MORNING CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, author and a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, best known for star roles in M*A*S*H and The West Wing.
He is also a passionate science advocate. For 14 years, he presented Scientific American Frontiers, a US television show that sought to inform the public about new technologies and discoveries in science and medicine. He has used his professional expertise to help scientists communicate the benefits of their research more effectively to the public.
Alan is currently a visiting Professor at Stony Brook University and a founding member of the advisory board of the university’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He also serves on the boards of the Future of Life Institute and the World Science Festival.
Fatou Bensouda leads the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, investigating cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ms Bensouda was appointed Prosecutor of the ICC in 2012.
Prior to her work at the International Criminal Court, Ms Bensouda worked as Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of Senior Legal Adviser and Head of The Legal Advisory Unit.
Before joining the ICTR, she was General Manager of a leading commercial bank in The Gambia, her home country. Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic, and Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Adviser to the President and Cabinet of The Republic of The Gambia.
Ms Bensouda also took part in negotiations on the treaty of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Parliament and the ECOWAS Tribunal. She has served as delegate to United Nations conferences on crime prevention, the Organization of African Unity’s Ministerial Meetings on Human Rights, and as delegate of The Gambia to the meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court.
AFTERNOON CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE
Susan Philipsz is a Turner Prize-winning artist and alumna of the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.
Susan graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 1993.
Originally a sculptor, she won the Turner Prize in 2010 for her work with sound installations. It was the first time a sound work had been nominated for the most prestigious award in contemporary art and her career has seen her rework songs varying from traditional folk music and sixteenth century ballads to songs by Nirvana and David Bowie.
Susan has exhibited at some of the world’s most celebrated shows and galleries and she received an OBE for services to British art in the 2014 New Year Honours list. She is now based in Berlin.
MORNING CEREMONY, THURSDAY 22 JUNE
Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games. She also won six world rowing championships during her illustrious career.
She received both an MBE and CBE for her services to rowing and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity.
Dame Katherine is a serving board member of International Inspiration, a charity that promotes access to sport, play, and physical exercise for low and middle income families with children around the world. In April 2017 she was appointed Chair of UK Sport.
AFTERNOON CEREMONY, THURSDAY 22 JUNE
Judge Tim Eicke QC was appointed the United Kingdom’s judge at the European Court of Human Rights in 2016.
He studied German Law at Passau University from 1986 to 1988 before coming to Dundee, taking advantage of our unique offering of both Scots and English Law. He graduated LLB (Hons) from Dundee in 1992.
He has been a Barrister since 1993, and `took silk’ in 2011, becoming a Queen’s Counsel.
He has specialised throughout his career in human rights, international and EU law, advising on national security and representing claimants and the UK Government in the highest courts at home and abroad.
Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller is Chair of the Wellcome Trust and the former Director General of MI5.
Eliza Manningham-Buller was educated at Benenden School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She taught for three years before joining MI5 in 1974.
After a career that included a posting to the British Embassy in Washington, Eliza became Deputy Director General, with responsibility for operations, before leading MI5 as Director General from 2002 to 2007.
She was appointed an independent, crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2008. She has been a member of the Privileges and Conduct Committee, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, and the Science and Technology Committee.
Eliza joined Wellcome as a governor in 2008 and became Chair of the Board of Governors in 2015.
Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. It is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. Wellcome supports scientists and researchers to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.
MORNING CEREMONY, FRIDAY 23 JUNE
David MacKenzie is a film director whose work has received considerable critical acclaim and commercial success, including 2016’s Oscar-nominated `Hell Or High Water’.
David studied electronic imaging at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in the early 1990s, drawn by its reputation as one of the UK’s leading art colleges.
After leaving Duncan of Jordanstone he began a directorial career with a series of well-regarded short films before making his feature debut with ‘The Last Great Wilderness’, a cult Scottish road movie with elements of comedy, a thriller and a strong dose of horror.
His subsequent work, including `Young Adam’ and `Hallam Foe’, has consistently won awards. His 2013 prison drama `Starred Up’ took the BAFTA Scotland Best Film and Best Director awards.
`Hell Or High Water’ saw his star shine even brighter, earning four Oscar nominations and becoming a box office hit.
AFTERNOON CEREMONY, FRIDAY 23 JUNE
David Cunningham is Chief Executive of ARCHIE Foundation, a Scottish charity transforming the healthcare of some 200,000 children every year.
The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee, a project that prompted the creation of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail across the city in summer 2016. The Trail drew tens of thousands of people to Dundee and ultimately raised over £800,000 through the auction of the Oor Wullie statues.
Also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, David graduated in 1999 with a degree in Psychology, and was a past President of Dundee University Students’ Association.
Having joined ARCHIE in 2008, then as its only employee, he has built the organisation from a local charity to one with global reach and impact. ARCHIE is a group, or family, of charities working together to achieve greater impact through shared efficiencies and coordinated care. Across Scotland, The ARCHIE Foundation makes a huge difference for children and their families in hospital.
In East Africa, ARCHIE-Wood Foundation Global Surgery is leading ground-breaking work to provide life-saving access to safe surgery for 5,000 children every year.