The meeting Program Co-Chairs have worked to develop a program that features a range of offerings, including presentations from two internationally acclaimed keynote speakers:

Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Investment Officer, ARK Investment Management LLC

Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as Chief Investment Officer of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded which, in 2000, managed $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. 
PRESENTING ON: ’Big Ideas: Technological Breakthroughs Investors Shouldn’t Miss in 2019’
Despite its potential, innovation typically needs time and maturity before gaining mass market adoption. Consequently, with a focus on benchmarks, sectors, and short-term performance, traditional investment managers often minimize or misunderstand its potential. So how do Investors identify the next transformative technology and what can we, as Research Managers, learn from them? What criteria are used to predict which transformative technologies will have a profound disruptive impact on our society and economy? Through an open research process that cuts across sectors, industries, and markets, ARK Invest seeks to identify innovation with dramatic cost declines, strong price elasticity of demand, and convergence which spawns further innovation. To illustrate the impact of innovation and excite investors about the opportunities, each year ARK publishes and presents “Big Ideas”, a selection of its original research highlighting the technological breakthroughs ARK believes will advance significantly over the coming year. ARK believes these technologies are ready for prime time and hope you enjoy its Big Ideas of 2019!

David Sweeney

Executive Chair, Research England

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, David Sweeney will not be able to attend the meeting in person. However, he will be remotely delivering his presentation via video feed in the plenary session on Tuesday 26 March.
After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician before developing mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004. In this role he was responsible for research strategy and for developing Royal Holloway’s research-led commercial and consultancy activities He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework including the new impact agenda element. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations. In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England, a new council established as part of UK Research and Innovation, alongside the seven disciplinary Research Councils and the UK Innovation Agency.  Research England is the  biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.  In UKRI he has particular responsibilities for Place (Regional Funding), Commercialisation and Open Science David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He is also co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S, the international initiative on full and immediate open access to research publications. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.  
PRESENTING ON: New Measurement Paradigms in Research: 'What is High-Quality Research in the 21st Century’
This presentation will look at the current challenges for the assessment of research quality. In an environment where government are looking ever harder at the case of investment in research and innovation against competition from health, the environment, and social imperatives we will look at academic impact and societal impact and different ways of recognising both. With the pressures on academics and their careers, and also at the importance of open access we will look at the implications of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and new Open Access initiatives such as Plan S. With the pressures on university budgets we will look at the competition for investment between education and research.