Kamal Bechkoum

Head of School of Business and Technology-University of Gloucestershire

Affiliation: Head of School of Business and Technology

Presentation Title: Cyber protection of industrial control systems


Kamal Bechkoum, Professor of Computing, is Head of School of Business & Technology at The University of Gloucestershire. He is an experienced senior leader and academic in Higher Education with an international background and an in depth knowledge and understanding of the UK HE sector. Kamal is also the Director of the University’s Cyber Security & Digital Innovation Centre (C11), the Gloucestershire County Commissioner for Cyber & Innovation and the University’s lead for the national Institute of Coding, working with organisations such as Raytheon, Qinetiq, GCHQ, IRM and the Gfirst LEP to produce highly skilled business and technology professionals in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Before joining the University of Gloucestershire Professor Bechkoum worked for a number of UK universities including Cranfield, De Montfort, Wolverhampton, Derby, and Northampton where he was Executive Dean of the School of Science and Technology with university executive responsibility for research and enterprise and intellectual capital.

He holds a PhD in Software Techniques for Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Cranfield, UK and is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional.

Kamal’s subject specialism is Artificial Intelligence and its applications, with special interest in the use of AI and Machine Learning for Cyber Security and data analytics. Otherwise, he is interested in education, leadership, strategic partnerships and collaboration.