James Bilefield – Keynote Speaker

Former Digital President of Condé Nast

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Specialist Subjects

  • Business Transformation
  • Globalisation
  • Digital Disruption
  • Future of Technology


  • English


James Bilefield is a serial digital entrepreneur, who quit a successful investment banking career to build a series of technology-based disruptors around the world.

Bilefield scaled Skype’s global business as part of its founding management team, managed the digital transformation of media group Condé Nast across 27 countries, and led a major investment in fashion e-commerce leader Farfetch. He also co-founded UpMyStreet, one of the UK’s first digital businesses, ran OpenX, a pre-IPO company delivering billions of digital ads daily, and managed large parts of Yahoo!’s operations during its major growth phase.

Bilefield currently serves on a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards, addressing a broad range of digital transformation and growth initiatives. He also holds advisory positions at McKinsey and Advent International, and is an active technology investor and mentor.

James Bilefield brings deep insight into the digital mindset, drawing on his hands-on roles as a digital practitioner and disrupter across a range of global industries. He has a core belief in the power of technology to disrupt and transform for the better organisations, industries and all of our lives.

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