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Day one plenaries

First Day Plenary Sessions

We have two plenary sessions to start our conference on 28 June 2017

Welcome Plenary 2017, Wednesday 28 June, 1.30-2.30pm

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UKCISA President, Lord Bilimoria (pictured left) and Chair of UKCISA Board, Professor Koen Lamberts (pictured right) Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York will start the event with a special welcome to the conference.  Lord Bilimoria will speak briefly and then field questions from delegates.

Lord Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India. He is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council.

In 2014, he was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and was the first Indian born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain.

In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.

Opening Plenary 2017, Wednesday 28 June, 5.45-6.45pm


We are delighted that Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter will talk at our Opening Plenary on Wednesday 28 June.

Professor Sir Steve Smith has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002. Previously, he was Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Head of the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Director of the Centre for Public Choice Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Sir Steve is currently Chair of the UCAS Board; Board member of the Russell Group; Chair of UUK's International Policy Network and Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board; Member of the UUK Board; Member of the Times Higher Education (THE) Editorial Board; Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; a Trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force.

He was President of Universities UK (UUK) - the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities - from 2009-2011.

He holds a BSc, an MSc, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He has served as President of the world academic body in his field from 2003-2004.

Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education locally and nationally.

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