Lisa Roberts

Job Title: Deputy Vice Chancellor

Organisation: University of Leeds

Event: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme (REAP)

Date of Conference: January 2020

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About the event:

Leeds and the City Region was chosen to host the prestigious international innovation programme, in partnership with one of the world’s most famous universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Over a hundred leaders from government, business, universities and finance as well as entrepreneurs from across the world gathered in Leeds to understand more about the region’s strengths and ambitions, and position Leeds and the City Region at the forefront of the Government’s drive for national growth and increased competitiveness.

The MIT innovation programme provides expert, evidence-based guidance to support regions to accelerate economic growth, job creation and social change.


About Lisa:

Professor Lisa Roberts leads on the development of the University’s research and innovation strategy, delivering a step change in the quality, volume and impact of world-leading research carried out in Leeds. In this role, Lisa has been a key driver of new conference business to the city of Leeds.

Her brief includes promoting partnerships in a number of key sectors, accelerating collaboration across a wide range of academic disciplines and driving recruitment of world-leading academics.

Previously she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences where she launched only the 8th vet school in the UK and developed a successful One Health Strategy, with external partnerships being key to their success.

She is also a Professor of Virology and, earlier in her career, she worked as a product development manager for Procter and Gamble, before undertaking her PhD at the BBSRC Institute for Animal Health and the University of Kent.