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The Annual Clare MacMahon Lecture

Why Not Me? A virtual event with Keynote Speaker, Priya Lakhani OBE

You are invited to attend the Annual Clare MacMahon Lecture at Queen's University Belfast.  This year's event will be held virtually.  Details are as follows:

Date: Monday 8 March 2021

Time: 12.30 - 2.00 pm

Registration: Please complete the short online registration form at the bottom of this page

We are delighted to welcome Priya Lakhani OBE as the distinguished Keynote Speaker for the 2021 lecture.  Priya Lakhani OBE is an impressive, insightful and immediately-likeable entrepreneur. Speaking passionately about her entrepreneurial journey and demonstrating shrewd, analytical business know-how in her keynote speeches, Priya is a force in the commercial world.  As a founding CEO of award-winning Century Tech, she uses education technology to cut teacher workloads and deliver top tier education to every child around the world.

Priya's Biography:

Priya Lakhani is an entrepreneur who has founded a food business, a social enterprise, and now leads a company developing the latest artificial intelligence and big data technology to understand how the brain learns.

Having trained as a barrister, Priya left the security of the legal profession to pursue her passion for business. She founded the Masala Masala food brand and built it from a kitchen table idea to a line of products stocked in major supermarkets. After this initial success she went on establish a charity based on the model that for every unit of a product sold, a life-changing item was donated (for example, a meal, a vaccination) to those in need.

Priya’s next business, CENTURY Tech, is a company bringing together AI, neuroscience and education. CENTURY’s aim is to measure and simulate brain responses to tuition, analyse what works for whom and how, and ultimately produce personalised learning. By understanding how the brain learns and responds, educators can receive real-time insights, tailoring the learning
experience and improving student performance.

In presentations, Priya looks at the cutting-edge work her company is carrying out, and the lessons for training and education and as well as companies seeking to innovate and emulate the startup ethos. She speaks about her entrepreneurial experiences, especially as a non-technical person running a tech business, and looks at what innovation is and how to embed it into a culture. She also tackles leadership, diversity, talent and culture within organisations, looking at how companies need to be adaptable in times of crisis and always keep their values central to everything they do.

As well as starting businesses Priya has worked with government as a member of the Department of Business, Education and Skills’ Entrepreneur Forum. She is a regular contributor to BBC News’ and BBC World News’ review of global headlines. She has also advised a number of education and skills organisations, was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year and in Management Today’s ’35 Women Under 35’ list, and is the author of Inadequate: The System Failing our Teachers and Your Children.

REGISTRATIONPlease complete the following registration form

*The link to join this event will be sent to you in advance.