Ruth Lewis

Strategic IT consultant

Ruth is an experienced strategic IT consultant, having worked across many industries, sectors and technologies with a particular focus on the innovative and ethical use of digital technology in business and in society. Ruth’s career has spanned 30 years developing and designing IT solutions for her clients, as a network engineer, senior technical consultant, solutions architect, business analyst and qualified Futurist. Ruth’s passion is to work towards the ethical development and use of technology for the good of society, enabling her clients to make wise and informed decisions and investments today to enable their preferred futures.

October Showcase Presentation: Ethical IT and it’s value in society

There has been a rapid movement worldwide to gain the benefits of AI development, both for economic and for humanitarian purposes. But with this movement comes the very real risk that society does not have the wisdom to develop these powerful technologies. The advent of emerging AI and IT ethical IT standards and methodologies provides hope that with thoughtful development techniques and governance, we can harness the good and mitigate the risks.
This presentation will provide an introduction to ethical IT, and will summarise the initiatives in IT and AI ethics and human values, in particular new and emerging standards (such as the IEEE 7000 standard Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design). These techniques can be adapted into current system development methodologies (including the IIBA BABOK v3), in order to incorporate stakeholder’s ethical values into IT services and products.

BABOK V3 Alignment: Chapter 10: Techniques


March Festival Presentation: Strategic Foresight: Tools and Techniques

Strategic Foresight is a structured way of thinking about the future. It provides understanding, vision and clarity about future trends, gaining greater anticipation and preparation for change and enabling wise decisions to be made in the present. It helps you to make sense of technology megatrends, and the effects of technology on society and the environment, and helps you to deal with complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity. This presentation will provide an introduction to the art of Strategic Foresight, explaining some of the tools and techniques, and how it differs from traditional strategy and planning techniques.

Delegates will gain an understanding of what is Strategic Foresight, some of the tools and techniques, and how these can be applied to help your clients make wise decisions for the future.