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Innovation Unleashed: Navigating Procurement Pitfalls in National Security

As National Security frameworks adapt to the rapidly expanding landscape of technology, new challenges arise for those seeking to commercialise disruptive innovations. The intricate administrative processes often render it economically challenging for aspiring market entrants to scale effectively. Coupled with the reputation of National Security procurement as being risk-averse – particularly in purchasing cutting-edge equipment and capability systems – the landscape may seem daunting for SMEs and non-traditional businesses.

Join our distinguished panel for an insightful discussion on how non-traditional SMEs can employ innovative strategies to develop and scale disruptive technology solutions.

Presentations will feature the following speakers:

12:00-12:10 – Welcome address | Phil Tarry, SW Regional Defence and Security Cluster

12:10-12:25 – Lloyd Fallesen | CEO, Karve

New Game, New Rules: Karve’s Top Tips for Accelerating Technology into Defence

Lloyd Fallesen founded Karve in 2021. He is a former Royal Marines Commissioned Officer, with 12 years’ service including numerous operational tours and specialist international deployments.

Karve’s entrepreneurial approach to sales strategy and business development is directly drawn from Lloyd’s diverse experience in some of the most demanding corporate and government departments. This includes working across multiple strategic UK Defence transformation programmes, as well as strategy execution in a multi-agency security environment.

Prior to founding Karve, Lloyd helped successfully secure seed investment and scale an international start-up. His passion for building trustworthy and outcome-focused teams runs throughout Karve’s DNA.

12:25-12:40 - Luca Leone | Head of Digital & Chief of Staff, AERALIS

Overcoming challenges to delivering digital solutions into national security

Luca is an entrepreneurial Business Development and Strategy Director who has built a wealth of experience in supporting defence and aerospace organisations of all sizes grow and scale. His career started with NP Aerospace, part of the MAM Group, where he led a range of MOD and global defence projects before moving into a strategic global innovation role based from San Francisco.

After leaving MAM, Luca went on to form an independent advisory business working with digital start-ups and scale businesses to achieve their true potential in the defence, aerospace and national security markets.

As the Head of Digital for AERALIS, Luca is responsible for the development and delivery of an ambitious digital strategy in one of the country’s most exciting new aerospace companies. Luca is also the Defence advisor to Kahootz and a Board Director for Team Defence Information.

12:40-12:55 – David Whetham | Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession, King's College London

‘Embedding Ethics into Design and Development Processes’

Dr David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. He is Director of the King's Centre for Military Ethics. David is President and Founder of Compass Ethics and advises senior leaders across the military and corporate worlds on the ethical application of their organisational missions. He sits on the MoD AI Ethics Advisory Panel, and has worked with Dstl providing advice on ethical frameworks and governance for human augmentation, human-machine teaming and neuroadaptive systems in Defence.

12:55-13:10 - Karl Eze | CEO, Point Zenith

Navigating Regulatory Challenges in Product Compliance

Karl Eze is CEO of Point Zenith, a national security and defence company supporting disruptive startups, defence primes and government agencies to develop and deliver game-changing future sensor, uncrewed system and AI capabilities.

Amongst other services, Point Zenith provides Civil Aviation Authority Operating Safety Case submissions, regulatorily compliant training course design & delivery and operational support, ensuring its clients are compliant by design.  

Karl served in the South West with 29 Commando Regiment RA and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He founded British Military Drone Racing.

13:10-13:20 – Summary | Lloyd Fallesen

13:20-13:30 – Closing Address | Phil Tarry

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