The Evening Standard’s annual list of London’s most influential people features UCL academics working across diverse industries including biotech, cybersecurity and health.
The list aims to spotlight and celebrate the capital’s most influential people. Being from, or living in, London is not necessary to be considered for inclusion, with judging instead taking place based on each individual’s influence on London in their particular sphere.
The UCL academics included in the list are all leaders in their area who conduct ground-breaking work across a variety of fields.
Amongst those profiled is Professor Tariq Enver (UCL Cancer Institute). Professor Enver’s work as director of the UCL Cancer Institute includes leading a "grand coalition" in the war on cancer and encouraging closer working relations between UCL, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the Francis Crick Institute.
Also chosen is Dr Leonie Tanczer (UCL STEaPP). Dr Tanczer’s research includes a study on how smart home assistants have been used in domestic abuse cases to record victims, deploy spyware and alter temperature or humidity levels. This has led to a cybersecurity resource guide to help abuse survivors fight back against targeting through smart gadgets.
Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences and UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (London), said: "It’s terrific to see UCL recognised so prominently in this list celebrating the great achievers and influencers who are shaping London and the lives of the people who live here. UCL is fundamentally of London and profoundly beneficial to it, and this list illustrates just how varied our contribution is and how collaboratively we work to drive real change."
The progress 1000 is an annual list curated by the Evening Standard. The theme for this year’s list was "The Future and Technology".