Interop London, 21 - 22 June 2016, ExCeL London UK


London Technology Week

Interop London

Tech Startup Ten - Judging panel

Blaise HammondBlaise Hammond, Marketing Director, techUK

Blaise has 20 years marketing and communications experience working across technology, healthcare and general business communications.

An expert in marketing communications and public relations from product and issues to corporate communications, crisis and contingency and promotions, Blaise has designed and led campaigns for some of the world's leading organisations including ARM Holdings, Intel, Cook Medical, Sony, NEC, HM Govt, and more… 

Susanne ChistiSusanne Chishti, CEO & Founder, FINTECH Circle

Susanne Chishti is the CEO & Founder of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Membership Club and Angel Network focused exclusively on fintech opportunities, based in London. Senior Capital Markets Manager, Entrepreneur and Investor with strong financial services expertise aware of new trends across the Financial Services Technology (FinTech) sector, B2C and B2B growth opportunities and regulatory requirements. More than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong.

Susanne is an experienced leader, coach and Non-Executive Director for FinTech Start-ups with positive “can do” attitude and enthusiasm to solve complex capital markets challenges. Focus on corporate strategy, finance and the successful launch of innovative products and services while providing access to senior leaders in the City/Canary Wharf for investment (angel investors) and business advise (Non-Executive Directors).

Susanne is also a Conference Speaker, Mentor & Judge at FINTECH Events:

  • Speaker at the FINTECH 2014 Conference - Modernising Financial Services with focus on the effect of disruption on traditional financial services models 
  • Capital on Stage Conference to present FINTECH Circle, Europe's 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities
  • Judge at the Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerator for its inaugural FINTECH start-up weekend 

Jack Cator, Hide My AssJack Cator, Founder of Hide My Ass! 

Born out of a rebellious dislike for online censorship, Hide My Ass! began as a free proxy created by Jack Cator at the tender age of just 16 to help people across the world fool the cyber-censors and access the internet without leaving a trace. Now 25 years old and employing over 80 people with a head office in London’s busy Soho - Jack truly embodies the classic British entrepreneur who forged his own success using the power of the web.

Since 2009, and without any outside investment, Jack has built Hide My Ass! from a basic proxy to an expert VPN service with the widest international server network of any other VPN company in the world.

Beginning as a personal project based on the principle that the internet is for everyone, Jack discovered that Hide My Ass! had gained widespread interest after it went viral on sharing site, Digg in 2005. Within 24 hours the site was featured on hundreds of websites and received tens of thousands of unique visitors. Funding the website with his own money, Jack was happy to keep backing Hide My Ass! to give people access to the internet in private. In the years that followed the site began to pay for itself as advertisers began using the space, and this continued until 2008 when Jack decided to launch a subscription-based VPN.

A year later, Jack felt that the business was viable enough to launch officially. Nervous about its success, but confident that the service had been developed to the right standard, Jack launched Hide My Ass! to the open market, and gained more subscriptions in the first month of trading than he’d expected for an entire year.

Hide My Ass! now provides services to over ten million people around the world with unprecedented access to the internet, with products allowing people to use the web freely, in complete privacy and security from hackers and snoops.

Michele Davidson Michele Davidson-Jones, Senior Account Manager, UK Trade & Investment

Michele Davidson-Jones is a UK Trade and Investment Senior Account Manager working with companies in the software and digital space. She has 16 years’ experience of helping both UK and overseas companies grow their business internationally. She recently completed 3 years working with the Tech City Investment organisation, helping international entrepreneurs expand their business in the Tech City cluster in London.  She is currently leading on the London Technology Week activity for UKTI.

John WelshJohn Welsh, Managing Director, Digital & Content, UBM EMEA

UBM's sees content as an essential way to deliver the strategic business objectives of our event brands, such as better customer insight, data acquisition, matching buyers and sellers, increased registration and profitable revenue. John, along with his fellow directors, is responsible for driving, developing and delivering this strategy across UBM EMEA.

John has a track record of delivering new products: from simple websites in 2000, B2B social networking in 2007, social media strategies in 2008, virtual events in 2010 and show apps in 2011. John has been and continues to be the co-leader of UBM EMEA's innovation programme through a series of divisional-wide activities and workshops.

His background is as an editor of three different B2B magazines and as a launcher of innovative digital products. He has written books, done regular TV and radio broadcast work plus public speaking at conferences and several lectures, both on subjects as diverse as architecture, commercial property, travel and media.

Ooj Jhutti iWazatOojal Jhutti, Founder & Chief Everything Officer, iWazat

Ooj is founder and head honcho at, a smart, web-based event engagement and audience networking platform. iWazat’s industry-first technology allows any event organiser to quickly build powerful, responsive HTML5 and native Android and iOS apps in just minutes. With a core focus on intuitive design and innovation, their collaborative approach and unique vantage point has helped everyone from SME’s and niche event organisers, through to FTSE100’s and Bluechips demonstrably increase their ROI and stakeholder value, before, during and long after their events are over. A voracious consumer and sharer of knowledge, Ooj enjoys nothing more than stretching the limits of the possible daily.

Ian Wallis StartupsIan Wallis, Editorial Director,

Ian is an experienced business journalist and editorial director of Crimson’s business websites, Growing Business, and
Previously, he created Entrepreneur TV – exclusive video interviews with more than 60 household name entrepreneurs such as Sir James Dyson, Specsavers’ Dame Mary Perkins and Kwik-Fit’s founder Sir Tom Farmer.
He was recognised as a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 in 2009, has contributed to The Guardian and Daily Telegraph’s business sections, and has edited a number of business books as well as publications for the likes of Barclays, the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, and Sony.


Rob HayesRob Hayes, Corporate Partner, Pennington Manches

Rob joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in the corporate team in January 2008. He undertakes a wide variety of corporate work, specialising in acquisitions, mergers, disposals, private equity and venture capital work.

He has a particular interest and expertise of working with high growth technology businesses, including companies spun out of universities. His work in this area largely involves advising companies on seed capital fundings, major refinancings and trade sales.

One of Rob’s clients, Flubit, was set up in 2012 with disruptive e-commerce technology. Since then, Rob’s team have undertaken both corporate and commercial legal work for the company, including a strategic alliance with Barclaycard.

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