As London’s business leaders look to the next 30 years and as urbanisation continues to shape experiences world wide, we take the time to ask what opportunities does focused tech investment, particularly in transport, present for business leaders and cities alike?

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser calls cities one of our greatest inventions. They will be critical to the development of new industries; cities will nurture human capital and drive overall economic growth. Industry, human capital and economic growth are the engines of tomorrow’s most innovative brands and focused tech investment, particularly in transport will shape product innovation and service delivery for years to come.

This is your chance to look into future as this Workspace Business Insight Dinner brings together leading city futurists and business leaders for an evening of thought-provoking discussion that has deep relevance to leaders of all types of businesses.

According to the UN 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. By 2020 Tokyo’s population is projected to begin to decline, while Delhi is projected to continue growing and become the most populous city in the world. By 2030 the world is projected to have 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants.

Lord Norman Foster renowned architect and founder of Foster + Partners, sees London as the world’s first megacity and reminds leaders that big cities can be tamed, humanised and improved. Lord Foster argues that cities require leadership, strong design and focused investment.

How business leaders adapt to this shift, tackle the new opportunities it will present, and realise its impact on consumers around the world will be critical for tomorrow’s success.

Our panel will look at just some of these key questions:

  • How can the latest tech investment in London's transport put London’s businesses on the world stage?
  • As Mobility as a Service (MaaS) continues to develop and mature across a number of cities including London, how does the shift towards mobility solutions that are consumed as a service present new challenges and opportunities for business leaders?
  • As a business leader, how can they exploit Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to support new revenue streams in their business or new ways of delivering products or services?
  • How can business leaders collaborate more effectively with municipalities, what can London learn from other cities around the world?
  • From the perspective of the investor, where lies the biggest market opportunity for mobility and smart transportation businesses? How should leaders prepare their business for investment?


  • 5:30pm to 6:15pm | Welcome and Networking Drinks
  • 6:15pm to 7:30pm | Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
  • 7:30pm to 8:45pm | #WBIDinner and Networking Drinks

The Panel

Richard Corbett, Head of UK & Ireland, Bird

Richard Corbett is the Head of Bird in the UK and Ireland. Bird is the US based on demand electric scooter company that is helping cities to reduce congestion and emissions by giving people a clean alternative to the car. Prior to Bird, Corbett was the Founder and CEO of Eyetease Limited - a British technology startup famed for changing the law to create digital advertising displays for London’s iconic black taxis and New York’s yellow cabs.



Lina Liakou, Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Lina Liakou is Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East overseeing the “100 Resilient Cities” partnership with the 21 cities across the region in developing their resilience thinking through long term City Resilience Strategies and actionable initiatives. 

Before joining 100RC, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. In this role, she led the development of the city’s Resilience Strategy in 2017. As a Deputy Mayor, Lina Liakou initiated collaborations with the European Commission, the EIB and the World Bank. Prior to this, Lina was chairman and managing director of the Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki, an intermunicipal company that coordinates national and international research projects.

Lina Liakou is an architect and urban designer from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2015) of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 



James Datson, Principal Technologist, Mobility as a Service, Connected Places Catapult

James Datson leads the Transport Systems Catapult’s (TSC) programme on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). James was lead author for the ‘Exploring the Opportunity for Mobility as a Service’ in the UK’ TSC publication. James has over a decade of experience providing transport related consultancy to public and private sector clients – he specialises in the field of Intelligent Mobility. Previous to his current role, James spent the majority of his career at Atkins.


Emilie Hannezo, Associate, InMotion Ventures

Emilie is an Associate at InMotion Ventures, investing in early stage companies disrupting the transport and mobility markets. InMotion is Jaguar Land Rover's VC fund based in London. The fund typically backs companies from seed stage through to Series B, with cheque sizes ranging from £500k to £5 million. InMotion has backed a diverse range of companies across transport and mobility from autonomous vehicle start-up, Voyage, to ride share giant Lyft and North America’s most popular journey planner, Transit. Prior to InMotion, Emilie worked for a fintech startup in France.



Diarra Smith, Operations Director at Knowledge Peers

As lead of the business Insight programme run by Knowledge Peers, Diarra leads efforts as the programme supports business owners and directors from across Workspace’s customer ecosystem by delivering key insight events and data on trends that will impact business in the future.. Diarra started his career in a data services consultancy supporting the Cabinet Office and leading UK research bodies. He has experience supporting clients across the political and violent risk analysis and regulatory monitoring space. In 2018, Diarra was a Top 10 finalist in RAHM 2018, RAHM brings together the most outstanding present and future LGBT+ leaders in the world. Diarra holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.


What to expect?

The insight events provide a platform for senior directors to discuss the most relevant challenges facing growing businesses today. Sharing their insights, advice and best practice together with an open Q&A with fellow industry leaders.

Our insight events focus on what you can learn and how it might impact you or your business. We don’t spend that much time talking at attendees and we build in plenty of opportunities for attendees to question the panellists.

We leave ample time for attendees to network with the other senior leaders and of course enjoy a delicious dinner.

Where do I sign up?

Register for a complimentary spot at our #WBIDinner, Going Places: How the latest tech investment in London's transport system can put your business on the world stage on Thursday 30th May at Workspace’s The Frames from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

This #WBIDinner is open to Directors and Senior Leaders from current Workspace customers and Club Workspace members and selected guests.

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