Convenor: Dr Hannah Rudman

Dr Hannah Rudman is Senior Challenge Research Fellow and Data Policy Lead at SRUC, focussing on how digital and data innovation can help society address the Grand Challenges we face – climate emergency, food safety and security, loss of biodiversity, etc. Her last project on assuring oats’ gluten-free status with DLT attracted much press and media attention, and the journal paper about it won best research paper (public sector) 2020. In 2018, Hannah co-authored Distributed Ledger Technologies in Public Services, a report commissioned by The Scottish Government. She is recognised as an intellectual thought leader on digital transformation internationally, and is regularly is invited to international academic and sector conferences as keynote and Chair. She sits on the Founders’ Team of UK AgriTech Centre Agrimetrics, is on the independent advisory board of the £10m DECaDE Centre for the Decentralised Economy, and is a technical expert on the Digital Identity Scotland programme. She is an expert evaluator for the European Innovation Council, a board trustee and director at the National Galleries of Scotland, and is elected as Fellow of the British Computer Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Hannah has a PhD in Information Systems, an MRes in Drama and IT, and a PGCert in Computer Science.