Deborah Spencer
Deputy Head of Industrial Research Partnerships, University of Oxford

Deborah is responsible for developing activities under the Industrial Strategy across the University of Oxford and is Deputy Head of the Industrial Research Partnerships Team where she engages with industry to build relationships that leverage our unique academic strengths.  She previously worked at the Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) as the Life Sciences specialist for the region and helped to establish the Health Tec Cluster at Harwell as part of her remit there. She has also worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and for the UK Research Councils and has been involved in three company spin-outs and the creation of two fee- for- service entities from the university base. Deborah is well networked both nationally and internationally to leaders from industry, the investment community, in academia and government organisations.

Speaker sessions


09:30 - 10:30

Leading in the age of AI & Data

Sponsored by Oxford Brookes

Union Hall

AI has the potential to transform industries.  It already has had a positive impact by helping improve manufacturing and quality of healthcare.  More recently AI has been also transforming the professional services sectors such as law, accountancy and human resources. The outcomes have included: increased productivity and margins, differentiated products and services, more jobs and increased growth.  New developments in AI and Data science have the potential to continue to help us maintain our global leadership position for many years to come.

In this session, we will hear how some of the companies at the heart of this AI and data revolution are innovating and disrupting our world and how our universities are contributing to supporting our companies to meet the challenge.

Speakers: Nigel Crook– Oxford Brookes University, Vaclav Potesil – Optellum and  Jakob Howard – Latent Logic

Chaired by Deborah Spencer– University of Oxford

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