5 - 6 Dec 2017 business design centre, london

Keynotes and Speakers

LII 2017 Keynotes and Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Alfred Rolington, CEO, Cyber Security Intelligence Ltd

Alfred is CEO of Cyber Security Intelligence Ltd, a publishing company analysing current trends and news stories on cyber security, as well as building a database covering all the different areas of cyber, from threat and security, to services and opportunities.

Alfred is currently researching cyber and digital data, information technology and how this affects strategy, opportunities and security, particularly for business, the publishing industry and aspects of government. His book ‘Strategic Intelligence for the 21st Century’, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. Previously Alfred was CEO of Oxford Analytica, and prior to that, CEO of Jane’s Information Group

Nicola Jones, Head of Publishing for Grand Challenges, Springer Nature


Nicola is Head of Publishing for Grand Challenges at Springer Nature. After the creation of Springer Nature in 2015, Nicola accepted her current role which aims to maximise the impact of the combined content across the new organisation on issues of global societal importance.


She is passionate about the role of science in society, since studying genetics at university. After beginning her career in academic publishing in 2004, Nicola managed journal portfolios in materials science, physics, behavioural sciences, public health, and social care at Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Following a move to Palgrave Macmillan in 2012, she was initially responsible for building the company’s nascent psychology book list.

Tim Dafforn, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Professor of Biotech at University of Birmingham

Ziyad Marar, President, Global Publishing, SAGE Publishing

Ziyad Marar is an author and President of Global Publishing at SAGE Publishing. Having joined the company in 1989, Ziyad has worked across all aspects of publishing. He was appointed Editorial Director in 1997, Deputy Managing Director in 2006, and took on a more global role in 2010 as Global Publishing Director. In 2016, Marar was promoted to President, Global Publishing where he has overall responsibility for SAGE’s publishing strategy.

In recent years at SAGE, Ziyad has also focused on supporting the Social Sciences more generally. He has spoken and written on this theme in various international contexts and in early 2015 was appointed to board of the Campaign for Social Sciences (CfSS). More recently Ziyad was invited to sit on the board of trustees for the UK academic news site, The Conversation. He also sits on the boards of the Big House Theatre Company, and The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights

Ziyad is the author of four books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy, “The Happiness Paradox” (Reaction, 2003), “Deception” (Routledge, 2008), “Intimacy: Understanding the Subtle Power of Human Connection” (Routledge, 2012) and “Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood” (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Ziyad can be followed on Twitter @ZiyadMarar


Andrew Pitts, CEO, TheIPRegistry.org

Andrew Pitts has worked in STM publishing for over 22 years with Blackwells and ACS. He is a co-founder of PSI Ltd which recently expanded services to develop the proprietary web-based IP Registry. The Registry ensures that IP addresses publishers use to authenticate users are vetted, secure, and free of error. In addition, it allows libraries worldwide to update their IPs and easily broadcast changes to all their publisher suppliers via an API.

Arthur Weiss, Managing Director, AWARE

Arthur is the Managing Director
 of AWARE (established in 1995), specialising in marketing intelligence analysis, research and training. He’s worked in the information industry since the 1980s, initially with Dun & Bradstreet. In his current role,
 he’s consulted for several of the leading companies
 in the information industry. He’s also written articles and lectured on a variety of marketing, competitive intelligence and information industry-related topics. Arthur is a Chartered Marketer with CIM and a member of SLA, AIIP and AMBA.

Borislav Popov, Head of Semantic Annotation and Search, Ontotext

Chris Kluiters, Partner, All Rights Online

Chris is a seasoned publishing professional with many years commercial, contracting and licensing experience at VP/Executive level, at major STM publishers such as RELX/Elsevier (SCOPUS, EMBASE, SCIENCEDIRECT) and SpringerNature  (Corporate & Health Markets).

For more than ten years Chris was a trainer/study mentor on e-publishing for the (former) Dutch Book Trade organisation, VOB. Throughout his career he has built up a unique perspective on licensing issues, both in global as well as local/regional markets, in particular in SE Asia and Central Asia (India), with long stays in Asia. More recently he completed, his Master of Laws degree at the University of Liverpool in Intellectual Property & Technology Law (LLM), with a specialisation in Copyright, Text and Data mining (TDM) and contract law.

Chris now combines legal and commercial expertise to deal with data reuse and last year started Allrightsonline.com, a boutique consultancy in legal and commercial issues in digital information. AO executes audits for the ancillary revenue streams of publishers and acts as outsource partner for Rights & Permissions, as well as advising academic, health and corporate libraries on information provider licensing.

Chris Morrison, Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer, University of Kent

Chris is the Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer at the University of Kent, responsible for copyright policy, licences, training and advice. He is a member of the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group on whose behalf he also attends the Education Licensing Working Group (ELWG).


Chris was previously the Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library and before that worked for music collecting society PRS for Music. He has collaborated with Jane Secker on a range of copyright literacy projects including the second edition of ‘Copyright and E-learning: A guide for Practitioners’ published in 2016, as well as the UK copyright literacy blog, copyrightliteracy.org. Chris is interested in the intersections between games-based learning and legal design and is the originator of ‘Copyright the Card Game’.

Dr Chris Tyler, Director of Public Policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL)

Chris joined UCL in 2017 as Director of Public Policy (STEaPP) where he leads the policy programmes and explores how policy makers use scientific evidence. He also sits on the Board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE).

Prior to UCL, Chris spent five years as Director of the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Before this, he was the first Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge.

Chris has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Dan Filby, CEO, Highwire

Dan is the CEO of HighWire Press, Inc., a leading ePublishing platform, that partners independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of more than 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings.

Dan has more than 20 years experience leading global organisations from Fortune 500 brands to start-up companies that provide software and technology-enabled services. He has transformed businesses to achieve healthy growth by increasing innovation, achieving operational excellence and fostering a culture where customer experience is the number one priority.

Dan Pollock, Senior Analyst, Delta Think

Dan is a Senior Analyst affiliated with Delta Think. Over the last 20 years, he’s specialised in digital publishing strategy and product innovation for companies primarily in STM and legal publishing. Dan has held executive leadership and strategic advisory roles, and senior positions managing products, operations and change in organisations, ranging from dot-coms to complex corporates. Most recently, he was part of the leadership team of Jordan Publishing Ltd through its successful sale to LexisNexis (RELX). He has previously worked for Macmillan Publishers (Nature Publishing Group), Outsell Inc., RELX (Elsevier Health Sciences, LexisNexis), and Times Mirror International Publishers. His early career was in software engineering, specialising in publishing solutions.

David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, The IET

Fiona Bradley, Deputy Executive Director, Research Libraries UK

Fiona is the Deputy Executive Director at Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and supports a range of activities including policy and international collaboration. She joined RLUK in 2016.

From 2008, Fiona held several roles at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), with responsibilities including major grant development, membership services and publishing, managing all capacity building, monitoring and evaluation activities working with library associations and library leaders from more than 80 countries, and advocacy for access to information in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining IFLA, Fiona worked at the University of Technology Sydney as a librarian in special and academic libraries in Australia. She also worked for national multicultural broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation.

Ginny Hendricks, Community Outreach Manager, Crossref

Ginny is responsible for bringing a new team together at Crossref around outreach and communications, membership development and services, and product support initiatives.

Before joining Crossref, she ran Ardent Marketing for nine years, where she consulted with publishers to craft multichannel marketing strategies, develop, brand, and launch online products, and build engaged communities. She previously managed Elsevier’s launch of Scopus, the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Whilst at Elsevier, she established advisory boards and outreach programs with library and scientific communities. In 1998, Ginny started an early e-resources help desk for Blackwell’s information Services and later led training and communication programs for Swets’ digital portfolio in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. She’s managed globally dispersed creative, technical, and commercial teams. She also co-hosts Scholarly Social networking events in London.

Haralambos ‘Babis’ Marmanis, CTO/VP, Copyright Clearance Center

Babis is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Engineering and Product Development at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), with responsibility for product vision and technology strategy.

He has over 20 years experience in computing and was an early adopter of machine learning techniques in enterprise software. Babis has a passion for building systems that accelerate research, and promote science and the scientific method.

Prior to CCC, Babis was the CTO at Emptoris, a leader of supply and contract management software solutions, acquired by IBM in 2011. He’s a published book author in business and technology, and has also published numerous papers in academic journals and technical periodicals.

Dr Jane Secker, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London

Jane is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London.  She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including ‘Copyright and E-learning: A guide for Practitioners’, co-authored with Chris Morrison. Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning.

Jane is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised, with Emma Coonan, ‘A New Curriculum for Information Literacy’ (ANCIL), a framework for supporting learning in higher education, and writes and speaks widely on her research.

Since 2006, Jane has been a member of the Universities UK Copyright Working Group, which negotiates licences for the higher education sector, with bodies such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

Jo McShea, VP & Lead Analyst, Outsell

Jo is Outsell’s VP & Lead Analyst focused on the science, technology, medical
 and healthcare space. In this role,
 she researches and analyses the ever-changing market trends, dynamics, and competitive landscape of today’s world of science and technology publishing, information solutions, and services. Jo has led Outsell’s coverage of the global standards publishing sector and was previously Senior Consultant in Outsell’s global custom research and consulting services, leading, directing, and executing all aspects of custom projects across the media, information, and technology landscape.

John Normansell, Production & Operations Director, Manchester University Press (MUP)

John is the Production & Operations Director for MUP. His wide knowledge of publishing systems has helped transform MUP into a full-time player in the digital revolution.

John began his career in smaller academic and professional presses before moving on to larger organisations in the 1990s. Since then he’s worked in senior production roles for both Macmillan and Cambridge University Press, and in between has engaged with the digital publishing revolution by managing eBooks and online editions for Helicon in Oxford, setting up a journals publishing platform for Extenza ePublishing, and overseeing open access journal production for BioMed Central. He worked in India between 2005 and 2008.

Jonathan Clark, Managing Agent, International DOI Foundation

Jonathan Clark is the Managing Agent for the International DOI Foundation which is a not-for-profit membership organisation that manages the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and is the registration authority for the ISO standard (ISO 26324). The DOI system provides a technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers called DOIs. Jonathan also works as an independent advisor on strategy and innovation. Prior to this he was at Elsevier for 20 years in various positions in publishing, marketing and technology. He was a Product Director in the early days of Science Direct and Scopus and was later later responsible for building an e-business in Europe for the medical and healthcare market. He holds a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Jonathan was Chair and Director of the DOI Foundation from 2005-2010. He lives in the Netherlands.

Ken Chad, Director, Ken Chad Consulting

Ken has over 20 years experience in the software business working in support, project management, implementation, marketing and sales.  His customers include a wide range of national, academic, research, college, public, and corporate libraries, both in the UK and throughout the world. Ken set up his consulting business in 2007 to help with strategy, business models, value propositions, innovation and improving user experience. He also undertakes reviews and audits library IT infrastructure and systems, and the procurement of new and replacement systems. Clients include businesses as well as individual libraries and national sector bodies such as the Society of College, National and University Librarians (SCONUL) and Jisc.

Ken has also set up and manages a number of free, open community resources, including Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) and Open Specifications for Library Systems (LibTechRFP). He is a committee member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and sits on the advisory board of the open access journal Studies in Arts & Humanities. He has published articles and presented at major conferences in the UK and internationally.

Klaus Kater, Managing Partner, Deep Search 9 GmbH


Klaus is Managing Partner at Deep SEARCH 9, a company drawing on his academic background in Artificial Intelligence technologies and web-based product development.

Deep SEARCH 9 is developing a new type of web data analytics and search technology that allows companies to build corporate intelligence applications that work totally independently and unbiased of the large advertising financed search engines or other commercial information providers. Combining web crawling and scraping technologies with data analysis, semantic web / data linking and text analysis approaches, Deep SEARCH 9 provides a unique search experience letting companies decide on the depth and level of detail of the information they want to make available to their knowledge workers.

Before setting up Deep SEARCH 9, Klaus directed large offshore development teams and held C-level positions at international companies in the US, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Germany.

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press

Lara is Publishing Manager at UCL
Press, the university press for University College London and the first fully open access university press in the UK. She has spent the last two and a half years setting the Press up from scratch. Lara comes from a publishing background and previously held roles at British Library Publishing and the BBC.

Limara Bishop, Lead User Experience Architect, Three

Lisa Walton, Executive Editor, Veruscript

Lisa Walton is the Executive Editor at Veruscript, where she runs the publishing services program and the portfolio of Veruscript journals. Veruscript publishes focused, open access journals across the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and unlike most publishers, rewards its peer reviewers. Veruscript offers professional, cost-effective, end-to-end publishing services to societies, institutions and individuals, empowering the community to launch its own journals and to take back control of publishing.

Lisa works with partner societies and academics to foster and develop journals with Veruscript. Her career includes posts at Wiley and Oxford University Press, where she oversaw the open access journals launch program.

Lorraine Estelle, Project Director, COUNTER

Lorraine is Project Director of COUNTER, the membership organisation which sets the Code of Practice for counting and reporting the use of electronic resources. She is an experienced information professional, and was previously CEO of Jisc Collections, where she established and led the organisation’s development as the consortium for UK academic libraries. She is also co-editor of ‘Insights: the UKSG journal’.

Mads Holmen, CEO, Bibblio

Mads is CEO and co-founder of Bibblio. Since it’s inception in 2014, Bibblio has specialised in serving better content recommendations to students, educators and professionals all over the world. Clients include the Open University, the New York Public Library, The Day and a host of smaller and mid-sized publishing companies. Along the way, the company raised £1.5m and won multiple awards and grants for its approach to personalised recommendations and content suggestions.

Prior to Bibblio, Mads was an early member of the goviral team that sold to AOL for 96.7m USD in 2011. After the acquisition, he worked as Planning Director for Europe at AOL, where he was a frequent speaker and writer on topics such as digital media, publishing, advertising and online video.

Megan Taylor, University Press and Marketing Manager, University of Huddersfield

Megan is University Press and Marketing Manager at the University of Huddersfield. Her role includes working with research staff and students to provide support and development opportunities in academic writing and publishing.

Established in 2007, the Press has grown to become a primarily open access publisher of high quality research, publishing open access books and journals across a broad range of subjects, specialising in Music, History and Social Sciences.

Megan has an academic background in English Literature and previous roles in commercial academic publishing. Her research interests include research impact, communication and dissemination, and university press publishing.

Patrik Simmler, PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich

Paul Evans, CEO, Substantive Media

Paul is the Co-founder and CEO of Substantive Media, a multi-platform publisher and branded content house. An experienced content creator with intimate knowledge of setting up successful magazine brands and creating compelling content campaigns, Paul has worked across books, newspapers, magazines, web and video, in a media career spanning 17 years.

At the end of 2016, Paul teamed up with wealthy investor and seasoned entrepreneur Mike Luckwell, to launch Substantive Media. The company already has several lucrative partnerships, including a contract to completely revamp the commercial approach of Reader’s Digest UK.

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, in his early career he worked as a features writer, local reporter, copy-editor of books and marketing copywriter, before moving into the magazine industry. In his first major role, he helped take a small, start-up trade publisher to a serious multi-platform player in B2B publishing. In over a decade he built up the production team, from 4 to 35 people, creating and training in-house editorial, web, video and design teams, launching numerous successful magazines including ‘Business Destinations’World Finance’ and The New Economy’.

Professor Rosalind Smyth, ICH Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Rosalind is Director of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and Honorary Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Non-Executive Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Until September 2012, Rosalind was Professor of Paediatric Medicine at the University of Liverpool and was Director of the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network, which supported all clinical research with children in England. She was a member of the UK MHRA’s Commission on Human Medicines Committee from 2009 to 2013 and chaired its Paediatric Medicines Expert Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2013. Rosalind’s research interests include respiratory virus infections and cystic fibrosis.

Rosalind is a fellow and recent council member of the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and through the Academy has a number of national roles in academic training and careers.  She is a member of the AMS Mentorship Advisory Committee since 2015, a judge and organiser at AMS Spring Meeting since 2014 and has represented the Academy on NIHR Dean’s Advisory Committee since 2010. Most recently, she was appointed Chair of the MRC Clinical Training and Careers Committee, from April 2017.

Rosalind was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2015 for services to the regulation of medicines for children. She graduated in medicine from Clare College, Cambridge and Westminster Medical School and trained in paediatrics in London, Cambridge and Liverpool.

Sadia Shahid, Head of Business Development, Wizdom.ai

As Head of Business Development at colwiz, Sadia is working to bring the company’s latest research intelligence service, wizdom.ai to the academic publishing industry. Since she joined colwiz in August 2015, Sadia has worked alongside the founders to develop the company’s strategic direction across product and business development, while supporting the company’s outreach efforts.

Sarah Richards, Content Strategist, Digital Consultant and Author of ‘Content Design’

Sarah runs the Content Design Centre, training and consulting in content strategy and content design for organisations around the world. She spent 10 years working in digital government, becoming Head of Content Design for the UK Government Digital Service, creating and developing content design as a discipline for the GOV.UK website.

Tahir Mansoori, Founder and Director, Wizdom.ai

Tahir founded colwiz, with a vision to accelerate the pace of global research, while pursuing a PhD in Computational Biology at the University of Oxford. At colwiz, he spearheaded the development of wizdom.ai, which is the world’s largest research intelligence graph powered by big data analytics and machine learning.

Prior to his entrepreneurial journey at colwiz, Tahir worked as a software consultant in the financial, healthcare and publishing sectors. His experience working closely with academia, publishers and scholarly societies, has given him key insights into the disruptions and challenges of a competitive research landscape.

Tom Nash, Senior Manager – Commercial Content, Three

Vicky Hampshire, Vice President of Business Development, Yewno

Vicky is a results-driven expert in commercial business development with 18 years experience in the telecommunications industry, both in consumer and business markets. She has successfully delivered market strategies, new products and customer propositions into markets, and brings strong leadership and commercial analytical skills to her leadership role at Yewno.

Previously, Vicky was a Senior Business Analyst at Cable & Wireless, and Pricing and Performance Manager at the UK Post Office where she eventually took a senior role for managing and launching the PostOffice Ltd. MVNO in the UK.

Wilma Van Wezenbeek, Director, TU Delft Library

Wilma became Director of the TU Delft Library in 2011, where she has worked since 2006. She has been heavily involved in the transformation of the Library building to a Library Learning Centre and was Departmental Head of Library Relations and Deputy Director before taking up her current post. TU Delft supports open science and the Library is a strong advocate for open access and open research. Wilma has also written and directed the National Plan Open Science of the Netherlands, released in February 2017.

Previously, Wilma worked in scientific publishing for over 12 years and she has a strong interest in scientific communication.