Digifest 2024 keynote speakers

Digifest welcomed speakers from the fields of education, artificial intelligence, public policy, research and organisational leadership.

Tessa Cramer

Tessa Cramer

Sociologist and futurist

Tessa is professor of designing the future at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. She is part of a new generation of futurists, using imagination and analytical skills to facilitate in-depth conversations about the future. She firmly believes that solving the grand problems of our time requires thinking beyond current systems and mindsets. Each day brings us a new opportunity to see the world from a fresh perspective.

Tessa gave the opening keynote 'Imagine the future today' on day one of Digifest.

Michael Webb

Michael Webb

Director of technology and analytics

Michael leads Jisc's work supporting the responsible and effective adoption of artificial intelligence across the education sector. In addition to artificial intelligence, he has worked on projects involving learning analytics, data analysis, the Internet of Things and virtual reality. Before joining Jisc, Michael worked in the higher education sector, leading IT and learning technology services and teams at the universities of Wales, Newport, and Plymouth.

Michael gave the closing keynote 'AI 2030' on day one of Digifest.

Dr Moriba Jah

Moriba Jah

Scientist, consultant and educator

Moriba has dedicated his career to addressing the environmental challenges posed by human activities beyond Earth. He is known for his ability to bridge the gap between scientific research and public understanding, making complex concepts accessible and engaging. His work has not only contributed to the advancement of space science but also inspired individuals, governments and organisations to embrace sustainable practices and work towards a harmonious coexistence with the cosmos.

Moriba gave the opening keynote 'A case for space environmentalism' on day two of Digifest.

Professor Kate Royse

Kate Royse

Centre director, UKRI (UK Research and Innovation)

Since joining the Hartree Centre as director in April 2022, Kate has been working to determine its strategic direction in enabling UK industry to adopt advanced digital technologies for enhanced productivity, smarter innovation and economic growth. Kate was previously the chief digital officer at the British Geological Survey where she focused on the development of novel digital techniques. She was awarded a Digital Leaders 100 award as local national champion for her leadership in digital transformation in the Midlands.

Kate gave the closing keynote 'The future of compute: a perspective from the Hartree Centre' on day two of Digifest.