26 February - 1 March 2018

Speakers

Emma McGuigan

Emma McGuigan

Position

Group Technology Officer, Communications, Media & Technology

Company

Accenture

Description

Emma McGuigan is the Group Technology Officer for Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology operating group. In this role, Emma is responsible for the group’s technology strategy, overseeing current and future partnerships, and positioning around emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing to help drive leading-edge technology consulting and innovation to clients.

Emma has been with Accenture for more than 20 years, joining Accenture after graduating with a Master’s degree in Electronics from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. She is passionate about technology and has spent her career architecting and delivering technology enabled solutions to clients in a range of industries.  Growing up with a variety of technologies from across the ecosystem, custom through packaged, Emma has worked with clients on programs from the cutting edge of innovation to large scale core solutions.  She spent the most recent 3 years as the managing director for Accenture’s Technology business in the UKI and was the global sponsor for Accenture Technology’s talent transformation program, impacting a population of 170,000 people as they rotate to the New.

She has been recognised several times as an industry influencer as a result of her passion for technology and dedication to inspire young women to embark on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers. In 2015 and 2016, Emma was named as one of the 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine, was listed in Computer Business Review’s 10 most successful women in UK technology and was the Forward Ladies National Women in Business STEM category winner 2016. In 2012 she was the technology category winner of Women in the City's Woman of Achievement Awards.

In 2013, Emma was made a fellow of The Chartered Institute for IT. She currently serves as a board member of techUK, advisory board member of Digital Leaders and industry advisory board member for the Open University Maths and Computing Science department.

Outside Accenture, Emma is a keen triathlete, a trustee for the Orchid Project and a business advisor to a sustainable development charity.

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