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Ed Vaizey – Keynote Speaker

Recent UK Minister for Technology

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Specialist Subjects

  • Technology Investment
  • Digital Era
  • Culture
  • Society

Language

  • English

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Biography

Ed Vaizey was the UK’s longest-serving Minister for Technology, working for UK Prime Minister David Cameron from 2010-16. Ed now advises numerous high-level clients around the world on technology policy, and writes and broadcasts regularly on politics .

During his time as a Minister, Ed Vaizey was responsible for attracting the Star Wars franchise to film in the UK, and consequently received a credit in Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Ed regularly features in “most influential” lists, such as the Evening Standard’s London 1000, The Times Film 100, and Business Insider’s Tech 100.

Ed Vaizey oversaw the world’s most successful rural broadband programme, a £1bn expansion project, as well as the £2 billion 4G spectrum auction. He has made a major contribution to help the UK become a world leader in technology and during his time as a Minister, the UK’s creative industries – film, television and video games- grew three times faster than the economy as a whole, thanks to his introduction of tax credits for these industries.

Recent speaking engagements include addressing the Global Institute at the personal invitation of former prime minister Tony Blair; interviewing Vice-President Al Gore at LionTree’s prestigious media conference; interviewing the editor of the Economist at FTI’s Davos event; and discussing technology trends as part of the Leaders in Technology program at CES in Las Vegas.

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