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Keynotes and Speakers

LII 2016 Keynotes and speakers

Keynote Speakers

David Worlock, David Worlock Digital Strategy
David has worked intensively in the information industry marketplace since the 1970s with the initial UK online legal service and thereafter as a consultant, adviser to government, and the EU developer of start-up services to meet new user demands. His awards span the Information Personality of the Year at Online 1985 to the PPA Lifetime Achievement in 2014.

James Smithies, Director at King’s Digital Lab

James is the Director of King’s Digital Lab. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of the UC CEISMIC Digital Archive at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has worked in the government and commercial IT sectors as a technical writer and editor, business analyst, and project manager. He is currently working on a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan titled ‘Digital Humanities and the Digital Modern’.

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Springer Nature
Steven was promoted to Chief Publishing Officer for Springer Nature in March 2016, following his appointment  as Managing Director of its Nature Research Group when Springer Nature was created in May 2015. From 2007 to 2013, he led the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and in 2013 became CEO of Macmillan’s Science and Scholarly division, comprising NPG, Scientific American and Palgrave Macmillan. Previously he has held board positions with the Financial Times Group, including UK Publisher of the Financial Times and Managing Director of ft.com.

Timo Hannay, Founder of Schooldash
Timo is the founder of SchoolDash, an education data analytics rm, and a non-executive director of SAGE Publishing. Until 2015, he was the founding Managing Director of Digital Science, a research software business that grew out of Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Before that, he spent 13 years at NPG, latterly as Director of nature.com. He has also been a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a writer for The Economist and a research neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford and Waseda University in Tokyo.

Tracey Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center
Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center, bringing to the industry more than 20 years’ experience in rights management. Tracey works with publishers, authors, universities, businesses and industry associations around the world, addressing copyright concerns and establishing new alliances. In addition, she frequently speaks at industry conferences and events as a thought leader on digital copyright licensing issues. Tracey serves on the Board of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO).

Showfloor Keynote Speaker

Peter Derycz, Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Derycz founded Reprints Desk and parent company Research Solutions in 2006 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and President since its inception. In addition, Mr. Derycz is a Director and was Chairman of the Board of Directors through August 2015. A founder of Infotrieve, Inc. in 1989, Mr. Derycz served as its President from February 2003 until September 2003. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Puerto Luperon, Ltd. (Bahamas), a real estate development company, from January 2004 until December 2005. He currently sits on the International Advisory Board of the San Jose State University School of Information and was as a member of the Board of Directors of Insignia Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISIG), a consumer products advertising company from 2006 to 2014. Mr. Derycz received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

For over 20 years, Mr. Derycz he has been actively involved in designing, developing and deploying large library and document management systems that focus on delivering large amounts of information to information users in local and global settings.  In the library world, he is known as one of the founders of the “pay-as-you-go” approach to acquiring and delivering scientific information.


Andrew Clark, Director of Scientific Information Services, UCB and President of P-D-R
Andrew is Director of Scientific Information Services at UCB, a biopharmaceutical company based in Belgium. He’s been with the company for nine years and is responsible for delivering cutting-edge enterprise- wide information services. Andrew is also President of the Pharmaceutical Documentation Ring (P-D-R), which represents the scientific information centres of 26 of the leading global pharmaceutical companies.

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.

Bas Straub, Founder & Managing Director, Konvertus
Bas is the Managing Director and founder of Konvertus, a company specialising in (ebook) production for publishers. Previously he worked at Elsevier for 13 years, initially as a marketing manager before moving to publishing, where he became the Publishing Director for the German office in Munich. Bas then worked as Director for product and market development in the emerging markets. He regularly speaks and teaches at industry events.

Boyd Hendriks, Director, Informationland

Boyd is Managing Director of Informationland, a consulting firm based in The Netherlands and the UK. He has a long track record with top law firms, developing their knowledge management and IT strategies. He developed the first knowledge exchange portals in accountancy and pioneered knowledge management in finance and health industries. Boyd lectures knowledge management and innovation at  Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Christine Goodair, Website Officer, Society for the Study of Addiction
Christine is Website Officer for the Society for the Study of Addiction and runs the SSA Twitter account. She has worked in the field of addictions/substance misuse for over 10 years. Originally qualified as a librarian, she spent over 20 years managing specialist information services in the voluntary sector, including The Children’s Society, and DrugScope. In 2007 she moved to the academic sector to work as the Programmes Manager (Substance Misuse) in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, University of London. Previously, she has been the Chair and a member of the Board of SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists).

David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
Since March 2010 David has been the Executive Director of RLUK, the representative body for the UK’s leading research libraries. Prior to this, from 2002, he was the founding Director of SPARC Europe, an alliance of over 110 research-led university libraries from 14 European countries advocating new models of scholarly communication. Previously, he spent ten years in science, technical, and medical journal publishing for both Oxford University Press and Elsevier Science. During this time, he was involved in all aspects of publishing from production through to editorial and financial management of journals.

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), Times Mirror International Publishers. His early career was in software engineering, specialising in publishing solutions.

Dion Lindsay, Managing Director, Real Knowledge Management (DLC Ltd)
Dion is an experienced trainer and consultant in knowledge and information services. After a career in Library and Information Services at Defra, the Cabinet Of ce and the Department of Health, and three years developing knowledge and information practices at the Motor Neurone Disease Association in 2001-2004, he moved into providing consultancy and training services in the health, charity and government sector. He has been consulted by Amnesty International, Macmillan Cancer Support, the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation and many others.

Ertugrul Cimen, Library Director, MEF University
Ertugrul is Library Director of MEF University and coordinator of ANKOS Collaboration Working Group and ANKOS Academy Group, Turkish Librarianship Association, IFLA DDRSSC. He is also an editorial board member of Interlending & Document Supply Journal (Emerald Publishing) and the International Journal of Knowledge Management & Practices (IJKMP). He was formerly President of Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS). His professional interests include academic library management, library consortiums, licence agreement for e-resources, library collaboration, resource sharing and document delivery.

Gilbert Faure, Professor of Immunology, Lorraine University Medical School
Gilbert is Professor of Immunology at Lorraine University Medical School and consultant for the Immunology Laboratory at Nancy University Hospital. After having served as elected member of the IUIS (International Union of Immunology Societies) Council, he is the liaison officer between IUIS and ICSU. He is also a member of the scientific council HLDA/HCDM and represents immunology in the Medical Biopathology-Laboratory Medicine section of UEMS.

Jan Reichelt, Co-Founder, Mendeley
Jan has spent his professional career in tech startups, professional information services, and digital media. After working as an advisor to the supervisory board of SAP, he set up Mendeley, which had received several million dollars in VC funding, and has, since the acquisition by Elsevier in 2013, grown to 150+ employees and more than 5 million users. Over the last few years, Jan has been working on a successful integration and executing the company’s vision of building a global research collaboration platform. He is also a trusted startup mentor and business angel. He was awarded European Founder of the Year 2013 by TechCrunch and serves as non-executive director of Emerge Education, a London-based education tech accelerator.

Jason Markos, Director of Platform Capabilities, John Wiley & Sons
Jason is the Director of Platform Capabilities at John Wiley & Sons. For the last ten years, he’s been a key part of Wiley’s global technology group, leading initiatives to deliver content, enrichment and knowledge systems, and helping to transform the way Wiley delivers information to their consumers. He’s played an active role in the development and adoption of international content standards including XLink and Topic Maps. Jason began his career working in the eld of SGML and XML, helping to deliver publishing systems to organisations as disparate as the UK Ministry of Defence and Routledge (Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

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 Hammersley, Co-founder & CEO, Overleaf
John is CEO and Co-founder of Overleaf, a rapidly growing online collaborative writing and reviewing tool. With over 400,000 users worldwide, Overleaf makes the power of professional typesetting accessible to researchers and technical writers at all stages of their career. Before starting Overleaf, John helped design and build the world’s first driverless taxi system, now operating at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Karen Blakeman, Managing Director, RBA Information Services
Karen is an experienced online researcher and trainer and has been running her own business since 1989.
She provides training and consultancy on how to use the web and social media as research tools and how to identify and assess the quality of resources. She’s a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and also a freelance researcher, providing a range of services including due diligence. Past and present clients include investment and financial services companies, organisations in the food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical companies, trade/professional bodies, and local and central government.

Kate Worlock, VP & Lead Analyst, Education & Training, Outsell
As VP & Lead Analyst, Kate leads Outsell’s coverage and research of education information solutions in all areas of the education marketplace, including K-12, higher education, professional training, and human capital management. Kate also serves as an executive-level advisor and consultant to Outsell’s education-focused clients, and covers the education and training information segment’s financial performance and benchmarks. Kate has served on the Content Division Board of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and on the board of the Data Committee of the PPA’s Business Media Group.

Kent Anderson, CEO, Redlink
Kent is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network. He is a past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the founder of ‘The Scholarly Kitchen’. He has been Publisher for Science and the Science journals, CEO and Publisher for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, an executive in the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Publishing Division, Publishing Director for the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups across scholarly publishing.

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. She comes from a publishing background and previously held roles at British Library Publishing and the BBC.

Matt Horne, Digital Marketing and Social Media Officer, Newcastle University
Matt has forged a career in digital marketing for the education sector in the North East of England. He took Sunderland College to the forefront of digital marketing for the sector, and in his current position at Newcastle University, he helps keep one of the world’s leading research universities on the cusp of digital engagement and marketing. Matt also works as a freelance digital marketing and social media consultant, sharing his expertise with a range of different sectors including health care, professional services and training.

Melinda Kenneway, Executive Director & Co-founder, Kudos
Melinda has worked in the scholarly communications industry for over twenty years. She began her career in academic publishing, working at Oxford University Press for 13 years, where she gained a board-level position as Global Marketing Director for the Journals Division. In 2004, she founded TBI Communications, a marketing agency serving academic publishers, societies and libraries. In 2013, she co- founded Kudos – a web-based platform that supports the research community in increasing the discoverability and reach of their work. Melinda is a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing and also a non-Executive Director of Bioscientifica.

Oliver Renn, Head, Science Communication Dept. Chemistry & Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich
Oliver joined ETH Zürich in 2012 as Head of the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center, a unit that acts as a scientific information skill centre within a diverse research environment. Since 2015, he has also been Head of Science Communication D-CHAB (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences). From 2003 to 2012, Oliver headed up the Scientific Information Center of Boehringer Ingelheim and has previously been on the management board of Oncology World and Publishing Director at Bertelsmann-Springer.

Phil Bradley, Internet Consultant
Phil has been an internet consultant, author and trainer for 25 years and is the author of several books on different aspects of the internet, particularly internet search and social media. He has a wide portfolio of clients from blue chip companies to government departments, universities, charities, local governments and schools. He has spoken widely throughout the world about search and is often called the UK Search Guru. Phil is often on the radio and television discussing search, which is his particular interest.

Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director, F1000
Rebecca is the Managing Director of F1000, which provides a series of tools and services to support the research community in writing, publishing, discovering and evaluating new scientific findings. She was responsible for the launch in January 2013 of the open science and open data publishing platform F1000Research, and subsequently led the initiative behind the recent launch of Wellcome Open Research – a new publishing platform owned by Wellcome and run by F1000. Rebecca is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for the EU’s Open Science Policy Platform, a founding member of the Data Group of the International Association of STM Publishers, and co-chair of a number of working groups focusing on data and peer review.

Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Library
Robert is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library and currently acting as Open Research Development Lead, responsible for developing a new open research strategy for the Wellcome Trust. Over the past decade he’s played a leading role in the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy as well as overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. Robert also acts as the Trust’s point of contact for eLife, the new top-tier, open-access research journal. He has written a number of books including ‘Medical information on the Internet: a guide for health professionals’, ‘The Doctor’s Guide to the Internet’, ‘The Patient’s Internet Handbook’ and the ‘Nurses Internet Handbook’. Robert also sits on the ORCID Board.

Torsten Reimer, Head of Research Services, British Library
Torsten joined the British Library in October 2016 as Head of Research Services, where he is overseeing the transformation of services and contemporary collections in support of the global research community. He is also the BL’s strategic lead in the field of scholarly communications. Before joining the BL, Torsten managed the development and implementation of the scholarly communications strategy at Imperial College London, and oversaw national research infrastructure projects for Jisc. He has also led digital humanities projects for the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, the University of Munich and the Bavarian State Library.