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Tarek Ahmed is a PhD researcher at University College London and exchange student on the MBA programme at the London Business School.

He is also Cofounder of RecommendMe, a Big Lottery funded platform that provides personalised recommendations of events, activities and services to older adults. RecommendMe works closely with Local Authorities and the third sector. Beginning his career as an Engineer, he has consulted for a variety of companies spanning the Tech, Pharma, Food and Beverage and Apparel industries. Tarek interned at Craigie Capital during which he investigated the emergence of GovTech.

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Ian Dowson (FCCA and MBA) is Principal of William Garrity Associates Ltd a boutique consultancy specialising in the strategic implications of FinTech (Financial Services Innovation) and Corporate Development. Producing original research on London and Global FinTech and Digital Media Start-ups, he has now applied his deep understanding of global startup ecosystems to investigating the changes Govtech and CivTech may bring.

Previously he managed Corporate Development at B Elliott Plc, a high to mid tech conglomerate based the UK and USA, covering M&A, strategic alliances, technology licensing, new product and channel development. In his earlier career Ian was Financial Director of an 800 unit retail chain part of Imperial Group Plc, Chief Accountant of Ladbroke Racing Ltd UK and Belgium, starting his career with Glaxo Plc.

He speaks regularly on FinTech and Digital Innovation and has presented at Social Media Week, FinTech Week, and the Digital Shoreditch festival. 

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