This year’s keynote speakers will be sharing their thoughts and perspectives on topics that will appeal and have relevance to delegates from all sectors.

Liz Jolly has been Chief Librarian at the British Library since September 2018. She is responsible for teams delivering core activities such as collection development; services for researchers, learners, businesses and entrepreneurs; research strategy and digital scholarship; an extensive cultural programme of exhibitions, events, and the Library’s online presence. Liz has over twenty years’ experience in a variety of institutions in the university sector, most recently as Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University. An Honorary Professor at Teesside, Liz is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow both of the CILIP and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). She was Chair of SCONUL (the UK university library directors’ group) from 2014-16, and Chair of the Northern Collaboration, a group of twenty-seven higher education libraries in the North of England, from 2016-18. Liz is a member of the Editorial Board of the New Review of Academic Librarianship and is a former member of the British Library Advisory Council.
Patrick is a globally recognised knowledge management practitioner, who was originally trained in Information and Library Science and worked in academic and special libraries in the UK before moving to Singapore in 1991. He arrived in KM via a second career in training and development, and currently divides his time between Singapore and Ireland. Patrick is the author of Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisation Effectiveness (Oxford: Chandos 2007), co-author with Nick Milton of The Knowledge Manager’s Handbook (London: Kogan Page 2016). He is currently working on a book about knowledge auditing. Patrick is Visiting Professor in the KIM PhD programme at Bangkok University, President of the International Society for Knowledge Organization Singapore Chapter and a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Knowledge ManagementKnowledge Management For Development Journal, and Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation. His 2011 paper on the history of knowledge management “The Unacknowledged Parentage of Knowledge Management” won a Highly Commended Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012. Patrick is a member of CILIP’s advisory board for the development of a chartership programme for knowledge managers.
Hong-Anh is the Information Service Manager at The King’s Fund, a health care policy think-tank. Her role involves managing the library and enquiry service and providing research support and public engagement activities. She recently co-created “The NHS Explained”, a free online course explaining the inner workings of the NHS. As well as this, she is involved in equality and diversity work in both the profession and in her own organisation.
Kriti Sharma is an Artificial Intelligence technologist and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for Social Good. She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology in 2017 alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. She was invited as a Civic Leader by the Obama Foundation Summit for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and recently gave expert testimony on AI Policy to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords. Kriti is frequently featured in global media such as Fortune, BBC, Harvard Business Review, The Times, Financial Times and TechCrunch. Earlier this year, Kriti spearheaded the launch of the Sage Future Makers Lab, a forum that will equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence.

Kriti was appointed a United Nations Young Leader at the General Assembly in 2018.

Aat Vos

Architect and creative guide Aat Vos has more than 30 years of experience with library design and development. His mission: to create social places where everyone feels welcome all over the world.

As a creative guide, Aat Vos is dedicated to reviving the public domain. He evokes social change through the design of public Third Places. Aat Vos transforms public spaces in collaboration with end-users and local stakeholders. Like social cement, his method of working and the resulting projects connect people.

He works for a wide variety of clients including governmental organizations, municipalities, and project developers. Amongst these are the OBA (Amsterdam Public Library), Deichman Library (Oslo Public Libraries), Stadtbibliothek Köln (City Library of Cologne), Stadtbücherei Würzburg (City Library of Würzburg), Luxor Theatre (Rotterdam), Wilmink Theatre (Enschede), the RUG (University of Groningen) and UiS (University of Stavanger).

He is a frequent speaker, author of the book ‘3RD4ALL – How to Create a relevant Public Space’ and Design Associate of Designing Libraries.