Jean-François (JF) Fava-Verde is Innovation Lead (Digital) in the Artificial Intelligence & Data Economy division of Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation. He works with businesses, the research community and across government to turn innovation into economic impact. In this role, he provides thought leadership on digital connectivity, including future networks such as 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He is also involved in incubation and acceleration programmes. JF has been with Innovate UK for four years. Before that, he was Head of Innovation at Orange Business Services, where he managed an open innovation programme in partnership with global technology companies and large multinationals. JF has over 30 years’ experience in the IT and telecoms industry.