The chairman of Tech City UK, Joanna Shields, is to speak at this year’s CeBIT event.
Formerly head of business operations for Facebook and Google in Europe before being appointed as the UK’s business ambassador for digital industries and CEO of the Tech City UK technology cluster by prime minister David Cameron in October 2012, Shields has since been named as one of the most influential women in the IT industry and made the 2014 PCR Brit List. She became chairman of Tech City UK on February 3rd, when Gerard Grech took over the CEO role at the organisation.
Shields will speak at the UK-Germany technology summit on the first day of CeBIT, March 11th, and will hold a keynote speech on ‘Women Leaders in Tech’ the following day.
“Joanna Shields is one of the most fascinating CEOs representing Great Britain as this year’s featured Partner at CeBIT,” commented Oliver Frese, a member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe.
“She ranks as one of the many women who have greatly influenced the IT sector, and is living proof that the IT sector is by no means a male-dominated domain.”
During her speech at the summit, Shields will address the opportunities and challenges presented by Anglo-German cooperation. She will then open the event, which takes place within the CeBIT global conferences.
Shields will be the only female representative among an otherwise exclusively male lineup.
BITKOM President Dr. Dieter Kempf will officially open the summit, while Germany’s economics minister Sigmar Gabriel and the British minister of trade and investment, Lord Ian Livingston, will speak about business relations between the two countries.
Julian David, the CEO of the British ICT association Tech UK, will discuss what is happening in the country’s IT sector. He will also be responsible for the moderation of the summit.
The ‘Women Leaders in Tech’ event on the afternoon of March 11th is designed to provide a platform for leading women in the IT sector. Senior managers and entrepreneurs from big IT companies, SMEs and start-ups have been invited, with women CEOs and managers from IT user industries also welcome to attend.
‘Women Leaders in Tech’ will be held in the British business lounge in the House of Nations.