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Ant Allan
The future of IAM — the Identity and Access Management scenario

CIOs and their IAM leaders must look to the future to ensure the longevity and extensibility of IAM solutions selected and implemented today. This becomes vital in an age of digital business that requires a flip from guardian to innovator. This session reviews future trends and how IAM technology, delivery models and standards will change through the next five years. What are the forces that are shaping how IAM technologies are delivered and consumed? What will be the most significant changes in managing identities, privileges, access and trust through 2020? What changes must IAM leaders make to their IAM programs through 2020?

Ant Allan is a Research Vice President in Gartner Research. He is a core member of the identity and access management (IAM) research community and specialises in user authentication and other trust technologies, processes, policies and best practices.
Ant Allan

Jamie Anderson
In this session Jamie Anderson will focus on creative thinking as a key skill for IT professionals in HE.  The session will be highly interactive, and participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon their own creative potential, as well as receive practical guidelines on how to increase the level of creativity and innovation amongst their HE colleagues.

Jamie Anderson is Professor of Strategic Management at Antwerp Management School, and Visiting Professor at London Business School.  Jamie has been named as a management guru by the Financial Times, and mentioned as one of the world’s top 25 management thinkers by the journal Business Strategy Review, alongside internationally renowned thought leaders such as Gary Hamel, Philip Kotler and Henry Mintzberg.  His research and teaching focuses on strategy, innovation and corporate renewal, but he is just as likely to talk about Madonna, Picasso or Damien Hirst as he is to discuss Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Jimmy Wales.  Jamie’s articles have appeared in publications such as California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Economist and Wall Street Journal, and he has appeared as a business commentator on BBC World, CNBC and CNN. 

Jamie Anderson
Hilary Baker
California dreamin’: leading IT innovation for student success
The overriding priority of California State University, Northridge is student success, facilitated and sustained through support of academic excellence and student engagement for retention, persistence, and graduation.  This keynote will share some of the University’s innovative information technology initiatives implemented to support student success.

Hilary Baker is the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at California State University in Northridge, California.  She previously worked at the Getty Museum, was CIO at Pepperdine University, and faculty for the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute.  Baker earned her MA from UCLA and BSc from the University of Birmingham.    

Hilary Baker
Mandy Bentham and Michelle Milner
The tablet journey at UEL: Shaping ideas about mobile learning

UEL’s journey to distribute Samsung tablets to students has taken many unexpected turns over the past 2 years. What could be considered a fractured narrative has become the source of innovation to meet challenges and shape ideas of what mobile learning could mean in an HE setting for a diverse student body.

Mandy Bentham
Mandy is Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of East London. She has over 20 years of teaching and management experience in the UK and overseas. Whilst working in Mali in the late 90s she sent her first ever email via a satellite phone in Timbuktu and became interested in the potential of technology to transform education and widen access.

Michelle Milner

Michele is the Head of CELT at the University of East London which promotes and supports the development of innovative pedagogical approaches. She has worked in higher education in Japan, Korea, China and the UK, as a linguist, teacher trainer and developing transnational educational collaborations.

Mandy Bentham

Michele Milner

Paul Boag
Are you misunderstanding Digital Transformation?
Many organisations are undertaking programs of digital transformation.  But what exactly is digital transformation?  For that matter, what exactly is digital or what does it mean to have a digital strategy?  In his talk Paul will show how digital transformation is about more than implementing a set of technologies.

Paul Boag is the author of Digital Adaptation and specialist in digital transformation.  He has worked with over 30 higher education institutions helping them form and put in place their digital strategy.  He speaks internationally on digital transformation.  Advising organisations such as the BBC, European Commission and Doctors without borders.

Paul Boag

Paul Feldman
The vibrant future for Jisc 
Digital for Higher Education is vital now, more than ever and Jisc intends to be there helping institutions prosper through technology, while continuing to provide the vital underpinnings we do today, despite battling the headwinds of changing funding, changing subscription.  Paul Feldman, Jisc’s new CEO will lay out his thoughts for this exciting future for Jisc so it remains your technology partner.

Paul Feldman is the Chief Executive of Jisc.  Before joining Jisc, Paul was an executive partner at Gartner UK.  He has spent over 20 years in a number of financial service organisations, both in IT and business roles.  Paul also worked in knowledge based IT companies including Thomson Reuters Legal UK and the Intellectual Property Office.  

Paul Feldman
Marcus Jewell
Delivering the digital institution: the five stages of infrastructure evolution
Digital transformation is a popular catch all phrase but digital is not a solution in itself.  And it shouldn’t be an objective.  It should be approached as a strategic response. To understand the real value and potential risks of digital change, we need to start with what digital means for you and your institution. Marcus will take you through the five stages of infrastructure evolution that enables educational institutions to progress from the digital tipping point.

As VP EMEA Sales at Brocade, Marcus Jewell’s responsibilities include overseeing Brocade’s sales and services teams, driving the expansion of the company’s Ethernet/IP business and determining Brocade’s partner and channel strategies in the market.   Jewell has more than 15 years of experience in the networking business, having started his career in technical sales at Xerox, focused on network attached solutions.  He then joined MiTech Europe, where he rose through the ranks from lead generation and sales to become Managing Director of MiSpace Ltd, a managed ICT services company jointly owned by MiTech and Jewell.  He joined Mitel Networks in 2003, heading up the Enterprise Sales and Services for the UK and Ireland, where he was responsible for significantly growing market share and revenue
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John McCarthy
Learning in Limbo
In the days before the internet and mobile phones, when the Telex was a sophisticated form of communication, I disappeared into a black hole of captivity in the chaos of the Lebanese Civil War.  It was 1986, but it often seemed as though I’d travelled back in time to the Dark Ages.  Yet, for all the terror, physical discomfort and lack of news or entertainment, this was a time of profound learning; about myself, my fellow hostages and those men holding us.

John McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster.  In 1986, he was abducted in Lebanon and held hostage for over five years, an experience explored in the book Some Other Rainbow (co-written with Jill Morrell).  Other books include  'Between Extremes and You Can't Hide the Sun: A Journey through Palestine'  John has worked in television for the BBC, ITV, Sky Arts and Al Jazeera, and on radio for the BBC.

John McCarthy
Simon Moores
It's not if, but when?
Simon will explore the latest and most active threats in the information security space and with them, the measures that organisations of all sizes and types should consider in meeting the growing burden of information risk.

Simon Moores is a Security Futurist and risk consultant.  A Guardian newspaper contributor and former UK Technology Ambassador  he is the chair of the annual international eCrime Congress and a visiting lecturer in the Applied Sciences and Computing department at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Simon Moores
Michael Stephenson
Real world 2 speed IT in education with the Cloud
Northumbria University has embraced the cloud and it has become a key business as usual service which is pivotal to delivering the IT aspects of their Vision 2025 strategy. In this session we will look at some examples of how the cloud has been used within a bi-modal IT delivery model to super charge the delivery of agile projects.

Michael Stephenson is a Microsoft Azure and Integration MVP and a freelance cloud and integration specialist & trainer who works as part of the architecture team at Northumbria University. In addition to his work with Northumbria University, Michael is also heavily involved in IT community activities speaking regularly at events around the world and also helping to run an initiative called #IntegrationMonday which is a global weekly webcast around cloud and integration technologies.
michael stephenson

David Sweeney
Universities: central to society so now what?
We are used to discussions about our contribution to learning and teaching, to research and to societal engagement and impact. However, recent press coverage had has tackled much broader aspects of universities including freedom of speech, student behaviour, equalities and diversity, devolution/place, social mobility, immigration and intellectual property. What should the university staff response be?

David Sweeney is Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange).  In this role he is responsible for research policy and funding (including the Research Excellence Framework), knowledge exchange and health policy.  A statistician, David was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway and Chair of UCISA. He became Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004 then joined HEFCE in 2008. 

David Sweeney
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