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Honorary graduates 2013


Sophie RaworthSophie Raworth has been given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa.

Dr Raworth is one of the most recognisable faces on British television. A respected journalist, she is the main presenter of the BBC's News at One and regularly appears on the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. Since January 2013, she has been a guest presenter on the flagship current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show.

Sophie was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith, the University of Manchester (French and German) and City University London (Broadcast Journalism).

After graduating from City, Dr Raworth went straight to the BBC as a trainee, beginning work at BBC Greater Manchester radio as a news reporter. From 1995 to 1996, she presented the BBC's Look North programme in Leeds. She then made the step to national television as co-presenter of BBC Breakfast. In 2003, she moved to the BBC's Six O'Clock News.

Dr Raworth is a passionate ambassador for the profession of journalism and for qualifications in journalism. She has been a regular visitor to City, giving talks to students from the Department of Journalism and taking the time to provide advice to individual students.

Sophie has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities including Cancer Research, The Prince's Trust and St John Ambulance by taking part in the London Marathon.

Christopher MuttukumaruChristopher Muttukumaru has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Dr Muttukumaru is General Counsel at the Department for Transport, a role he has held since 2011. In this role, he leads a group of over 80 lawyers which advises the Department and its executive agencies. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Transport's Board.

Dr Muttukumaru has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in various high-profile Government departments.

Christopher was educated at school in Australia, coming to the UK to read for his degree at Jesus College, Oxford. Following in his father's footsteps, he then attended City to study Law and was called to the Bar in 1974.

After practising in Sir Dingle Foot's chambers for several years, Dr Muttukumaru joined the Treasury Solicitor's Department. From 1988 to 1991, he worked for the Attorney-General's Office as its principal European Union lawyer.

In 1992 he was seconded to work with the Lord Justice of Appeal as Secretary of a public inquiry after the collapse of the Matrix Churchill trial. The resulting "Scott Report" was published in 1996.

Following the Scott Report, Dr Muttukumaru was appointed as the Ministry of Defence's Deputy Legal Advisor. He was one of the senior members of a delegation sent to represent the UK at the United Nations Conference that resulted in the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 1998.

Dr Muttukumaru's distinguished career in law continued with positions as the Legal Director to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and as a Legal Director at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Dr Muttukumaru brings his considerable and distinguished experience to the advisory board of the City Law School.

In 2006, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Robert SomervilleRobert D. Somerville has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the shipping and offshore industries.

Dr Somerville is the former Chairman of the global ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). His distinguished service at ABS spanned 43 years and included 20 years as either President of Chairman, the longest ever period of leadership in the organisation's 151-year history.
During Dr Somerville's 20 years of leadership, the society's fleet more than doubled in size. Its staff also increased twofold to more than 5,000 employees across 70 countries, establishing it as the second largest ship classification society in the world.

A strong proponent of high shipping and offshore safety standards, Dr Somerville's legacy is felt not only at ABS but also at the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Robert was educated at the Maine Maritime Academy, graduating in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in marine engineering. After graduating, he went to sea as an engineer with Texaco. He later gained shipyard experience at Newport News, at the time the largest shipbuilder in the world. He joined ABS in 1970 and held positions including principal surveyor and regional manager for Western Europe before becoming President and COO and then Chairman and CEO. Dr Somerville retired in April 2013.

Dr Somerville is an active member of many professional associations and has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to maritime safety. He was inducted into the prestigious International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations in 2006, and in 2007 the US Chamber of Shipping of America awarded him the Admiral Halert C. Shepheard Award. In 2009, he received both the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Vice Admiral Land Medal and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Foundation's Captain Emery Rice Medal. In 2013, the US Coast Guard presented him its Distinguished Service Award.

Dr Somerville serves on the board of the Keppel Corporation, GasLogs Ltd, Maine Maritime Academy and the Seaman's Church Institute. He has also served as the Vice Chairman and Chairman of IACS.

David NewmanDavid Newman has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to furthering the interests of City, University London.

David Newman is a retired Chartered Building Surveyor. Over the course of his career he has worked in local government and university administration and he has served as a director on the boards of several companies.

Dr Newman is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and Chairman of the George Daniels Educational Trust. George Daniels - an alumnus of City, University of London's predecessor, the Northampton Institute, and recipient of an honorary degree from City - was one of the foremost watchmakers of the twentieth century. Under Mr Newman's leadership, the Educational Trust encourages excellence in clock and watchmaking through education and apprenticeships, providing grants and bursaries to those wishing to make a career from horology in the UK. The Trust also provides grants and bursaries for postgraduate students in the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences at City.

Alongside his work with the George Daniels Educational Trust and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, Mr Newman is a Director and Trustee of the Crystal Palace Museum, President of the Bromley Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and a former Vice-Chairman of the Bromley Regeneration Business Forum.

Frank McLoughlinFrank McLoughlin, CBE, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to furthering the work of the City, University of London.

Frank McLoughlin is a model educator who has established a reputation for being one of the foremost leaders in the UK Further Education sector.

Through his role as Principal of City and Islington College, Mr McLoughlin has been instrumental in changing the fortunes of thousands of young people and adults - many from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The transformation of City and Islington College into an award-winning and academically outstanding seat of learning is a testament to Frank's visionary and inspired stewardship.

Frank, who left school at 15, was introduced to the transformative power of Further Education when he took 'A' levels at an evening class. He subsequently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Politics and was determined to teach in Further Education. Following a long career in London colleges, Frank was appointed Principal of City and Islington College in 2002.

Frank McLoughlin is a founding member and ex-chair of the influential 157 Group - a membership organisation of Further Education Colleges in England and a member of both the London Councils Young People's Education and Skills Board and the London First Employment and Skills Steering Group. He is a board member of Action Aid UK, a member of the All Souls Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He was awarded the CBE in 2009.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saaed Al MaktoumHis Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saaed Al Maktoum has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship in the development of professional sectors in the United Arab Emirates.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed is President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.

Over the past 25 years, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed has been at the forefront of Dubai's remarkable economic development - notably spearheading the successful expansion of aviation. More recently, he has been involved in formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the Emirates' overarching vision.

Educated as an undergraduate at the University of Denver, Colorado in the US, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed embarked on his journey in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation.

In recognition of his significant contribution to the sector, the Royal Aeronautical Society honoured His Highness Sheikh Ahmed with a fellowship in 1994. He also holds honours from France (Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur) and Germany (Verfassungsportugaleser).

Alongside his numerous business activities, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed holds several government positions and is patron to many charities.

nullProfessor Brian S Collins has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa. Professor Collins has been Professor of Engineering Policy at University College London since August 2011, and is a Visiting Professor at City and at Wollongong University, Australia.

He previously held a professorial role at Cranfield University, from 2003 to 2011. Alongside his university work, Collins was the Department for Transport's Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) (2006-2011) and CSA in the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform from 2008, which became the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in 2009, until May 2011.

Collins has also held a range of other posts in the industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Royal Society. In the New Year's Honours List 2011, Collins was awarded the Honour of Companion of the Bath (CB).

nullProfessor Dame Wendy Hall has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa. Professor Hall is Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical & Applied Science at the University of Southampton (UK).

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, the influence of Hall's work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic web and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

Hall was a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (2004-2010), the European Research Council (2005-2010) and the Council of the EPSRC (1997-2002), President of the Association for Computing Machinery (2008-2010), President of the British Computer Society (2003-2004), and recently chaired the European Union's Information Society & Technology Advisory Group. She is currently a member of the Board of the British Library.

Hall is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Society. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2009.

Alderman Roger Gifford Lord Mayor of LondonAlderman Roger Gifford was elected as the 685th Lord Mayor of London on 1st October and took office on 9th November 2012. Alderman Gifford was born in St Andrews, Scotland and educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford, reading chemistry. He joined S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s and in 1982 he left to join Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank (SEB). For six years he headed the bank's operations in Japan and is now Head of SEB London. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks (Chairman 2007 - 2011). Roger's business interests have centred on raising finance for companies in the London capital markets.

Roger is a strong believer in the City's financial and professional services industry and the City's contribution to the UK, both economic and also social as one of the largest arts and social enterprise supporters in the country. He is a member of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK.

Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London in 2004 and is currently on the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, member and Past Master (2010 - 2011) of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and a member of the Cordwainers and Security Professionals; he is the sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners. He is a member of the Cordwainer and Bread Street Ward Clubs, the Royal Society of St George, the Cook Society, the United Wards Club, the City Livery Club and the Royal Perth. He served as Sheriff in 2008/9.

His voluntary work reflects his interests in music and education. He is a Trustee of St Paul's Cathedral Foundation, St Paul's Cathedral Choir School Foundation, King Edward's School Witley, the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme and the Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians. He chairs the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir among other arts involvements. He is a bicyclist and loves walking, opera and live chamber music.

Roger is married to Clare. Dr Clare Gifford is a member of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and a consultant haematologist and until recently Medical Director of SHOT, the UK's haemovigilance system, within the UK blood service. Between them Roger and Clare have six children.

nullBasil Phrixos Papachristidis was born in Montreal, Canada in 1944. He was educated at McGill University (BCom) and Columbia University (MBA, MPhil, PhD). On completing his studies, he joined Papachristidis Maritime Inc, the Montreal-based, Canadian-flag deep-sea and Great Lakes shipping company established by his father, the late Phrixos B Papachristidis in 1946. He became President of this company in 1981.

As the company grew and diversified into a cross-trading, open-flag carrier, Dr Papachristidis moved its headquarters to Piraeus, Greece under the style of Hellespont Steamship Corp. The Group had maintained an active agency office in London since 1981, but this office has since been replaced by the Hamburg-based entity Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co KG. The Group also has offices in Singapore (Hellespont Singapore Pte) and the Philippines (Manila Shipmanagement & Manning Inc).

Dr Papachristidis retired as CEO of the Hellespont Group in 2007 but remains Chairman of Hellespont Holdings Ltd and is a director of Hellespont Marine Services Ltd. His son, Phrixos B Papachristidis has succeeded him as CEO of the Group.

Dr Papachristidis is a Council member of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a Past Chairman and Honorary Member of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) and of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA). He is the author of A Model of the Oil Company Shipowner-Charterer (his doctoral dissertation).

He has two children, Mariateresa (Mrs Thomas Braziel) and Phrixos B Papachristidis and three grandchildren (Alessandra Papachristidis Basil Papachristidis and Amalia Braziel).

Ms Pamela Castle OBEPamela Castle, OBE, solicitor, is Chair of The Castle Debates. She also chairs the NNFCC, the National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials. She is former Chair of, amongst others, the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, the Environmental Law Foundation and the London Sustainable Development Commission. She is also former Head of Environmental Law at the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. She has an honours degree in chemistry and wide experience in commercial and industrial matters.

Professor Zhores Ivanovich AlferovBorn in Vibetsk, Belorussia, USSR (now Belarus) in March 1930 Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Professor Zhores Alferov is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished and globally recognized physicists of the last 50 years. Inspired by his high school physics teacher he took an early interest in science and went to the celebrated Ul'yanov Electrotechnical Institute in Leningrad (LETI) where he graduated in 1952. He then joined the prestigious Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences (now RAS) in St Petersburg where he built his career as a scientist and researcher. From this institute he subsequently received his PhD and DSc degrees in 1961 and 1970 respectively for his work on semiconductor heterostructures.

Professor Alferov was elected Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1979. He shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics "for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics". The work essentially underpins modern telecommunication, especially fibre-optic communication systems. Professor Aferov authored four books, more than 500 scientific papers and 50 inventions in semiconductor technology. He received many prestigious awards and honorary degrees from over 25 universities and institutes around the world. Eponymous asteroid is named after him.

Professor Alferov is a Vice-President of the RAS, Chairman of the St Petersburg Scientific Centre of the RAS and since 1998, Dean of Physico-Technical Faculty at St Petersburg State Polytechnic University (one of City, University of London's strategic partners). Since 1995 he has been a member (Deputy) of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) and a member of the Presidential Board for Science, Technology and Education.

Professor Alferov is one of the most prominent organizers of academic science in Russia and a proponent of creation of educational centres at leading institutes of the RAS. The Educational centre for physics and engineering organized by him at the Ioffe Institute has been functioning since 1999, since 2004 - as an independent institution affiliated to the RAS, and since 2009 - as St Petersburg Academic University, a Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre of the RAS. In 2000 he set up Alferov Foundation which promotes education and science and supports students and young scientists.

Professor Alferov is an ardent promoter of the role of science, technology and research in the improvement of social welfare, enrichment of cultural heritage of countries and the solution of problems faced by humanity today. He believes that the framework for this process is broad and affordable education. This is what makes his contribution in promoting science and education so considerable.