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Keynote speakers

Christoph Loch

Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

Speaker bio

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.

Sandra Dawson

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Cambridge

Speaker bio

Dame Sandra is KPMG Professor Emeritus at Cambridge Judge Business School. She was Director of Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2006, Master of Sidney Sussex College from 1999-2009 and one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors of the University 2008-2012. She writes and consults on organisational behaviour, leadership and innovation.

In 2004 Dame Sandra was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire as part of the UK national honours system in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research and in 2006 she was inducted into the International Women's Forum's International Hall of Fame in recognition of her achievements in business education and leadership development including being an outstanding role model for women who aspire to lead in the commercial, educational and not-for-profit sectors.

Dame Sandra has wide experience in the commercial, public and charitable sectors, both in leading executive development and through serving on Boards including as Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration Committees. She is a Non-Executive Director of DRS (Data Research Services) plc, TSB bank plc and Winton Capital Management and a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Government, the Social Science Research Council in the USA and the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah and a member of the UK India Round Table.

Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management, Founder of the 30% Club

Speaker bio

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. Newton manages more than £50bn for pension funds, charities and through funds available to individual investors. 

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30 per cent women on UK corporate boards by 2015 through voluntary, business-led change. This has now become an international approach, with 30% Clubs in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland and Southern Africa. She also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community's gender diversity campaign.

In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of the Investment Management Association, the UK's industry trade body whose members manage £5trn.

In both 2013 and 2014, Helena was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance by Bloomberg Markets magazine. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Fellow of the London Business School and was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list. 

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York. Helena is married with nine children.

Brenda Trenowden

Brenda Trenowden, Head of Financial Institutions, Europe and Global Head of Funds ANZ, Steering Committee of the 30% Club

Speaker bio

Brenda Trenowden is the Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Europe and the Head of Banks and Diversified Financials E&A for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).

Over the past 25 years, Brenda has established a strong track record in building international businesses and teams, and managing complex client relationships across the globe. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and North America for some of the world's largest banks including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group and BNY Mellon.

Brenda graduated with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in Canada and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is passionate advocate for women's economic empowerment and is involved in a number of gender diversity initiatives including her role as Past President of CWN and her recent appointment as Chair of The 30% Club. Brenda is also a Member of the Global Council of Queen's University School of Business, a Trustee of Queen's University's Bader International Study Centre in Sussex, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

A Canadian by birth, Brenda now considers herself a 'citizen of the world' and lives in Kent with her husband, 'Trend' and her two children, Teddy and India.

Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Speaker bio

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health England and to Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. She is also a member of the Welsh Government's Bevan Commission on health in Wales, Chair of the RSSB's Health and Wellbeing Policy Group, and a member of PwC's Health Industries Oversight Board.

In November 2011, when National Director for Health and Work, she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. 

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, of the Work Foundation and of Uppingham School. 

In November 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in the BBC Woman's Hour list.