2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr Diana Beech

Policy Adviser to Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Diana also served under Chris Skidmore’s predecessor Sam Gyimah in 2018. Prior to this, Diana was first Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), where she authored reports on topics as varied as free speech in universities, widening access and participation, the TEF and demand for higher education in England to 2030. Diana holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has held post-doctoral fellowships at universities in Canada, Germany and the UK.

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Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL

Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer and the Senior Independent Director of the Booker Group PLC.  In 2006, he was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords, and in 2014 he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham – the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain.  In 2015 he became President of UKCISA and in 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Earlier this year he became the first Patron of Enterprise Educators UK.

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The Power of University to Power the World

Lord Bilimoria will discuss the importance of Enterprise Education in universities, as well as the spirit of enterprise within universities. He will discuss the ability of universities to engage with business and to be the creators of the entrepreneurs in the future. In the case of Lord Bilimoria, he came up with the idea of Cobra Beer whilst a student at Cambridge; unsatisfied with overly gassy lagers and ales that didn’t match well with Indian food, he decided to create a less gassy lager with the flavour of a lager but the smoothness of an ale.

Monika Radclyffe

Centre Director at SETsquared Bristol

Monika Radclyffe runs for the Bristol SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre, where she manages the Centre’s strategy and delivery of incubation activity to the 85+ high-tech ventures. The Centre is part of SETsquared Partnership, which has been ranked as Global Number 1 university-led incubator in 2015 and 2017 by UBI ranking.

Monika’s career includes facilitating open innovation programmes between corporates, academics and startups and global innovation events at Fortune 500 firm Cognizant, leading delivery on fintech innovation programmes at innovation consultancy ENTIQ, setting up a student incubator at the University of Westminster, running an entrepreneurial community of 6,000 members, setting up two co-working spaces and a digital acceleration programme at Dreamstake in London. Monika holds an MSc in Business Innovation and in her spare time runs a small arts business called Macrame Art and loves spending time outdoors.

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Professor Geoff Scott
B.A., Dip Ed (Sydney), MEd, Ed D (Toronto) FACE

Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability, Western Sydney University

Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established the UN endorsed RCE-GWS.

He is a widely published author of reports and articles on change leadership, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, professional capability, what distinguishes successful early career graduates in a wide range of professions, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. HIs book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) received the US Colleges’ Bellwether Award.

He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor, board member and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. This Fellowship focused on how best to develop highly capable, work ready plusgraduates for an uncertain future and resulted in a website (http://flipcurric.edu.au/) that currently has more than 12,000 Higher Education users around the world.

In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award

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Building social enterprise into tertiary education programs

In this session Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott will provide an overview of initiatives now underway around the world which are using social enterprise projects in universities and colleges to address the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals.

How more than 12,000 higher educators from Europe, the UK,  North America and  the Asia-Pacific are using the FLIPCurric website to support this process will be discussed. The FLIPCurric website was co-created between 2014-17 by learning and teaching leaders from around the world as part of an Australian national senior teaching fellowship.

The potential to develop a searchable clearing house on how social enterprise can be built successfully into the curriculum and assessment approaches of higher education institutions to develop work ready plusgraduates will also be explored.

Dr Zhu Yankong

Dean of Zingy International Education Institute for Entrepreneurship, China

Dr Zhu Yankong is the founder and Dean of Zingy International Education Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Executive Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education College of Hebei Geological University. He has been instrumental in introducing international good practice of entrepreneurship education into China. Dr Zhu was a participant of SEE Asia 2014 at Babson College, and launched the SEE-China project in China in 2015. In 2018, he published the following books: What to Learn for Entrepreneurship: Design of Life Direction, Thinking and Methodology (2nd edition); How to Teach Entrepreneurship: A Five-step Teaching Method Based on Practice.

His main contributions are as follows. Firstly, taking effect reasoning as the theoretical framework, he developed a course of entrepreneurial thinking and methods, which is accessible to all. Secondly, According to the practice-based entrepreneurship teaching method of Babson College and innovative entrepreneurship teaching method in the United Kingdom, he developed a five-step experience-based innovative entrepreneurship teaching method, which everyone is able to teach.

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