What Matters Now!

Reimagining Digital Transformation for the 21st century

This year’s Sogeti Executive Summit looks a little different. We’ve moved it online. But we’re also combining the new digital format with local physical discussions where possible.

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The format might have changed, but the content was as thought provoking and informative as ever. We lined up some visionary change agents to help us answer the question ‘What Matters Now!’ as we all face up to the short- and long-term global impacts of COVID-19.

In just a few months we have seen a tremendous amount of improvisation and creativity keeping our organizations going. This astounding achievement is a demonstration of the inherent capability of organizations to move fast and be bold in times of crisis.

What’s clear is that, under pressure, everything becomes fluid; resistance to change is instantly overcome by absolute necessity. We’ve also seen that the digitization of many industries has not slowed, rather it is accelerating everywhere. Find out what was discussed on the 17th November at the first Digital Sogeti Executive Summit.

Join the debate

  • How can organizations reconcile an ambitious innovation and transformation agenda while maintaining an extreme focus on cost containment?
  • Can business leaders keep sight of what is important in the long term while the emphasis has shifted to short-term urgency and outcomes?
  • How can organizations increase overall agility and build an innovation-ready enterprise while becoming more resilient to unexpected change?
  • How should leaders respond to the emerging purpose economy with revisited values that are driving enterprises to be relevant and responsible participants in a civic society?
  • What will it take to solve the tremendous backlog of existing systems that stand in the way of rapid transformation?
  • How can organizations accelerate digital transformation while so much is slowing it down?

Our visionary guest speakers

Radical Creativity for Turbulent Times


John Kao, Chairman - Institute for Large Scale Innovation

John has made a career out of unpeeling the onion of creativity and innovation. He brings eclectic experience to the question of ‘how’ - teaching at Harvard Business School and the MIT Media Lab, producing feature films and theater, starting high-tech ventures and sharing the bandstand with Frank Zappa and the original Mothers of Invention.

John is a highly sought-after thought leader and self-styled ‘innovation activist. His many published works reflect a diverse career and entrepreneurial mindset.

Read John’s “Six Intelligences” framework published on World Economic Forum

Explore his recent articles in Forbes:

  • Disruption or Discontinuity - Why the Distinction Matters to All Of Us
  • The Key to Thriving in Disrupted Times Is Finding Our Way to The Present Moment
  • Financing Innovation in A Time of Pandemic – What are the New Realities?
  • The Three Keys to Making Sense of The Livestream Revolution

Watch John’s presentation on Innovation Activism

Read his book “Jamming

The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics.

Mathematician, researcher, writer and radio presenter Marcus was the recipient of the 2009 Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He has written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, as well as award-winning radio and TV programs.

Author and mathematician Marcus has been named as one of the UK’s leading scientists. He is an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster, renowned for bringing mathematics to life.

Watch Marcus in the BBC documentary “The Story of Math

Marcus is a Go player. Hear what he thinks about the AI breakthrough, known as the Go moment

Read his latest book on Computer Creativity

Visit his website

The Rising Frugal Economy

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou, Advisor on the Frugal Economy

Navi is an innovation and leadership advisor and bestselling author. His most recent book, Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less, published by The Economist in 2015, shows how companies can innovate faster, better, and sustainably in today’s customer-driven global tech economy shaped by climate change.

Bestselling author Navi is an innovation and leadership advisor. Decribing himself as a global citizen, his many published works aim to ignite people’s igenuity, compassion and wisdom.

Read Navi’s books:

Watch his TedX global presentation

And join him on his “Inner Journey” to freedom on TedX

Leaving the world lusher than we found it

Ruth Andrade

Ruth Andrade, Leaving the world Lusher than we found it.

Having grown up in a concrete jungle, amidst high-rise buildings, asphalt and pollution, Ruth is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and to leverage the power of global brands to do good. She started working for Lush in 2004 and soon became the head of environment, inspiring many environmental initiatives.

Ruth is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and leverage the power of global brands to do good.

Ruth is part of Lush Cosmetics – Discover how Lush took on the cosmetics industry in this Financial Times profile

Watch Ruth on Regenerative and Bio-Inspired organizations

Watch Ruth on leaving the world lusher than we found it


15:00 CET / 09:00 EST

Welcome from Sogeti CTO Michiel Boreel and Director of the SogetiLabs research institute Menno van Doorn who will be hosting the event live from a studio in the Netherlands

Navi Radjou

What’s the shape of the recovery? The inner work that is needed to recover will lead organizations into new directions. We’re used to concepts like B-to-B and B-to-C, but we really need to focuss business-to-society.

Your first subgroup discussion you will participate in. Meet your peers, think and express freely. Share your concerns and optimism. Be open for some improvisation. Let;’s start building an agenda for your organizations future.

Report out and have moment of reflection. We’re curious how our CxO board will respond to the outcomes of your discussions.

Marcus du Sautoy

We all know AI will define how business will be run in the future. Recent breakthrough in AI creativity surprised us clearly. Creative machines? Yes indeed. Definitely some unconventional thinking is needed to have this applied in your organization. Let our specialist, professor Du Sautoy, guide you through AI’s new capability.

Your second round of discussion. This time we take the techno-angle. But creative machines need guidance. In what direction would you take the creativity of machines. We will be building upon the thoughts of the first round of discussion.

Reporting out. We still need humans for that. Will we be able to define a common ground for AI creativity? Any crazy or not so crazy ideas that will inspire you. Here again, the CxO board will help us to make up our minds.

John Kao

We're all suddenly aware of how surprises can change markets and the future of organisations. Anticipating change is a competence that is lacking for most organizations. How do we re-organize to become agile? And what can we learn from Jazz musicians?

Your third round of discussion. How frugal is your innovation process and do you dare to share your worst and best practices with your peers? What should organizations do in order to adapt a fresh way of working yourself towards the future?

A new round of reporting out. Can a mindset of frugality be of any help to get us to the next level. And by the way, how do you deal with mindset shifts? Your ideas against the CxO board.

Ruth Andrade

Whatever we decide to do, somewhere along the line regenerative business will hit your organization hard. The ‘going back to normal’ is unthinkable. Young generations of clients and employees will be setting the agenda. What can we learn from an organisation that is riding the wave of extreme engagement in our planets future. And how does regenerative play out in HR and culture?

Inspiration is a two way street. Active listening and reflecting in real live conversations. What have we learned? When we know that one idea only is needed to start a new journey, what could that one idea be? Have we come close to set a common agenda to prepare for the post-covid society?

Contact & Registration

Registrations are closed.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Margo Langeweg
Margo Langeweg
Executive Event Planner, Sogeti
Phone: +31622546440