The 125 Women’s Forum Member Network Drinks

With Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Former Captain of GB and England Women’s Hockey teams.

View from the Top: Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM

As CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty has a fascinating perspective on 21st century technology and what it takes to lead and transform a large global enterprise during a time of great disruption. 

In conversation with Sarah Gordon, FT Business Editor, Ginni will talk about her vision for IBM, the importance of data, and the transformational nature of cognitive and cloud technologies. She will also share her insights on the fundamental principles needed to successfully guide us as Artificial Intelligence gains more prominence in our businesses and society.  

“The House that Jack Ma Built”: Selling to China and the Alibaba phenomenon

James Kynge, FT Emerging Markets Editor in conversation with Duncan Clark, Chairman BDA China and Author of Alibaba - The House that Jack Ma Built.

Few in the West can match Duncan Clark's experience and knowledge of China's internet, technology and investment industries. Author of the 2016 bestseller, Alibaba - The House that Jack Ma Built, Duncan has lived in China since 1994, mostly running a consultancy that he founded. He has known many of the biggest names in Chinese internet - including, of course, Alibaba's Jack Ma - since they were struggling start-up entrepreneurs.

A captivating speaker, Duncan is also able to shed light on practical matters, including "haitao" - or exporting directly to Chinese consumers online. This fast growing market, which is driven largely by the distinctive tastes of Chinese millennials, is projected to be worth some $300bn by 2018. Duncan's remarks will draw on personal experience to describe Alibaba's 20-year rise from nothing to become the world's largest retailer by transaction volume last year. He will also delve into Alibaba's current internationalisation drive and how this may affect companies in the UK and elsewhere.

Duncan is a UK citizen, educated at the LSE, who was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to UK-China trade and investment.

Rise of Tech: How to make money in tomorrow’s world

Brooke Masters, FT Companies Editor with Marty Chavez, Chief Financial Officer, Goldman Sachs and Blythe Masters, Chief Executive, Digital Asset Holdings.

Fintech is revolutionising finance. Or is it? The advocates of new financial technology argue that advances such as the block chain, peer-to-peer lending, digital payments, and start-up banks are overturning the finance industry. Antony Jenkins, the former chief executive of Barclays, has even talked of the banking industry facing its "Uber moment" when a slow-moving industry is swept away by technological upstarts. But the established financial companies have many formidable assets: in-depth customer knowledge, powerful brands, cheap financing, market expertise, and a deep regulatory moat. We hear from two outstanding financial experts about how they see the future.

Transformation: The 100-year life; Living and working in an age of longevity

If you knew you would live to 100, would you change your plans for your career, relationships and finances? You almost certainly should. Likewise, companies and governments need to think how increased longevity could affect everything from management structures to retirement programmes.

In conversation with Lucy Kellaway, FT Management Columnist, Dr Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School and Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School will talk about the new challenges that living longer presents - and the opportunities a longer life may create.

Cyber Risk Strategy Live: What happens if you’re hacked?

Andrew Hill, FT Management Editor debates a strategic dilemma, based on a “live” case in the news, with Elizabeth Corley CBE, Vice Chair, Allianz Global Investors and Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace.

Cybersecurity has surged to near the top of the executive agenda in recent years, following well-publicised breaches of companies such as Sony, Yahoo and Talk Talk. The risk touches virtually everyone in the company - from the board, through divisional heads and communications teams, down to individual members of staff, who may inadvertently open the online gate to hackers. It is hard to keep up with the pace of technological change in this area, let alone the evolving nature of the threat.

This workshop-style session of the FT 125 will take a live example of a strategic dilemma caused by a hacking incident, as the starting point for a wider audience discussion about how you can keep your company secure and how you should react if the hackers break through.