Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
Business Leaders Lecture Series - The Future of Business and What Comes Next?
Sir Kenneth Olisa was born in Nottingham City Hospital, raised in Hyson Green and state educated at High Pavement before winning an IBM Scholarship to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. There he studied Natural, Social and Political and Management Sciences before commencing on a more than 40-year career in the IT industry.
Sir Ken is a Freeman of the City of London, Patron of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010), and in 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Sir Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London.
- From: Thursday 8 February 2018, 6 pm
- To: Thursday 8 February 2018, 7.30 pm
- Registration: 5.30 pm
- Booking deadline: Thursday 8 February 2018, 11.00 am
The world of work consists of two kinds of organisation – disruptors and disruptees.
Disruptors like Amazon, Uber or Airbnb, are using the ready availability of revolutionary technologies to attack traditional businesses while displaying nothing but contempt for their targets.
Understanding the very different cultures of disruptors and disruptees is a vital prerequisite to developing strategies to avoid the fate which the disruptors above are planning to visit on established retailers, transportation companies and hospitality businesses.
This is true whether you are a business owner, an employee or even a fresh graduate contemplating their first step on the career ladder.
Sir Ken’s lecture will examine the contrasting psyches and offer some simple principles which can form the basis for a strategy for survival and prosperity.
Afterwards he will be happy to take questions on his lecture or on the wider aspects of his personal journey.
Sir Kenneth “Ken” Olisa was born in Nottingham City Hospital, raised in Hyson Green and state educated at High Pavement before winning an IBM Scholarship to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. There he studied Natural, Social and Political and Management Sciences before commencing on a more than 40-year career in the IT industry.
After technical, sales and marketing roles at IBM, Sir Ken moved to Wang Labs where he has worked in London and Boston, and most recently in Brussels, as Head of Worldwide Marketing and then as General Manager of Wang’s operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 1992 he launched what became a publicly quoted technology merchant bank – Interregnum – which he then left to found Restoration Partners in 2006.
In addition to his business interests, Sir Ken has been a committed public servant, serving on an NHS Trust Board, as an inaugural Postal Services Commissioner (licencing the UK market as part of the Government’s strategy to remove Royal Mail’s monopoly) and on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (regulating MPs’ pay and expenses in the wake of the expenses scandal).
He is also a philanthropist chairing various not-forprofits including Thames Reach (the homeless charity, for which he received his OBE), Shaw Trust and the Aleto Foundation (formerly known as the Powerlist Foundation).
In 2011, Sir Ken and his wife Julia endowed the library that bears their family name at his alma mater – Fitzwilliam College – and in 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Sir Ken as her personal representative in the capital as Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.
Thursday 8 February 2018
5.30 pm - Registration in the main Newton building with welcome drinks
6.00 pm - Lecture commences
6.50 pm - Questions to Sir Ken Olisa
7.00 pm - Refreshments, wine and canapés
7.30 pm - Close