Sam Gyimah Keynote Speaker

  • Former Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
  • Member of Parliament and Minister in the UK Government (2010 - 2019)
  • Voted "One of the London's most influential people in 2019", the London Evening Standard

Sam Gyimah's Biography

Sam Gyimah is a highly respected, dynamic and inspiring figure in British public life. He was the Member of Parliament for the Constituency of East Surrey from May 2010 to November 2019. Prior to politics, he was a Mergers and Acquisitions banker at Goldman Sachs and a start-up entrepreneur. Sam was voted one of the London’s most influential people in 2019, by the London Evening Standard.

From January to November 2018 Sam was a Minister of State. He led the international science, research, innovation and universities policy briefs. He focused on the issues of national competitiveness, which Brexit has thrown into sharp relief, and backing for radical new technologies to transform the British economy.

He was Prime Minister David Cameron’s Parliamentary Private Secretary. During his time as an MP for the Constituency of East Surrey, he was one of twenty-one Conservative MPs who rebelled against the government to stop a ‘No Deal Brexit’. He then resigned from the party to join the Liberal Democrats to help forge a new centre-ground in British politics; standing unsuccessfully in Kensington in the 2019 General Election. Sam used his platform as a parliamentarian to cut through the noise and lay bare the trade-offs inherent in Brexit, and how British politics is likely to unfold as the UK sets out to negotiate new future trading relationships. The Economist Magazine endorsed Sam personally in the election, saying “Parliament needs good people such as Sam Gyimah”.

Other ministerial positions include serving as Prisons Minister (June 2016 – December 2018) during which he had to deliver social reform and navigate the world of outsourced government contracts. He was also Education Minister and Cabinet Office Minister.

He also led the UK’s policy efforts at a critical juncture in the Article 50 process for Erasmus, Space collaboration and EU research funding. In higher education, he put students at the centre of the debate on higher education, declaring the “age of the student”, and focused on student financing and graduate returns, student mental health and free speech on campus. His focus was Value of money for students. Sam led the UK’s negotiations at EU Competitiveness Council and sensitive Brexit negotiations on £100 billion EU Research funding programme. This also led to the £5bn Galileo Space Collaboration Programme, IP Regime and Erasmus.

Sam led and managed strategic investments in emerging technologies, including AI data, driverless cars, quantum, fusion energy, and launched the UK’s first biodegradable plastics innovation fund. He also launched the UK AI Council. He established international links to enhance the performance of the UK innovation system with Israel and India, NASA, ARPA and Texas Medical Centre.

Sam was educated at state schools in Ghana and the UK before going to Oxford University to read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He was elected the first Black British President of the Oxford Union, one of the world’s foremost debating societies.  Drawing on his personal story, Sam is a powerful advocate of the power of education to transform the lives of young people throughout the education system. And this has been his focus in the three education portfolios he held; early years, school funding and universities.





Read More

Videos of Sam Gyimah

Sam Gyimah: Why Tech and Politics Must Work Together
Sam Gyimah: Why Tech and Politics Must Work Together
Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP visits BU
Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP visits BU

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Check Sam Gyimah's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…


    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Javier Espinoza Speaker
    Javier Espinoza
    FT's EU Correspondent - covering Competition, Digital and Financial Services policy
    Adrian Wooldridge Speaker
    Adrian Wooldridge
    Global Business Columnist - Bloomberg
    Arlene Foster
    Arlene Foster Speaker
    Arlene Foster
    First Minister of Northern Ireland on two occasions (between 2016-21) and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (2015-21)
    Robyn Kanner speaker
    Robyn Kanner Speaker
    Robyn Kanner
    Senior Creative Director of the Biden/Harris Presidential Campaign
    Basim Al-Ahmadi Speaker
    Basim Al-Ahmadi
    Political Risk and Strategy Consultant
    Mark Brolin speaking at an event
    Mark Brolin Speaker
    Mark Brolin
    Independent British-Swedish political analyst, economist, commentator and author
    Maithreyi Seetharaman Speaker
    Maithreyi Seetharaman
    International broadcaster across business, economy, civil society and the economy
    Alex Salmond speaking
    Alex Salmond Speaker
    Alex Salmond
    Former First Minister of Scotland (2007-2014)
    James Crabtree Speaker
    James Crabtree
    Executive Director of the Asia office of the International Institute of Strategic Studies
    DJ Patil Speaker
    DJ Patil
    U.S. Chief Data Scientist (2015-2017); Chief Data Scientist, LinkedIn (2008-2011)