Taking governance to the next level through AI and technology

Date: Thursday 25 July 2024
Venue: Online via Teams
Registration: 12:45pm UAE
Start: 1pm UAE
End: 3pm UAE
CPD: 2 formal hours
Price: Free

CGIUKI and CGI MENA join together for their first online 2-hour symposium – this mini virtual seminar is a unique opportunity for you to hear from governance experts in AI and technology. This event brings together experts from different industries to share their insights.

By attending this two-hour seminar, you will gain the tools to position yourself at the forefront of governance advances in the boardroom and beyond. The two hours is split into bite sized masterclasses on governance and AI.


Introduction (10 minutes)

Keynote speaker (20 minutes)

Panel discussion (45 minutes max)

Technical update – (30 minutes)

Closing remarks and Q&A (10 - 15 minutes)


Paul Johnston, Associate Director, ONE Advisory Limited and Chair of the CGI SE England Branch

Paul is an Associate Director at ONE Advisory Limited, a business providing financial reporting and corporate governance services to a range of listed clients. Paul is also Company Secretary at the Blockchain and Climate Institute, an international think tank looking at deployment of emerging technologies to address climate change, and serves as the Chair of the CGI's South East England Branch.

Paul passionate believes that the corporate governance / company secretarial profession has a central role to play in supporting companies to do the ‘right thing’, both in terms of ethical standards and value generation for shareholders and other stakeholders. The demands on the profession are changing and it’s important that the profession adapts to these demands. In other words, it’s never been a more interesting and exciting time to be a corporate governance professional!


Valentina Dotto, Policy Advisor, CGIUKI

Valentina Dotto is a Policy Advisor at the Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland, specializing in effective corporate governance. In 2022, she received the 'heavy lifters' award from DIACC for her contributions to the development of the Pan Canadian Trust Framework. She is a member of the World Council on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the Global Network of Human Rights and Environment (GNHRE).

She holds a bachelor's degree in International Development from Università Degli Studi di Torino, during which she completed placements at the Campus of the United Nations. During this time, she also earned a Diploma in International Contracts, Agreements, and Conventions from the International Labour Organisation ILO-United Nations System Staff College International Training Centre.

During her MSc. in Asian Studies at Lund University in 2015, she conducted a year-long research placement at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore) and the National University of Malaysia. There, her research focused on the environmental impacts of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement.

Currently, she is on course to complete a PhD in constitutional and comparative law, where her research revolves around the use of law as a tool for social change.

Alan Hewitt, Non-Executive Director, Praxonomy Ltd

Alan has been involved with IT, Services and Consulting for over 40 years and has an extensive range of experience across multiple industries in many countries. He has performed a wide range of client facing roles from Hardware Engineer through IT Architect, Project Manager, Consultant to Business Executive and has also held many line positions. This blend of line management experience, technical background and organisational skills make him particularly effective in assessing business and management problems and working with clients to develop solutions appropriate to their environment. 

He worked at IBM for 30 years where he was an Executive Partner within their Consulting Business GBS (Global Business Solutions) and was the Global Leader for the Workforce Transformation practice.

He was part of the core global team that made and executed the PwCC (Price Waterhouse Coopers Consulting) acquisition in 2001 taking responsibility for the capability of the combined organisation across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Alan took early retirement from IBM in June 2010, and has since established himself as an independent consultant operating in the Workforce Transformation area working with clients in the Media, Healthcare, Retail, Software and Charity Sectors.

Since 2018 he has been a Non Executive Director for Praxonomy Ltd who build and market a Board Management Software offering called Boardlogic. Alan has written multiple Blog pieces for Praxonomy which can be found on their website and also on the London Stock Exchange Marketplace.

More recently Alan has been looking at the current focus on AI and its potential impact on organisations and boards in particular.

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