BT & Cisco Leadership Summit Art of Connecting

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
07 October 2014

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As part of our global Leadership summit event BT & Cisco bring together thought leaders to share their views on our changing world & how technology is increasingly important for success.
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BT & Cisco Leadership Summit Art of Connecting

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For the past 2 years, BT and Cisco have held a series of global events that bring together thought leaders, such as the ex-global Chairman of KPMG, to share their views on our changing world and how technology is increasingly important for attaining success.

This year, Hong Kong kicked-off the next global discussion on 7 October at the Four Season hotel.

This year’s event was hosted by Tian Wei, China’s leading woman for international broadcasting and the theme this year was the Art of Connecting, a view that when technology is used creatively, it can deliver stunning business outcomes.

To stimulate this discussion we were joined by global business moguls and industry experts including;

  • Geoff Riddell, Member of the Group Executive Committee, Chairman - APMEA Zurich Insurance Group
  • Michael Lynch CBE AM, Chief Executive West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
  • Charleston Sin, PHD, Managing Director, Architecture Sales, Cisco Greater China
  • Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer China Light and Power Holdings

Kevin Taylor, President, Asia-Pacific,Middle East, Africa and Turkey BT Global Services, and Steve Masters, Vice President, Customer Innovation & Solution Design, BT spoke on behalf of BT.

The speakers provided insights into their business drivers and elaborated on how the imaginative use of technology helps them achieve their goals.

It was a very insightful and thought provoking discussion, please ensure you take a look at the photos and summarery video below. Our next event is in Dubai on 24 November 2014.

BT & Cisco leadership summit highlights

Video highlights from the 3rd annual BT leadership summit in partnership with Cisco which took place on 7th October 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong

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Photo gallery of the event

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Geoff RiddellGeoff Riddell
Member of the Group Executive Committee Regional Chairman of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

Mr. Riddell has been Regional Chair man of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa since the role was created in July 2010
He joined Zurich in 2000 as Managing Director of Zurich Commercial in the UK and in November 2002, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Insurance in the UK, Ireland and Southern Africa
He assumed the position of CEO of Global Corporate in April 2004 and was promoted to be a member of the Group Executive Committee in October 2004.
Mr. Riddell has been a member of several councils and boards. A former member of the World Economic Forum’s Advisory Council on Global Growth Companies, he was also a member of the WEF’s Global Advisory Council on Insurance and Investment from 2009 2011, chairing it in 2010.

Currently a Vice Chairma nof the Council of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong he was a member of the Confederation of British Industry’s Chairmen’s and President’s Committees, and chaired the CBI Financial Services Council from 2008 to 2010.
A director of Pool Refrom 2005 to 2010 he was until late 2009, a member of the Foundation Board of IMD in Lausanne, the City of London EU Advisory Committee and the Lord Mayor of London’s Advisory Committee.

A former member of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers Council (1990-95), he sat on the General Insurance Council of the Association of British Insurers .
For the last three years he has been a judge for the Asia Insurance Awards. He started his career with Price Waterhouse in the UK. In 1982, he joined AIG where he held nume
rous roles including country manager for Hong Kong, Belgium and France. While at AIG he was responsible for setting up the first foreign general insurance company in China.

Mr. Riddell holds a MA degree from Oxford University and is a chartered accountant.

Richard LancasterRichard Lancaster
Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings Limited

Richard Lancaster is the Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, the parent company
of the CLP Group (formerly China Light & Power Company, Limited), a position he
assumed in September 2013.

Since joining CLP in 1992 Mr. Lancaster has held a variety of managerial positions in the
Company. His experience covers project management, power plant operations,
commercial, finance, legal and corporate functions.

In 2010 Mr. Lancaster was appointed Managing Director of CLP Power, responsible for
CLP’s electricity generation, transmission and distribution business and service to its 2.3
million customers in Hong Kong.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Lancaster holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical
Engineering from the University of NSW in Australia. He spent his early career as a
professional engineer in the electricity supply industry in Australia and later with an
international brewing company in the UK.

China's leading TV anchorwoman for international broadcasting.

She hosts CCTV's flagship programs: a daily in-depth discussion program and an weekly live global debate show. She is one of the few Chinese female TV hosts working on in-depth news-related discussions and debate programs. Over the years, she's had exclusive interviews with various heads of states and important international figures from all walks of life, such as: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, etc.

She is well-known for her charming, professional and intellectual style, and has received numerous awards, including China's National Journalism AwardS, National Award for International Broadcasters, and CCTV Host of the Year.

She frequents some of the world's most important international forums and moderated panels: World Economic Forum in Davos, APEC, etc. In China, she also hosts events given by Chinese President and the First Lady in honor of visiting top foreign dignitaries.

Before joining CCTV, she was a Washington Correspondent, the only female correspondent from China at the time. From there, she also covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tian Wei started her career as a radio executive producer & host, and founded China's first foreign language radio talk show program.

Tian Wei has been actively involved on issues of human development, poverty alleviation, and gender equity. She is honored by the United Nations Development Program as the China Special Advisor. She was named by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader" in 2012.

Steve MasterSteve Masters
Vice President, Customer Innovation & Solution Design

Steve Masters is Vice President of Customer Innovation and Solution Design, within BT Innovate & Design, focussing primarily into BT Global Services. His team comprises CTO’s aligned to and focusing on BT’s largest global contracts, and a team of Solutions Architects and Service Designers who construct solutions for all of our large global bids. Steve is also responsible for driving innovation through the CTO and Architect community and has a team focused on thought leadership and interfacing to BT’s R&D functions.
Steve has more than 20 years’ experience of networking, IT and the telecommunications industry. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw him working in Data Communications, after which he moved to work on managed network services. Other areas that Steve has worked in include managed voice, mobile and videoconferencing services, convergence solutions, data centre hosting and security services.

Prior to joining BT in March 2005, Steve worked for a leading consultancy and systems integrator. There, he managed the company’s mobile application and Microsoft practice and led sales activity targeted at the manufacturing and high technology sectors.

Steve’s particular area of interest and expertise includes the impact of Social Networking / web 2.0 tools on the corporate and business marketplace.

Michael LYNCHMr Michael LYNCH CBE AM
Chief Executive Officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Mr Lynch joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in July 2011. He had a long and distinguished career in arts administration, serving as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House from 1998 to 2002 and then led the rejuvenation of London’s Southbank Centre where he was Chief Executive from 2002 to 2009. He was a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and a member of the Board of Film Victoria and the Myer Foundation while in Australia from 2009 to 2011. Mr Lynch was awarded an Order of Australia (“AM”) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2001 for services to arts administration and as an advocate for Australian cultural life. In 2008, he was made a Commander of the British Empire (“CBE”) in the Birthday Honours for his services to the arts.

Charleston SinCharleston Sin 冼超舜
Head of Architecture Sales, CISCO Greater China
The Architecture Sales Team is an integral part of Cisco’s Greater China strategy to support the continuous transformation to respond to changing market dynamics in this important market for Cisco.  The Architecture team is strategically positioned as the center of excellence for both technical and sales capability, to support customers to maximize their benefits of using CISCO solutions. This team works closely with the various business teams to set priorities and goals to accelerate their execution plans.

Charleston assumes the leadership role of this new team since August 2014.

Prior to this position, he was Chief of Staff for the Greater China Chairman and CEO, as well as various roles including Head of Data Center Architecture Sales, General Manager of CISCO South China, and General Manager of CISCO Hong Kong.

Charleston started his CISCO career in 1998 at the corporate center in San Jose USA as a Business Analyst. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2000.

Prior to Cisco, he worked for Nortel Networks and Bell-Northern Research in Canada, where he was a senior member of the scientific staff from 1994-98.

Sin is recently appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government to serve on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee.

Charleston received his PhD in Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Kevin TaylorKevin Taylor
President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Turkey BT Global Services

Kevin Taylor is responsible for BT Global Services’ business and operations across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Turkey region.  In this role he is a member of the BTGS global leadership team.

Kevin joined BT as Vice President – Global Solutions in December 2003. In that role, he was responsible for the delivery and management of the portfolio of IP infrastructure/WAN, mobility, CRM, conferencing, security, outsourcing and other products, services and solutions BT offered customers across the Asia Pacific region.

The wealth of experience Kevin gained through years of building businesses and architecting outsourcing deals has proved invaluable in his current role at BT Asia Pacific. Kevin was appointed Managing Director of BT Asia Pacific in May 2009.

Immediately before joining BT, he had been Regional Vice Presiden and General Manager – Asia Pacific at the Canadian logistics company, Descartes Systems.

Earlier in his career, he had worked with Data Sciences Corporation (now part of IBM), CFM (Part of ICL) and Capita Group. At each of these companies, the securing and management of large outsourcing projects had been a major component of his responsibilities.

Kevin also spent six years with global consulting company, James Martin & Co., where he held a variety of positions including President and COO International – Europe and Asia Pacific, Global Head of Sales and Head of Offshore Development.

Based in Hong Kong, Kevin plays an active role in the local community, he is Director of Coaching Hong Kong Rugby Union and a Voting Member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  Between 2010 and 2012, he was also Chairman of the Hong Kong British Chamber of Commerce.


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Geoff Riddell

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Richard Lancaster

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Steve Master

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