Keynote speakers

This year's line up

Fred Bakker

Financial analyst, journalist, and author of the book The Smartest Places on Earth

Fred Bakker is financial analyst, journalist, and author of the book The Smartest Places on Earth published in 2016 by Public Affairs based in New York. Before publishing the book, Fred has taken a two-year journey with his co-author Antoine van Agtmael through Northern Europe and the US, where they visited 10 regions that were former rustbelts. This journey has resulted in an outstanding story of how rustbelts in these regions are becoming the unlikely hotspots of innovation.

Fred is a Dutch native born in 1949 in Amsterdam. In 1967, he graduated from University of Amsterdam with a degree in Political Sciences and Economics. After, he joined Nederlandsche Middenstands Bank, the predecessor of the ING Bank, as an analyst at the Economic Research Department. From 1980 on, he worked as a journalist for the leading Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), reporting on monetary and financial affairs where he later became the deputy editor of the newspaper. From 1995-2006, he was assigned as the editor in chief. During this period, he was appointed as the interim CEO of the company, which in time transformed from a newspaper publisher to a multimedia company. Next to the daily newspaper, several websites, a Business Newsradio and a quarterly business magazine, FD Outlook was launched. In 2006, Fred started a new department in the media group, FD Intelligence, with a specialization in organizing events and debates.

Now retired, Fred is busy with the preparation of his upcoming new book, and continues his career as a well-recognised author.

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Dr. Celia Caulcott

Vice-Provost of Enterprise and London at University College London

In her role as Vice-Provost Celia leads the UCL Innovation and Enterprise department and is responsible for:
1. leading the development and delivery of the UCL Innovation and Enterprise strategy and the UCL 2034 London strategy
2. fostering a culture of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship across UCL
3. driving an understanding across UCL and externally of how UCL, London’s Global University, is in, of and for London

Celia was appointed Vice-Provost for Enterprise and London in October 2015. She's a member of the Provost's senior management team and a non-executive director for UCL Business.

Before joining UCL Celia was Executive Director of Innovation and Skills at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Prior to that she worked in various roles within government, at the Wellcome Trust and the biopharmaceuticals industry, including Celltech Ltd.

Celia studied Microbiology at Newcastle University and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology from Aston University.

Valeria D'Amico

Head of Joint Open Labs at Telecom Italia

Valeria D'Amico joined Telecom Italia in 2001, and has since worked in various corporate functions dealing with network and service innovation, also in support of foreign subsidiaries and standardization bodies. She is responsible for the Joint Open Lab, in which she manages the innovation activities of eight TIM laboratories co-located at the most prestigious Italian universities. Since 2013, together with the team of the Joint Open Lab of Catania, she is in charge of the Internet of Things in close partnership with the industrial, academic and regional start-up ecosystem. She conceived, in collaboration with Olivetti, the model of innovation Demo to the Customer with the aim of generating market value starting from academic research, reducing the "time-to-market of an idea". The commercial service "IoT Smart Farm" represents the first success story of this model.

Dr. Lars Frølund

Development Manager at Aarhus University, Visiting researcher at MIT, and author of the book Strategic Industry-University Partnerships

Dr. Lars Frølund is development manager at Aarhus University and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Innovation Initiative. His research focuses on the success factors for university-industry partnerships in innovation ecosystem and the role and value of intermediaries. He is the co-editor of the book Success Factors for University Partnerships (forthcoming Elsevier, summer 2018) where leading companies describe their excellence in industry-university collaboration. Recently he has worked with prof. Fiona Murray (MIT) and Dr. Max Riedel (Siemens) on the six questions a company must ask itself to develop a systematic approach to university partnerships in innovation ecosystems. The paper “Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships with Universities” is published by Sloan Management Review (Winter Issue 2017/18).

Lars Frølund has a Master’s degree in philosophy (2004) and a PhD in corporate programs for university engagement (2017). He has received Aarhus University’s Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement and was a Fulbright Scholar at MIT Innovation Initiative in 2016/17.

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Prof. Mariana Mazzucato

Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London & Director of the recently launched Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Professor Mariana Mazzucato is the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and the Director of the recently launched Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Maria Mazzucato’s highly - acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. In 2013, she was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' in the New Republic.

Maria advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council, and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and new projects on Rethinking Medical Innovation, funded by the Open Society Foundations, and on mission-oriented innovation policies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Her recent research also includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency.

She is co-editor of a new book, Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016). Her new book The Value of Everything will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) in 2018.

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Prof. Tim Minshall

Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation and Head of the Institute for Manufacturing at University of Cambridge

Professor Tim Minshall is the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and the IfM's Centre for Technology Management at University of Cambridge.

Tim is the inaugural Dr John C. Taylor Professor of Innovation, a member of the Board of St John's Innovation Centre, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University in Japan. He is an active member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel as well as the advisory and the steering committees of ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams and 100% Open.

Before joining the Centre in 2002, Tim worked as a Project Manager and Board Member at St John's Innovation Centre where he worked on a series of projects to support industry and academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. This project led to the formation of the 'Enterprise Link' networking group for new technology ventures, the production of the 'Cambridge Technopole Report', the formation of the Cambridge Technopole Group, and the publication of the 'Funding Technology' report series. Prior to working at St John's Innovation Centre, Tim worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan.

Beyond his academic work, he is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering among primary and secondary schoolchildren, as well among civic community via collaborations with TEDx and video blogs. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Jeff Selingo

Author of There is Life After College

Jeffrey Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, the newest of which, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), is a New York Times bestseller. Named one of LinkedIn’s “must-know influencers” of 2016, Jeff is a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a special advisor at Arizona State University, where he is the founding director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership in partnership with Georgetown University. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.

He is the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles.

Jeff’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and consults on higher education matters with Whiteboard Advisors and Entangled Solutions.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Ithaca College. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Malcolm Skingle

Director of Academic Liaison at GSK

Malcolm Skingle is the Director of Academic Liaison at GSK with staff in Stevenage, Research Triangle Park and Philadelphia. His responsibilities include liaising with government departments, research and funding councils, small Biotechnology companies and other science-driven organisations. Malcolm sits on many external bodies advisory groups, and chairs a number of groups including the Diamond (Synchotron) Industrial Advisory Board, the Cogent Science Industry Partnership Board driving skills for the life sciences sector and the ABPI group working on academic liaison.

Malcolm Skingle has a BSc in Pharmacology/Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuropharmacology. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry all of his working life and has gained a wide breadth of experience in the management of research activities. Part of his former role as a research leader in a Neuropharmacology department involved co-supervising collaborations with academics in the UK, Europe and USA. He has more than 60 publications including articles on the interface between industry and academia.

Malcolm has also been awarded a CBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his contribution to the pharmaceutical industry as well as an Honorary Professorship from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He was also rewarded honorary degrees from the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Dundee, and a fellowship from Imperial College London medical faculty. Malcolm was elected as a Fellow into the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London in 2011.

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Prof. Poh Kam Wong

Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor at the National University of Singapore

Poh Kam Wong is concurrently a Professor at the School of Business of the National University of Singapore, as well as Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. He has published in numerous international refereed journals on innovation policy, industrial and competitiveness policy and technology entrepreneurship, and has also consulted widely for international agencies such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, various government agencies in Singapore such as A*STAR, EDB and IDA, and many high tech firms in Asia.

An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he has been an active angel investor in more than a dozen tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, Singapore, China and India. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a senior visiting scholar at Oxford University, and a Pacific Leadership Fellow at UCSD. He received a Public Administration Medal (Silver) from the Singapore Government in 2013, and the “Entrepreneur for the World” Award (Educator Category) from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in 2015.

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