We are delighted to welcome Mary Ritter, CEO of Climate-KIC, as a speaker in the session on Education and Business for Innovation: Acting Together at the 12th European Business Summit on the 15th of May 2014.

Mary has had extensive experience in senior management at Imperial College London, and is currently Emeritus Professor of Immunology. She held the posts of Pro-Rector for Postgraduate Affairs (2004-2005, Pro-Rector Postgraduate and International Affairs (2005-2007) and Pro-Rector for International Affairs (2007-2011). She has sat on a number of national and international committees including the UK Medical Research Council’s Non-Clinical Careers Training and Development Panel, the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Modular Training for Industry Panel, The Academy of Medical Sciences’ Academic Careers Committee (non-clinical), the European Universities Association (EUA) Institutional Evaluation Programme Panel of Experts, the German Excellence Initiative (Institutional Strategies) Evaluation Group, and the Programme Review Committee for the Cambridge-MIT Institute.  She chaired the UK Research Councils’ “UK GRAD” Steering Committee and the UKIERI Evaluation Panel, was founding Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Universities Association’s Council on Doctoral Education, and has been a member of external evaluation and review panels for universities in Finland, Germany and France. She has several patents and licences arising from her research as an immunologist.

Mary was involved with the Climate-KIC from the beginning of project development both locally within Imperial College London and also at pan-KIC level. She was a member of the winning 3-person Climate-KIC team who attended the EIT Hearings in Budapest on 16 December 2009, and following that was a member of the founding Governing Board, and subsequently Vice Chair (Education). In December 2010, upon resignation of the CEO, she was asked to become Interim CEO and in April 2011 was appointed to the substantive post of CEO. Since December 2010, she has overseen a major simplification project for Climate-KIC, including the development of a new, more appropriate, legal entity and the addition of many new members to create the vibrant Climate-KIC community.

In 2014, Mary was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to scientific research and innovation.

Fore more information on Mary or Climate-KIC, please visit: http://www.climate-kic.org/