Unlocking Growth and Prosperity: Open Networks and AI for the Future Economy

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6 Jun 2024

09:00 -14:30

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Open to: By invitation only

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Cambridge Judge Business School

Trumpington St



United Kingdom

The Innovation Hub for Prosperity, a pioneering initiative by Cambridge Judge Business School and the Foundation for Interoperability of the Digital Economy (FIDE), marks its launch by convening a ground-breaking workshop showcasing cutting-edge advancements in open networks and artificial intelligence, shaping the future of the digital economy.

“Unlocking Growth and Prosperity: Open Networks and AI for the future economy” has the support of 4 University of Cambridge institutions (King’s College e-Lab, the Centre for Science and Policy, the Bennet Institute, and the Institute for Sustainability Leadership) and Amazon Web Services.  The workshop brings together the UK Chief Technology Officer, the Permanent Secretary of Trade and Business, and thought leaders such as Sir Geoff Mulgan and Cristina Caffarra, to explore the power of open networks to revolutionise green energy, circularity, healthcare, and more.

Open networks are the game-changers. They are not just technology; they are the DNA of a more inclusive, collaborative, and competitive digital future. The workshop will act as a catalyst, accelerating the exploration and adoption of open networks to unlock a win-win for both people and businesses.

Carlos Montes, Lead of the Innovation Hub for Prosperity, had the opportunity to experience open network technologies first hand as was invited by Nandan Nilekani, architect of India’s digital transformation. To visit his non-profit tech teams in Bangalore -the 8th startup city in the world.

These technologies hold immense potential to address pressing societal challenges in a cost-effective and collaborative manner and have been recently featured by the World Economic Forum. Their applications is particularly promising in sectors such as sustainable energy, circular economy, transport, healthcare (NHS digitalisation) and education.

Please note that registration is by invitation only.


Carlos Montes

Lead – Cambridge Innovation Hub for Prosperity

Carlos leads initiatives to scale market-based innovations through impact investment and provide practical support to increase capacity and integrity in governments. He has worked for international institutions, governments, and corporations such as the World Bank, European Commission, Cisco, and Accenture. In addition, he spent 8 years in a social innovation lab for health-related behavioural change in East London. Carlos has also held roles as an Associate of the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and Director of Evaluations of EU Programs worldwide.

He led a €10bn evaluation for the European Council of Ministers and worked as an economist at the World Bank and Central Bank of Peru. Carlos holds postgraduate degrees in Economics from Yale and Columbia Universities.

Email: c.montes@jbs.cam.ac.uk

Visit the Cambridge Innovation Hub for Prosperity

Sujith Nair

CEO and Co-founder, Foundation for Interoperability in Digital Economy (FIDE)

Jon Cook

Head of Specialist Sales Organisation – UK Public Sector, AWS

Nicola Buckley

Director Fellowships and Networks, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

David Knott

Chief Technological Officer for UK Government, Cabinet Office

Gareth Davis

Permanent Secretary, Department of Business and Trade

Deepak Shukla

Head of Data and AI, UKI Public Sector, AWS

Kamiar Mohaddes

Associate Professor in Economics & Policy

Deputy Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA Programme

PhD (University of Cambridge)

Cristina Caffarra

Co-founder, Competition Policy Research Network, Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR)

Geoff Mulgan

Professor, University College London

Former CEO, Nesta


09:00 – 09:15

Introduction: potential of AI and open networks to transform the economy

Carlos Montes, Nicola Buckley and Jon Cook

09:15 – 10:00

Showcasing open networks and how they unlock economic opportunity, including use cases in different sectors

Sujith Nair

10:00 – 10:45

Showcasing AI most innovative tools to revolutionise the economy: transforming commerce, government, and businesses

Presentation by Deepak Shukla, AWS and panel discussion

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

Panel discussion: how these cutting-edge technologies can revolutionise your sector: education, health, sustainable energy

Moderated by Carlos Montes

12:30 – 14:30

Networking and lunch

King’s College