Meet our team

UCD Innovation Academy comprises of a highly experienced multidisciplinary team of academics, entrepreneurs and educator practitioners supported by a world-class International Advisory Board. UCD Innovation Academy programmes are reviewed on an annual basis by an External Examiner, presently Professor Sir Mark Welland of the University of Cambridge. 

Leadership Team

Prof. Suzi Jarvis

Founding Director

Professor Suzi Jarvis has been at the forefront of research, innovation and education in Ireland and abroad. She is the founding Director of the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin and Chair of Biophysics with a multidisciplinary research team based in the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research.

Dr. Colman Farrell

Head of Programme Development

Colman Farrell co-founded the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and Suas, the educational charity. He was Vice Chair of Dóchas (the association of Irish NGOs).From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of Suas. Previously he was Development Manager at Enterprise Ireland, before which he a software development manager leading a team at General Electric Global exchange Services.

Eleanor Kelly

Strategic Partnerships Lead

 Eleanor has worked at the intersection of advocacy, policy and public affairs for over a decade, across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Innovation Academy, she was Director of Regional Communications at the Open Society Foundations, a philanthropy founded by George Soros and active in over 120 countries. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge.

David Johnson

Head of Operational Innovation

David co-founded the Data Science Campus, the UK government’s data science research and innovation hub based at the Office for National Statistics, leading data science capacity-building for the UK public sector. Prior to this he was part of the senior leadership team that set up Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, and co-founded a machine learning start-up that raised over €2m in Seed and EU R&D funding.

Operations Team

Jake Prest

Technology integration Manager

Jake began his career developing mobile and web applications for NASA and the U.S. Air Force, which sparked his interest in cloud computing. He spent the next five years at Amazon Web Services across the U.S. and Ireland leading a large team of cloud engineers to support customers ranging from early startup to market leaders. During the pandemic, he pivoted his focus to educational technology to support teachers integrate technology into their curriculum.

William Davis

creative makers facilitator

William combines enterprise experience (sales, marketing, business development) with entrepreneurship, having co-founded and built up one of the first Maker Spaces in the USA (FabLab LLC), running it on a commercial basis.  William was also one of the founding members of the National of Makers (an initiative established under the Obama administration to return manufacturing to the USA). He is currently completing an MBA at NUI Galway. 

David Nevin

Business Development Manager

Prior to joining The Innovation Academy David worked in business development and events management roles with several education and health focused non-profit organisations Ireland, India and Australia enabling these organisations to raise €2.3m from corporate, public and private philanthropy.

Deirbhle Carroll

Senior Programme Manager

Deirbhle has over 13 years’ experience in educational development and management. She first joined UCD in 2005 and was Graduate School Manager in the UCD College of Science working on programme and policy development and advancing student supports within the University before joining the Innovation Academy team. Deirbhle is a graduate of UCD with a BA in History and a BBS in Business Management.

Mary Saunders

Marketing and programmes executive

Before joining the Innovation Academy, Mary gained over 14 years’ experience working in one of the largest communications companies in Ireland on a broad range of clients

Jocelyn O'Shea

Executive Assistant

Jocelyn O’Shea is an Executive Assistant at UCD Innovation Academy. Prior to joining the Innovation Academy, Jocelyn worked in the construction sector as the Associate Director and Global Marketing Manager for Vector Foiltec in the United Kingdom and as Product Manager for Toray Deutchland GmbH.

Karina King

Business Development
and Digital Content Liaison

Prior to joining The Innovation Academy Karina worked in Operations, Business Development, Event Management, Marketing, Training and Development roles for Global IT Companies, such as IBM, Oracle, BMC Software and in the Telecoms arena, for British Telecom in the UK.  Karina first joined UCD in 2007 as Business Operations Executive with Nova Innovation Centre Nova Complex, NovaUCD, University College Dublin.

Meg Fenton

Finance and OFFICE Manager

Meg joins the Innovation Academy as, ‘Finance and Office Manager’. After qualifying as an Accountant, she worked as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young Cap Gemini and gained industry experience with global clients within the Financial Services sector. Meg completed a company sponsored MBA at Henley Management College which included a field trip to Beijing and a learning exchange with students from Beijing university.

Research Team

Dr. Nikita Chiu

Head of Research

Dr Chiu leads research on innovation and impact at the Academy. She is Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Robotic and Outer Space Governance at the Space Engineering Research Center, and was listed as one of SSPI “20 under 35” future leaders to watch in the space and satellite industry in 2019. Prior to Ireland, she was a Research Fellow in Robotics at the University of Oxford, and had an academic career lecturing on Foreign Policy and International Relations in Hong Kong, Tallinn, and the UK.

Philip Hardie

Phd candidate

Philip has extensive experience in clinical nursing practice and maintains clinical competencies through his current role as clinical nurse tutor in UCD. He has identified the learning support needs of students whilst on clinical placement and working alongside the students on the wards. He developed a suite of online clinical skills resources to meet these needs. He is dedicated to the enhancement of student learning and engagement and has redesigned nursing clinical skills labs to incorporate universal design to teaching and learning methodologies. Philip also has experience in programme coordination and teaches across all core nursing subject areas both graduate and undergraduate. His teaching interests are in the development of essential soft skills along with postoperative care and nursing assessment skills.

Anh Nguyen Quoc

phd candidate

Anh Nguyen Quoc lectures at Vietnam National University, Hanoi where he conducts research in Environmental Economics, Energy Economics and Development Economics. Anh is on secondment for four years beginning 2021 from his  Lectureship at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University. His research is conducted as part of the Global Human Development PhD programme lead by Professor Paul Walsh in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. Anh’s most recent publication is ‘Resource efficiency and green economic sustainability transition evaluation of green growth productivity gap and governance challenges in Cambodia’.

Teaching & Learning Team

Alan Morgan

Programme Director, UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity & Innovation for Education

Alan Morgan in an Entrepreneurial Specialist at UCD Innovation Academy. Alan has been working in academia since 2012, lecturing in a number of Irish business colleges before planting his routes at Dublin Business School. His last role as Course Director for Marketing at DBS formed an integral part of the academic leadership of the College, working in an integrated and cohesive way with Head of Academic Programmes, Registrar, Head of Faculty and School Operations and others. Prior to moving into academia, Alan has accumulated over 20 years’ entrepreneurial & intrapreneurship experience across the services and distribution industry. He has held senior manager and ‘head of’ roles in the Pharmaceutical, DIY, Toy and Homewares retail sector.

Kathleen Lonergan Erickson

Programme Director, UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

Kathleen, an Entrepreneurial Specialist, is constantly curious. It is a quality that has taken her around the world learning from, working with, and supporting entrepreneurs. She has worked as a journalist, in international operations and corporate communications, and in research communications and marketing. As an independent business owner and consultant to other businesses, she is constantly discovering ways to nurture creativity and deliver fresh ideas. Helping others reach the “lightbulb” moments is what she most enjoys. Rooted in agriculture, food, and biosciences, she comes from an active farm background in Indiana, USA.

Maurice Knightly

Programme Director, TU Dublin - UCD Professional Diploma in Transversal Skills

Maurice is currently a director of several companies ranging from food and catering to new media. From 1992 to 2009 he was deputy managing director of the O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bars franchise, responsible for operations, training, marketing and purchasing. He worked to grow the chain to 282 outlets in 10 countries and developed the brand’s initial presence in each new market.

Dr. Lollie (Lorraine) Mancey

Programme Director, UCD Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr Lorraine “Lollie” Mancey is an entrepreneurial specialist. She also lectures in gender and development and equality studies in UCD. She is Director of three businesses (…and growing) making her a serial entrepreneur. With a PhD in organisational learning and an academic background in anthropology she brings a unique perspective to innovation and entrepreneurship. She is the winner of the inaugural Trinity University Dermot McAleese Teaching Award and is also Dublin Storyslam champion in competitive storytelling. She is a vibrant keynote speaker who advocates for equality and diversity in business, and has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector.

Dr. Eileen Diskin

Programme Director, UCD Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking for Sustainability

Eileen started her career as a wilderness guide in the Alaskan wilderness, and became a conservation naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation before working as a field archaeologist. Eileen founded, an initiative whose pilot project was a set of biodiversity beermats that featured in pubs across Dublin.

Jacinta Owens

Programme Director, UCD Innovation Academy Undergraduate Elective Modules

Jacinta Owens is an educator, writer and filmmaker. She joined UCD Innovation Academy as a Facilitation Specialist in early 2018. Jacinta specialises in developing empathy and creativity in students whilst helping them craft their own unique story. Jacinta is also a Screenwriter, funded by Northern Ireland Screen, Galway Film Centre, RTE and the British Film Institute Network. She holds an MSc in Feature Film production from Staffordshire University and is a graduate of the Robert McKee Story programme.

Fergal Brophy


Fergal is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the corporate sector. He co-founded Open Financial Services in 2000 and sold it in 2014. He has held sales and marketing roles with Pepsi, Nivea and Kellogg’s. Fergal has led innovation training programmes for ESB, Enterprise Ireland, Deloitte, Irish Stock Exchange and facilitated Hackathons for US Embassy, SciComm and New Ireland.

Eina McHugh


Eina McHugh is an entrepreneurial specialist, consultant in creativity, Irish Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her senior leadership experience has been gained over twenty-five years of work, both nationally and internationally, across the public, private and charitable sectors. Eina is a former CEO and Artistic Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin. 

Dorcas Rémoinn

facilitation specialist

Dorcas is an award-winning educator who has been with the Innovation Academy for the last 2 years. She has been teaching entrepreneurs for 10 years, and lectured M.Sc. students in The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD modules related to the technical side of Digital Marketing for 3.5 years. Dorcas is passionate about learning, discovering and trying new ways to facilitate learning – both in the classroom and online. Dorcas has a strong interest in entrepreneurship, and has founded some businesses including the award-winning Zonua. She was part of Team OSV, an open-source ventilator response project founded in 2020 to fight COVID-19. 

Ann Foulds

facilitation specialist

Ann is a facilitator, writer and design thinker passionate about sustainability and ever curious about change. With a background in media, anthropology and permaculture she has worked as a primary school teacher as well as supporting teachers’ professional development in both pre and mid service. Prior to joining the Innovation Academy she worked as Education Officer for Change By Degrees creating interactive workshops, publications and online videos for schools and communities including the successful Plastic Free 4 Kids programme.

Rosie Leonard-Kane

facilitation specialist

Rosie is an educator and facilitation specialist. Rosie is passionate about creating immersive learning experiences that lead to real changes in practice. 

Building on her experience as lead practitioner for coaching & wellbeing at School 21, Rosie champions relationship-led leadership, innovative pedagogies and enquiry-based learning.  

Rosie is a qualified maths teacher and has an MEd with a dual specialism in post-conflict education and teacher well-being and motivation. She is an ardent advocate for integrated education in Northern Ireland and was a founding member of the Integrated AlumNI. 

UCD Innovation Fellows 2021

Dr. Sandra Aungier

Special Lecturer, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr Sandra Aungier is a special lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD. Sandra graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree followed by a Masters and PhD in Bovine Medicine. She spent twenty five years running her Dublin based small animal veterinary hospital. She served as a director on the inaugural board of the Dublin Animal Emergency Centre and helped organise its move to its present premises in UCD. Currently, Sandra teaches on both the veterinary nursing and veterinary medicine programmes.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

During this Fellowship I hope to determine if students from a) human nursing/medicine and social care and b) veterinary nursing/medicine found an “Interprofessional Education” effective in enabling collaborative practices. When out on clinical placement what were their experiences when observing how professional teams work together. I aim to identify from staff (Academic and Technical) involved in teaching Interprofessional modules, what are the pros and cons that they have experienced when using this approach? Has their teaching plans been adapted to improve the student experience? Should staff receive formal training on what is best practice when teaching on interprofessional modules and if so what topics need to be covered? Finally I hope to identify from students in a)human nursing/medicine/social care and b) veterinary nursing/medicine the benefits and the problems that they have experienced when participating in “interprofessional” educational programme modules. Was the approach to teaching conducive to cultivating an awareness of the varying roles of the different student cohorts.  

Joe Houghton

Assistant Professor of Project Management, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Joe Houghton is an educator with a passion for developing people.  Roles currently include Director and co-creator of the UCD Smurfit Masters in Project Management, management trainer, coach, and consultant.  Following a career in global business, Joe has gained a UCD International Executive MBA and 2 postgrad diplomas in teaching & learning.  He is married with 4 children, runs a successful photography training business, and sits on the Board of Photo Ireland.

Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

Joe has begun his Fellowship work by creating the “Plus One Project“.  Plus One is a concept that Joe discovered doing the Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning.  It is an education-focused application of Continual Improvement – a subject he teaches in his Project Management programmes.  The Plus One Project will involve a series of interviews with innovative educators in a variety of fields and disciplines, with each interview becoming a podcast episode, and also a section in a forthcoming book – working title “Plus One Teaching – learnings from innovative educators“.  More details on this project at  Joe is looking forward to participating in some IA programmes both as a contributor as well as a seeker of ideas and inspiration – 2021 looks to be a good year!

Dr. Deirdre McGillicuddy

Assistant Professor, UCD School of Education

Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy is Assistant Professor in UCD School of Education. She is passionate about inequalities, children’s voice/rights in education stemming from her time working in a DEIS primary school. Deirdre is interested in rights based pedagogies. Core to Deirdre’s work are values of collaboration, creativity, teamwork, leadership and wellbeing.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

Deirdre will be exploring creative pedagogy as a rights based and inclusive approach to education for her Fellowship. She will build on her Flourish initiative which facilitates creative spaces to build community, support wellbeing, nurture creativity and leadership in education. A core aspect to the work will be the development of an approach and module embedded in creative pedagogy and wellbeing to be offered as a core module on an Initial Teacher Education programme. She will engage with partners across CONVENE to learn about their creative and innovative approaches and seek ways to integrate them into the ITE module.

Dr. Carla Perrotta

Assistant Professor, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science

My background is in Internal Medicine and Public Health and while most of my current teaching practice takes place at the UCD School of Public Health, I also contribute with European programs (Euro Public Health Master, EPH+) and a South American research group aimed to improve Maternal and Child Health in vulnerable populations.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

During the innovation academy fellowship, I seek to explore design thinkingin the healthcare curricula further.  I aim to gain tools to inspire students to create innovative solutions to complex challenges in our health systems. I am also wishing to strengthen partnerships with patient advocacy groups, creating collaborative spaces to improve their user experience within the health system. I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues at the innovation academy, an exciting opportunity to reimagining the education of our future leaders in Healthcare.

Dr. Jacob Eisenberg

Associate Professor, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

Jacob has been teaching for over 20 years, currently teaching Organisational Behaviour, Cross-Cultural Management and Creative Problem-Solving in the Smurfit Graduate Business School. Combining evidence-based management approach with an interactive Socratic pedagogy, Jacob engages students through experiential exercises and play-like activities. Jacob held leadership roles both at UCD and in international organisations.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

I hope that the fellowship will allow me to build on my experiences with designing impactful experiential learning activities, using the uninterrupted space/time to dive deeper into developing and extending creative learning practices in a more systematic way and experimenting with new directions. I plan to use the time to enhance and further develop my pedagogical understanding of EL in academic environments and its relationships to neuro-cognitive learning principles, which would support me in creating evidence-based experiential activities and programs. I’m excited by opportunities to cross-pollinate with innovation academy colleagues, benefitting from rich interactions with like-minded, passionate and creative educators.

Dr. Jean-Christophe Jacquier

Assistant Professor, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science

After graduating with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy from the University Pierre et Mari Curie (Paris 6) in 1993, JC Jacquier came to UCD as a European Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow before joining the academic staff of the School of Agriculture and Food Science in 2006 as college lecturer in Food Toxicology.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

My aim during this fellowship is to look at the learnings from the online teaching experience during the 2020/21 academic year, not only from a student but also from a  lecturer perspectives,  to tease out what could be implemented on a more permanent basis when campus reopens. For example, some co-creation activities have been possible online, and are not immediately possible to implement in a face-to-face class setting, some changes to the assessment strategy were effected due to the open-book nature of online examinations, and could have caused deeper student learning, etc. While I will concentrate first on the issues surrounding the Food Science programme, I intend to extend this work to the other School of Agriculture programmes and if time allows, other science-based programmes also.

Dr. Bernd Justin Jütte

Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law, UCD Sutherland School of Law

Dr Bernd Justin Jütte is Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. His research interest focuses on digital aspects of copyright law in the EU, in particular transformative creativity and the role of fundamental rights. He teaches at various European universities and is a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Vytautas Magnus University.

Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

During the Fellowship, I plan to develop a new direction in my teaching in terms of methodology and substance. I am particularly interested in learning from remote-teaching experiences to develop a more inclusive and flexible teaching approach that will enable me to offer non.linear classes, integrating teaching staff from around Europe. For that purpose I am planning to develop a module on Policy in Intellectual Property and Technology Law that takes a multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approach.

Dr. Kate Frazer

Director of Graduate Research and Head of Subject , Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Kate is the Director of Graduate Research and Head of Subject Public Health and Community Nursing at UCD
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. She completed the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity and Innovation for Education in 2019/2020.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

A UCD Innovation Fellowship provides me with time and space to engage with leaders and colleagues at the Innovation Academy to champion collaborative networking and partnership opportunities for research and teaching. I hope to deepen my insight into innovation that commenced with the
Professional Diploma programme. I enjoyed finding and developing my creative confidence to adopt innovative methods and approaches. I will use this opportunity to open my mind to more creative thinking for education and research and share my knowledge and experience with colleagues and students.

Dr. Michaela Davis

University Lecturer, Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine

Michaela is a diagnostic radiographer by profession and a Winston Churchill research Fellow and spent her research fellowship in New Zealand exploring approaches to child protection. When not working Michaela enjoys spending time relaxing on her farm, walking her dogs and playing her guitar.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

My hopes for the fellowship are to have time and space to reflect on the skills I have learned on previous modules at the academy and help develop my creative side so that I am open to and can develop new ways of thinking to adapt and utilise in my daily working practices, be they as part of the Innovation Academy team or my own team in Diagnostic Imaging and in the wider educational  community. I would like the opportunity to link with other institutions and collaborate on real issues that will have a positive impact.

Sophia Meeres

Assistant Professor, UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy

Sophia is a Landscape architect, and lecturer at UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Her focus is the living landscape. As a practitioner Sophia’s experience is in the preparation and implementation of designs, policy documents and action plans for public authorities in the UK, Ireland and France. Her thinking and teaching is led by a universal landscape approach to site, design, planning and policy.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

This Fellowship allows me to further explore a collaborative transdisciplinary venture that focuses on the landscape as the frame for some of the world’s most intractable problems. Teaching collaboration is central to this venture. At its heart is an international teaching lab and think tank, or hub, that would have a presence on the UCD campus. This would be a hub for experimental educators willing to team-up to explore the potential of transdisciplinary pedagogies in addressing local and global challenges through the landscape lens. For the moment, this is an idea, but some pilot projects have been carried out, some lessons have been learned and a tiny nucleus of interested collaborators already exists. Can we build on this?

Dr. Wolfgang Marx

Associate Professor, UCD School of Music

Wolfgang Marx is a Historical Musicologist who joined UCD in 2002. His research interests include post-truth and music, György Ligeti, music and death, and the theory of musical genres. His teaching is guided by three central concerns: the mutual benefit of teaching and research, interdisciplinary approaches, and student engagement.


Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

As an Innovation Fellow I plan to work on an exploration of the links between critical thinking and its necessary ethical foundations (the neglect of which probably has contributed to our current post-truth mentality), as well as on the conceptual and pedagogical realisation of “Critical Acting”, i.e. the practical implementation of the results of critical thinking. In collaboration with the Innovation Academy’s team I hope to develop creative and innovative approaches to address these issues in my teaching and contribute to “rebuilding our society differently after Covid-19” as envisaged by the Convene project.

International Advisory Board + External Examiner

Raomal Perera

Chairperson UCD International Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Entrepreneur

Raomal Perera is a veteran of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and an adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD where he currently teaches and studies entrepreneurship, innovation and the management of rapidly growing companies. He was one of 40 entrepreneurs worldwide chosen to the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) as a technology pioneer.

Datin Dr. Syahira binti Hamidon

Senior Director, Policy and International Relations Division,Ministry of Entrepreneur Development

Dr Syahira Hamidon previously headed the Entrepreneurship Unit at the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) after obtaining her PhD on “The Development of Malay Entrepreneurship in Malaysia” (now a book) at Massey University in AucklandAmongst her many accomplishments are: developing Entrepreneurship Education to be part of the Higher Education Strategic Plan, introducing a Policy on Entrepreneurship Education and Development ,and the Entrepreneurship Strategic Plan for universities, polytechnics and community colleges, and coordinating programs on entrepreneurship. She has also been involved in many other policy discussions and formulation, including education reform, graduate employability, youth entrepreneurship, SME development, and inputs for National Budgets, National Plans, and the Entrepreneurial Nation. She was one of the lead authors for the Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025. 

Colm Lyon

Founder and CEO Fire Financial Services

Colm Lyon is the founder and CEO of Fire Financial Services Limited and also founder and former CEO of Realex Payments. Colm started Realex Payments which was acquired by Global Payments in a deal valued at €115m. Colm is a previous chair of the Irish Internet Association, founder of the Internet Growth Alliance. In June 2015 Colm was appointed to the International Financial Services Industry Advisory Group as part of the Irish Government’s IFS 2020 Strategy, where he contributed to the action plan to create an additional 10,000 jobs.  He is a founding director and appointed chair for the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland. Colm is a graduate of UCD and has spent further time in Harvard and Stanford Business Schools.

Gay Haskins

Associate, Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum, St Aidan’s College, Durham University

Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins is a former Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and co-Director of the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme (EULP), a programme developed specifically for University Leaders, focussing on entrepreneurship, innovation and change in the Higher Education sector. She has worked for over thirty years in the field of management and leadership development and has been Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School, the Indian School of Business and London Business School. Highly international, she has also served as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development in Brussels. Gay has co-authored various papers and reports on management development and global social responsibility and was a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network. She was awarded the 1995 prize of the Sven Ake Nilsson Memorial Fund in Sweden in recognition of her contribution to management development. She is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and the Advisory Board to EADA Business School in Spain.

Professor Richard Templer

Director of innovation at the Grantham institute, imperial college london

Professor Richard Templer holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the Grantham Institute.  He is the Director of Development for Chemistry and the Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute. He is the current Hofmann Chair in Chemistry and is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission and advisory body to the Mayor of London. Prompted by the outcome of collaborative research on biorefining he led, Professor Templer was part of a successful bid to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to create a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. In 2010 he became the Director of Climate-KIC UK and Director of Education. He and his team created a programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran the UK Cleantech Accelerator. The education programme has now trained almost 2,000 students in the arts of environmentally sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship and the accelerator has graduated 50 new cleantech businesses that have between them raised $180M in investment since 2012. 

Professor Sir Mark Welland​


Professor Sir Mark Welland started his career in nanoscience and nanotechnology at IBM Research Laboratories (Yorktown Heights, USA), where he was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunnelling microscopes. In 1985, appointed to a Lectureship in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, he set up the first tunnelling microscopy group in the UK, and in 1991 he began the Nanoscience Research Group. Sir Mark established a purpose-built facility at the University of Cambridge, the Nanoscience Centre, which undertakes a variety of nano-related research programmes of an interdisciplinary nature.  This was the base for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Nanotechnology of which Sir Mark was the Director, and whose highly successful legacy has been far reaching. He established the Science and Technology Research Centre at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, that he co-directed from 2003 to 2010, and from 2008 to 2012 was for the UK, the International Principal Investigator of the $100M World Premier Research Institute in nanomaterials based in Tsukuba, Japan.  From April 2008 until May 2012, Sir Mark was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government Ministry of Defence. Sir Mark was Head of Electrical Engineering from October 2015 to September 2018, has been Head of the Nanoscience Centre since 2012, has been Master of St Catharine’s College since October 2016, was elected a Deputy Vice-Chancellor October 2018 and is Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on China. He was appointed Director of the Maxwell Centre 1st January 2019.