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The Oxford Forum’s Technology in Business Panel Debate

  • Blue Boar Lecture Theatre Christ Church Oxford United Kingdom (map)

Co-hosted with Finance Society and Engineering Society

Technology has changed rapidly in the last 30 years; in order to survive businesses have had to evolve or otherwise face extinction. As technology has moved from fax machine to smart phone, businesses are constantly forced to adapt in order to take advantage of the latest technological advancements. Here to discuss the changing nature of technology and its impact on business, The Oxford Forum has invited four experienced and qualified speakers on the issue to debate the subject; Zahid Khan will chair a panel consisting of Mitchel Lenson (Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society), Vikram Nair (President of Europe for Tech Mahindra) and Haydn Jones (Account Managing Director of Fujitsu UK and Ireland). They will examine then advancements technology had made in the last 30 years and the impact that this has had on businesses. They will then speculate on where the relationship between technology and business is headed for in the foreseeable future. For further information about each of the speakers, please see below.

After the panel debate, you will have the chance to converse and dine with all four of the speakers in a more private setting. Dining tickets are limited to 30, and include a three course meal with wine in Pizza Express’ private dining room at the Golden Cross. This is an exclusive networking opportunity. Dinner will start at 8:00 p.m. and finish at 10:00 p.m.

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Mitchel Lenson MBA, BA (Hons), ACIB, FSI: Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society

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Mitchel has spent over 30 years in the financial services industry and is a former Group Chief Information Officer at Deutsche Bank with responsibility for IT and Operations for all operating divisions of the bank, including its retail banking operations. Mitchel was a member of the Executive Committee for both the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Private Client and Asset Management Division. He has also served as Managing Director, Global Head of Operations & Operations IT at UBS Warburg and as Director, Group Operations at Credit Suisse First Boston. Previously Mitchel was a partner of Olivant & Co, an investment company providing strategic and operational expertise alongside investment capital to financial services businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific and was a non executive director of NYFIX, a NASDAQ listed company.

Mitchel has a business degree and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from City University.  Mitchel was the recipient of two Financial News Awards, "Best Personal Contribution of the Year" and "Best IT Department of the Year" and has been awarded the prestigious Einstein Award for Innovation and Transformation.  He is also the Chairman of Transforum, is on the Editorial Board of the Capco Institute Journal and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute. 

Vikram Nair: President of Europe for Tech Mahindra


Vikram Nair is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of Global experience in the industry. He was part of the initial leadership team that chartered the course for a US$175m company ( Mahindra British Telecom) to grow to a US$3.5bn company ( Tech Mahindra)  in 10 years. He is currently responsible for Tech Mahindra’s operations across Europe and has P&L responsibility for US$1.3Bn.

An astute and inspiring leader, Vikram played a significant role in Tech Mahindra’s growth over the past decade. From 2004 to 2009 he was responsible to grow Tech Mahindra’s business beyond the BT account. During this period the company evolved as a leading provider of SI services to Telecom operators in UK & Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux and Nordics. 

In 2009, Vikram was one of the key leaders chosen to move to Mahindra Satyam, a Tech Mahindra acquired company to transform and lead the company’s European charter. The Mahindra Satyam – Tech Mahindra transformation is one of the most Historic turnaround stories of Corporate India. Post the formal merger of Mahindra Satyam with Tech Mahindra in 2013, Vikram took over the company’s European business and was appointed President, Europe, Tech Mahindra on January 1, 2015.

Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, Vikram led European Operations for Larsen & Toubro and has worked with HCL Perot Systems (HPS) where he was responsible for starting & establishing the company’s presence in Western Europe. .

Vikram has an engineering degree in Electronics and a management degree from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He lives in London with his wife and two children & is an avid fan of football, cricket and athletics.

Vikram also enjoys participating in various industry events and exclusive global leadership communities including the G100. He is part of the Mahindra Group delegation at the World Economic Forum and regularly participates in the forum’s strategic partnership initiatives, including the Annual meeting in Davos.

Haydn Jones: Account Managing Director for Fujitsu


Haydn Jones is currently an Account Managing Director within the London office of Fujitsu UK and Ireland.

Fujitsu in the UK is part of the global Fujitsu Group, delivering IT-based business solutions to customers in 70 countries through a workforce of 170,000 employees. The regional structure enables customers to share in best-practice approaches, knowledge and re-use solutions from around the world whilst local operations ensure that solutions are delivered in line with local customer requirements.

Fujitsu’s UK business footprint includes applications, systems integration, managed services, network & telecommunications and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. 

Haydn joined Fujitsu as Client Managing Director for a major high street brand, acting as primary contact for day-to-day escalation of operational issues and strategy related to ‘Run’ and ‘Change’. The scope of the account extended to some 30,000 devices, 70,000 users across over 11,000 sites, processing 8 million transactions daily, including a major Homephone and Broadband estate.

Prior to Fujitsu, he spent five years at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority where he was member of the regulatory reform project team charged with establishing the new Prudential Regulation Authority. Whilst at the Bank he also worked extensively on developing and implementing a Directorate wide business technology strategy and governance framework.

Haydn joined the Bank of England, from A.T. Kearney where he was a Management Consultant for five years advising and leading on IT Outsourcing and operational efficiency solutions in the Logistics, Commodities, Healthcare and Banking sectors. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Haydn held different roles in Deutsche Bank and UBS supporting cash management, operations, business management and procurement.

He is a graduate of Manchester University, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, (M.Eng, First Class), FIET, and holds a Dip. Law from City University and completed his Bar Finals in 1995.  He is the former Chair of the City of London Citizen's Advice Bureau and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He is married, with one son, and lives in Islington. Outside of work, his interests include music, writing, and fishing. 

Zahid Khan


Zahid is a Mensan, cultural adventurer, philanthropist and part-time professional gambler who retired from corporate life on his forty-fifth birthday to live a more balanced life.

His work experience includes technology, operations, strategy, change, sales, marketing, start-ups and M&A in investment banking, professional services, insurance, retail banking, software, oil and telecommunications industries and international leadership roles including CIO, CTO, COO and CEO.

In his last corporate role he was responsible for Strategic Development, Infrastructure, Shared Services, Investment Governance and a member of the leadership team driving transformation of Technology, Operations and the Operating Model for one of the world’s largest Investment Banks.

His fellowships have included Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Directors.

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