Sairah Ashman is Global CEO at Wolff Olins, the creative consultancy famously described by a McKinsey Partner as the perfect blend of maths and magic. She leads business direction and performance in partnership with her leadership team and local offices. Wolff Olins has 3 global hubs operating across multiple geographies and is part of the Omnicom group. Over a 20-year career, Sairah has built a reputation for creating high performing teams, outstanding results for clients and delivering business transformation. Most often working across differing market situations, cultures and regions. She is an alumna of Harvard Business School and Goldsmiths University of London, an active supporter of The House of St Barnabas (working to break the cycle of homelessness) and a regular TEDx host and speaker.
- Collison EventPanda Conference Artificial Intelligence is here, and there’s no turning back. It’s raising big fundamental questions about the nature of consciousness. Questions that even neuroscientists can’t yet answer. This means the big technology companies developing and using AI are effectively playing God, whether they acknowledge so or not. As products evolve at breakneck speed we must acknowledge that this new frontier has yet to become civilised – it has no universal code of ethics, conduct and policing. It’s the new Wild West. So far the major players all have one thing in common: they are focused on solving individual problems, rather than looking at a bigger picture. We know there is a spectrum of possibilities for where this could go – dystopian to utopian – and we know the choices we make today have far-reaching ramifications. In the pursuit of short-term profits and higher valuations, we know that these businesses have been slow to recognise this. Often their staff and customers are the ones forcing them into more positive changes. We believe ‘brand’ can be the philosophy, manifesto and calling that helps influences how companies develop their narrative, products and services, and therefore use of AI, in a way that’s good for them, for their people, for society and ultimately our future.
- Radical EveryoneIn a time of global pessimism, how can business reignite hope and stimulate growth? Our research in partnership with CitizenMe told us: it should help everyone create radical change. Inside companies, this demands a rethink, of fundamental concepts. Our contributors start this conversation in the second part of this report. And how should leaders react? Robert Jones, our Head of New Thinking, lays out three steps. Radical Everyone
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