About Our Speakers

 Katie Dash crossing her arms in in the foreground of the CBI logoKeynote Address: Katie Dash, UC San Diego

Katie is Planning and Delivery Director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)'s, tackling the changing role of business head on. She is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s programmatic delivery, progress against its strategic objectives and new Insights function. Most recently, Katie was head of the CBI’s value of business campaign, Everyone's Business

Everyone's Business provides insight into people's day to day relationships with business; and uses this research to target the disconnect between people and firms, identifying action that will improve understanding of what business does as well as how business can be a force for good. Katie previously managed the CBI's Seize the Moment - its new economic vision and strategy to build a competitive, dynamic and future-focused economy. She is also Co-Chair of the CBI's Race and Ethnicity Equality Network. Prior to joining the CBI in 2013, Katie held roles at the Institute for Government and the Scottish Government.

Katie is a Board Trustee of the Black Cultural Archives. She is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and completed a year abroad at the University of California, San Diego.


Suzanne Wilson-Higgins headshot.Alumni Donor Speaker: Suzanne Wilson-Higgins, UCLA

Suzanne Wilson-Higgins is the Deputy CEO of SPCK, a charity founded in 1698 and the largest Christian book publisher in the UK which is based in London and Oxford. Suzanne has worked in book publishing, library supply and printing for over 30 years. Her book The Impact of Print-on-demand on Academic Books was published by Chandos (an imprint of Elsevier) in 2017.

She is a cellist and has a BA (Music History) cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters in Business Administration specializing in International Business from the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland and participated in the Diploma in Arts Administration at City University followed by five years working in the non-profit performing arts and design prior to her career in book publishing. She sits on the advisory panel for publishing courses at Oxford Brooks University, is a Member of the Book Society, is a local parish councillor and serves as a trustee of St Ebbes Church Oxford, Hagar International UK and Christian Education in Birmingham. She enjoys family life having three daughters and three grandchildren all resident in England.


 Headshot of Linda TapiaScholarship Student Speaker: Linda Tapia, UC Santa Cruz

Born and raised in Salinas, California, Linda Tapia is a senior at UC Santa Cruz studying abroad at Queen Mary University of London for the Fall 2021 semester. She is a recipient of the UCEAP Promise Award and the UCEAP Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Linda will graduate in Fall 2021 with a BA in Literature and a minor in Theatre.

During her time abroad she has visited historical London landmarks and museums, and after graduation she hopes to be a scriptwriter for theatre and film.