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UA Global Summit Speakers Announced

We are delighted to announce the first eight speakers for the 2014 UA Global Summit, taking place from November 19th-21st. The Summit, taking place in Dublin, Ireland, is an exclusive three-day event for the category winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Awards. Highly Commended entrants in each category will also be given the chance to attend.

At The Undergraduate Awards our main aim is to identify the world’s top students across all disciplines. As part of recognising these brilliant minds, we want to inspire them to continue being ambitious – but also to inspire a sense of responsible leadership among these future thought leaders. The UA Global Summit provides the appropriate forum in which to achieve this. Students from across the world come together for a though-provoking, challenging and enlightening three days in Dublin.

Our first confirmed speakers below will contribute to that aim later this year. Students participating in the 2014 Programme have the opportunity to meet and listen to these amazing individuals.

Lord David Puttnam is a British film-maker, educator and member of the British House of Lords. He is best known in the film world for working on such pictures as Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and Chariots of Fire. He has previously served as the Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and currently serves as Chancellor of the Open University. Lord Puttnam is also Ireland’s Digital Champion.

Patricia O’Brien is an Irish barrister who served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs from 2008-2013. She is a world-renowned expert on legal issues pertaining to foreign policy, having gained extensive experience in the area serving as Legal Advisor to the Office of the Irish Attorney General, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Permanent Mission to the European Union.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. Dr Aderin-Pocock runs her own company, Science Innovation Ltd., through which she conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults the wonders of space. Dr Aderin-Pocock also spoke at the 2013 UA Global Summit.

Ariane Koek is a renowned cultural producer and strategist. She is currently head of International Arts Development at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, located outside Geneva. She created and implemented the laboratory’s first arts policy. She has previously worked as a producer and director for BBC Radio and TV, as well as the CEO of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing.

Ingrid Vanderveldt is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, where she created and manages Dell’s $100 million credit fund. Ms Vanderveldt is also a member of the UN Global Entrepreneurship Council and is the leading person behind “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020.”

Paul Adams is the Vice President of Product and Design at Intercom. He previously worked as Global Head of Brand Design for Facebook. Paul is internationally recognised as one of leading thinkers in social design and technology. His work on social networks and brand design has been widely published and cited.

Dr Rachel Armstrong is an Applied Scientist and Sustainability Innovator, who creates new materials that possess some of the properties of living systems. She is a huge advocate of inter-disciplinary co-operation – both within the sciences, but also across the arts and humanities. Dr Armstrong is a TED Fellow.

Kyle Abraham is a critically-acclaimed choreographer. He has previously performed with a variety of modern dance companies before starting his own company, Abraham.In.Motion. As well as winning a Bessie Award and a Princess Grace Award in 2010, Mr Abraham was also awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013.

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