ISBE 2019: Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Thursday 14th November 2019

Lucy Batley
Founder of creative design agency JUMP

Lucy was appointed as the Ambassador for Creative and Digital for the North East sitting on the regional committee of the Institute of Directors. She is also an after-dinner speaker and sits on a number of Boards and Advisory Panels, most notably for Newcastle University and membership body Digital Union. She has won prestigious international and national awards and spent five years in Milan specialising in research and brand strategy development.

Since establishing JUMP in 2007, Lucy has directed and led a number of design and marketing campaigns for multi-million pound organisations including the National Trust, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NE1, the international award-winning Business Improvement District company.

For information about JUMP, please visit their website

Dinah Bennett OBE, FRSA
Founder, ICE International Consultants for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Dinah Bennett has enabled people and organisations all over the world to attain enhanced insights into enterprise and entrepreneurship for more than twenty-five years.

Through an award-winning combination of consultancy, project design and delivery, grounded in academic research and practical experience, Dinah has persistently pushed the boundaries of current thinking in entrepreneurship. Her work has exposed vast opportunities for the improved empowerment and development of economies, communities and society through enterprise, at a global, local, institutional and even a personal level.

As a published author, acclaimed speaker and a recognised expert in her field, Dinah Bennett has the capability to inspire, inform, challenge and provide insight into enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Her expertise has added value to economic policy and practice; institutional leadership and entrepreneurship; and engagement with the small business community.

Dinah was one of the first women to be honoured with the Queen’s Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion in 2005.

For more information about ICE, please visit their website.

Margo Thomas PhD

Founder and President, Women’s Economic Imperative

Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the world’s premier development organization – the World Bank Group, Margo Thomas, PhD has provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments.

With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development, her areas of focus include trade and competitiveness, women’s economic empowerment, business environment reform, regulatory reform, and investment policy.

In April 2017, Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In her ongoing role as Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups globally.

To visit Dr Thomas’s website, please click here.

Further speakers to be announced.

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