Pat Chapman-Pincher – CEO Mentor, Strategist, Futurist

CEO Mentor, International Speaker, Strategist, Futurist

Pat Chapman-Pincher – CEO mentor, strategist and futurist

Pat has spent her career in leading edge technology companies and been lucky enough to work at the leading edge of technology for the last 40 years.  In that time she has been responsible for creating and growing major multi-national companies in the Internet and in the fixed and mobile telecoms sector.

Following an early career in IBM and BT Pat became part of the founding team of MFS International, putting fibre in the streets of the financial capitals of the world and went on to lead UUNET International, creating the first major international internet service provider, growing it to an annual turn-over of $1bn with large scale operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

She has also participated in start-ups of small technology companies and has board level experience in both large and small listed and private companies.

Pat works as a business mentor, working with chief executives, boards and senior teams in major companies to help them improve their personal business performance and to successfully navigate through the profound changes that the new technology revolution is bringing to all businesses. 


The impact of AI on society


All of the great changes in human society have been driven by disruptive technology.  From the replacement of bronze by iron to today’s development of Artificial Intelligence, the march of human development has been inexorably driven by technological advances.  Today we face what may be (and we don’t and won’t know for many years) one of the greatest and most transformative changes.  Artificial intelligence has huge potential to make human life both better and worse. It can help us solve many of the currently insoluble problems that face us; it can also help us destroy our world.   How we think about AI, how we manage its introduction, will make all the difference between harnessing technology for our benefit or letting it run away with our future.  The AI community that is represented at Contech needs to think about these issues and take part in the debate.  Hopefully this keynote will help them with that thinking.