Keynote Speakers

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Tim McIntyre

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty joined the University early in 2011. He has held senior positions in universities for over a decade and has previously held roles as Assistant Vice-Chancellor and as Dean. He leads the University’s annual strategic planning processes and his portfolio includes responsibility for the academic Schools, Faculties, and the BU International College alongside quality, academic services and admissions, programme management, strategic risk and business intelligence.

Professor McIntyre-Bhatty is a member of the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and also serves on the Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society and a member of the British Computer Society.

During his career, Professor McIntyre-Bhatty has contributed to the leadership and development of a range of knowledge transfer, consultancy, and income generation projects. He is regional editor for Chinese Management Studies, and has previously been closely engaged in research concerning the match of graduate skills and employer needs in regional labour markets. His track record extends to successful collaborations at both national and international levels with partners across Europe and in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Professor McIntyre-Bhatty arrived at BU from the University of Wales, Newport where he was Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Dean. At Newport, Professor McIntyre-Bhatty played a leading role in the creation of the new £41m flagship City Campus. Previously he led the move of the East London Business School to a £28m development at Docklands Campus, and he is now sponsoring the new £22m ‘Fusion’ building for Bournemouth University.

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Prof. Ali Hessami FRSA
PhD, BSc (Hons), EurIng, CEng, FIET, SMIEEE
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Ali is currently the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems and Director of System of Systems Engineering Centre
at UEL, London. He is an expert in the systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability and knowledge assessment/management methodologies and has a background in design and development of advanced control systems for business and safety critical industrial applications.

Ali project managed the safety analysis and assessment of European Rail Traffic Management System’s ETCS for the EU Commission under the ESROG project. He also project managed the development of an advanced and systematic Safety & Risk Management System for EU Commission under SAMRail project, in support of the pan European Railway Safety Directive.

He contributed significant original material to CENELEC WGA10 Report TR-50451 on Allocation of Safety Integrity & TR-50506-1 on the Cross-Acceptance of Signalling Systems. He represents UK on CENELEC Railway Standards committees. He was appointed by CENELEC as convenor of WGA11 for review of EN50128 Software Safety Standard and Convenor of RG3 in WG14, where he is responsible for update and restructuring of the software, hardware and system safety standards in CENELEC. Ali also heads the System Safety & Security Technical Committee at IEEE Systems and Cybernetics Society (SMC).

Ali is a Visiting Professor at London City University’s Centre for Systems and Control in the School of Engineering & Mathematics and at Beijing Jiaotong University School of Electronics & Information Engineering. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the IET, a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the Security Institute.