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Data & Analytics - 6 September

The world is changing and forecasting trends is now more important than it has ever been. Innovations in technology has paved the way for big data to come to the forefront of the modern financial environment.

To learn more about big data, macroeconomic nowcasting, consumer behaviour and leadership in financial services, sign up to one of the sessions at our Executive Open Day. Please follow the link and register for a session of your choice.

Session 1: Leadership in Financial Services

Professor Crawford Spence 

This session will explore the path into leadership positions for those working in various areas of financial services, including accountants, financial analysts, tax advisors and fund managers. Specific attention will be placed upon the way in which leaders in financial services need to balance technical expertise and commercial acumen.

Session 2: Nowcasting and Big Data

Professor George Kapetanios

Is your GPS phone location useful to predict retail sales? Could your online shopping behaviour estimate future rates of inflation? This talk/seminar answers similar questions providing a brief introduction to various types of big data useful in macroeconomic nowcasting and forecasting. We explain the advantages and challenges of big data and provide various examples of different data categories.

Session 3: Smart City and Smart Living: Past, Present and Beyond

Dr Mamun Rashid

“Visa, the world’s largest credit card network, can predict how likely you are to get a divorce”

“New York-based insurer Lemonade employs a chat-bot, “A.I. Jim,” which was recently credited with paying out a claim in under three seconds”

Knowing the future may not always give you a better life to live. Everything is longsuffering and moving towards super smart future development - with the deployment of pro-active sensing devices, smartphones and the advanced use of digital data analytics and acceptance of AI, the smart living is coming to reality. Technology disruptors are accelerating their development less considering on the human capacity on socioeconomic adaptably because of their financial business interest. This is probably the right time to find out the future impact of this technological shift and its acceptance to mitigate the unforeseen circumstances for the future and live rest our lives in a city where we would not live otherwise.

Session 4: Integrated Innovation: a model for solving complex problems through cross-sector collaboration

Rachel Parr, Chief Operating Officer (Health), King's College London

The most complex problems in society, business and the public sector can only be solved with collaborative solutions that bring together expertise from all sectors. This ‘integrated innovation’ model has the potential to deliver solutions that cannot be achieved in isolation.

This session explores the opportunities and challenges of cross-sector partnerships. What are the barriers? What are the underlying assumptions that sectors often make about one another? How can we better leverage one another’s expertise? This interactive session will also seek to learn from case studies of cross-sector partnerships in practice. 

Open day schedule


Time Activity 


 07.30 Networking and buffet breakfast


 08.00 Session 1: Leadership in Financial Services, Prof. Crawford Spence 

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08.00 Session 2: Nowcasting and Big Data, Prof. George Kapetanios

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08.00 Session 3: Smart City and Smart Living: Past, Present and Beyond, Dr Mamun Rashid

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08.00 Session 4: Integrated Innovation: a model for solving complex problems through cross-sector collaboration

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09:00–09:30 Refreshments served. Information and King's Business School staff available to talk to participants.


09.30 Event closes


Academic speakers

Crawford is Professor of Accounting. Crawford’s research is principally focused on the sociology of the professions, looking at various financial professional groups (accountants, financial analysts, tax advisors, fund managers) in terms of how they negotiate social, cultural, political and economic pressures.

George Kapetanios is Professor of Finance and Econometrics at King's Business School. George's main research focuses are on the econometrics of structural change, the analysis of large datasets and applications of these to empirical finance and macroeconomics.

Dr Md. Mamunur Rashid (Mamun) is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at King’s Business School, King’s College London. He is working on the development of a new Digital Analytics centre called – CODA (Consumer and Organizational Digital Analytics Research Centre). His research interests includes but not limited to IoT, Big Data, Block Chain, Digital Currency, Smart Infrastructure, Future Cities and HPC.