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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides the Institute with independent advice on its research strategy and supports the institute in aligning its strategic direction with industrial priorities and relevant emerging challenges. The members of the IDF advisory Board, in alphabetical order of their surnames, are:

Matt Ball
Matt Ball
Matt graduated from the University of Liverpool after completing a Degree and PhD in Physics. He went on to join EPSRC in 2006, occupying a number of roles across Functional Materials, ICT and finally as Head of Business Engagement, responsible for the strategic relationship management model for business partners and launching the Business Engagement Forum which continues today. After a 12 month secondment to WMG at the University of Warwick, Matt joined Thales in 2017. As Chief Scientist, he is responsible for the academic engagement strategy for Thales Group in the UK, working across the UK business domains and Thales Global R&T community to deliver an effective network of high value partnerships for mutual advantage. He brings a wealth of experience working at the business/university interface from both a government and a private sector perspective.
Howard Benn
Howard Benn
Chair
Howard started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector (Plessey) back in 1982, did his degree and PhD at Bradford University, moving into radio-based communications in 1989. He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007. He has been a board member of ETSI since 2008, a member of the ICANN Nomcom in 2013 currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology, and a member of a number of advisory boards for UK universities and research programs. His current role is ‘Vice President Communications Research for Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in the UK, managing a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, and GSMA. His team are also very active in the EU Horizon 2020 program with a focus on the 5G PPP activities. He also sits on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK, and an advisor to the UK government on international free trade agreements.
Julia Buckingham
Julia Buckingham
Julia Buckingham read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and, after a short spell in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to London to study for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of London and to pursue an academic career. She was awarded a DSc and appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 where she became Pre-clinical Dean in 1992. She joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine and held the roles of College Dean for non-clinical Medicine, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Head of the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology and Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs). In 2012 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies. She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work; she was appointed a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education and elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. Former roles include President of the British Pharmacological Society, President of the Society for Endocrinology, Member of the Sykes Commission, Chair of SCORE, Editor of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Chairman of BioScientifica Ltd, a Trustee of the Royal Institution, Royal Society of Biology and STEMNET and a Governor of St Mary’s Calne. She is currently President of Universities UK, a Director of Imperial College Health Partners, Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, supporting the career development of researchers, and Chair of the Steering Group undertaking the review of the Athena SWAN gender equality charter.
Felicity Burch
Felicity Burch
Felicity is CBI Director of Innovation and Digital. Felicity leads the CBI’s policy work to create the conditions that enable businesses to come up with new ideas, invest in research and development and adopt new technologies. Felicity has led the CBI’s successful campaign for the government to commit to a target for R&D expenditure, as well as agenda-setting work on technology adoption. She is a member of the government’s Innovation Expert Group. Felicity’s background is in Economic Policy, focused on business growth. Before the CBI, she was Senior Economist at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation. In this role she led the development of their innovation policy and industrial strategy work and delivered a breadth of economic and industrial trends research. She has also worked on Experian's Economic Policy team, with a focus on regional growth.
Jose Luis Carrizo
Jose Luis Carrizo
José Luis has an extended career in the Telecom sector, having had multiple roles in Vodafone and Telefónica, both in operating companies as well as group roles. He started his career in R&D, working on the design of the radio interface of 2G and 3G technologies, and moved on to chair one of the 3GPP Committees responsible for that international standards area. Since then, José Luis has taken roles in technology strategy, architecture, product development, core network, IT application delivery and big data & analytics. He currently leads the Data & Automation function in O2.
David De Roure
David De Roure
David De Roure is Professor of e-Research in the Engineering Science Department at the University of Oxford, and a Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence). He has co-founded three interdisciplinary initiatives: the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, which is the world’s largest socio-technical research centre focused on the future implementation of the Internet of Things; the Software Sustainability Institute, cultivating better and more sustainable software to enable world-class research; and PRiSM, The Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. Throughout his academic career David has investigated large-scale distributed and sociotechnical systems, with a broad interest in society, technology and creativity. From a background in electronics and computer science, he became closely involved in the Internet and Web communities, in pervasive computing, and in digital social research where he has championed the study of Social Machines – people and technology coming together creatively at scale. Today he focuses on living in the Internet of Things and on Digital Humanities.
Mischa Dohler
Mischa Dohler
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur with 5 companies; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in 6 languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media. He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 300 highly-cited publications, and authored several books. He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 2014-2018. He is the Cofounder of the Smart Cities pioneering company Worldsensing, where he was the CTO from 2008-2014. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.
Axel Heitmueller
Axel Heitmueller
Axel has been involved with Imperial College Health Partners since its conception in 2011 as an Interim Director and joined the Partnership full-time in August 2013 as Director of Strategy and Commerce. As of September 2016, Axel was appointed as Managing Director. He is also Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation. Prior to joining the Partnership, Axel was Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He brings a broad range of experience from academia and central government where he was Deputy Director and Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office and No 10.
Rebecca Lingwood
Rebecca Lingwood
Rebecca Lingwood graduated from the University of Cambridge and, after completing her PhD, was awarded a Maudslay Research Fellowship and then a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship in Cambridge. She subsequently held a number of posts at Oxford, including at the Begbroke Science Park and the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, before returning to Cambridge in 2009 to become Director of the Institute of Continuing Education and Warden of Madingley Hall. In September 2015, Rebecca became Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) and Professor of Fluid Dynamics at Queen Mary University of London. In August 2018, she joined Brunel University London as Provost and Professor of Fluid Dynamics. She researches laminar-turbulent transition of complex fluid flows, and is an Affiliated Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, where her research group is based. Rebecca was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2019, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and Principal Fellow of the HEA. She is also a trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust. She continues to publish widely in her field and has served on several national and international panels and boards. As Provost at Brunel, Rebecca has primary responsibility for achieving Brunel’s academic goals, while also deputising for Brunel’s Vice-Chancellor and President. Brunel’s three Colleges, its Research Institutes (including the Institute of Digital Futures), BCAST and four thematic Vice Provosts.
Jim Norton
Jim Norton
Jim Norton a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, where he is the retiring Chair of the Academy’s Community of Practice in Digital Systems Engineering and Chair of the Academy’s Digital Projects Review Group. He is a Director of the Canada-UK Council and was for 18 years an external member of the Board of the UK Parliament's Office of Science & Technology (POST). Jim has held board roles in the private, public, and charitable sectors and was a founder member Cabinet Office Performance & Innovation Unit, (later known as the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit). He is a Pro-Chancellor of Coventry University.
Mike Short
Mike Short
Dr Mike Short CBE joined the Department for International Trade as the first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of 02. He managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and led research and development for Telefonica Europe.