The Franco British Chamber organised “the Digital conference” in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade and with the support of Google and BDO at the British Embassy on Wednesday 14th February.
Many CEOs, Chief Digital Officers and CIOs were there to listen to our guest speakers: Carlo d’Asaro Biondo – President of EMEA Partnerships at Google Europe, François Barrault – Chairman of Digiworld Idate, Valentine de Lasteyrie – Director of Investment at the Family Office and Véronique Forge, Founder and Chief Editor at Business O’Feminin and our moderator for the evening.
His Excellency Lord Llewellyn – British Ambassador to France, opened-up the evening with a warm welcome to his residence. He then referred to the recent Franco-British summit and reiterated the commitment to a shared future in Europe and the digital link between our countries.
Before the debate began, Philipe Arraou – President BDO set the scene and drew a complete picture of digital trends, from Artificial Intelligence to the Internet of Things and from Big Data to Blockchain.
As the debate began, all panellists agreed that digital technology has the potential to bring economic growth. This fundamental belief laid the foundation for further discussion, with themes such as Artificial Intelligence and the extent to which knowledge should be shared among competitors. Further points of discussion included the investment into new digital technologies, potential changes this would create in the structure of the current job market and the urgency to train and welcome more women into this expanding industry. The questions from the floor illustrated the attendee’s interest for digital transformation and how insightful and thought-provoking the discussion was.
Guests prolonged the discussions around drinks in the beautiful salons of the Embassy, before leaving with a complimentary copy of The Economist, courtesy of our member.
We would like to thank again all our sponsors, speakers, members and guests, and Embassy staff for making the evening such a success.