Future Skills: The Dynamics of a 21st Century Workplace

Latymer Upper School is proud to present the inaugural Future Skills panel debate on Thursday 17 November 2016.

We are thrilled to be welcoming some of Europe’s leading industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors, start-up specialists and academics, who will share their perceptions and insight into the current and future workplace.

The evening will give students from Latymer and our partner schools a fantastic opportunity to engage in the questions at the forefront of many minds; how will the extraordinary pace of change in the 21st century affect careers and the marketplace? How should we prepare for roles in this world of new disruptive technologies?

Our panel of leading international experts represents a wide range of industries, from banking to games companies - industries which have changed beyond recognition over the past few decades, or which perhaps didn’t exist until recently. The event will be chaired by Tomaso Spingardi, entrepreneur, startup/business development consultant and Member of the Board of MIT Sloan School.

Future Skills panellists

Paul Ayres

Chairman and Founder, Whisper Media Group & Fairtrade Mining Limited

Advisor, Strategy & Investment, Strategic Health Limited

One of the pioneers of the internet in Europe, Paul ran the subsidiaries in Europe for both Netscape Communications and RealNetworks

Paul Ayres is an entrepreneur, investor and digital strategist. Previously Executive Director of Netscape Communications and RealNetworks, he was one of the pioneers of the internet in Europe with a career spent in start-up businesses in the digital space. He has worked at executive general management level in the internet industry since 1995, and remains active and influential in this space. Having managed the European start-up subsidiaries of two of the giants of the internet as they moved from academia to mainstream, he has grown large teams of that have produced revenues of hundreds of millions from scratch.

Paul is an evangelist and pioneer, and continues to be a participant in the development of the digital landscape that we all take for granted today.

Massimo Della Ragione

Head of Investment Banking & Partner at Goldman Sachs

Massimo is co-head of Investment Banking and the country coordinator for Italian business. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2006 and was named partner in 2010.

Prior to joining the firm, Massimo was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan in London from 1993 to 2006. From 1988 to 1993, he worked at Credito Italiano.

Massimo has been a professor of investment banking at Università Bocconi in Milan since 2010.



Rahmyn Kress

Managing Director, Accenture

Rahmyn has over 20 years’ experience delivering digital strategies for the biggest media, entertainment and technology brands in the world. An entrepreneur with experience working with Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups.

Rahmyn advises on driving digital transformation within highly-matrixed, international organisations, bringing together commercial and product groups, creating new consumer experiences, changing consumer behaviour, driving new commercial models, and reinventing companies, products and experiences for the new digital era.

Rahmyn studied economics, sociology and completed his academics with a Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour.


Avid Larizadeh Duggan

General Partner, GV (formerly Google Ventures)

Prior to GV, Avid co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015).

Avid has been involved in the start-up ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and advisor since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

Avid leads Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK. She is on the board of trustees of Founders4Schools and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. Avid has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow.


Tomaso Spingardi

Entrepreneur and early stage investor
Member of The Advisory Board, MIT Sloan School of Management

serial entrepreneur, Tomaso combines business/financial skills and deal-making expertise to develop new ventures. Two of these ventures currently employ, in aggregate, over 1,000 people and operate in 21 countries. Prior to this, Tomaso worked for 25 years within large international organisations (mainly Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers), where he has travelled extensively throughout Europe, US and Asia.

He brings a deep understanding of financial markets, numerous industrial sectors and entrepreneurship (start-ups set up, funding and development).

Tomaso is currently member of the advisory board of MIT Sloan School of Management, engaged in assisting on strategy, fund raising and enhancing the visibility of the MIT Sloan School. Tomaso is also faculty member at the Warsaw University of Technology in the Executive MBA Programme.

Riccardo Zacconi

CEO, King Digital Entertainment

Riccardo Zacconi is one of the founders of King.com and has served on the Board of Directors and as chief executive officer for over a decade. With more than 20 years of experience in strategic management, consulting and e-commerce, Riccardo has exceptional knowledge and expertise in the mobile gaming domain.

Riccardo was previously Managing Director for Spray Network GmbH, an online portal based in Hamburg, with a presence in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. In this role he demonstrated his understanding for developing solid company strategy, intelligent plans for sustainable growth and strategic partnerships, which supported the successful sale of Spray Network to Lycos for $764 million.

In addition, Riccardo has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital Partners, a Qualified Case Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. and a consultant at LEK Consulting LLP.


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