An examination of business telecommunications beyond the constraints of the office and the journey to the metaverse.


  • David Palmer, Vodafone
  • Dr Christina Yan Zhang Metaverse Institute


6:00pm - Meet and greet
6:30pm - David Palmer Vodafone
7:15pm - Dr Christina Yan Zhang Metaverse Institute
8:00pm - Panel discussion
8:30pm - Networking and refreshments
9:00pm - Close


The Covid Lockdown and Working from home triggered a change in how and where people can work. Freed from the constraints of the Office and working on consumer networks business users had the opportunity to work differently.

We shall explore this from the viewpoints of both a major Mobile Operator and a Global Institute championing Metaverse deployment. We shall explore the business issues of delivering Metaverse safely and in compliance with standards without taking away the excitement.

About the speakers

David PalmerDavid Palmer, Vodafone

David Palmer is a digital visionary, innovator, and author. He is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of the Pairpoint by Vodafone IoT and Web3 platform Digital Asset Broker (DAB). He is board member of the Asia Web3 Alliance, and the author of a new book entitled “The Business of the Metaverse – How Organisations Can Optimize the Opportunities of Web3 and AI.”

David is a recognised as one of the top 20 people to watch in Web3, and one of the top 30 Metaverse industry leaders. Most recently he has been working on the opportunities associated with AI, Web3, IoT and Fintech to power new business models for digital businesses and enterprise.

Dr Christina Yan ZhangDr Christina Yan Zhang, CEO, The Metaverse Institute

Christina is a metaverse pioneer. She started her master research on the topic in 2006 and completed a PhD using digital twin for the construction industry.

Christina is an award-winning leader with 18 years experience. She was China Director for QS, the world university ranking agency 2013-2020. Starting from scratch, she grew the UK-headquartered firm’s success in China. In 2016, China’s Vice Premier highlighted the use of QS rankings in a speech, impacting 5 years funding allocations of £750bn to 3005 universities with 48 million students.

She has sat on 20+ committees for UNESCO, World Bank, Commonwealth, EU, and UK Governments on innovations. She is Vice Chair of the UN’s ICT agency-International Telecommunications Union’s Metaverse Working Group on Sustainability, Accessibility & Inclusion and Co-chair on Pre-standardisation for the CitiVerse Task Group. She works with members states to set up the UN definition and roadmap using frontier technologies for citizen-centred cities, which leads to standards.

She sits on Advisory Council of Centre for Science Futures at International Science Council, with a UN mandate on science. She advises on how AI impacts on the global innovation ecosystem.

The Metaverse Institute advise the UN, governments, investors, corporates using frontier technologies for positive impact.

She is Top 100 Women of the Future, Metaverse Influencer of the Year, Intellectual Leader of the Year 2023 etc. She regularly meets with top leaders, is a keynote speaker at high level events, interviewed by media. She recently speaks at UN HLPF, STI Forum, summits of WIPO, UNESCO, and ICAO.

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Hybrid event: Business Communications in the Metaverse
Date and time
Tuesday 21 May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue