Despite the major political uncertainty in Northern Ireland, planning approval has been secured for many major infrastructure projects. These projects, namely the Ulster University York Street Campus; the Belfast Transport Hub and the Belfast City Region Deal have been instrumental in the development of Belfast as a thriving city.
Join us at this event to hear about the progress of these major infrastructure projects and the business opportunities they present.
Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink
Chris Conway is the Group Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company and its operating subsidiaries (Translink). He has extensive international business experience with Tata Steel Europe where he worked as Managing Director Tata Steel Distribution Ireland and previously as Vice President Operations for Nortel Networks in Europe.
Chris graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc in Engineering and also has an MBA from the University of Ulster. He is a Chartered Company Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Chris is Chairperson of NI-CO (Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas). He is also a member of CBI Northern Ireland Council and Business in the Community Advisory Board.John Greer, Director of Economic Development, Belfast City Council
John Greer is the Director for Economic Development for Belfast City Council where he is responsible for developing the city’s economy including promoting inward investment, indigenous business growth and increasing tourism in the city.
John also leads Belfast’s Employability and Skills work which provides new training and employment opportunities to people from across Belfast. Prior to joining Belfast City Council John was a Director at the Special European Union Programmes Body where he managed the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA programmes. John also worked in a number of senior roles in N. America for more than a decade, including as a partner with BDC providing innovative debt and equity financing solutions to innovative high growth technology companies.
Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice Chancellor and President, Ulster University
Professor Nixon joined Ulster University in July 2015 from the University of Tasmania where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) – responsible for driving the research agenda, through both existing and newly formed research institutes. He has extensive industry and commercial experience, particularly in collaborations with global high tech firms. He was responsible for the research portfolio at Tasmania, its two existing research institutes and the formation of two further institutes.
Professor Nixon has significant industrial and commercial experience. He has had active collaborations with INTEL, Microsoft Research, HP, Oracle and IBM. From 2007-2009 he was Academic Director of the INTEL Technology for Independent Living Centre - INTEL’s largest University-based research centre with direct funding of €30 million. He has been a founder of three start-ups, including of NDRC Ltd, an IP development company supported by a €25 million investment by the Irish government. Professor Nixon was an IBM faculty fellow in Autonomics with the Dublin Centre for Advanced Studies.
Professor Alastair Adair CBE DL, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ulster University
As a key member of the senior leadership team Professor Adair provides strategic and academic governance. He has direct line management and leadership responsibility for Executive Deans and oversees business performance and sustainability of the University's faculties. He also has direct line management responsibility for the University’s Provosts, providing leadership in civic and societal engagement.
For the last eight years Professor Adair has served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Belfast and Jordanstown campuses. Previously he was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment and Head of the School of the Built Environment at Ulster. He is also Professor of Property Investment and a researcher, with research interests comprising the financing of infrastructure and regeneration and property market performance.