We invite you to the Innovate, Inform, Impact: The Evolving Roles of Academic Leaders conference!

On Thursday, June 20, at the University of Oxford, we will talk about academic leadership and its local and global importance.

🌍 During the day there will be panel discussions covering 4 topics:

👉 Lessons learned from Covid Pandemic and Crisis Management – the role of academic leaders and science-informed-policy on the example of global pandemic. Perspective of academic leaders on crisis management. Response of academic leaders to great existential threats.


Panelists: Dr Andrzej Ryś, EU Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford University / Principal Scientific Advisor, European Commission; Dr. Jakub Motrenko, sociologist specializing in analysis of advisory bodies during Covid pandemic, Warsaw University; Hao Zha, Team China Lead, Oxford Government Response Tracker, Blavatnik School of
Government, Oxford University; Zoe McDougall, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Global Head, SVP, Corporate Affairs;

Moderator: Dr. Holly Sadler, Consultant, Global Influenza Program, World Health Organization.

👉 Innovations in Local Communities – the role of academic leaders in local communities. What positive impact can universities and innovation organizations have on their neighbourhoods and local communities? Academic insights in social entrepreneurship. 


Panellists:  Jessica Jacobson, Senior Programme Manager for Research and Insights, The Skoll School of Social Entrepreneurship; Dr Philippa Christoforou, Social Venture Lead, Oxford University Innovation; Ashley Cavers, Chief Operating Officer, SDGs Impact Lab university of Oxford; Unai Ledesma Gorostizaga, Business Start-up Advisor, Directorate of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Oxford Brookes University.
Moderator: Eileen Modral, Investment Manager, Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION Ltd)

👉Ukraine – the Role of Academic Leaders in the Peacebuilding Process. How can academic leaders contribute to the redevelopment of Ukraine (especially in the innovative sector)? Significance of humanitarian aid provided to researchers at risk.


Panellist: Prof Lionel Tarassenko, head of Reuben College, professor of Electrical Engineering, Oxford University; Prof Alona Revko, professor and visiting researcher, Said Business School, Oxford University; Dr Tory Baucum, Senior Fellow, George Mason University, Benedictine College; Prof Igor Kotsiuba, Assistant Professor in Finance (Financial Technology and Security) at Durham University Business School.

Moderator: Prof Michal Łuczewski, professor of sociology, Warsaw University, co-founder of Two Wings Institute.

👉 Different facets of academic leadership – Academia and Enterprise in Innovative Industry – What is the role of academic leadership in shaping innovation ecosystems? What is the specific role of the universities in technology development? How can academics be the leaders of innovation? What can we do to turn Europe into technological superpower?


Panellist: Jakub Rakoczy, Senior Innovation & Growth Specialist, Innovate UK Business Growth; Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Innovation and Engagement Team, Oxford University; Dr Maria Śmietanka, deputy director, The National Centre for Research and Development, National Contact Point for EU Research Programmes (Poland); Eileen Modral, Business Advisor, Innovate UK Business Growth, Oxford Innovation, Investment Manager, Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION Ltd).
Moderator: Dr Pawel Puczkarski, MPLS Enterprise and Innovation Fellow, Oxford University

🌍 In the afternoon there will be a matchmaking session, only in person, with 4 parallel roundtable discussions in which all participants will be invited to take part in the discussion – topics will include:

Medical Technologies – Prof Katarzyna Kolasa, Leader of the Health Economics and Big Data Analytics Major, professor at Kozminski University
Green transition/ Net Zero – Adam Dawidziuk, Area leader – Analytics and Research Expert in Industrial Contact Points; Łukasiewicz-ITECH
AI and digital technologies – Felix Fleschhut, TWT Gmbh Science & Innovation
Rebuilding Ukraine Innovative sector – Dr Ievgeniia Koptysia, Research Fellow, Law Faculty, Oxford University

The conference will be held in English and is free for stationary and online participants.

Join us at Reuben College for a day full of learning, inspiration and collaboration.