The future of cities and mobility

21 September 2023

4:30 – 6:00pm (BST)

Central London & virtual



👉 Rikesh Shah – Fmr. Head of Open Innovation @ Transport for London (TfL)


👉 Alice Maynard – NED @ FCA | Government Commercial Function | Chair @ University of York | Founder @ Future Inclusion

Rikesh Shah

Head of Open Innovation @ TFL


Rikesh Shah – Head of Open Innovation @ Transport for London | NED @ London Transport Museum

Rikesh leads Transport for London’s award winning market innovation activity to create new value for London by working with start-ups, corporates, academia, accelerators and venture capitalists. He was responsible for creating TfL’s first Innovation Hub which has delivered some pioneering projects on areas such as air quality, road safety, active travel, enhancing customer experiences to retail and property development. The Hub sets out the organisation’s key challenges and problem statements, bringing in the best innovators from across the world, piloting and scaling innovative solutions with the potential to commercialise, as well as establishing the right culture in the company focusing on agility and design thinking to work with market innovators who either have a new mobility product or an innovative idea to help solve an existing city challenge through new technologies by doing things better, quicker or cheaper.

Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world leading open data programme which has 17,000 registered users, 700 apps powered by TfL data used by 42% of Londoners which an independent review stated that it’s worth to London is £130m per annum. He also was actively in involved during the 2012 Olympic Games and TfL’s response to COVID-19.

Most recently, Rikesh has been recognised in the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech in 2019 – 2021, being named one of the top five for sustainability in 2019. He was also recognised in the Top 100 Influencers for the Drum Digirati in 2018.

Rikesh also sits on the Smart London Board to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make London the smartest city in the world, as well as sitting as a Non-Executive Director at the London Transport Museum on the Enterprise Board. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Nitrous and Cities Today. In academia, he Co-Chairs the Institute of Civil Engineering Data and Digital Advisory Board as well as Guest Lecturing on Open Innovation at the Royal College of Arts and the University of Oxford. He has also been an Ambassador for London Tech Week since 2020.


Alice Maynard

Fmr. Chair of Independent Disability Advisory @ TfL



Alice Maynard – NED @ FCA | Government Commercial Function | Founder @ Future Inclusion

Alice founded and runs Future Inclusion as an executive coach/mentor and adviser, helping leaders improve organisation performance through inclusive practice. She currently sits as a NED for the Financial Conduct Authority where she chairs the People Committee, and recently stood down from HMRC where she chaired the People Committee. She is a member of the Government Commercial Office Remuneration Committee. She is a past NED for HMRC where she chaired the People Committee, and past member of the Board of Transport for London where she was Vice-Chair of the Customer Service and Operational Performance Panel.

Alice was instrumental in developing a strategic approach to accessible rail travel, including through her Cranfield DBA, valuing access at rail stations for inclusion in economic appraisal.

This meeting is open to Innovation Partnership members and partners. If you are a board member / C-suite / senior leader and wish to apply to join please email