Join us for the launch of the Post-Industrial Forum, a unique global community for leaders driving the post-industrial transition.

The rapid progress of technologies such as machine learning, intelligent agents, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, distributed ledgers, and additive manufacturing is resulting in dramatic structural changes in all industries. For the first time in the history of the human species, we have exponential technology development coupled with massive decentralization. We are now seeing the beginning of a post-industrial civilization. This goes beyond “digital,”it is change on an anthropological level. (For more background, see this white paper.)

Brought to you by the Post-Lean Institute in collaboration with industry partners, the Post-Industrial Forum is a unique global community for leaders driving the post-industrial transition. We will bring together executives, investors, policymakers, and technologists, connect the dots, and collaborate to build an exciting and prosperous future.

Who should attend?

  • Corporate leaders
  • Investors (GPs and LPs in private equity)
  • Policymakers and policy advisors


16:00 Networking, refreshments

17:00 The Post-Industrial Transition:
 Rethinking Business & Society (Frode Odegard)

17:45 Panel Discussion, audience Q&A

Moderator: Pete Swabey
Editorial director, Thought Leadership, EMEA
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Toby Lewis
Co-Founder, Global Corporate Venturing
CEO, Novum Insights

Helen Disney
Founder, Dots Ventures
Founder and CEO, UnblockedEvents

Alan Grogan, Executive Partner
Data, Platforms, Analytics, IoT, AI and Cognitive
IBM Global Business Services (GBS)

Dr. Suran Goonatilake OBE
Visiting Professor, Computer Science
University College London (UCL)

18:15 The Post-Industrial Forum: Accelerating the Transition

19:00 Networking and refreshments

20:00 Close

Hosted by Ashurst LLP

We are sold out


Frode Odegard
Chairman and CEO, Post-Lean Institute

Founder, Post-Industrial Forum

Frode is a thought leader in next-generation, post-industrial management science. His major focus is on how corporates, investors and policymakers can best navigate humanity’s transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. A serial entrepreneur since his high school years, Frode’s multi-disciplinary background stretches from theoretical computer science to the boardroom. He has a deep background in organizational design and a passion for history, linguistics, disruptive technologies, and philosophy. When not at work on post-industrial management tools, he can be found in the dojo practicing traditional Iwama style Aikido.

Pete Swabey, Editorial director, EMEA
Thought Leadership
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Pete is the editorial director at The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in EMEA. He specialises in technology and has managed research projects on topics including digital transformation, the hyperconnected economy, the future of work and the evolution of marketing. He has presented this research at a range of conferences and has moderated discussions at a number of The Economist Group’s own events. Before joining The Economist Group in October 2013, Pete was editor of enterprise IT magazine and website Information Age and head of technology research for business-to-business publisher Vitesse Media.

Toby Lewis
CEO, Novum Insights

Co-Founder, Global Corporate Venturing

Toby, innovation monitoring company Novum Insights’ founder and CEO, is a highly energetic serial entrepreneur and prolific analyst, straddling the worlds of tokens, technology startups, venture capital and data science. He was one of the co-founders of analyst group Global Corporate Venturing, where he led the analytics team. Toby has spoken at numerous international technology conferences including Blockchain for Humanity, which took place during the World Economic Forum, Global Technology Symposium, South Summit, White Bull, Tech Tour and the many conferences of Global Corporate Venturing. He has written regularly for the Wall Street Journal and spoken at numerous international technology conferences including during the World Economic Forum.

Helen Disney
Founding Partner, Dots Ventures
Founder and CEO, UnblockedEvents

Helen is Founder and CEO of Unblocked, a hub for Blockchain events, education and information and a Founding Partner of Dots Ventures. She was listed in Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in Fintech Powerlist and has been referred to by Barclays as a “Blockchain guru”. She is also a member of techUK’s DLT working group and co-founder of the British Blockchain and Frontier Technologies Association (BBFTA). Previously, she set up a global platform for news, networking and conferences about Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers and worked on educational outreach at the Bitcoin Foundation. Prior to moving into fintech, she set up and ran a European network of 120 public policy think tanks for 15 years and has been regularly featured in the media including being a former editorial writer for The Times.

Alan Grogan
Executive Partner | CBDS Service Line Leader
Data, Platforms, Analytics, IoT, AI and Cognitive
IBM Global Business Services (GBS)

Alan leads the area of IBM that helps his clients embed every client function, decision and process with Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and IoT. He has over 15 years of data and analytics expertise working at the forefront of the Big Data and Analytics industry during which he has helped countless companies and government bodies transform and even reinvent their approaches around data. His achievements have seen his work covered in many prestigious publications including The Financial Times,, TechUK and He is currently ranked in the Top 100 list of Data Leaders in the UK and is a regular market and industry commentator to market analysts.

Dr. Suran Goonatilake OBE
Visiting Professor, Computer Science
University College London (UCL)

Suran is the co-founder of several deep-tech companies. He did his Phd in machine learning at UCL and along with fellow students co-founded Searchspace, a company that detects ‘unusual patterns’ in financial transactions (e.g. insider-dealing), which was acquired by Warburg Pincus. He is the co-editor of two books, ‘Intelligent Systems for Finance and Business’ and ‘Intelligent Hybrid Systems’. He also co-founded the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, an initiative that finances and nurtures luxury fashion designers in London, and has produced feature films and several television series. Suran has been featured in Ad Age’s Creativity 50 and was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005.


Past events

November 29, 2018: Business Unchained: Can corporates survive the Post-Industrial Transition?
June 28, 2018: Keynote: Post-Lean Thinking: How Corporates can become Disruptors, Centre for the Digital Revolution, London, United Kingdom
June 27, 2018: Keynote: Private Equity in the Post-Industrial Transition, Allocate 2018, London, United Kingdom
April 19, 2018: Keynote: Post-Lean and Disruption in the Automotive Industry, Hyundai, Silicon Valley
September 26, 2017: Keynote: Disruptive Corporate Innovation in a Post-Lean Era, The SF Vault, San Francisco
July 18, 2017: Workshop: Private Equity in the Post-Industrial Transition, London, United Kingdom
June 12, 2017: Keynote at the Global PE Alliance Annual Summit, Las Vegas
May 24, 2017: Special Session on Post-Lean and disruptive innovation at Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, London
April 19, 2017: Keynote at Norwegian Institute for Directors Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway
January 25, 2017: Special Panel at Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit, Sonoma, California
January 17, 2017: Keynote at FSN Capital Annual Portfolio Company Conference, Oslo, Norway
November 1, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Amesto, Oslo, Norway
October 5, 2016: Webinar: Post-Lean Thinking: New Horizons for Corporate Innovation
September 13, 2016: Keynote at YPO GNS conference in Miami, Florida
June 15, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Google Norway, Oslo, Norway
June 7, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Nordic Innovation House, Palo Alto, California
April 27, 2016: Keynote at YPO Technology Network Summit, Santa Monica, California
April 1, 2016: Presentation at Global Technology Symposium, San Francisco, California
March 11, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Sopra Steria, Oslo, Norway