An Era of Epic Disruption

We are in an era of unparalleled change, marked by dazzling technologies, new digital business models, and increasing societal pressures. The winners in this complex world are those who can see order in the chaos, recognize the opportunities that arise, and understand how to ride the shifting tectonic plates of business and society. The next Accenture Innovation Forum will help you steer your organization through the changes that lie ahead.

Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, USA

What’s new at this year’s Accenture Innovation Forum

Hear from Paul Daugherty, Accenture Chief Technology & Innovation Officer about what you can look forward to at our upcoming Forum.

The executives that attend tell us that the content in the Innovation Forum is unlike any other event, and this is the one meeting each year that they aim to attend.

Sebastian Thrun


Sir Tim Berners-Lee


Named as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s “100 Greatest Britons” and one of the world’s “Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as software engineer at CERN.

In 2007, he formed the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization committed to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all.

A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at MIT and CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton and a Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Mary Lou Jepsen


Fareed Zakaria


Mikko Hypponen


Chad Rigetti


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Accenture Leaders

David Rowland


David Rowland was named interim chief executive officer of Accenture on January 11, 2019. In this role, David serves on the board of directors and leads Accenture's Global Management Committee.

Prior to being named interim CEO, David served for more than five years as Accenture’s chief financial officer with responsibility for the company’s corporate controllership, treasury, tax, investor relations, financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning and analysis, and corporate development functions.

David previously served on the board and as Audit Committee chair for Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft.

Earlier in his career with the company, David held a number of finance leadership positions, including senior vice president—Finance, with responsibility for the company's Finance Operations organization, which included financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning and analysis and the global finance directors supporting the company’s operating groups and businesses. During this time, he was a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and chaired Accenture’s Operations Council consisting of all group operating officers and other corporate leaders. He was also finance director for Accenture's two largest operating groups, Communications & High Tech and Products.

David began his career with Accenture in 1983 in the Consulting group and spent several years serving clients across a variety of industries. He has served on a number of management committees and has also played significant leadership roles in a number of company-wide initiatives.

Throughout his professional career, David has served on several civic and charitable boards. He is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was recognized among the top CFOs in the Payments, Processors & IT Services sector by Institutional Investor from 2015 through 2019 including as Best CFO on the “2016 All-America Executive Team,” ranking No. 1 in the sector.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Omar Abbosh


Omar Abbosh is group chief executive of Accenture's Communications, Media & Technology operating group, which serves clients in the communications, media, high tech, software and platform industries. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Before being appointed to his current position in September 2018, Omar served as Accenture’s chief strategy officer for more than three years, with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the company’s strategy, strategy implementation, innovation programs and investments. This included ventures and acquisitions, the Dock—Accenture’s flagship innovation facility, industry programs and Accenture’s security business.

Previously, Omar held several management roles including senior managing director – Growth & Strategy for the Resources operating group, managing director of the Resources business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Global Utilities managing director and managing director of Accenture Smart Grid Services & Accenture Energy Consumer Services. He has served as the global client lead for leading multinational companies where he advised client executives on major strategic issues for their businesses, including bringing and scaling digital innovation into the enterprise, operating model transformation, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation and investment management. He also served on the Global Energy Board chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley for ten years.

Omar joined Accenture in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. He holds a degree in electronic engineering from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD.

Kelly Bissell


Kelly leads Accenture's Global Security business. In his role, Kelly oversees the spectrum of security services including strategic consulting, cyber defense, digital identity, response and remediation services, and managed security services. He also helps chief executives and the boards of companies understand 'the new' and approach cybersecurity with a balance of cost and risk.

With more than 25 years of security industry experience, Kelly specializes in breach incident response, identity management, privacy and data protection, secure software development, and cyber risk management. His role as the Accenture Security lead spans strategic consulting, proactive risk management and digital identity to cyber defense, response and remediation services, and managed security services—across all industries. Kelly is also affiliated to OASIS, a non-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

In his free time, Kelly volunteers for the Community Food Bank. He is passionate about his family and loves spending time with them. He is also an avid reader and a regular runner.

Marc Carrel-Billiard


Marc Carrel-Billiard is the global senior managing director of Accenture Labs, the company's dedicated R&D organization. In his role, he also directs Accenture’s annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise technology.

Marc has been with Accenture for nearly 20 years and has worked across all the five industries we serve. Before taking on leadership of Technology R&D, Marc was the global lead for Emerging Technology in Accenture. He has held several global leadership roles within Accenture’s technology group, including within Application Portfolio Optimization and SOA/Integration Architecture. He has worked across several cutting-edge areas of IT including voice recognition, knowledge-based systems and neural networks.

Marc is one of a select group of Accenture certified Master Technology Architects, and is also a Solution Architect and Select Quality Assurance director. He has broad software engineering and delivery experience, particularly in areas such as component and object-oriented technologies. Before joining Accenture in 1998, Marc was part of IBM Global Services where he published several articles and books on C++ and Java programming with Prentice Hall. Marc lives in San Francisco with his wife and son. His passions include photography and hiking.

Paul Daugherty


Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Paul has responsibility for driving innovation through R&D activities in Accenture Labs and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally.

Paul founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. He also leads the company’s large group of highly skilled, certified technology architects, who apply new technologies and architectural foundations in building solutions for clients across industries. In addition, Paul is responsible for managing Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Accenture’s Global CIO Council and annual CIO and Innovation Forum.

Paul has played a key role in evolving Accenture’s technology business to respond to changes in the industry. He developed the Digital Business vision and helped shape Accenture’s early moves to establish its digital business leadership. He founded Accenture’s cloud computing business and was instrumental in launching Accenture’s SaaS, big data and open source businesses, and played a key role in the company’s technology business during the major transitions to client/server computing and internet-based computing.

Paul is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the workplace and sponsoring STEM-related inclusion and diversity initiatives. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on industry and technology issues, and has published articles in a variety of publications. He sponsors Accenture’s technology initiatives with the World Economic Forum. Paul also serves as chairman of the board of Avanade, the leading provider of Microsoft technology services. He is on the board of directors for Girls Who Code, Accenture Global Services Limited, the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, and the advisory board for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Paul helped found the advisory board of the Academy of Information Technology, a non-profit that works to boost IT careers for youth. He also sponsors Accenture’s partnership with, which is focused on bringing Computer Science education to students around the world. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of Answer ALS as its Infrastructure and Technology Committee Lead.

Paul has been named to Adweek 50 2017, the prestigious recognition of top marketing, media and technology executives who, in Adweek’s words, are “using cutting-edge tech guided by hard-won insights to blaze new trails.” He is listed on Business Transformation 150, which identifies the world’s most influential executives across a spectrum of industries, was named as Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 for his extraordinary technology leadership—and was selected as a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2017. The Institute for Women’s Leadership has recognized Paul with the “Guys Who Get It Award” for business leaders who have supported diversity in the workplace and the advancement of women, especially in the areas of technology and other STEM fields. He was also honored with the Irish America Business 100 award.

Paul is co-author of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, a seminal book providing a much-needed management playbook for the business of AI, recently published by Harvard Press. Learn more about the book and what major media and influencers are saying here.

Paul joined Accenture in 1986 and became a partner in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

Bhaskar Ghosh


Dr. Bhaskar Ghosh is group chief executive—Accenture Technology Services with overall responsibility for the Accenture Application Services business. He directs strategy and investments for Accenture Technology Services, and leads platforms, products and global technology delivery. He is a member of the Accenture Global Management Committee.

In this role, Bhaskar’s focus is to enable enterprises to embrace digital disruption and drive growth through innovation and services designed to reinvent their application portfolio. A key aspect in this is to help enterprises transform their business through the adoption of New IT, spanning strategy, technologies, architectures, platforms, methods, organization and operating models.

Under Bhaskar’s leadership, Accenture transformed its Applications Services business and launched the Future of Applications vision, which emphasized that business leaders will play a bigger role in building applications and IT will play a bigger role in strategy. This vision underscored the role of software for differentiation and innovation, and urged companies to begin a reinvention journey and new operating model to compete in the high-velocity, software-driven world.

Accenture Technology Services has made outstanding progress to rapidly rotate to the New and enable clients to lead in the New under Bhaskar’s leadership. More than 180,000 Accenture Technology people have been trained around the world in New IT, including automation, Agile development and intelligent platforms, and Accenture strengthened New IT offerings around data, cloud, security and Liquid Application Management. In the same period, Accenture opened a ground-breaking Innovation Hub in Bengaluru with a focus on driving innovation at scale, and a network of more than 18 Liquid Studios around the world.

Before joining Accenture in 2003, Bhaskar was vice president and global head of IT infrastructure management services at Infosys. Earlier in his career, he held several senior positions with Philips in India, where he worked extensively with the consumer electronics industry.

Bhaskar has been awarded patents in multiple areas, including IT automation. He holds a bachelor of science degree a master’s degree in business administration from Calcutta University and a Ph.D. in business process management from Utkal University in India.

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*Agenda may be subject to change


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street

Meet and greet for all registered guests. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street

Please check your registration packet for details


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street

Kick off the day with an invigorating run, departing from the lobby of the Dominick Hotel


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street


Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

Breakfast available in Studios 1 and 2


Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street


Studios 3 & 4

David Rowland, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Accenture
Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture


Studios 3 & 4

Hugh Herr, Athlete, Scientist, Innovator, Futurist

Bionics designer Hugh Herr knows a thing or two about innovation. Hugh co-directs the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media Lab, where he is pioneering a new class of biohybrid smart prostheses and orthoses to improve the quality of life for thousands of people with physical challenges. Hugh will show us a future in which we have augmented our bodies in a way that will redefine human potential – and, maybe, turn us into superheroes.

James Kissell, Partner, Andreesen Horowitz; Nancy Clark, Senior Vice President, Consumer Group Customer Service, Verizon; in conversation with Dr. Athina Kanioura, Chief Analytics Officer, Accenture

James Kissell, one of Silicon Valley's leading VCs, shares his insights into where the clever money is going in AI/machine learning and how this will disrupt the enterprise, notably by transforming customer experience. Verizon has been innovating with AI on many fronts, and Nancy Clark will describe how they are embracing AI to drive better interaction with customers and improved business outcomes.

Dr. Vivienne Ming, Founder and Executive Chair, Socos

Entrepreneur and theoretical neuroscientist Vivienne Ming will explore her work using machine learning to maximize our human potential – from brains to whole communities – and the personal transformation that is possible once that potential is unleashed. Vivienne will also share her research using AI to transform work, education, and the future of leadership, while also addressing the ethics around AI.

Refreshments available in the Tech Lounge and Studio 5

Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder, Openwater and Inventor

What if a completely safe and affordable method of seeing deep inside our bodies and brains could be devised? Serial inventor Mary Lou Jepsen is developing non-invasive medical imaging technology that uses light to view inside the body and brain, even through bone. This device will eventually fit into something the size of a cellphone and be broadly accessible. What does this kind of disruptive technology mean for human health? Mary Lou will talk about the exciting opportunities ahead, some of which seem more sci-fi than science.

Chad Rigetti, Founder and CEO, Rigetti Computing

Is quantum computing the next major technology disruptor? Eventually, quantum computers will be able to solve previously unsolvable problems and address fundamental challenges in medicine, energy, business and science. Yet, what are the hurdles that need to be overcome, and when do we expect to see commercial viability? We’ll gain new perspectives from Chad Rigetti, whose company is at the forefront of harnessing quantum for the enterprise.

Marc Carrel-Billiard, Global Senior Managing Director—Accenture Labs


Studios 1 & 2

CEOs of “hot” startups; introduction by Marc Carrel-Billiard

Forum attendees have the opportunity to meet CEOs from emerging technology companies, many of which co-innovate with Accenture Ventures. This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into new sources of innovation in the start-up community. Participating companies include Akumina, Applied Brain Research, Everledger, Parsable, Rigetti Computing and Upskill.


Studios 1 & 2

Sebastian Thrun, Stanford Professor; Founding Director, Stanford AI Lab; CEO, Kitty Hawk; Chairman, Udacity; Introduction by Mike Sutcliff, Group Chief Executive, Accenture Digital

Bob Myers, CEO, Pillar Technologies; in conversation with Mike Sutcliff

Digital has reinvented industry as we know it and only the right combination of advanced technologies can enable digital transformation and enterprise-wide growth. But how do you turn disruption into a solution? Industry X.0 enables a wide range of connected products and rapid changes in product design, production, operations, and supply chains across many industries. In this session, we will talk about capabilities that are being built to enable Industry X.0 solutions, the culture change required to leverage them and what we can expect to see this year.

Lisa Buckingham, Executive Vice President and Chief People, Place and Brand Officer, Lincoln Financial Group; Christy Pambianchi, Executive Vice President, People and Digital, Corning; in conversation with Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture

People are an organization’s most important source of competitive advantage in the digital age. By using the best of technology and applied intelligence to elevate people, we can maximize their ability to innovate and drive growth. But positive outcomes aren’t inevitable – responsible leadership is needed to unlock human potential. This panel will discuss how organizations are leveraging intelligent technology + human ingenuity, building trust, and fostering continuous learning to future-proof their workforce.

Refreshments available in the Tech Lounge and Studio 5

A conversation with Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer—North America, Accenture

Innovation is now critical for growth and central to business strategies, yet many organizations still see it as a special project or the responsibility of the R&D organization. At the same time, innovation is creating challenges for both the public and private sectors, especially as the explosion of data and artificial intelligence raise more and more questions about data privacy. Julie Sweet will discuss how CEOs and business leaders are focusing on innovation to drive their business, and the implications for public policy, regulation and relationships in communities.​​

Amy Webb, Quantitative Futurist; Professor of Strategic Foresight, NYU Stern School of Business

If the fastest-growing power to change the future – artificial intelligence – was concentrated in the hands of only nine decision-makers, would you be concerned? Business leaders are being asked to make important decisions about the future of AI, but they don't always understand the longer-term implications. In this session, you will gain a deep understanding of Big Tech's influence on the next era of computing and how to brace your organization for epic disruption.

Gene Reznick, Chief Strategy Officer, Accenture

Please join us for a cocktail reception and light hors d’oeuvres to kick off the evening


Studios 1 & 2

Entertainment by Jazzy Amra, Jeremy Torres, and featuring Wyclef Jean, Rapper, Musician, Actor


Studios 1 & 2


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street

Kick off the day with an invigorating run, departing from the lobby of the Dominick Hotel


The Dominick Hotel, 246 Spring Street


Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

Breakfast available in Studios 1 and 2


Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

Omar Abbosh, Group Chief Executive—Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture

Sir Tim Berners Lee, Professor MIT & Oxford University; CTO & Co-Founder, Inrupt, Inc.; Director, World Wide Web Foundation; in conversation with Paul Daugherty

Thirty years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, now the foundation of global commerce and the platform of the digital age. In this fireside chat, Paul Daugherty will have a wide-ranging discussion with Sir Tim about the future of the web and issues around balancing openness and privacy, net neutrality and the spread of mis-information. Sir Tim will also talk about the work he is doing at MIT on the “The Solid Project” and the mission of his start-up Inrupt to re-decentralize the Web and empower web users with their own data.

Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure; Computer Security Expert and Columnist

The business world is facing a new dimension of online risk with ever more sophisticated attacks by cyber-criminals and terrorists. To combat this threat, organizations must understand the evolving aims and capabilities of the attackers, whether criminals, “hacktivists” or hostile nation-states. At the same time, Mikko will explain how security can be used not just to safeguard vital assets, but also to enable greater productivity and creativity. He will provide pragmatic guidance on how to transform your approach to security, going beyond simply defending the borders of the organization to focus on what is happening inside the network itself.

Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco; Debra King, Senior Vice President and CIO, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont; in conversation with Kelly Bissell, Senior Managing Director—Accenture Security Global Lead

Organizations are spending billions globally fighting cybercrime, but all too often the attackers still succeed in penetrating their defenses. How do you develop a strategy for cyber-resilient business under advancing threats, complicated by the constant evolution of the enterprise? Hear from two executives who are guiding their respective organizations through change – from digital disruption to an M&A – and their insights from the front.

Refreshments available in the Tech Lounge and Studio 5

John de Keijzer, Head of Development IT, Network & Innovation, Swisscom; Paula Tolliver, CIO, Intel; Bhaskar Ghosh, Group Chief Executive—Technology Services, Accenture; in conversation with Andrew Wilson, CIO, Accenture

CIOs stand at the convergence of business transformation, digital transformation and value realization. They are tasked with harnessing the broadest-ever range of new technology capabilities, while meeting the most stringent demands for pace, agility, security and compliance. What does success look like? The characteristics of a modern technologist have fundamentally changed, along with their role in the C-suite and on the Board. CIOs must be in equal measure change agents, transformers, orchestrators and business strategists. In this panel, we’ll explore how the role of the “post-digital CIO” has changed, the skills that are now required to succeed, and the impact this is having on their IT organization, the C-suite and the broader business. We will also introduce Accenture’s new research on Future Systems and ask: “Does this raise the bar higher?”

Questlove, musician; in conversation with Paul Daugherty

Lunch available in Studios 1 and 2

Fareed Zakaria, Host of Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide; in conversation with Sander van ‘t Noordende Group Chief Executive—Products, Accenture

Fareed Zakaria, one of the leading thinkers and commentators of our time, shares his perspective on the current state of affairs worldwide and the intractable forces that are reshaping economic and political unions, alliances and markets. In this far-reaching discussion, he will also discuss the impact of rising populism, the ongoing turmoil and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, and the struggle for AI dominance and what this means for the winners and losers.

Peter Hiom, Deputy CEO, Australian Stock Exchange; Sandra Ro, CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council; in conversation with David Treat, Managing Director—Global Blockchain Lead, Accenture

Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize the way we live and work, and that promise is starting to become reality. In financial services, we are already seeing how blockchain can be used at scale to provide frictionless, reliable and effective ways to facilitate seamless financial transactions. A vision for the future is starting to unfold, but questions still remain regarding where – and how – blockchain can add real value to enterprises. During this session we will explore real-life examples of how blockchain is being scaled and applied to deliver on its promise and how business leaders can determine and realize its value.

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor, Computer Science, Law and Policy, Harvard University

Over the past decade our lives have been transformed by technology, and the pace of change is set to accelerate further with the growth of AI. We have already allowed our privacy and cybersecurity to be compromised by social media, and society must now find a way to ensure these new technologies are used responsibly in the future. Should we demand that tech companies are held to the same high standard as doctors, lawyers and other professionals who have access to similar personal information about us? In an age of technological disruption, how do we develop new social, economic, regulatory and ethical frameworks and strategies to address challenges that have never been encountered before?


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