The University’s summer graduation will take place throughout the week commencing July 14th 2014. Short biographies of all of those who will receive Honorary Degrees follow, along with the title of the degree they will receive and details of media opportunities
Monday 14 July
Professor Malcolm Green Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science)
Media opportunity: 12.15pm
Professor Malcolm Green (often published as M. L. H. Green) is a Professor of inorganic chemistry who among his many achievements was his creation in the mid-1990s of “The Covalent Bond Classification” as a solution for the need to describe covalent compounds such as organometallic complexes in a way that is not prone to limitations resulting from the definition of oxidation state.
He received his BSc degree from Acton Technical College (London University) in 1956 and his PhD from Imperial College of Science and Technology in 1959 under the supervision of Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. He then undertook a post-doctoral research year with Professor Wilkinson before moving to Cambridge University in 1960 as Assistant Lecturer and being elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1961.
In 1963 he became a Septcentenary Fellow of Inorganic Chemistry at Balliol College and a Departmental Demonstrator at the University of Oxford. In 1965 he was made a Lecturer and he was also a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow in Oxford 1979-86. In 1989 he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford and Fellow of St Catherine’s College. In 2004 he became an Emeritus Research Professor and continues research with a substantial group. He was a co-founder of the Oxford Catalysts Group plc in 2006.
He has held many distinguished visiting positions including: Visiting Professor, Ecole de Chimie and Institute des Substances Naturelles, Paris (1972), AP Sloan Visiting Professor, Harvard University (1975), Sherman Fairchild Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology (1981) and Walter Hieber Gastprofessor, University of Munich, Germany (1991).
His numerous awards include: from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize in Inorganic Chemistry (1974), Medal in Transition Metal Chemistry(1978), Tilden Lectureship and Prize (1982), Medal in Organometallic Chemistry (1986), Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lecturership (1989), and the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Medal and Prize (2000). From the American Chemical Society, the Annual Awards for Inorganic Chemistry (1984) and Organometallic Chemistry (1997). From the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the Karl-Ziegler Prize (1992). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and received the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 1995
Professor Steven Katz Hon DLitt (Honorary Doctor of Letters)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Professor Steven T. Katz is a Cambridge Graduate many times over BA, MA., PhD.(Cantab), D.H.L. (honoris causa), and BD (Cantab)
He is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, and holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. Prior to his post at Boston he was a Professor of Near Eastern Studies (Judaica) at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where he was Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 1985-1988 and Director of the Jewish Studies Program 1985-1989. In addition to his regular teaching appointments at Dartmouth College (1972-1984) and Cornell University (1984 to 1996) he has been a visiting professor at Yale, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and in 1989-90 was the Meyerhoff Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a visiting University Professor at Yeshiva University (1995-6), and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University from 1981-1984, again in 2002-2003 with the support of an NEH Fellowship, and also between 2006-2008. He was Chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Museum for five years and still serves on that committee and is the Chair of the Holocaust Commission of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He is one of the American representatives to the International Task Force on the Holocaust.
His many publications include the following: Jewish Philosophers (1975); Jewish Ideas and Concepts (1977); Post-Holocaust Dialogues, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1984; Historicism, the Holocaust and Zionism (1992); and the multi-volume study entitled The Holocaust in Historical Context, vol. 1 which appeared in 1994, and was selected as “the outstanding book in philosophy and theology” for that year by the American Association of University Publishers. He has also contributed to and edited four important books on mysticism printed by Oxford University Press: Mysticism and Philosophical Analysis (1978), Mysticism and Religious Traditions (1983), Mysticism and Language (1992), and Mysticism and Sacred Scripture (2000). He has also edited two volumes on the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish thought: The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology (2005) and Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust (2007) which was selected as the runner-up as the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in Anthologies and Collections. He is the editor of the prize-winning journal Modern Judaism, and has served on the editorial team of The Cambridge History of Judaism and The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Religious Thought. He edited Volume IV of The Cambridge History of Judaism, The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period which won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in the Reference category. The Shtetl: New Evaluations (2007), which recently appeared, is the first in a series of books to be published from the proceedings of international conferences held at Boston University.
He was awarded the University of Tübingen’s Lucas Prize for 1999 and he is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Jewish Research and the Academy of Jewish Philosophy.
Tarell McCraney Hon DLitt (Honorary Doctor of Letters)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Tarell McCraney was born and raised in Liberty City, the inner city area of Miami, Florida. He graduated from the New World School of the Arts High School, with the Exemplary Artist Award and the Dean’s Award in Theater in 1999. He matriculated into the Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago graduating with the Sarah Siddons Award and a BFA in Acting 2003.
He attended the British American Drama Academy (BADA) Mid-Summer at Oxford, studying Shakespeare with master actors and teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company and around the UK. His Masters Degree in Fine Art is from the Yale School of Drama in playwriting 2007 and he received the Cole Porter Award upon graduating. In 2013 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant." He is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.
In the summer of 2006, he, with Catherine Filloux and Joe Sutton, wrote The Breach, commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, premiered in 2007 to mark the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans. Also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007. Other plays include Wig Out! (developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, produced in New York by the Vineyard Theatre and in London by the Royal Court), Without/Sin and Run, Mourner, Run, both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret.
He received the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theater and a 2007 Whiting Writing Award. The Young Vic production of The Brothers Sizewas nominated for an Outstanding Achievement by an Affiliate Theater Olivier Award in London, UK. He has also been named the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2008-2010, the Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts 2009, Princeton University and was given a seven-year-residency at New Dramatist Center in New York, NY. He is also a member of Teo Castellanos/D Projects in Miami.
Tuesday 15 July
Subra Suresh DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science)
Media opportunity: 12.30pm
Subra Suresh is the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University where he began his tenure on July 1, 2013. Prior to assuming this role, he served as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh is the only current university president to be elected to all three National Academies—the Institute of Medicine (2013), the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2002). He is one of only 16 Americans with membership in all three National Academies, and the only Pennsylvanian.
Suresh was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the director of the NSF in September 2010. As director of this $7-billion independent federal agency, he led the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science and engineering research and related education.
Before joining NSF, Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His experimental and modeling work on the mechanical properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials design and characterization, and discoveries of possible connections between cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new fields in the fertile intersections of traditional disciplines.
He has co-authored more than 250 journal articles, registered 21 patents, and written three widely used books. More than a hundred students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars have been members of his research group, and many of them now occupy prominent positions in academia, industry, and government worldwide.
Suresh received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in First Class with Distinction; a master's degree from Iowa State University; and a Doctor of Science degree from MIT. Following postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of engineering at Brown University in December 1983, and was promoted to full professor in July 1989. He joined MIT in 1993 as the R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and served as head of MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering during 2000-2006.
In his leadership roles at MIT, Suresh helped create new state-of-the-art laboratories, the MIT Transportation Initiative, and the Center for Computational Engineering; led MIT's efforts in establishing the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center; and oversaw the recruitment of a record number of women faculty in engineering.
At NSF, Suresh established several new initiatives including INSPIRE (Integrative NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education), PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, in collaboration with USAID), the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative, the NSF Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) Program, GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide), and the NSF Innovation Corps.
His many honors include the 2006 Acta Materialia Gold Medal, the 2007 European Materials Medal, the 2008 Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science, the 2011 General President's Gold Medal from the Indian National Science Congress, the 2011 Padma Shri Award from the president of India (one of the highest civilian honors from the Republic of India), the 2011 Nadai Medal and the 2012 Timoshenko Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the 2012 R.F. Mehl Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. Dr. Suresh has been named a 2013 Franklin Institute Laureate for "outstanding contributions to our understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials in applications ranging from large structures down to the atomic level. This research also showed how deformation of biological cells can be linked to human disease."
Dr Richard Parry-Jones CBE Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science)
Media opportunity: 12.30pm
Richard Parry-Jones was the group vice-president global product development, chief technical officer and head of global R&D operations at Ford Motor Company. During his 38 year career there, he was responsible for designing over 70 cars, including one of the world’s top-rated cars, the Ford Mondeo.
Inspired by his mother’s love of cars, he was twelve when he first wrote to Ford about job opportunities and 17 when he joined the company on an apprenticeship. He has advised the Welsh Government on economic development, transport, energy and IT infrastructure and also worked with central government, including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where he chaired the new Automotive Innovation and Growth Team, and then co-chaired (with BIS Secretary of State Vince Cable) the UK Automotive Council.
In July 2012 he became the chairman of Network Rail. He is also non-executive director of GKN plc and Cosworth Group Holdings as well as being and elected Fellow and council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He was named Man of the Year in 1994 by Autocar magazine and in 1997 by Automobile Magazine. In 2001, he received the Golden Gear Award for Outstanding Automotive Achievement from the Washington Automotive Press Association and was also honoured as Marketing Statesman of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Detroit.
He is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. In the same year he was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the automobile industry. He also holds a number of honorary degrees and fellowships.
Professor Michael Doyle Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 4.15pm
Professor Michael Doyle is an eminent international relations scholar best known as a theorist of the liberal “democratic peace” or what has become more popularly known as ‘Doyle’s law’ that liberal democratic states do not go to war with each other. He is author of “Liberalism and World Politics” one of the top 20 most cited article in the 100 year history of the American Political Science Review. He has also written widely on the comparative history of empires and the evaluation of UN peace-keeping.
Professor Doyle gained his PhD from Harvard in 1977 and is now the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs. He co-directs the Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School.
He has held a range of teaching and research positions at including at University of Warwick, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Yale University. His many publications include Liberal Peace; Ways of War and Peace; U.N. Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC's Civil Mandate; Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict ; Making War and Building Peace, written with Nicholas Sambanis; Alternatives to Monetary Disorder, written with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse; Keeping the Peace, edited with Ian Johnstone and Robert Orr; Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century, edited with Clara Otunnu; New Thinking in International Relations Theory, edited with John Ikenberry; and The Globalization of Human Rights, edited with Jean-Marc Colcaud and Anne-Marie Gardner.
In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society and received the Charles Merriam Award of the American Political Science Association. The Merriam Award is given biennially "to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research." In 2011, he received the APSA Hubert H. Humphrey Award "in recognition of notable public service by a political scientist." In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
From 2001 to 2003, Professor Doyle served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities in the Secretary-General's Executive Office included strategic planning (the "Millennium Development Goals"), outreach to the international corporate sector (the "Global Compact"), and relations with Washington. He is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations Community. From 2006 to 2013 he served as an individual member, and the chair of the U.N. Democracy Fund.
Wednesday 16 July
Gautam Banerjee Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 12.15pm
Gautam Banerjee, retired as Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore in December 2012, after 30 years of distinguished service with the company which he joined in 1982.
He was appointed Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore in 2004 overseeing the successful growth of the company beyond a focus on audit and tax practice to a multi-disciplinary professional services firm. He has held a number of key wider PwC leadership positions including serving member of PwC’s Global Strategy Council of leaders, as Chief Operating Officer of the network cluster within Asia, and as Interim Chairman of PwC India (2009- 2010). Since 2013 he has served as Senior Advisor to the global investment and advisory firm Blackstone, as Chairman of Blackstone Singapore and as a member of Blackstone’s International Advisory Board.
He is a Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and is a Board member of the Economic Development Board, the APEC Business Advisory Council, Yale-NUS College, Singapore Airlines Limited and The Straits Trading Company Limited. He was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (2010-2012) and the Steering Committee for Reviewing the Companies Act (2007-2009).
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick.
Alexandra Pringle Hon DLitt (Honorary Doctor of Letters)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Alexandra Pringle is Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury. She graduated from the then Cambridge Tech in the 1975 and in 2009 she was made an Honorary Graduate of the same institution in its new incarnation of Anglia Ruskin University.
She began her career in publishing as Editorial Assistant on the art magazine Art Monthly. She joined Virago Press in 1978 where she edited the Virago Modern Classics series. In 1984 she was made Editorial Director, later becoming part of the management team to steer Virago through their management buy-out from Cape, Chatto & Bodley Head.
In 1990 she joined Hamish Hamilton as Editorial Director and four years later left publishing to become a literary agent. She joined Bloomsbury in 1999. Her list of authors includes many well known names including: Donna Tartt, Madeline Miller, Barbara Trapido, Michele Roberts, Richard Ford, Esther Freud, Jay McInerney, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Georgina Harding, Ann Patchett, Kate Summerscale, Kamila Shamsie, Colum McCann, Patti Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert. She is a Patron of Index on Censorship and is organizer of literary events at the Chelsea Arts Club.
Thursday 17 July
Vivian Hunt Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 12.15pm
Vivian Hunt is the managing partner of McKinsey's United Kingdom and Ireland offices, based in central London. She has been with that firm for over 17 years and alongside her role as managing partner she is a leader in the McKinsey’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this capacity she serves leading pharmaceutical companies on a broad range of strategy, development and organisational topics.
Recent examples of Vivian's work include support for innovative collaborations at health technology assessment including health economic collaborations with acute hospitals. She has also advised on pharmaceutical business word-wide including in therapeutic areas such as hypertension, diabetes, respiratory, thrombosis, depression, sexual health and oncology. She has worked with primary care trusts, acute and mental health trusts and a range of other healthcare bodies.
She serves on the board of several UK charities, including the Henry Smith Charity and Action on Addiction. She was named third in the Powerlist 2012 Top Ten of influential black people in the UK.
Within McKinsey, she is a leader of the BCSS – a network for black client service staff–committed to recruiting a fair share of black talent to McKinsey and facilitating connectivity and mentoring relationships within the BCSS community and the company.
Before joining McKinsey, she worked in management and performance-improvement roles in the healthcare and consumer sectors. She has also worked as a regional coordinator, midwife and volunteer in the US Peace Corps in Senegal and as a healthcare project director in New York.
Matthew Taylor Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Matthew Taylor became Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister.
He was awarded his primary degree by the University of Southampton and was awarded a Masters in Industrial Relations by Warwick in 1985.
He was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour's rebuttal operation. His activities before the Labour Party included being a county councilor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. Until December 1998, Matthew was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour's Director of Policy and a member of the Party's central election strategy team. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain's leading centre left think tank.
Friday 18th July
Professor Nigel Hitchin Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science)
Media opportunity: 12.15pm
Professor Nigel Hitchin is a highly acclaimed Mathematician serving as a Professorial Fellow and Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford. He also studied for his Oxford BA at Jesus College Oxford and received his DPhil as a graduate student of Wolfson College. After three years postdoctoral work in Princeton and New York he returned to Oxford as a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and from 1979 until 1989 was a Lecturer and Tutor at St Catherine's College.
He joined Warwick as a professor in 1990 moving five years later to the Rouse Ball Chair in Cambridge in 1994. He returned to Oxford, and to New College, as Savilian Professor in 1997.
His research is in the area of differential and algebraic geometry, in particular problems related to the interface of geometry and theoretical physics.
He has been honoured many times and received many awards including: the Oxford University Junior Mathematical Prize 1968, the London Mathematical Society Junior Whitehead Prize 1981, the London Mathematical Society Senior Berwick Prize 1990, made a Fellow of the Royal Society 1991, Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society 2000, London Mathematical Society Polya Prize 2002, along with several honorary degrees and fellowships.
Martyn Day Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 4.15pm
Martyn Day has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in the two main legal directories for the last decade. In Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2012, Martyn is identified as a star individual and described as "without question one of the most knowledgeable and experienced environmental lawyers in the country." He is also identified as "a real fighter for his clients – he is very shrewd and does it with great charm" and "very clever and very smart with the science."
He is the senior partner of the law firm Leigh Day, where he heads a team of over 20 lawyers that specialises in international, environment and product liability claims. Examples of his legal work and current case work can be found at:
He is an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Labour Lawyers, a Director of Greenpeace Environmental Trust and a member of the Association of Professional Injury Lawyers.
He is co-author of 'Toxic Torts', 'Personal Injury Handbook', 'Multi-Party Actions' and 'Environmental Action: A Citizens Guide'. He regularly addresses lectures, seminars and the media on environmental issues.
Doug Miller Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Doug Miller is a University of Kansas Honours graduate in International Relations and Economics in 1966 and obtained an MBA in 1971 (interrupted by 3 years Army Service). He has been active in the finance industry for over 40 years with senior positions in commercial lending, international leasing, investment banking and private equity. For the last 20 years, he has run his own company, International Private Equity Limited, which specialised in raising capital from institutional investors from 20 countries for private equity funds, raising over US$ 6.5 billion.
Doug is Founder Chairman of both EVPA and AVPN; together these organisations have over 340 members in 40 countries. He has been a personal start-up investor in a number of venture philanthropy funds in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Estonia, India. He also has direct social enterprise investments in the UK and Mozambique.
He has supported the development and expansion of an existing Multicultural Scholars’ Programme at the University of Kansas from an original 9 students up to over 130 students in 9 colleges of that University. At the University of Warwick, he was the initiator of a similar Multicultural Scholars’ Programme at the School of Law in 2005. This programme has attracted nearly 80 students; 39 are now graduates. The Programme was expanded in 2012 to Warwick Business School, which presently has 10 students in the programme. There are plans for further expansion into other schools and departments at Warwick. Other charitable activities include international development projects in South Asia, Africa and mine clearance projects in Vietnam, Laos, and Sri Lanka.
Saturday 19 July
Professor Ed Byrne Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science)
Media opportunity: 12.15pm
Professor Ed Byrne has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University (Warwick’s close partner in the Monash-Warwick Alliance) since July 2009.
He began his career in Adelaide Australia after graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974. He was made Neurology Registrar at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. In 1983, he was appointed Director of Neurology at St Vincent's Hospital and Professor Clinical Neurology University Melbourne in 1992. He was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001.
He first joined Monash University as the Dean of its Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, a role he held from 2003 until 2007. He was then appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL) and held that position until becoming Vice-Chancellor of Monash.
Since 2002, Professor Byrne has been a non-executive director of Cochlear Pty Ltd. He was previously a Director of BUPA. He has also served on a number of charitable trusts and provided advice to several community-based organisations in the neurology area.
In 2014 he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and governance roles with Monash University, to biomedical teaching and research, as a scientist and academic mentor, and as a contributor to improved global health.
Julie Meyer MBE Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Julie Meyer MBE is Chairman and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital and a Managing Partner of the Ariadne Fund.
She founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK - "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs". She created the founding Investor Partnership of 60 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders.
She was part of the early team at Tom Teichman's NewMedia Investors in 1998, which became early stage investment firm Spark Ventures in October 1999. At NewMedia Investors, she co-managed deals in key technology companies including ArcCores, lastminute.com and WGSN. Also, in 1998, she founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs, which many credit for igniting the Internet generation in Europe. It was sold in July 2000 for $50 million in cash and shares.
She has been named one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED's 100, one of London's 1000 Most Influential People (Evening Standard) and one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe.
Julie is also one of the BBC's Online Dragons in the award-winning Dragon's Den Online, and is also currently setting up a "Dads and Daughters" foundation to support and extend her thesis that women's identities are shaped - for good or bad - by the messages they receive from their father's as children and young adults.
She is on the Board of Directors of Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen, a for profit humanitarian development firm, and INSEAD, her business school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and English Literature from Valparaiso University, near Chicago, US in 1988, having spent her junior year in Cambridge, UK in 1986.
In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State's Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health's Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honoured to receive an honorary MBE, for her ‘services to entrepreneurship’. Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012.
Dorothy Wilson MBE FRSA Hon DLitt (Honorary Doctor of Letters)
Media opportunity: 4.30pm
Dorothy Wilson is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Midlands Arts Centre (mac) in Birmingham. Before taking up her role at mac she spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. For 7 years till late 2009 she chaired the West Midlands regional Arts Council and served on the national board of Arts Council England. She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of charitable organisations, including the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Artrix - Bromsgrove’s Arts Centre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry. She is a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and a Board member of Dancefest Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
She is an associate of The Leisure Consultancy Ltd, and UK, Ireland and Scandinavia representative for the Alexander String Quartet (San Francisco). In 2005 she was made ITV Central's Midlander of the Year in the Arts and Media category and received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, then UCE. She has appeared in The Birmingham Post Power 50 every year since its inauguration. Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and received an MBE for services to the arts in the New Years Honours list 2011.
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