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Honorary graduates 2016


Dr Sarah Wood has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Sarah Wood is co-founder and co-CEO of video advertising technology company Unruly. She formed the company in January 2006 alongside partners Scott Button and Matthew Cooke and has been a driving force in taking video advertising technology to a new level. The Evening Standard has dubbed her an “impressive figure… fast-talking and energetic”, which is perhaps unsurprising when, in 10 years, Unruly can boast metrics such as: two trillion video views, 1.36 billion global audience, 200 staff, 15 international offices and a £114 million acquisition by NewsCorp in 2015.

Some 90 per cent of Advertising Age’s top 100 brands have trusted Unruly to connect with audiences at speed and scale online. Sarah has been voted one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine, one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes and was placed fourth in Digital Spy's Top 10 Women in Tech. She is a member of Tech City’s Entrepreneur Advisory Panel and a Technology Ambassador for London.

Sarah is a partner of City Unrulyversity, the first pop-up university in Tech City and a joint venture between City University London and Unruly, which has a mission to inform, inspire and empower the next generation of Tech City entrepreneurs.

She is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in online video culture.

Professor George Loewenstein has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

George Loewenstein is the Herbert A Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1985 and has since held academic positions at the University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin and the London School of Economics. He is one of the founders of the fields of behavioural economics and neuroeconomics.

His research focuses on applications of psychology to economics. His specific interests include decision-making over time, bargaining and negotiations, psychology and health, law and economics, the psychology of adaptation, the role of emotion in decision-making, the psychology of curiosity, conflict of interest and ‘out of control’ behaviours such as impulsive violent crime and drug addiction.

At City University London, Professor Loewenstein has also had a major impact through his collaborations with the Psychology and Economics departments, as well as Cass Business School.

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah sits as a Circuit Judge at Luton Crown Court and has enjoyed an extensive career at the bar and on the bench. She is also the first person in her family to have attended university and work as a barrister and judge.

Born in the Ashanti region of Ghana in 1959, she was sent to school in England aged six. She was educated at Wadhurst College in East Sussex and Millfield School in Somerset. She then studied Philosophy at the University of Wales in Swansea before completing a law conversion course at City University London and the Bar Professional Training Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Her Honour Judge Mensah was called to the bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1984 and also graduated with an LLM degree from Queen Mary & Westfield College – now Queen Mary University London – in 1990. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2003 and became the first Circuit Judge of African origin when she was appointed to the South Eastern Circuit in December 2005.

Her career at the bar – at QEB Hollis-Whiteman, 3 Raymond Buildings and 1 Gray’s Inn Square – included practice areas in crime and general common law. She also occupied a tenancy and door tenancy at 1 Gray’s Inn Square, from 1992-2000. From 1990-92 she was a part-time Law Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. Paul Heim, a former Registrar of the European Court of Justice, encouraged Her Honour Judge Mensah to serve part-time as a Tribunal Judge. In the late 1990s, she sat on the Financial Services Tribunal and performed the roles of Parking Adjudicator and Deputy Stipendiary Magistrate. She was appointed as a full-time Immigration Judge in 2000.

Her work at Luton Crown Court today involves criminal cases, largely of a serious sexual nature. She also sits as a Mental Health Tribunal Judge for 20 days a year.

She has contributed to bar school manuals on both European law and advanced criminal law and advocacy, as well as authoring a book, European Human Rights Case Summaries (2001). In the 1990s, Judge Mensah served secondments to the European Commission’s Competition Directorate (DGIV) stage at the Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman The Lord Mountevans has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans was elected Lord Mayor of the City of London on 29th September 2015 and took office as the 688th Lord Mayor on 13th November 2015.

Lord Mountevans was born and spent his early years in Gothenburg, Sweden and was later educated at the Nautical College, Pangbourne. Partly Norwegian, he studied at Pembroke College Cambridge where he read Economics.

His City career started in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons, initially joining the Tanker Department, moving to the Gas Department in 1979. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division from 2001-14. The company is the world’s leading shipping services provider with 48 offices in 20 countries; it is headquartered in London and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

Lord Mountevans is a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He recently (September 2015) stood down as Chairman of Maritime UK, which brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak to government and other key audiences with a single voice on strategic and practical issues. He chairs Maritime London, the umbrella organisation promoting London and the UK’s maritime professional services. He recently chaired the ‘Maritime Growth Study: keeping the UK competitive in a global market’ for the UK government (published in September 2015).

In 2007, Lord Mountevans was elected Alderman for the Ward of Cheap, serving as Sheriff of the City of London from 2012-13. He has been heavily involved in schools that are closely related to the City and is an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital. He is also Deputy Chairman of the City of London Academy Islington, as well as a Trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust and a member of the City of London Corporation Education Board.

Lord Mountevans was Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights from 2006-7. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and is an Honorary Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. His other charity involvements have a distinctly maritime theme. He is a Council Member and Trustee of the White Ensign Association, which gives advice on personal, financial and employment matters to all ranks of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He is a Trustee of Seafarers UK (King George’s Fund for Sailors), the leading national maritime charity, as well as President of the City of London Sea Cadets, based at HMS Belfast. He was recently appointed an Honorary Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.

He succeeded his brother in December 2014, to become Lord Mountevans. In July 2015 he was elected to sit as a Hereditary Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.

Ms Susan Saltzbart Kilsby has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Susan Saltzbart Kilsby is Chairman of Shire plc, which she has helped progress into one of the top FTSE100 companies. She wasalso recently named a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, and is on the Boards of Fortune Brands Home and Security and BBA Aviation, where she is Senior Independent Director.

Ms Kilsby previously served on the boards of Coca-Cola HBC, Keurig Green Mountain and L'Occitane. From 2009 to 2014 she was a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse, where she focused on senior level coverage of global corporations.

Ms Kilsby joined the First Boston Corporation, a predecessor company of Credit Suisse, in 1980, working in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York until 1992. She was the first woman to lead an M&A business on Wall Street.  She later moved to London as Head of Credit Suisse's European Consumer, Retail & Services group in Investment Banking and from 2002 to 2007 was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Advisory for EMEA and later Chairman, prior to being named a Senior Advisor.

In 2007, she was recognised by both and Financial News as one of the Top Ten Women in Finance and was again recognised by Financial News each year from 2008 to 2011. From 2010 to 2013 she was Chairman of the Committee of 200 (C200), a global organisation composed of leading women in business. She was also a founding member of the Competitor Diversity Forum in London.

Ms Kilsby is a Senior Visiting Fellow of Cass Business School and Chairman of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre at Cass. She is a member of Wellesley College's Business Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Advisors the Gordon A Rich Foundation.

She received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College in 1980 and an MBA from Yale School of Management in 1984. She resides with her husband Richard Kilsby in Switzerland, South Africa and the US.

Dame Zaha Hadid DBE (posthumous) has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Dame Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Each of her pioneering projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid completed her first building, the Vitra Fire Station, Germany in 1993.

Working with office partner, Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s work integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies.

The MAXXI Museum in Rome demonstrates ZHA’s quest for complex, fluid space.

Previous seminal buildings such as the Guangzhou Opera House have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future with new spatial concepts and visionary forms.

In 2010 and 2011, ZHA’s designs were awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2012, Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen.

Mr Nicholas Capaldi has been given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa.

Nicholas Capaldi has been Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales since 2008.

Prior to his appointment in Wales, he was Executive Director of Arts Council England South West and previously Chief Executive of South West Arts. He has worked in orchestral administration and festival management. He has also been a Board Member of Culture South West, Chair of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (a pioneering public/private initiative that championed city centre regeneration) and Chair of Arts 2000 (an organisation promoting opportunities for individual artists).

A graduate of Chetham’s Music School in Manchester, the Royal College of Music and City University London, Nicholas’s career in the arts started as a professional classical pianist giving concert performances as well as broadcasts on radio and television.

Nicholas is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is one of the United Kingdom's most distinguished lawyers. She has practised at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many leading cases during those years, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettaney espionage case, the jihadist fertiliser bomb plot and the transatlantic bomb plot.

She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Woman Syndrome in the British courts. She was also the leading voice for equal opportunities in the legal profession for women.

She has authored a number of books on law reform, co-written the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well-known broadcaster on law and ethics during the 1980s, presenting the BBC One series Heart of the Matter.

She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has been a Member of the House of Lords for 19 years, where she sat on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and is now Chair of the European Union Justice Sub-Committee. She is Chair of Justice and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Institute of Human Rights.

She is Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. She has received 20 honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has also been honoured by the governments of France and Italy.

She is the new Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation.