Keynote Speaker

Lea Simpson is a strategist, innovator, trained coach, and tech optimist. 

She leads Frontier Technology Livestreaming, a three-year programme designed to help the Department for International Development (DFID) apply frontier technologies to real challenges in development. 

Her portfolio of projects includes 3D printing to manufacture-on-demand in Nepal, electrifying 5 rural clinics in Zimbabwe and connecting rural schools in Nepal to the internet using TV whitespace or SuperWifi. 

She has two decades of experience in strategy, innovation, and digital transformation—working with some of the world's biggest brands like Nike, Cadbury, Nokia, and Warner Bros. 

Lea is a regular writer and speaker on all things innovation for publications like Wired and The Guardian and on BBC and Bloomberg.

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