Innovating in Uncertainty: Setting Strategy & Revitalising your Business Model for a VUCA world

Are you a business leader looking to foster innovation in your company?

Join this unique digital experience for business leaders – sponsored by LSE Innovation & Capgemini Invent. Register soon – limited slots available!

  • A fresh and candid approach to innovation for all business leaders, from the c-suite to intra/entrepreneurs, who are exploring how to set an agile strategy to iterate and innovate their business model in these unprecedented times.
  • Utilising the exciting, new ‘Hopin’ platform, we will provide you with access to world-class speakers, intimate Q&A sessions, and 1-on-1 networking with all participants.
  • Across 2+ hours, we will take you on a unique digital experience to learn and be inspired by our thoughtful community, with practical takeaways to implement innovation in your own company.


Christian is a Senior Innovation & Strategy Consultant at Capgemini Invent in London, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, a Startup Advisor, an AI & Future of Work Expert, and a LGBT+ Inclusion Leader.

He works at the intersection of innovation, strategy, design and technology with experience across London and Hong Kong with Fortune 500 companies, scale-ups and startups. Christian’s expertise ranges from idea development, business model design, and prototyping, to strategy and digital/AI transformation.

Christian is a Regional Leader for the Shaping the Future of Work project, showcased at Davos 2020. Recently, he joined Shaper Impact Capital as the Head of Intersectional Investing, bridging the gap between investing and inclusion. Christian is globally recognised for his impact and became an inaugural member of The Alliance by McKinsey & Company for the world’s most influential LGBT+ leaders.


Our speaker list includes Heads of Innovation and Managing Directors across the corporate, government and start-up world! Check out a snapshot of our speakers below and follow us on social media to keep track of future announcements.

Alberto Prado:

Alberto is the Head Digital Innovation R&D at Unilever. In that capacity, he leads the Digital R&D organisation with the aim of digitising the R&D process, maximising the use of data and digital tools for scientific discovery and leveraging digital technologies to develop new breakthrough consumer-facing propositions and business models.

Prior to Unilever, Alberto set up and led the Digital Innovation Accelerator at Royal Philips, with the mission to boost breakthrough innovation and to fuel a culture of entrepreneurship within Philips. This included partnering cross-functionally with internal teams, as well as the external ecosystem, to define, test and validate next generation healthcare solutions and business models, as well as incubating a number of internal business ventures and engaging with external startups to drive collaborative innovation.

Previously, he created and led the Digital Innovation Program in the Consumer Division, initiating a fundamental transformation in traditional innovation practices that delivered the first wave of Philips connected products.

Kartik Varma:

Kartik Varma is an entrepreneur and an investor. He is the co-founder of, India’s largest digital real estate services firm (funded by Accel and Softbank), and iTrust Financial Advisors, a web-based open architecture platform providing financial products and advice to the mass affluent market in India.

Previously, Kartik worked at The Children’s Investment Fund (London), Ziff Brothers Investments (New York and London) and James D Wolfensohn, Inc. (New York).

Kartik has an LLB from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He’s currently a Managing Director at Techstars and runs the ABN AMRO + Techstars Future of Finance Accelerator in Amsterdam which invests in early stage fintech startups.

Susie Braam O’Reilly:

Susie has worked in the public sector for 18 years in a wide variety of roles. Since 2015, Susie has been leading efforts in parts of the UK Government to help them innovate at scale.  In 2017, she established and ran a multi-agency Incubator to iteratively design and develop solutions to some of the country’s most challenging and complex national security problems.

In 2020, Susie co-founded Yellow Cat to provide independent coaching, training and consultancy in corporate innovation.  She is an advisory board member for a startup and coaches teams on the Hacking for MoD programme (a national security entrepreneurship programme) taught at various UK universities.

Susie also remains part-time in her role as Head of Enterprise Innovation within the UK Government.  Here, she coaches senior leaders to manage situations of high uncertainty, develop a portfolio of innovation projects and create a culture of curiosity where innovation can thrive.

Fatih Baltas:

Worked as Global Innovation Manager in Front End Innovation Team for Dart Container that based in Michigan, USA and Cambridge, UK. During his employment, he generated commercially viable and innovative ideas and led the concept development for the company’s product portfolio.

Started to work as Product Innovation Lead at Aviva, he created and delivered experience strategy for consumers that is fully compliant and putting the customers/partners at the heart of decision making. Also worked on simplifying the overall user journey and communication in Commercial Products to bring clarity about the products, service and strategies.

In his current role as Innovation Leader for IKEA in the UK & Ireland, he develops an Innovation Framework to enable the innovation mindset in the business. He also helps to define a market-relevant innovation strategy to create, pilot, and execute solutions to meet the unmet needs in the short, mid, and long-term.

Max Lehnus:

Prior to becoming involved in the tech world, Max received his Ph.D. in Molecular Diagnostics from the University of Cambridge, his MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine from UCL, and his BSc in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Max founded WorldLabs following his experiences trying to commercialise a medical device during his Ph.D., when he quickly realised that the opportunities he needed to access were profoundly de-centralised.

After raising £1m+ in funding, Max and his team created WorldLabs – a platform that enables organisations to create centralised digital spaces in which to bring together stakeholders from across the innovation ecosystem. Users can network, team up, collaborate on projects, share resources and opportunities, showcase their start-ups, launch and apply for challenges, attend webinars and events, and seek advice and feedback.

Event details

November 26, 2020
Online Event, Timings: 6pm to 8pm