The Agenda - 2020

The programme at the GovTech Summit combines a unique combination of senior public sector leaders and cutting edge entrepreneurs. Take a look below to see the topics discussed at this year's event.

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:45




09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:00


















11:00 - 12:00

Welcome to the GovTech Summit 2020

FIRESIDE CHAT: How should we reconfigure government to better deliver for citizens in a post-COVID era?

  • Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, UK

  • Hanna Johnson, COO, PUBLIC

FIRESIDE CHAT with Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital and Telecommunications, France

PANEL: Transforming Government: How public bodies will evolve to be more responsive to post-crisis challenges?

What are the main challenges to introduce innovation within the public sector?

  • Minister Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Public Transformation and Civil Service, France

  • Raymond Knops, State Secretary Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands

  • Mark Greenaway, Head of Northern Europe Enterprise, Adobe

Moderator : Johnny Hugill, Head of Research, PUBLIC

How can we balance good decisions with fast decisions while implementing new technology within public sectors?

  • Minister Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Public Transformation and Civil Service, France

  • Marta Arsovska Tomovska, Director, Public Administration Reform Team, Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia

  • Mark Greenaway, Head of Northern Europe Enterprise, Adobe

  • Wietse Van Ransbeeck, CEO and Co-founder, CitizenLab

Moderator: Johnny Hugill, Head of Research, PUBLIC

PANEL: HealthTech: Has the pandemic accelerated the adoption of tech in health and social care?

What role has technology played in assisting governments across Europe in combating COVID-19 and helping their citizens?

  • Minister Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, Germany

  • Minister Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, UK

  • Rachel Murphy, CEO, Difrent

  • Frédéric Dufaux, Deputy CEO, Docaposte

Moderator: Maddy Phipps-Taylor, CEO, EVA Healthcare Technologies

Where do you see future opportunities in HealthTech supporting health and social care work in this new COVID era?

  • Rachel Murphy, CEO, Difrent

  • Frédéric Dufaux, Deputy CEO, Docaposte

  • Andreas Cleve, Co-founder and CEO, CORTI

  • Juliet Bauer, Managing Director, LIVI UK

Moderator: Maddy Phipps-Taylor, CEO, EVA Healthcare Technologies

12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:00







13:10 - 13:20

13:25 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15






14:15 - 14:35

Pitch GovTech Competition

PANEL: The Future of Work: If remote working is the 'new normal', what does this mean for the Government?

  • Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard, Mayor of Employment and Integration, Municipality of Copenhagen

  • Asha Haji, Co-founder & COO, Founders Academy

  • Antoine Duboscq, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Wimi

Moderator: Caroline Daniel, Partner, Brunswick Group



INTERVIEW: Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office


PANEL: Track and Trace: What impact has COVID had on attitudes to surveillance technology?

  • Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, ICO

  • Sir Mark Rowley, Executive Chairman, Hagalaz

  • Nima Elmi, Head of Government Affairs, World Economic Forum

Moderator: Ria Thomas, Managing Director, Polynia Advisory

CASE STUDY: The Future of London: Bringing councils and communities together as catalysts for change

  • Dominic Campbell, CEO, FutureGov

  • Ian Thomas CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

  • Kajal Odedra, Executive Director,

  • Georgia Gould, Leader of the Council, Camden Council

14:35 - 15:30







15:30 - 16:30








16:30 - 17:30







17:30 - 18:00

PANEL: Living with COVID: How can technology help us to adapt our cities to make them safe and sustainable?

  • Minister Nikolaï Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Norway

  • Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority

  • Anna Jordan, Head of Operations, Alchera Technologies

  • Stefan Webb, Place Director, FutureGov

Moderator: Fotis Talantzis, CEO, Novoville

PANEL: Skilling up Governments

  • Admiral Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord, Royal Navy

  • Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office

  • Mitchell Weiss, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

  • Pamela Dow, Executive Director, Govt Skills and Curriculum, Cabinet office

  • Eldrid Jordaan, CEO,

Moderator: Verity Harding, Fellow of the Bennett Institute, Cambridge University

PANEL: Algorithmic Government: risks and opportunities

  • Peter Parycek, Professor, Danube University Krems

  • Sue Bateman, Interim Director, DDaT Functional Strategy

  • Max Beverton-Palmer, Head of Tech & Society, Tony Blair Institute

  • Rachel Coldicutt, Independent technology strategist, Careful Industries

  • Marc Warner, CEO, Faculty

Moderator: Maija Palmer, Innovation editor, Sifted

Closing Ceremony

Pitch GovTech Winner announcement

Discussion with Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić

Closing remarks

Breakout Sessions

10:00 - 11:00





13:30 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:30




15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30

WORKSHOP with FutureGov: Digital Transformation as a Trojan Horse for Making Change Real

WORKSHOP with Adobe: Redefining Government Experiences through Tailored Citizen Journeys

  • Carmen Michael, Director, Content & Digital Transformation New South Wales Department of Education, Australia

  • Anna Mascarello, Head of Public Sector Experience Cloud ANZ, Adobe

  • Edward Elliott, Head of Growth, PUBLIC

FIRESIDE CHAT and Q/A Session:

  • Markus Richter, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology, Germany

  • Nils Hoffmann, Head of GovStart, Germany

WORKSHOP with Sharing Cities: Common Solutions for Shared Challenges

  • Lucette Demets, Head of Urban, London & Partners

  • Nathan Pierce, Head of Smart London Team and Programme Director for Sharing Cities, Greater London Authority

  • Sandy Tung, Programme Manager for Sharing Cities, Greater London Authority


BREAKOUT SESSION: ‘In conversation with Jen Allum, Head of GOV.UK '

  • Jen Allum, Head of GOV.UK, UK Government digital service

  • Matthew Trimming, Senior Advisor, PUBLIC