital asset solutions for creating a unique NFT experience for star athletes, entertainers and their fans. The tech-driven creative studio capitalizes on working with top-tier production designers to create individually crafted masterpieces as well as collectable items to be sold on its Marketplace during a live auction. The first collection, INFLUXO x Ronaldinho, will feature exclusive pieces featuring the Brazilian soccer star, with additional collections to be announced at a later date.

“INFLUXO is breaking the mold as far as NFT platforms by making the process from creation to auction easier than ever before with unprecedented opportunities to own virtual collectibles that lead to real world experiences,” said Daniel Liu, partner at INBlockchain and CEO of INFLUXO. “Our trusted platform, seamless user experience and trusted team of investors and developers has allowed us to secure Ronaldinho for the platform’s first collection and we’re thrilled to show what’s in store for the future of digital collectibles.” 

“Growing up, collecting playing cards of your favorite players was the ultimate badge of honor,” said Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, famously known as Ronaldinho, former professional footballer and the first superstar athlete with an NFT collection on Influxo. NFTs open a whole new world where digital assets converge with the real world and eSports to bring fandom to life.”

Ronaldinho, respected by fans and opposition enthusiasts alike, has won over the hearts of hundreds of thousands during his long-spanning and successful career. Known for his humble demeanor and extraordinary skills on the field, he will unquestionably be regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in the world. Soccer aficionados have long awaited for Ronaldinho’s next project; and now they will have a chance to acquire exclusive collections and masterworks to become a part of the NFT club. The sports cards and NFTs of digitally enhanced oil paintings will undoubtedly become an irreplaceable treasure for any soccer fan in the world.

“Ronaldinho is one of the most important legends in the sports world and NFTs allow us to immortalize this legendary status through technology and entertainment,” said André Figer, founding partner for INFLUXO, VP of Figer Group, a 50 years Brazilian agency that manages football players’ careers worldwide. “We see INFLUXO as a gateway connecting superfans to collectible digital assets and real world experiences.”

“This collaboration underscores the reliability, trust and overall quality as well as INFLUXO’s potential supported by BigONE. It is proven and powered by blockchain technology and it helps facilitate reliable and secure trading,” said Anndy Lian, founding partner of INFLUXO and chairman of BigONE Asia. “We are excited to bring Ronaldinho, sports and technology together for the launch to further enhance the NFT space.” 

Seven one-of-a-kind masterpiece NFTs from the Ronaldinho collection will be available for auction, with a starting bid price of 20,000 USDT. Winners of the auction will get the NFT as well as a redeemable feature to unlock an in-person experience with Ronaldinho in Dubai next year. The experience includes a round-trip ticket and two-day hotel stay as well as a gala dinner and meet-up with Ronaldinho.

Each bidder must show proof of funds and have enough money locked in their wallet at the start of the auction in order to place a bid; and bidders must place a minimum increment bid of 10,000 USDT. At the last hour of the auction closing period, there will be an overtime period, which requires a bid to only occur when the increment price is 10% of the current price. The final and highest bidder wins the auction. Their money will be settled and all other bidders’ locked money will be returned after the auction ends.

Sports legend card NFTs will also be available in a stock sale for 299 USDT. A complete series consists of six cards and one airdropping card. Collectors who hold the complete set will enter into sweepstakes for a chance to win the same Dubai experience with the auction winners or a tangible, autographed jersey.

Tradeling Launches Fulfilment Centre in Dubai CommerCity to Further Expand its Operational Capabilities

• Tradeling sets up warehouse in Dubai CommerCity to build on its fulfilment and logistics capabilities, extending bulk/wholesale prices to SMEs

• The Fulfilment Centre boosts competitiveness, allowing sellers to sell high-demand products in smaller quantities, save on shipping and get goods to customers quicker than ever before

Tradeling, the hyper-growing eMarketplace focused on business-to-business (B2B) transactions in the MENA region, has set up a fulfilment centre in Dubai CommerCity as it further expands its business and its commitment to the UAE.  The move aims to extend Tradeling’s operational capabilities to provide a superior and faster service to its customers while keeping up with increasing demand and driving down costs. 

The Tradeling Fulfilment Centre will facilitate domestic and cross-border transactions where high-demand products are stored and fulfilled by Tradeling as part of its extended commitment to the customer. It is an added boost to sellers on the platform as it enables them to ship their products to a dedicated warehouse in bulk, where they can store their goods and sell them in smaller quantities, while saving significant shipping costs which can be passed on to the buyer. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to further benefit from highly competitive wholesale prices.

The Fulfilment Centre serves as a central hub in the 2.1 million square foot e-commerce free zone, where products can be sold and distributed at speed across other GCC countries with ease. 

Marius Ciavola, Chief Executive Officer, Tradeling said: “As we further expand our business and cement our presence in the region, we are pleased to open the Tradeling Fulfilment Centre in Dubai CommerCity to provide additional services to our customers. As an incubator for technology and innovation, Dubai is a perfect location to serve our customers in the region. Dubai CommerCity not only shares the same vision as us to facilitate trade and boost economic activity in the UAE, but it also serves as a well-placed and established free zone catering to fast-paced e-commerce companies, like Tradeling, which are witnessing exponential growth.”

He added, “As the dominant and fastest-growing business-to-business e-commerce platform in the MENA region, we want to ensure we keep up with demand from both buyers and sellers while easing as many pain points as possible for our customers so they can streamline their procurement processes, maximise their earning potential and ensure competitive pricing. In doing so, we are also contributing to help secure Dubai’s place as a global digital economy hub.” 

DeVere Forster, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai CommerCity, said: “Tradeling’s decision to establish a Fulfilment Centre at Dubai CommerCity demonstrates the sustained attractiveness of our facilities to e-commerce providers. The company will be able to leverage the world-class infrastructure offered by the region’s first-of-its-kind e-commerce free zone, enabling them to further drive their business advancement. 

“Dubai CommerCity provides clients an e-commerce ecosystem that enables cost-effective and time-efficient operations, which is key for accelerating their growth. In doing so, Dubai CommerCity serves as one of the critical players supporting e-commerce businesses and shaping the future of the e-commerce industry in the region,” Forster added.

Tradeling connects global suppliers with the region’s markets opening new opportunities for businesses across the globe to thrive in a new era of digital commerce. The dynamic company embodies the keen start-up mindset of its business leaders. Tradeling, which originated as part of the Dubai 10X initiative, is backed by the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA). The Company has recorded impressive growth since its launch in April 2020. The digital marketplace showcases hundreds of thousands of products across 13 verticals ranging from Food and Beverage, Office Supplies, Consumer Electronics, Health and Wellness, Building Materials, among other. Today, Tradeling has more than 55,000 registered buyers and suppliers from over 48 countries and serves all business customers from micro businesses, SMEs to multi-nationals and large organisations.

From the Oscars to Bollywood: Dinis Guarda Interviews The Multitalented Amrita Sen On Her Career In Music, Film and Design

Based in the US, India-born Amrita Sen is a successful designer, singer, producer and entrepreneur, with particular expertise in the entertainment sector. Currently producing the Indian adaptation of John Le Carre’s ‘The Night Manager’, she also creates original Indian-themed art, furniture and clothing as the head of Amrita Sen Designs. With a B.S. from UPenn and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Amrita serves on the Board of Overseers of the Weitzman School of Design at UPenn.

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Amrita Sen is a successful designer, singer, producer and entrepreneur, with particular expertise in the entertainment sector.

Prior to working in the design and film industries, Sen worked for Goldman Sachs and then Capitol Records, before becoming CEO of Vault: a licensing firm focused on brokering deals for brands to department stores and mass retailers. Clients included 50 Cent, Paul Frank, Prince, Beyonce, Kanye West, Mr. Cartoon, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Christian Audigier and Fredericks of Hollywood. 

After Vault was dissolved in 2011, Sen took a leap of faith into the music industry by successfully auditioning as a backing vocalist for Slumdog Millionaire scoremaker A.R Rahman, and performing ‘Jai Ho’ with him at the Academy Awards in 2009. This launched Sen’s career as a prominent Bollywood playback singer and musician, during which she performed and recorded with several major artists and musical groups, including Justin Timberlake, Weezer, Timbaland, Pitbull and the LA Philharmonic. Most recently, Amrita scored and performed in Leonardo DiCaprio’s HBO climate change documentary Ice on Fire.

Amrita Sen Interview Focus

1. Introduction: Guarda and Sen discusses her youth in India and formative experiences. 

2. Education: Sen describes her time at UPenn and Harvard and how her alma maters prepared her for a career in business.

3. Mentorship: Guarda and Sen discuss the prominent people who have shaped her life. 

4. First career highlights: Guarda and Sen discuss the highlights from the first half of her career, focused especially on Vault, the product licensing firm with high-profile celebrity clients, where she was CEO. 

5. Music and entertainment: Amrita Sen shares her background in the music and entertainment industries.

6. Slumdog Millionaire: Guarda and Sen discuss her unexpected national debut at the 2009 Oscars, performing the hit song ‘Jai Ho’ from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack by music legend A. R. Rahman. The number won the Academy Award for Best Original Song later that evening. 

7. New horizons: Guarda and Sen discuss how this pivotal life event opened up new directions for Sen’s career, in the music industry in particular. She explains how she went on to work with household names such as Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.

8. Design: Guarda and Sen then turn the discussion to her equally impressive career in furniture and fashion design, sharing the origin stories of her brand

9. Books: Guarda asks Sen about her bookCosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Story’ (Galison: September 2016), which she wrote and illustrated herself.

10. Present paths: Guarda and Sen discuss where she stands now in relation to her overall career. 

11. Thoughts for the future: Guarda asks Sen about her views for the future of the creative industries, focusing in particular on technological trends and how these might be used appropriately by artists to increase their visibility and remuneration.

12. Last words: Guarda and Sen discuss how society needs to change in order to incorporate technology for a beneficial social impact on art and creativity.


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Amrita Sen Interview Highlights

• About her transition into Music and Film

Vault was my main strategic alliance [because of the partnerships I had forged as CEO], and when the firm dissolved, I didn’t aggressively chase after the new entity. I was open to it but I didn’t chase […] my previous owners and say “Hey, you’re starting a new company, let me come with you.” Instead, I went home. I took naps. […] I felt like my time was opening up. I still had clients, of course, who were keen to see where I was going to take my practice next. But, [not succumbing to the pressure, I found that in those crucial moments of silence which I cultivated],  you learn to shorten your lines. What I mean by that is that when I was running my business with these big strategic alliances making me busy 24/7, my lines were very long: it would take forever to organise a meeting with me because I was just fully booked. I barely had time to call people back. But then, as I chose not to join CNA or UTA, I was suddenly calling people back faster; responding to emails faster; because I had more time. In the process of just being more available, I was able to practice singing, play the piano, and enjoy doing things I never had the time to do. And these amazing opportunities started to show themselves to me [in this newfound free time]. That’s when ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ came along. […] That 20% extra spare time allowed me to appreciate the film [in a  way that I wouldn’t have if I were still working as hard as I used to].

• About her thoughts for the future of the creative industries

‘I work primarily with musicians, digital artists, e-commerce artists – a highly creative business format – and screenwriters,’ Sen explained. ‘Fundamentally, [what all artists want to do] is control their IP.’ Sen believes new technologies like NFTs may help solve what she sees as a deluge of online art which never rewards the artist due to a lack of authenticity certification. She criticised ‘the concept of overposting everything we do, including high res versions of our own digital art, on Instagram, so that anyone can take a screenshot and print it’. NFTs are a solution because they ensure that any screenshot trying to pass as the real thing is invalidated by the lack of authentication. 

Overall, Sen advocated for more restraint. She underlined the distinction between promotional platforms and consumer platforms, highlighting how important it is for them to work together:

There are teaser platforms out there designed to be promotional [of art], and then there are platforms, I believe, which are truly meant for consumption. A YouTube link to a trailer, for example, is a great promotional vehicle for the consumption of a full miniseries on a subscription service like Netflix or Amazon Prime. 

But, even more crucially, she highlighted the role of the artists themselves: ‘You have to be very intelligent [when deciding what to do with your art],’ she said, explaining that there is a time to share art but also a time to guard it. ‘You shouldn’t be vomiting out content,’ she playfully concluded. ‘That’s no way to actually sustain a living [as an artist].’

Amrita Sen Biography 

Amrita Sen

Born in India, Amrita Sen studied Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 1988 to 1992, before obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School which qualified her for the position of CEO at Vault, a product licensing company which nurtured her professional relationships with eminent music performers and producers. At heart, Sen was always more of a performer than a performer’s product licensing manager: she grew up with a mother and aunts who were all classical Indian singers and, as a child, she performed extensively at major venues like Madison Square Garden. 

Her transition into professional musicianship in 2009 has been met with critical acclaim: for her career-making performance of Jai Ho at the 2009 Academy Awards to her work in electronic music. Widely regarded as one of the chief singers of Indian music in the United States, Amrita has provided music for major film soundtracks, television shows and pop albums, making appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Amrita was the featured Hindi singer in the song “Love is the Answer” performed by the band Weezer, in their album ‘Ratitude’ (2009). She has also performed and co-written two songs with Ozomatli for their album ‘Fire Away’ (2010). Finally, since February 2010, Sen and her brother Ananda have been the featured Indian musicians for Sprite’s worldwide music campaign alongside chosen performers from Africa, South America, and China.

Since then, Sen has ventured into other types of creative work, notably visual art and design, for which she combines the creation of original artistic content with her extensive business experience to commercialize unique products at retail and on-the-air. As owner and director of Amrita Sen Designs, Sen creates original Indian-themed art on successful lines of fashion and furniture products, which have retailed at Wayfair, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, NBC Store, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom so far. Many of these have been exciting collaborations, for example when Sen partnered with MAC cosmetics and with Dillard’s and Nordstrom on a loungewear collection

Sen has also ventured into illustrations: her illustrated picture book, ‘Cosmic and Eternal Love’, was launched through a Barnes & Noble end-cap program nationwide, and featured prominently at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Walmart. In addition, Amrita debuted a project named BollyDoll at Art Basel Miami in 2011, where she exhibited 26 colourful back-lit illustrations

Finally, thanks to her background in film scores, Sen has carved a niche for herself in the film industry as well. Her Indian adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager, currently in production, stars A-list actor Hrithik Roshan, for Disney Plus Hotstar. Amrita also has a production slate deal with Roth Kirschenbaum films, which include projects the WWE, John Cena, Tiger Shroff, among other high budget Hollywood Bollywood films slated for release in 2022.

Amrita Sen References

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amrita-sen-8128934/ 

https://amritasen.shop/pages/about

https://www.instagram.com/amritasendesigns/ 

http://syncsummit.com/amrita/ 

https://mim.org/leadership/amrita-sen/ 

https://ourstage.com/profile/amritasen

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The COVID-19 Vaccination Effort: The Challenges of Managing a Partially-Vaccinated Workforce

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After over a year of dismay and disruption, the relaxation of COVID-related public health measures in parts of the UK this summer suggests a potential return to some form of normality, whatever that may look like. Badged as “Freedom Day” in the press, the guidance from the Government has seen a removal of almost all restrictions in England, including the longstanding recommendation that individuals work from home.  Some employers may well welcome a wholesale return to the office or factory, however, the lessening of restrictions has been tempered by messages advising that the public should continue to take caution and suggestions that a gradual return to any workplace is the most sensible course of action.

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By Daniel Parker, Associate in the Employment practice at Winckworth Sherwood

While the general uncertainty continues, it is entirely understandable that employers should be tempted to rely heavily on vaccination status as an indicator of reduced risk, and a key factor in introducing policies, plans and routines which make the most of the medical advances to date.  Nevertheless, organisations must remain agile and mindful of the challenges posed by managing a partially-vaccinated workforce in what remains a very uncertain and changeable situation.

“No Jab, No Job” & Discrimination

Perhaps one of the most controversial responses to the pandemic has been the so-called ‘no-jab, no-job’ approach to recruitment and potentially retention of employment.  The difficulty with this is that there are groups who may be unwilling or unable to obtain the vaccine, such as those who have strong religious or philosophical beliefs prohibiting it, or those with certain medical conditions.  Equally, many younger workers still await a second dose of the vaccine, due to the nature of the rollout.  To the extent that recruitment or employment policies exclude these cohorts or result in them being treated differently – this could lead to allegations of indirect discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”).  The Act allows scope for employers to justify that discriminatory impact – most obviously, with cogent health and safety or other viable business reasons – but measures which prevent an individual being employed altogether may not be justifiable as the most legitimate or proportionate response.

There is also anecdotal evidence starting to arise that some employers are beginning to ask their employees to disclose their vaccination status.  Although it seems likely that many employees will have no difficulty doing so voluntarily, forcing or requiring individuals to share this information may undermine both their privacy rights and the trust and confidence which underpins the employment relationship, unless there is a very good reason for requiring it.  Furthermore, a person’s vaccination status is ‘special category’ personal data under current Data Protection legislation and therefore must be treated with particular caution, sensitivity and purpose.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has released clear guidance stating that this information should not be collected ‘just in case’ it may prove helpful.  If it is collected and accidentally disclosed, that has the potential to be a particularly serious breach of an employer’s data protection obligations.

Forced Return To The Office

Furthermore, there are signs of some employers either prioritising or requiring individuals who have been fully vaccinated to return to the workplace.  While this has a certain logic given the latest developments in government guidance, there is still potential for indirect discrimination claims, particularly from younger staff who may be keen to return if they live in circumstances unsuited to home working, but are not permitted as they are awaiting a second vaccination.  For now, the more prudent approach from an employee relations perspective may be to frame this in a positive way: by encouraging fully vaccinated staff to come in, rather than forbidding those who are not from entering work premises. It is also not helpful to employers that the government has declined to require NHS front line workers and care home staff to be fully vaccinated.  This is likely to somewhat dilute the ability for employers to justify mandatory vaccinations as a ‘business requirement’.

Besides the legal risks, any proposal which relies on vaccination status has its own practical issues.   Most notably, as NHS guidance states, it may still be possible to catch, carry and  spread COVID-19 notwithstanding vaccination.  Even after relaxation of the rules, employers will still need to continue to ensure a safe working environment and conduct appropriate risk assessments with that in mind.  Furthermore, when seeking to justify return-to-work policies or practices, employers should monitor and ensure they understand the latest scientific guidance to have the best chance of doing so.

Vaccine Passports

Unfortunately, despite some discussion of the idea of a ‘vaccine passport’, there remains as yet no authoritative and easily-usable means of evidencing vaccine status (or accompanying) at present, at least for domestic use.  Therefore, any measures which depend on establishing vaccine status will require a degree of trust, taking into account that many people are presently under severe economic pressure.

These are only some of the challenges employers are likely to face and if cases increase again significantly, then there are likely to be yet more to grapple with in the future.  Despite the continuing uncertainty, however, there are some small but significant steps which employers can take during this transitional period.  The first is to continue to monitor government guidance and adhere to it to the fullest extent possible. Moreover, when intending or considering implementation of internal policies or procedures, employers should consult meaningfully with employees, to allow for evidence-based decisions which have a better chance of support from the workforce, and are less likely to then be the subject of challenges.

Ultimately, it is undoubtedly in both individuals’ and organisations’ interests for vaccination to be as widespread as possible.  Employers should do their utmost among their staff to promote and encourage that core public health message, which remains as relevant as ever and perhaps, for the time being, hold fire on any thoughts of mandatory requirements for vaccination.

Interview with LaMondre Pough, CEO of Billion Strong, Mentor, Recognized Leader for the Community of People with Disabilities

LaMondre Pough Inteview

A passionate speaker, seasoned coach, and enthusiastic content creator, LaMondre Pough is the CEO of Billion Strong, CSO for Ruh Global IMPACT, host of multiple podcasts, and the creator of the video series “Moment of Impact”. His ability to empower his audiences to embrace diversity and create environments where people truly belong, has helped him become a highly respected speaker, coach, and content creator.

Using colorful stories and stirring facts, LaMondre touches the hearts of his audience that can inspire waves of change. Each message, session, and video by Dr. Pough is a dynamic and unique experience. It is common for listeners to laugh, cry, reflect and come away enriched during his sessions. He challenges people to find purpose and ways to progress themselves in every circumstance.

Diagnosed before his second birthday with spinal muscular atrophy, LaMondre resides in Columbia, where he serves as the Chairman of Arts Access South Carolina and is a recognized leader, and voice for the community of People with Disabilities.

Dr. LaMondre Pough Interview Focus

1. Academic background

2. Early career experience

3. As someone who was diagnosed with a disability, how did you cope with it?

4. Can you tell us about Billion Strong?

5. Can you tell us more about the idea of the Internet and technology as a utility to help people with disabilities?

6. How do you see Society 5.04IR and all areas of digital transformation?

7. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?

8. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?

9. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

10. What are your visions for the present and future?


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Interview with Richard Haigh, Managing Director at Brand Finance, BA from University of Oxford, Lecturer – “Bridging The Gap Between Marketing And Finance”

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Dr. LaMondre Pough Biography

Summary

Dr. LaMondre Pough is a passionate speaker, mentor, and recognized leader for the community of People with Disabilities. In his current role as CEO of Billion Strong, he brings to the position his natural ability to empower audiences to embrace diversity and create environments where people genuinely belong. He believes that making the world a better place, not only now but for future generations, is truly what this journey is all about.

LaMondre Pough

Biography

LeMondre was first diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as a child. This experience enabled him to understand firsthand the global disability inclusion space. As an African American man with a disability, he also has a lived experience with the intersectionality of minority and marginalized groups. The core of how work is to challenge all people, everywhere, to find purpose and ways to improve themselves in every circumstance.

Based on his own experience and trying to help others, Dr. LaMondre founded Billion Strong in 2021. Billion Strong is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unite our Global community, to support each other and empower self-identification and honor our lived experiences with visible and invisible disabilities.

As Dr. LaMondre Pough puts it: “Billion Strong is an identity and empowerment organization designed to bring the billions of voices of persons with disabilities together. We are a global community of persons with lived experiences of disabilities that will also celebrate our allies and accomplices.”

In addition to that, LaMondre serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer for Ruh Global IMPACT, Chairman of Arts Access South Carolina, and recently was inducted into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Class of 2020, for his unwavering work supporting disability justice, racial justice, and COVID-19 related issues that impact the disabled community.

Dr. LaMondre Pough is also known as a passionate speaker, seasoned coach, and enthusiastic content creator, host of multiple podcasts, and the creator of the video series “Moment of Impact”. His ability to empower his audiences to embrace diversity and create environments where people truly belong, has helped him become a highly respected speaker, coach, and content creator.

Using colorful stories and stirring facts, LaMondre touches the hearts of his audience that can inspire waves of change. Each message, session, and video by Dr. Pough is a dynamic and unique experience. It is common for listeners to laugh, cry, reflect and come away enriched during his sessions. He challenges people to find purpose and ways to progress themselves in every circumstance.

Vision

When Dr. LaMondre Pough was inducted into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, he said about mentoring and inspiring empowerment: “Mentoring is a calling. It is a way to empower individuals, and it is also a way to create the future. Our world is filled with challenges that only we can solve. To overcome racial injustice, social suppression, ableism, and climate change, we must be and nourish our own heroes. For a community to thrive, members of that community must actively and intentionally seek less experienced members and share their time and impart insights to ensure sustained viability. Representation matters. Ben Sweetland said, “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”

Dr. LaMondre Pough References

https://www.ruhglobal.com/245-changing-the-world-with-lamondre-pough-chief-sustainability-officer-ruh-global-impact/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lamondre-pough-b178a09

https://twitter.com/lamondre_pough?lang=en

https://ndmc.pyd.org/hall-of-fame/class-of-2020/LaMondre-Pough/

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Interview with Richard Haigh, Managing Director at Brand Finance, BA from University of Oxford, Lecturer – “Bridging The Gap Between Marketing And Finance”

Richard Haigh

Richard Haigh is the Managing Director at Brand Finance. He has lectured at universities and business schools, including London Business School, on topics surrounding brand valuation and management.

From his expertise with global clients in various sectors including banking, telecoms, airlines, sport, media, food and more, Richard has been able to advise our clients about their Brand Hierarchy, and has devised and recommended methods for them to improve their Brand Architecture, Portfolio Management, and Brand Positioning.

Richard Haigh also has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with Brand Finance.

Richard Haigh Interview Focus

1. Education and Professional Career

2. Can you tell us about Brand Finance?

3. Your company / companies, organisations and focus

4. Can you tell us more about the methodology and technology behind the rankings system?

5. How do you see Society 5.04IR and all areas of digital transformation?

6. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?

7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?

8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

9. What are your visions for the present and future?


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Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications – Communications and PR Veteran, Bestselling Author of Leadership Secrets of The Worlds Most Successful CEO’s

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Richard Haigh Biography

Richard Haigh holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and he is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with Brand Finance.

Since graduating from the University of Oxford, he has worked with international companies such as global banking group Standard Chartered Bank. He joined the bank in 2009, in which he was in charge of rotations on the Foreign exchange and commodities trading floor. The desks included the derivatives, spot and metal commodity trading desks to assist in front line support tasks and gaining a taste of the industry. “It was at Standard Chartered I gained my first taste of Visual Basic Editor, teaching myself the language to create an information recall macro to enhance the current system of commodity database management,” Richard Haigh mentioned about that experience.

In September 2009, Richard joined family business Brand Finance as Brand Analyst. Climbing up the hierarchy ladder, Richard became Managing Director in 2016. Along all these years, Richard Haigh has brought his expertise with global clients in various sectors including banking, telecoms, airlines, sport, media, food and more, and able to advise their clients about their Brand Hierarchy, and has devised and recommended methods for them to improve their Brand Architecture, Portfolio Management, and Brand Positioning.

As Richard mentioned about his role at Brand Finance: “Aside from my day to day responsibilities both internal and external facing, I have also been a member of the BSI’s delegation to ISO Technical Committee 289: Brand Valuation, for the creation of the new standard ISO 20671: Brand Evaluation.”

Richard is the Managing Director at Brand Finance. He has lectured at universities and business schools, including London Business School, on topics surrounding brand valuation and management.

Richard Haigh

About Brand Finance

Brand Finance evaluates the strength and value of more than 5000 global brands every year.

Brandirectory holds all of the Brand Finance rankings, specialist reports and whitepapers published since 2007. With over 40 sectors and industries covered in 46 countries, Brandirectory is the most comprehensive collection of original brand valuations, brand strength analyses and royalty rate calculations.

The Global Soft Power Index and Nation Brand rankings bring the same rigorous valuation approach to perceptions of soft power, national influence, and the nation-to-nation awareness and attitudes that drive global travel, trade and tourism.

Brand Finance’s brand value rankings have been certified by the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) through the Marketing Metric Audit Protocol (MMAP), the formal process for validating the relationship between marketing measurement and financial performance.

Richard Haigh Links and Sources

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richarddbhaigh

https://brandfinance.com/about

https://www.brandfinanceinstitute.com/lecturers

https://twitter.com/BrandFinance

https://www.intelligenthq.com/europes-top-500-companies-brand-finance-reveals-auto-mobile-brands-dominate-europe/

https://brandirectory.com/ 

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UKIIC And openbusinesscouncil Partner To Promote New Knowledge, Technologies And Innovation In The Industry

UKIIC, openbusinesscouncil, Innovation, Magna Carta

The Magna Carta Island IIC has partnered with Open Business Council (OBC), a Leading Global Digital Business Directory Certification and Marketplace. This aims to provide a ripe opportunity for partnerships between key figures in the world of culture, industry, and education.

Established in 2018 by Mr Chen Yuanfeng and fellow Chinese entrepreneurs, the Magna Carta Island International Innovation Center (IIC) promotes new knowledge, technologies, products and industries, as well as cultural advancements and system innovations. Named after the island where its headquarters are based, its title befits its ambitions as a vehicle for innovation and progress. 

The Magna Carta Island IIC recently forged a partnership with Open Business Council (OBC), a Leading Global Digital Business Directory Certification and Marketplace founded by thought leaders with over twenty years of experience working with a rich ecosystem of businesses, governments, tech firms and universities. This synergy provides a ripe opportunity for partnerships between key figures in the world of culture, industry, and education: fields championed by the IIC with the view of fostering greater intellectual and economic dialogue between the UK and China.

Since Brexit the geopolitical atlas has been redrawn, mapping out a greater need for Sino-British collaboration in particular. The partnership between OBC and the IIC will attract British talent and investment in China, and vice versa. 

To seal and celebrate the partnership, the IIC held its International Cooperation Forum on Sunday 30 May, presided over by Professor Xiong Yu and co-organised by OBC. The Forum saw speakers explore ways to deepen Sino-British scientific and technological cooperation in the future, with a keynote speech from Dinis Guarda, Chairman of OBC, on ‘Global Europe Innovation outlook and building a Society 5.0 Magna Carta’.

Punning on the name of the IIC and its headquarters, Dr Guarda emphasised the importance of developing technology from a human-centric perspective. His Great Charter on the future of society combines game-changing innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, artificial intelligence and big data, with real, human-centric problem solving, in order to build a harmonious and sustainable world.

UKIIC, openbusinesscouncil, Innovation, Magna Carta
Keynote Speaker – Dinis Guarda, Chairman of OBC

Guarda also believes that China is a country where high tech is continually applied in groundbreaking and practical ways, and looks forward to exploring more opportunities for Sino-British collaboration.

Other addresses were delivered by Mr. Ying Liangzhong, Deputy Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Taizhou Bay New Area; Mr. Zhang Jinlong, Chairman of the British Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Professor Joseph Kittler, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Professor Xiong Yu, Chair Professor of Business School of the University of Surrey; Mr. Zeng Wenjing, Chair of Skyline Group; and Mr. Cai Binghong, President of the Chinese Industrial Development Institute.

UKIIC, openbusinesscouncil, Innovation, Magna Carta
Mr. Jinglong Zhang – Chairman UK Chinese Business Association
UKIIC, openbusinesscouncil, Innovation, Magna Carta
Mr. Binghong Cai – President Chinese Industrial Development Institute

Prof Xiaolan Fu, Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development TMCD – University of Oxford, Founder OxValue.AI

Xiaolan Fu is the Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green College at Oxford University and, through the TMCD, responsible for OxValue.AI as Chair of the Board.

Prof Xiaolan Fu Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…

2. Career highlights

3. Your recent books include China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and The Rise of Technological Power in the South. Can you tell us a bit more about them and the role of innovation in China’s development?

4. Can you explain to us what “Innovation under the radar” is? Any examples of that in the work you have been doing in Africa?

5. Can you tell us about your work as Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College in Oxford?

6. Can you tell us about the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), where you are the founder?

7. You have been a consultant for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the World Bank, OECD, European Commission, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. You serve on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and you are President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. Can you tell us about this work with global organisations and how do you see the bridge between your academic and research work and the collaboration with these organisations? Especially when it comes to open innovation, academic research and policy making?

8. Can you tell us about OxValue.ai organisations and focus?

9. OxValue.ai brings new ways to look at companies valuation. Can you elaborate on how it works and the research and AI behind it?

10. How do you see AI and Society 5.04IR and all areas of digital transformation and ESG?

11. What are your goals and how do you see the future of business, work and the main trends in tech, innovation and society? Special with Covid-19 outcomes?


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Xiaolan Fu Biography

Besides Pr. Xiaolan Fu’s position as the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), University of Oxford, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism and to the Governing Council of the UN’s Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries. Professor Fu is also a member of the UN SDSN Leadership Council led by Jeffrey Sachs and a member of the Council for Global Economic Transformation co-chaired by Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence. She is the 2019 winner of the CFA Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Award (CFA Insitute), the 2018 winner of the Best Journal Paper of the Year Award (European Academy of International Business), and the 2017 winner of the Best Paper Award (European Association of Management (EURAM) Innovation Strategic Interest Group).

Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in the UK/US. Currently, Prof. Xiaolan Fu is focused on innovation collaboration, digital technologies and inclusive development, knowledge transfer within and between organisations, and green innovation policy.

She has published extensively in leading international journals independently or in collaboration with others. Her recent books include Innovation under the Radar (forthcoming), China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery and The Rise of Technological Power in the South. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Technology Management, and four other international journals.

Professor Fu has received large research grants from funding bodies that include the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, DFID, and the Cairncross Foundation. She also received the European Commission EFMD Gate2Growth 2005 ‘European Best Paper’ Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 Outstanding Paper Award, and European Association of Management (EURAM) annual conference Innovation Strategic Interest Group 2017 Best Paper Award.

She has been a consultant for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, the ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. Professor Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and was President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. She currently serves on the Management Committee of the Oxford University China Centre. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University. As a leading China expert, she has participated in various media interviews and panel discussions including for the BBC, Sky News, CCTV, CGTN, People’s Daily, and China Daily. In 2014 she was invited to address the UN General Assembly on ‘Science, technology and innovation in developing countries’.

Professor Fu came to Oxford from Cambridge University, where she was a Senior Research Fellow. Before coming to the UK, she had five years’ work experience in the business sector in China before embarking on her academic career.

About OxValue.AI

As the Chair of the Board of OxValue.AI, Professor Fu is supervising this initiative. OxValue.AI is a venture with the objective of a social enterprise that uses a multi-faceted business model to ensure its financial sustainability while achieving its core goals of enabling technology transfer to developing countries and funding research within the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at the Department for International Development, University of Oxford (ODID).

OxValue.AI is designed to commercialise the VEST (Valuation of Early Stage Technology) Valuation Tool, which leverages a number of variables including patent data, initially in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies. VEST is a useful new approach to the appraisal of technology and an important guide for decision-making in technology investment, transfer and commercialisation​. OxValue.AI offers the following services, including

International Organisations within the UN, EU, World Bank, etc. involved in technology transfer – for valuing and budgeting technology investments and assistance; National Governments – for improved and comprehensive GDP accounting; Global Corporations – for mergers and acquisitions; Financial Services Institutions such as Venture Capital (VC), Private Equity (PE) and Investment Banks (IB) – for funding evaluation.

Recognition

Academic awards and Honours

∗ Winner, Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Award, 2020

∗ Governing Council, Technology Bank for LDCs, United Nations, 2016-

∗ Leadership Council, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, United Nations, 2016-

∗ 10-Member Group, Technology Facilitation Mechanism, United Nations, 2015-

∗ European Association of Management (EURAM) Innovation SIG, 2017, Best Paper Award

∗ Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012, Outstanding Paper Award.

∗ European Commission, EFMD Gate2Growth Academic Network, 2005 ‘European Best Paper Award’.

∗ Oxford University Teaching Excellence Award, 2011.

∗ Member of Advisory Committee, DFID/ESRC Growth Programme Directorate (DEGRP)

∗ Member of Expert Advisory Board, OECD Global Investment Forum

∗ President: Chinese Economic Association, CEA(Europe) and CEA(UK), 2010-11.

∗ Fellow in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, 2006-

∗ Pierce Visiting Scholar (by invitation), Emory University, USA. 2012-13

∗ Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 2013

Current Research

∗ MNEmerge project: MNEs and global development

∗ Valuation of early-stage technology

∗ Understanding innovation in low-income country

∗ Diffusion of innovation in low-incomes country

∗ The Role of Internationalisation on Technological Capability-Upgrading in Developing Countries

Prof Xiaolan Fu Links & Sources

https://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/people/xiaolan-fu

https://www.chinacentre.ox.ac.uk/professor-xiaolan-fu/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiaolan_Fu

https://www.oxfordtmcd.org/

https://www.oxvalue.ai/

https://www.oxvalue.ai/team

https://www.intelligenthq.com/a-groundbreaking-tech-valuation-tool-oxvalue-ai-harnesses-the-power-of-data-to-determine-the-worth-of-a-technology-with-unparalleled-precision/

https://citiesabc.com/university-oxfords-tmcd-openbusinesscouncil-co-organize-international-investment-innovation-forum-june-25/

https://www.oxfordtmcd.org/person/professor-xiaolan-fu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/xiaolan-fu-775b5358/

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xiaolan-Fu

https://council.science/profile/xiaolan-fu/

https://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/people/research-associates/xiaolan-fu/

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/about-us/alumni/alumni-profiles/141146

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Innovation_Under_the_Radar.html?id=NhIMEAAAQBAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/innovation-under-the-radar/1FBBE6CC1F6EDB8D66E0D82C357E9039

https://www.oxfordtmcd.org/event/book-launch-event-innovation-under-radar-nature-and-sources-innovation-africa

https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Innovation-under-the-Radar%3A-The-Nature-and-Sources-Fu/cb9265b5bd04cb65112c076df610694c3527b9d4

http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/94685/

Digital Artist Andrea Bonaceto And Sophia the Robot To Drop An NFT Collection Inspired By Space Exploration

Andrea Bonaceto

On July, 19, U.K.-based Italian artist Andrea Bonaceto will hit the market with a new NFT drop. Taking place on Nifty Gateway, the drop will feature the newest works from the artist, all inspired by space exploration.

NFT Artist, Andrea Bonaceto, Sophia The Robot
Most recently, Bonaceto was in the news for his collaboration with artificial intelligence robot Sophia, marking the first time a collaboration between an AI and human artist was sold in such a way. He will participate in Sophia’s second drop on July 19.


Read more:

Andrea Bonaceto – NFTs And Collaboration with Sophia the Robot, Artist, Founding Partner at Eterna Capital

NFTs And Digital Art: Sophia The Robot’s Successful Artwork Auction Is Just The Beginning


Bonaceto has been fascinated by space exploration and extraterrestrial life from as early as elementary school, where he wrote a short story titled “Io e Gli Alieni” (The Aliens and I), where him and his parents were kidnapped by harmless aliens just to be asked about our habits on earth to then be returned home safely. That short story is somewhere part of the abstract piece that will be sold at auction during this event.

The auction piece, titled, “The Aliens and I,” is a programmable art piece that will change if Bonaceto happens to go into space during his lifetime, changing into a new piece he will create while in space and reinterpreting the original piece with a new prospective. “2021: A Space Odyssey” is a homage to the pioneers of space exploration, as we approach a new phase of space discoveries that will most likely lead to human beings being a multi-planetary source. Finally, the additional pieces part of the NFT sale are portraits of today’s well-known space pioneers who have had an impact within the space exploration field, such as Elon Musk and Yusaku Maezawa. These pieces will be sold as a series of multiple editions.

All NFTs can be purchased online on July 23. Most of the artist’s work is digital, created on an iPad Pro, inspired by people’s facial expressions and abstract artifacts of nature.