Vice-Chancellor to address world’s largest business festival


Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett will join prominent thinkers, innovators, statesmen and leaders from across the globe at the world’s largest business festival today (13 June 2016).

The annual International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) will take place in Liverpool and will this year attract more than 30,000 delegates to the UK from 100 countries. Key topics for discussion at the event are manufacturing, energy and the environment and the creative and digital industries.

Sir Keith – who is a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister and Chair of the Sheffield City Region Science and Innovation Board – has been asked to address the prestigious Horasis Global discussions, which bring together business leaders, heads of governments, key ministers, Nobel laureates and thought leaders.

His topic will be the interaction between academic research and industry, and the role universities can play in addressing global challenges of productivity, inequality and social mobility.

Other International Festival of Business speakers include:

  • University alumnus Lord O’Neill, Commercial Secretary to the UK Treasury and a key architect of the UK Northern Powerhouse
  • Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK
  • Ian Stuart, Co-Head of Europe, Commercial Banking, HSBC
  • Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, Founder of Cobra Beer and Chair of the UK Council of International Students
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-Founder, Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign
  • Jude Kelly OBE - Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre
  • CEOs of industry and leading academics from over 140 countries.

The annual International Festival for Business was launched in 2014 by the UK Prime Minister and has led to an estimated £300 million of inward investment and export sales.