Reimagining Retail and CPG Through Enterprise-level Gen AI

Tuesday 16 April 2024 │ 18:30-21:30 GMT │Pan Pacific Hotel
In partnership with
Cognizant and Microsoft

Retail and Consumer Goods industries are ever evolving, and innovation & adaptation have always been key hallmarks of success.

While there is still deliberation around the overall impact and outcomes of gen AI based solutions, many believe the early movers will reap some advantages that others won’t. So for leading organisations the question is no longer 'why' we should adopt generative AI, but 'when' and 'how' we can effectively implement and scale it.

Join other Chief Disruptor members for this intimate dinner and discussion as Cognizant and Microsoft guide us through tangible examples of how they’ve supported organisations on this journey in transforming employee and customer experiences and drive growth with gen AI.

18:30   Registration and drinks

19:10   Move to seats

19:15   Welcome from Emma Taylor, Founder, Chief Disruptor

19:20   Scene setter and overview - by Cognizant and Microsoft

19:30   Dinner & Discussion

  • What are the enterprise-level opportunities of genAI for retailers and consumer brands
  • The common challenges and roadblocks that organisations are facing now when looking to implement AI
  • The risks and ethics associated
  • How to demonstrate the value of generative AI to both customers and the workforce
  • The best way to engage the board in conversations around generative AI

21:30   Close


Duncan Roberts, Futurist, Senior Researcher, CognizantDuncan Roberts, Futurist, Senior Researcher, Cognizant

Currently with Cognizant Research, Duncan Roberts joined the company in 2019 as a digital strategy and transformation consultant in industries ranging from satellite communications to educational assessment. He has advised clients on utilizing technology to meet strategic objectives and discover the art of the possible through innovation.

Before Cognizant, Duncan worked for one of the largest publishing houses in Europe, playing a leading role in the digital publishing revolution, helping transform their operations and launching new innovative products. He holds a Masters in Philosophy and Classics from the University of St. Andrews.


Howe, EMEA Regional Managing Director, MicrosoftHowe Gu, EMEA Regional Managing Director, Microsoft
With nearly two decades of experience in business strategy, enterprise sales, and digital innovation, Howe is currently the EMEA Regional Managing Director for Microsoft's Retail Industry and Partner Sales organization. Leading a team of seasoned industry advisors across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he and his team specialize in unlocking innovative solutions to retail industry's most pressing challenges and opportunities. Formerly a senior leader at PwC and Deloitte, Howe has a global footprint working with enterprise customers across the Americas, Europe and Asia. He actively contributes as an advisor for Microsoft for Start-ups and is recognized for his passion in community service, travel and Chinese watercolour painting.


This is a private event for Full Members of our community including CMOs, CCOs, CSOs, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, COOs and those of equivalent seniority. Membership is free and takes less than 5 minutes. As a member, you will have access to this and other complimentary events. Learn more.