Matt Alder - Confirmed

Matt Alder is a highly regarded futurist, experienced business leader and award-winning digital strategist.

A strategic consultant, he focuses on all aspects of HR technology, recruitment marketing and employer branding. He is a globally recognised talent acquisition thought leader and a regular commentator on the future of work. Matt is the host of the popular Recruiting Future Podcast (www.rfpodcast.com) and is a co-author of the book "Exceptional Talent” and the forthcoming book “Digital Talent".

Before becoming a consultant he spent 10 years working in leadership positions with two of Europe’s leading recruitment advertising agencies.

Somi Arian - Confirmed

Somi Arian is a multi-award-Winning Filmmaker, Tech Philosopher & Entrepreneur. With an academic background in political science and philosophy of science and a decade of experience in film and TV, Somi applies her interdisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of technology on the future of work and its implications for recruitment and retention of talent.

Somi is also chosen as a LinkedIn Top Voice and she applies her research and experience to the areas of digital marketing and career development. She has recently been commissioned to write a book on the future of work and is conducting continuous research on AI's impact on the changing business landscape.

Somi has done in-depth research on the influence of disruptive digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence on millennials and Genz. Her documentary, “The Millennial Disruption”, has won three international awards, and was featured on BBC5Live. She also speaks internationally, on the Future of Work, Digital Marketing, Millennials, Artificial Intelligence, Diversity, and Emotional Intelligence.

Chris Millward (TBC)

Chris Millward is the first Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students (OfS). His role is to ensure that universities and colleges are doing all they can to support underrepresented groups to access and succeed in higher education. Chris is also an executive member of the OfS board.

In his previous role at HEFCE as Director (Policy), he led HEFCE’s work on access and student success, learning and teaching, and higher level skills. This included delivery of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the National Student Survey and the National Collaborative Outreach Partnerships, as well as programmes to remove barriers to student success, to improve postgraduate progression and to develop degree apprenticeships.

Chris has also worked at the universities of Warwick, Edinburgh and Durham before joining the Arts and Humanities Research Council as Head of Research Programmes in 2002 and HEFCE in 2006.


Previous ISE Conference keynote speakers have included:

Previous ISE Conference keynote speakers have included:

Christine Armstrong

Writer, speaker and business adviser

Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

Actress, author, television presenter, businesswoman and politician

Simon Fanshaw    

Writer, braodcaster and founding member of Stonewall

Claudia Harris       

CEO, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Mouhssin Ismail     

Former lawyer and head of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form

Hashi Mohamed    

Barrister and broadcaster

Darius Norell        

Business coach and Master Facilitator with the NeuroLeadership Institute

Professor Steve Peters

Consultant Psychiatrist and author or The Chimp Paradox

Dr Daneil Susskind

Economist and co-author of The Future of the Professions

Matthew Taylor    

Chief Executive, RSA

What people say!

What people say

There’s usually content that is directly relevant to our roles in early careers but I equally love the content that looks unconnected but that turns out to inspire me as a person that I then take into my day job. I look forward to this event and it gets better and better every year.
Katherine Dodge, Recruitment Partner - Early Careers Engineering, Design and Project Management, Atkins
It is both an unmatched showcase and celebration of best practice across the industry and a thought-provoking insight to spark new ideas, challenge perceptions and generate thinking that has significant impact in enhancing the early talent ecosystem.
Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement, King’s College London
It is an excellent source of information and examples of how companies are acting on that and making it work in practice. Also before the intensity of the autumn season, this is time out to check in and think bigger about early careers programmes, be inspired by colleagues, and take away tools and tips for implementing changes in your own company.
Rowena Bach, Entry Level Talent Director, tmp.worldwide