Kate Smaje

Global Leader

McKinsey Digital

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Speaker Bio

Kate Smaje is the global co-leader of McKinsey Digital and a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the Firm’s board of directors. A history major at heart, and by way of investment banking, Kate has spent the past 20+ years at McKinsey working with B2C companies. She partners across geographies and sectors to harness the power of technology and AI through marrying it with the human change required to leaps forward and gain competitive advantage. She has first-hand experience as a chief technology officer and a self-proclaimed geeky interest in technology innovation, continuous learning, and developing people. She is also a passionate long-term trustee of Tommy’s, the London-based children’s charity.

Speaker Sessions


How To Outcompete In The Age Of Digital And AI

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • Not to be Missed
  • Transformation
  • Kate Smaje

    Global Leader

    McKinsey Digital

  • Saskia Mureau

    Director of Customer Digital

    Port of Rotterdam

With the rapid acceleration of (Gen)AI, quantum computing, climate tech, and more, the demand for understanding the true value of digital transformation continues to rise. But how do you separate the hype from the proven playbook for technology-enabled growth?

New technologies will continue to disrupt. The job of executives is how to deliver value out of disruption for all their stakeholders and success will depend on how well a business can rewire itself to take advantage of it. This session will transform your understanding of what you need to know and how to get it done.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to align and focus the executive team’s energy on where the value is
  • How to build a tech talent bench equipped and empowered to succeed
  • Learn how to adopt an operating model in which teams can innovate
  • Explore how to scale digital and AI across the entire enterprise

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