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Amanda Mesler, General Manager, Microsoft, Central and Eastern Europe


Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on 4 September 2013 and is responsible for the overall management of the department.

The Permanent Secretary leads DCMS civil servants that are responsible for the contribution of the arts, sport, tourism, creative industries and media to economic growth and wellbeing, as well as promoting equality and diversity in society. This includes implementation of Gay Marriage legislation, delivery of major projects such as broadband rollout, ensuring a long-lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and organising a fitting series of events to mark the First World War centenary.

In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion.

Her career highlights include:

  • Director General of Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, 2011-2013
  • Director General, Welfare and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2011
  • Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
  • Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
  • Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
  • Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
  • Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
  • Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995
  • Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88
Christoph Loch

Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

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Professor Christoph H. Loch is the Director (Dean) of Cambridge Judge Business School, UK. His research revolves around the management of innovation processes, and project management more broadly. In particular, he has examined innovation strategy, projects under high uncertainty, the emotional aspects of motivating professional project workers, and project supervision and governance.

Christoph Loch was Chaired Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD 1994-2011, where he also served as Dean of the PhD program 2006-2009 and as the director of the INSEAD Israel Research Center 2008-2011. Between 2001 and 2011, he served as department editor and Associate Editor of Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management and Research Technology Management. He has written 60 articles in the leading journals in technology and operations management, and he has co-authored four books. He serves on the supervisory board of an educational software start-up company.

Professor Loch holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree from the Darmstadt Institute of Technology in Germany.

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Sucheta Nadkarni is the Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management and Head of the Strategy & International Business Subject Group at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and a professorial fellow at Newnham College. She is also the faculty lead of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Initiative at the School. 

Her primary research interests include strategic leadership with a special focus on female rise to corporate boards and executive leadership positions. She has published extensively in leading academic journals in management. She is an associate editor of Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management. She also sits on the editorial of four other leading academic journals. 

She has worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management, BNY Mellon and 30% club. Her research on female rise to boardrooms has been featured in global media outlets including New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, Reuters, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Scotsman, Economic Times, Times of India, Herald Tribune, Borsen, O Globo, The Times (Kuwait), Business Standard and Folha De Sao Paulo.


Alaba Okuyiga, Equality & Diversity Specialist, Right Track Consultancy

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Alaba has extensive experience as an equality and diversity consultant. He brings an incredible depth of practical understanding to any aspect of equality and diversity training; his vast experience in this specialist subject area means Alaba is able to bring programmes to life with evidential stories and draw upon examples of best practices from the private, public and third sectors.

No matter what the programme or level, Alaba is dedicated to equipping his delegates with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to maintain a heightened awareness of respect, equality and diversity in the workplace.

Outside of the training room, Alaba has chaired over 300 selection panels and for over eight years he was the Home Secretary’s appointee & Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority Selection Panel.

He has also served in both executive & non-executive board capacities in multi-sectors and has taught undergraduate & vocational courses.

He has worked with clients including BAE Systems, British Midland International, Deutsche Bank, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, University of Birmingham and Warwickshire Police.


Dr Jill Armstrong

Dr Jane Davies

Dr Jane Davies, Director of the MBA Programme, Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Paul Tracey

Professor Paul Tracey, Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation and Professor of Innovation & Organisation, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Professor Paul Tracey is a Professor of Innovation & Organisation and Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a Fellow of Hughes Hall. 

His research interests include entrepreneurship, institutions and institutional change, regional innovation and social innovation.

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Paul was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Warwick Business School. He has also held posts at the School of Geography at Oxford University and the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle. Paul serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Organization. He is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Dr Jochem Kroezen

Dr Jochem Kroezen, University Lecturer in International Business, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Jochem Kroezen is a University Lecturer in International Business at Cambridge Judge Business School and a Fellow of Homerton College. 

His research interests lie in industry evolution, entrepreneurship, social movements, institutions and institutional change, organisational identity formation and change and international business.

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Jochem was an ERIM PhD Candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. 

Dr Shima Barakat, Director of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Shima is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place. She is the director of two enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes, at the University of Cambridge, supporting the development of technology entrepreneurs and the commercialisation of technology from within the University and its partners. She is Director of EnterpriseWISE as well as Director of ETECH Projects at the Entrepreneuship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. 

An engineer by training to postgraduate level, she also has an MBA and a PhD in Management focusing on corporate strategy and the natural environment. She has spent two decades helping companies, governments and international funding agencies improve their performance in an environmentally and socially sensitive manner. As an entrepreneur, Shima is one of the founders and a Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She was also one the founders of Nahdet El Mahrousa (the most successful social enterprise incubator in the Middle East) and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) in Egypt and the Global Communities Initiative (GCI) in the US which she chaired the board of for a number of years. Shima is interested in critically studying entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. Currently, she has a particular interest in gender influences.