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Reflections on Female Leadership


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Speaker Information - Session 1

Matt Eastland
Head of Brand and Content, EIT Food

Matt Eastland will be the host of todays live panel discussion.

Matt is the Head of EIT Food Brand & Content and host for the EIT Food Fight podcast. He has extensive experience in content strategy delivery, food innovation writing, digital communications and sustainability for global organisations.

Professor Emma Flynn
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Queen's University Belfast

As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Flynn is responsible for enhancing the University's high-performing and innovative research environment. She also cultivates and advances effective relationships and collaborations with key institutional partners, including funders, government, health bodies, businesses and charities at regional, national and international level, driving the University's world-leading reputation for research excellence and its contribution to economic growth.

A senior academic leader within Queen's, Professor Flynn is a member of the University's Executive Board, which is responsible for steering and supporting the strategic direction of the University.

Professor Flynn is a leader in her research field – developmental and comparative psychology – with multiple international and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Her core research concern is how humans acquire their culture, and how culture changes.

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Dr Godfrey Gaston
Operations Director, ECIT, Queen's University Belfast

Godfrey is responsible for operational management, commercialisation and knowledge transfer within an open innovation research environment.

Godfrey graduated with a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the field of Microelectronics and Semiconductors. In 2007 he was awarded an MBA from Henley Management College.

With his PhD in Semiconductor technology, Dr Gaston worked for 6 years as a Principal Engineer for GEC Plessey Semiconductors before joining the senior management team of BCO, a successful silicon wafer bonding start-up. He led the development of a new Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) processing technology and was heavily involved in BCO's $153M acquisition by Analog Devices in 2000. For the next three years Godfrey led the Analog Devices Belfast engineering team.

He is co-founder of Titan IC, a spinout from Queen’s University Belfast which was acquired by Mellanox in 2020. He is also user lead for the Global Innovation Institute as part of City Deal.

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Professor Louise Manning
Director of Knowledge Exchange, Royal Agricultural University

Professor Louise Manning has worked for over 35 years in the Agri-food supply chain in a range of roles. Her expertise is in the area of food security and food integrity including food safety, food quality, food crime, policy and governance, social and corporate responsibility, resilience, risk assessment and mitigation strategies.

Louise has carried out projects for government bodies and companies throughout Europe and Africa. This work includes strategic risk analysis and mitigation for both corporate organisations and public bodies. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and written and edited books in the subject area. Louise's research work also involves undertaking desktop reviews; qualitative and quantitative fieldwork including focus groups, workshops and in-depth interviews, questionnaire design and analysis, strategic framework, communication systems and model design and developing tools to drive risk communication and engagement of stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain.

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Professor Simon Pearson
Director, Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology

Simon is Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology. The Institute sits within the College of Science of the University of Lincoln and helps develop and run cross disciplinary research projects on behalf of the Agri-food sector, with particular focus on the use and deployment of Agri-food robotic systems.

Prior to joining Lincoln, Simon was the CEO of a large UK farming company, worked for Marks and Spencer in a technical role, and as a scientist at the University of Reading.

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