Meet our Keynote Speakers

Professor Rohini Mathur

Rohini Mathur is a Professor and Chair of Health Data Science at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in the application of precision medicine approaches in globally diverse datasets to address health inequalities, particularly around cardiometabolic disease. Her goal is to address a research gap resulting from the historic under-representation of ethnically diverse populations in clinical research and develop a global network of research collaborators to share data, expertise, and leadership in this area.

She was previously an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). There she completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust examining ethnic inequalities in the care and outcomes of people with type 2 diabetes, and was a member of the OpenSAFELY collaborative working on a range of Covid-19 related projects.

During the pandemic Professor Mathur advised the UK Government as a member of the SAGE ethnicity subgroup. She completed an undergraduate degree in public health at the University of Waterloo in Canada, followed by an MSc and PhD at LSHTM.

Professor Rohini Mathur will speak on the theme: Research to support renewal, recovery and resilience.

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Ed Humpherson

Ed Humpherson took up the post of Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority in January 2014. He is head of the Office for Statistics Regulation which provides independent regulation of all official statistics in the UK. The aim of the Office for Statistics Regulation is to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.

Prior to joining the authority, Ed was a board member and executive leader for economic affairs at the National Audit Office, a post he held since July 2009. This role included responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the National Audit Office’s work on economic affairs.

Ed was educated at the University of Edinburgh and he is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Ed Humpherson will speak on the theme: Public engagement and involvement in population data research.

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Professor Peter Mackie

Peter Mackie is a Professor in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, where the primary focus of his research and advisory work is homelessness prevention. His work has had considerable impact, including the development of new legislation and practice in multiple countries. 

As the ADR Wales housing and homelessness theme co-lead, Peter has worked with linked administrative data for more than a decade, including the linkage of homelessness, education, health, and criminal justice data. In all his linked administrative data research Peter has worked closely with Dr Ian Thomas, without whom the programme of work on homelessness would not have been possible. Peter is currently an editor for the International Journal on Homelessness.

Professor Peter Mackie will speak on the theme: Data linkage, methods, systems and technology.

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Professor Marion Oswald MBE

Marion Oswald MBE is an Professor of Law at Northumbria University and a part-time Senior Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute, where she researches technology law and policy, information rights and data ethics She specialises in the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence by criminal justice and national security bodies.

Professor Oswald was specialist adviser to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee inquiry into new technologies and justice, and follow-up work. She is a member of the advisory board of the UK Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (an expert body of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology) and since 2019 has chaired the internationally recognised West Midlands Police Data Ethics Committee.

During the pandemic, she was prinicipal investigator and Director of the Arts and Humaities Research Council-funded rapid-response interdisciplinary project 'Observatory for the Monitoring of Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19'. She was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022 for services to digital innovation.

Professor Marion Oswald will speak on the theme: Ethics, law and social implications.

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