<p>Joanne Stuart who has over 25 years&rsquo; experience working in the IT industry, is the Director of Development at the Catalyst Inc (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park). In this role she is responsible for the development of strategic relationships to support the growth of Catalyst Inc and the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. A former Chairman of Institute of Directors NI (2008-2011), Joanne chaired an independent review on University fees, at the request of the Minister of Employment &amp; Learning which led to a report published in February 2011. For five years, Joanne was the Northern Ireland Champion for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and is engaged in a number of activities to encourage more young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the STEM industries. Joanne is currently on a number of charitable Boards &ndash; she is Chairman of Arts &amp; Business NI, Treasurer of Angel Eyes NI, Treasurer of Tides Training and a member of the Ulster University Council.</p> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]-->

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE

Biography:

Joanne Stuart who has over 25 years’ experience working in the IT industry, is the Director of Development at the Catalyst Inc (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park). In this role she is responsible for the development of strategic relationships to support the growth of Catalyst Inc and the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. A former Chairman of Institute of Directors NI (2008-2011), Joanne chaired an independent review on University fees, at the request of the Minister of Employment & Learning which led to a report published in February 2011. For five years, Joanne was the Northern Ireland Champion for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and is engaged in a number of activities to encourage more young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the STEM industries. Joanne is currently on a number of charitable Boards – she is Chairman of Arts & Business NI, Treasurer of Angel Eyes NI, Treasurer of Tides Training and a member of the Ulster University Council.