KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Geoff Layer

Geoff Layer has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since August 2011. Before joining Wolverhampton he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford and prior to that, after years of teaching and researching in Sheffield Business School, he became the Professor of Lifelong Learning in 1996 and Head of Access and Guidance at Sheffield Hallam University.

 

Geoff has always been active regionally, nationally and internationally.  He is a Board Member of Advance HE, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.  He was Chair of the Department for Education’s Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and is currently Chair of the Student Loans Company Stakeholder Forum.  He is also a governor for the Telford College Corporation and a Trustee of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning. 

Between 2000 and 2006 he was the Director of Action on Access, an agency established to advise HEFCE on its Widening Participation Strategy.  He was also Director of the HEFCE Innovations Co-ordination Team from 2000-2002 and has researched and published widely on Inclusive Education.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, A Fellow of Leeds College of Music and was awarded the OBE for services to Higher Education in 2003.

Professor Nazira Karodia

Professor Nazira Karodia is Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton and Professor of Science Education. Nazira’s interests are diverse and include chemistry teaching and research in sustainable chemistry, school-HE transition, student engagement; the promotion of STEM across the education spectrum; and gender in science. She has published widely and supervises research students in chemistry, gender and science education.

 

After her undergraduate studies at the University of Natal, South Africa, she moved, in 1992, to the UK to take up PhD studies in Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She held post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Heterocyclic Chemistry, University of Florida, and with the catalysis group at the University St Andrews. Nazira was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Bradford in 1999. There her role morphed from teaching and research in Chemistry to Associate Dean, an active role in student recruitment and extending and enabling university opportunity to a wider group of students. She was Director of STEM at Bradford and led the regional spoke of a national initiative to promote STEM education.

 

In 2015 Nazira moved to the University of Wolverhampton as a Professor of Science Education; she is currently Dean of Faculty of Science & Engineering.  She is a member of the RSC’s Science, Education, and Industry Board, the RSC’s Outreach Working Group, the Institute of Physics Schools Outreach Support Advisory Group. She is a Fellow of the RSC and one of its “175 Faces of Chemistry.”

Professor Richard Burt

Professor Richard Burt trained and qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in the UK.  He holds a Masters degree in Construction Management and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University.  He is currently the McWhorter Endowed Chair & Head of the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University in Alabama.  His expertise is in construction history and the survey and documentation of historic buildings.  He has worked on several building documentation projects in the US and France.  He has published in numerous journals and conference proceedings and was a principal investigator in a multi-year federally funded project to investigate the building remains at the historic D Day landing site at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy.

 

He served as the chair of an American Council for Construction Education task force to develop learning outcomes based standards for construction education and in this capacity he conducted data gathering workshops in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors of America. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the AGC Education and Research Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education. Dr. Burt also serves as the co-coordinator of the International Council for Building (CIB) Working Group WG089 – Education in the Built Environment in this capacity he has organized workshops and paper sessions at conferences in England, Canada, United States, Finland and Australia.

Irtishad Ahmad

Irtishad Ahmad has more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and curricula development in civil engineering and construction management. Prior to joining AUS, he taught at Florida International University, North Dakota State University, University of Cincinnati and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

 

In 2016, American Institute of Constructors awarded Dr. Ahmad the prestigious W.A. Klinger Construction Education Award. He has co-authored the book Quantitative Techniques for Decision Making in Construction. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from 2002 to 2008. He is a registered professional engineer and an elected Fellow of ASCE.

Mohan M. Kumaraswamy

Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy is now an Honorary Professor of The University of Hong Kong, having been based there from 1992 to 2013. He is also an Honorary Professor of the University of Moratuwa; and has previously been a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and at Curtin University, Australia; and an Adjunct Chair Professor at IIT Madras, India.

 

His Civil Engineering Degree is from Sri Lanka, while his M.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees are from Loughborough University, UK. Before joining academia, he worked on designs, construction and project management, and led consultancies funded by ILO, UNDP and World Bank. He also served as a Consultant to the World Bank in 2014. He is also an Adjudicator and Arbitrator.

 

He has contributed to many professional bodies e.g., as: the first Sri Lanka representative of CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building, UK) until 1992; Vice-Chairman of CIOB Hong Kong in 1996-97; Chairman of the Civil Division of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 1997-98. He is now a member of the Accreditation Board of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka.

 

He is the Founding Director of the ‘Centre for Innovation in Construction & Infrastructure Development’ (CICID) which he launched in Hong Kong in 2002. His international contributions include those as Co-ordinator of the international CIB Working Commission on ‘Public Private Partnership’; and as the Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Built Environment Project and Asset Management’ journal.

Peter Bolton-King (FRICS FNAEA FIRMP) is the Global Director of Professionalism and Ethics at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), whom he joined in April 2012. Peter started work in 1973 with a leading firm in the UK. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, he became the firm’s youngest ever partner.

In 2003 Peter was appointed Group Chief Executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals in the UK, a post he held for 10 years before RICS.

 

Peter currently holds a number of UK and Global Industry appointments on behalf of RICS. He is also a ‘Senior Visiting Fellow” at a UK University. He continues to influence Governments in the UK and globally for better standards in the industry and is Chair of the International Ethics Standards Coalition.

A large part of Peter’s current workload involves leading a project which is looking to understand the non-technical risks to the reputation of RICS professionals.

Peter Bolton-King

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