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Learning Lounge 2019

Thank you for an amazing Learning Lounge 2019!

13 February

Fourth fantastic year.

Our biggest and best yet.

Missed our Lounge Talks? You can now catch up on all the sessions!

Learning Lounge 2019

We had a great time!

Learning Lounge 2019 saw attendees from a wide range of industries join us for a day of  ‘looking around corners’ to the future of learning & development and talent management.

We gave them a glimpse into the future of learning, they got hands on with the latest and upcoming technologies in the Sensorium and they heard from those at the forefront of the learning and technology space at the Lounge Talks.

But don't worry if you missed us this year. We caught it all on camera for you to enjoy!

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Some highlights from the day.

Lounge Talks

Not the usual suspects

We heard panel sessions from the thinkers, makers and entrepreneurs who are creating the future of learning, and personal war stories from your peers who have led and bled.

Themes: Voice, The Learning Brain, Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Trust.

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Brett Marshall


The entrepreneurial learner

Host: Frank Radice
Panel: Dr Susan Amat, Alexandra Isenegger, Joysy John

Entrepreneurs experiment, fail fast, adjust, iterate, improve… they’re uber-learners! What can we learn from their stories that will help to nurture


Influencing culture and behaviours in care services

Jonah Goldstein, Sodexo

The patient experience has a decisive effect on recovery rates from illness. Jonah describes an innovative programme that used emotive video to reinforce positive carer behaviours.


The learning brain: how our new understanding of how brains work is changing learning theory

Host: Carole Bower
Panel: Charlotte Hills, Dr Ali Asadipour, Rachel Carey, Doron Wijker

Experts in neuroscience, behaviour change and multisensory interactions discuss the opportunities that advances in knowledge about the brain are opening up for learning.


Buzzword bingo!

Peter Manniche Riber,
Carl Crisostomo

It’s easy to get exasperated by jargon – but what does the language we use reveal about our deeper attitudes to the business of learning?


Design thinking: how to think your way out of a paper bag

Host: Marc Ortmans
Panel: Chris Hildrey, Georgia Sanderson-Nash, Dr Jamie Brassett, Simon Rupniak

How can the creative process help us build better businesses? Can data help us make better creative decisions? Design Thinking: hype or holy grail?


L&D: the RBS perspective

Gavin McQuillan,
Royal Bank of Scotland

We live in a disruptive world and we have to adapt quickly to keep up. Gavin is responsible for the development and implementation of the bank’s global L&D strategy. He shares more about the development of this strategy, how this is being implemented across the organisation and the key part that technology is playing in delivering an exceptional Learning Experience.


Voice technologies and learning

Host: Kane Simms
Panel: Laura Morinigo, Gavin Fletcher,

It’s the fastest-growing technology since the blackboard, but what is it going to be when it grows up? Experts and entrepreneurs explore its learning potential.


Finishing keynote

Phil Saunders,
President & CEO, Saba

Your talent development journey drives our innovation at Saba. Join Phil Saunders, who will close out the day with a view to the future. You’ll hear about our vision, strategy and commitment to your success with the advanced learning and talent solutions you need to stay ahead of the curve.

Selected speakers


Peter Manniche Riber

Digital Learning Manager, ex-Siemens

Peter is Head of Learning at Kanda, previously of Siemens Gamesa. Peter is a firm believer in pragmatic learning methods and solutions, which has provided real and measurable value to organisations. His dedication to navigate through the jungle of L&D buzzwords spurs him to develop breezy concepts and expressions, to make learning meaningful for the learner and impactful for the organisation.


Charlotte Hills

Neuroscience Guru, Saba

Charlotte is an award-winning learning designer and published research assistant. Specialising in medical content, using adult learning principles from neuroscience and psychology literature to create effective learning and drive adoption. Charlotte is currently completing a PhD in face and word recognition at Warwick University.


Kane Simms

Host, VUX World Podcast

Kane Simms is a design strategist and creator who helps brands, designers and developers create world class voice experiences. His work on top voice industry podcast, VUX World, pairs the knowledge and experience of industry-leading minds with the eager ears of the voice community. He’s an avid speaker on voice and host of conferences like the Smart Voice Summit and Mobile UX London.


Laura Morinigo

Google Developer Expert, CIO DMod Labs

Laura is a Google Developer Expert, entrepreneur, and mentor. She has been in the IT industry over 10 years. As a mentor, she has been teaching coding to people in different stages. Currently, she is the co-founder of DMod Labs and is dedicated to research how to implement voice for education.


Dr. Jamie Brassett

Course Leader, Central Saint Martins 

Dr Jamie Brassett is Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation at University of the Arts London. He teaches, consults & writes on futures, design & philosophy. He is currently editing essay collections (with Richard Reynolds) on superheroes and excess & (with John O¹Reilly) on anticipation & creativity, both for Routledge (forthcoming 2020).


Jonah Goldstein

Director of Learning and Development, Sodexo

Jonah is a Director of Learning & Development at Sodexo, the Quality of Life Services provider. He worked previously in book publishing and the education sector at UNESCO. Jonah oversees programs to improve the skills and competencies of Sodexo’s 460,000 employees around the world.


Dr. Ali Asadipour

Human Computer Interaction Expert, WMG, University of Warwick

Dr Ali Asadipour is a Senior Teaching Fellow at WMG, University of Warwick, with over 10 years' experience in both academia and industry. His area of expertise is in Human Machine Interactions. In recent years, he has focused on realistic multisensory interactions in cross-reality environments (XR), particularly on domains such as haptics, smell and taste.

In 2015, he was shortlisted for a Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Award by Innovate UK for his virtual reality device to train doctors in medical palpation.


Carole Bower

Head of Learning, Saba

Carole is Head of Learning at Saba (previously Lumesse) and is responsible for shaping and transforming Saba’s digital learning proposition and for the effectiveness of the digital solutions delivered. She has a broad experience of directing and designing digital learning and comms and is passionate about finding new and exciting ways to improve those experiences.


Alexandra Iseneggar

CEO & co-founder of Linkilaw

Alexandra Isenegger is the CEO and co-founder of Linkilaw – the legal platform for startups. At age 22, Alexandra left her corporate law firm job to move full time into Linkilaw. By 2017, Linkilaw had transformed to a multi-service legal platform and acquired UK leading legal marketplace LawyerFair. In early 2018, Alexandra was honoured in Forbes’ 30 under 30 and awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Startups.co.uk.


Frank J. Radice

Expert in Residence, Vixen Labs

Frank Radice is the managing Partner of the Global consulting firm, Vida FR Company, The Expert in Residence for digital marketing agencies, Definition6, and AI/voice group, Vixen Labs. He’s a 2 time Emmy winning journalist and an award winning composer and musician, former President and CMO of the National Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences, EVP of the NBC Agency, and a Random House children’s book author.

Phil Saunders

President & CEO, Saba

Phil Saunders is President and CEO of Saba and serves on the Board of Directors. A passionate people and customer-focused leader, Phil is responsible for guiding Saba's vision and strategy across all product and go to market functions, business operations, and talent and culture initiatives. He has been instrumental in Saba's growth and position as a talent management leader.

Simon Rupniak

Head of Design - Digital Learning, Saba

Simon Rupniak heads up our learning design team at Lumesse. He has extensive experience transforming learning through technology in both the public and private sectors. He’s an advocate of user-centred design with a particular passion for creating experiences that motivate and move people.


Joysy John

Director of Education, Nesta

Joysy is the Director of Education at Nesta. She is an entrepreneur, investor & advisor who has launched five startups. Previously, she was the CIO of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills and before that Senior Director at EF Education First. Prior to joining the education sector, she spent a decade in banking across Singapore, US and UK. She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Brett Marshall

Facilitator of Learning

Writer of stories. Director of video. Facilitator of learning. Brett works with businesses, large and small, helping them hone their narrative with the creation of live events, digital communications and the development of conference speeches for business leaders. Originally trained as a professional actor, Brett also provides presentation coaching, helping speakers land their messages with confidence.

Carl Crisostomo

Product Manager, Content, Saba

Carl is Saba's Product Manager for content. He is responsible for developing a content strategy for the company. A learning professional and storyteller who believes in using corporate learning to not only solve client problems but also to change people's lives.


Georgia Sanderson-Nash

Picasso Labs

Georgia Sanderson-Nash is Head of Business Development EMEA, at Picasso Labs. Picasso Labs provides an AI solution that helps brands and agencies automate creative decision-making. Picasso Labs was selected as one of Unilever's most innovative marketing companies of 2016 and one of their most innovative startups of the last 5 years. Georgia holds a degree in Neuroscience (honours) from the University of Nottingham.

Marc Ortmans

Brand Strategist

Marc is a strategist positioning brands to tell compelling stories. Starting at the BBC and Channel 4 he co-founded Ortmans Young International and ran design agency group Button. He has helped launch UEFA Champions League, First Direct bank, the Homeless World Cup, and created the first satellite TV branding in UK for Satellite TV, bought by Murdoch and renamed Sky.


Doron Wijker

Business Integrity Advisor, UK Power Networks

Doron is Business Integrity Advisor at UK Power Networks, the UK’s largest Distribution Network operator. Doron has experience in both the public and private sector, previously at the Australian Attorney General’s Department and Senator for Queensland. Speaker of several languages, Doron is driven by her exceptionally high standards to nurture a culture of integrity within her organisation.


Susan Amat

Founder CEO, Venture Hive

Creator and founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company, and Creator and Executive Director of The Launch Pad, which was once considered the national model in entrepreneurship education. Dr. Amat spent 12 years in the entertainment industry, started an independent record label and developed medical devices to combat childhood obesity.


Chris Hildrey

Director, Hildrey Studio

Chris Hildrey is a London-based architect, originally from Liverpool. In 2017 he founded Hildrey Studio, an award-winning creative practice that uses architectural skills to design buildings, services, installations, and art. He is founder of ProxyAddress, a system that uses the address data of empty properties to reconnect those facing homelessness with support services. In 2017 he was made a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum.


Gavin Fletcher

CMO, Ammi Systems
Gavin's career started over 15 years ago running an instructional design team, building blended learning programs for global organisations including Microsoft, Nissan, Nokia and Vodafone. Gavin now works with conversational AI technology and his company Ammi Systems have developed 'Uma' a conversational AI platform for use within Enterprise and his team build user experiences in the Age of Voice.


Rachel Carey

Chief Scientist, Zinc

Rachel Carey is Chief Scientist at Zinc, a start-up that builds new businesses to address tough social problems, and an Associate of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. Rachel is a behavioural scientist with a PhD in Psychology, whose expertise spans across multiple sectors and settings, having worked on a range of projects in academia and industry. She previously worked as Senior Behaviour Change Research Advisor to Bupa's UK Clinical Team.


Gavin McQuillan

Head of Learning & Development, Royal Bank of Scotland
Gavin is responsible for the development and implementation of the bank's global L&D Strategy.

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