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SOAS Student Enterprise

Student Enterprise Lectures and Events

There are plenty of opportunities to attend a wide range of lectures, workshops and networking events both at SOAS, UCL and other organisations in London.

DeFiMS Business Network Seminars

The Business Network Seminar brings to DeFiMS managers and business leaders (including leaders in social enterprises, banking, law, and public sector management) who talk about their experience of the real world of commerce and management. They then open up to full discussions, usually lively discussions, with the student participants. It’s a highly valued eye-opener and it is also a great forum for students to network with our speakers and discuss career plans. These seminars will be taking place Wednesdays (during term time) from 1:30 to 3pm at SOAS Russell Square Campus, Main Building in room G51. 

Some confirmed speakers include: 

Stefan Gannon
General Counsel of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Stefan is a leading figure in Hong Kong's central bank (HKMA) and has been at the centre of the changes in the financial world over the past three
decades. He has been particularly central to the development of financial regulation in Hong Kong and, through his involvement with the Financial Stability Board, world-wide. And he has been involved in the financial changes wrought by China's transformation and growth.

Aylin Ates
Research Manager, Value Chains & Operations Management; High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI)

Aylin is an industrial engineer and a PMI Certified project manager who has worked in large organisations in the area of supply chain management and process development. She has extensive manufacturing R&D experience in supplier/SME development, manufacturing strategy implementation, supply chain traceability and lean logistics. Aylin has delivered major EU and UK based multidisciplinary projects adding value to client businesses in a variety of industries such as electronics, pharmaceuticals and automotive.

Jon Hull
Head of Resourcing, Sodexo UK and Ireland

Jon’s experience of international resourcing ensures that his views on ‘talent management’ in the UK and the Asia Pacific region and the lessons that international human resource management can draw from it are thought provoking.

Philip Lewis
Product Head; Microgen plc

Philip has held a key position in developing African, Asian, and European markets for Microgen’s specialized financial software. It enables him to bring to BUNS insights, derived from experience, on the cross cultural aspects of international business to business marketing.

Richard Mehmed and Penelope Glover
Managing Director  (Richard), Manager (Penelope)
National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP)

The NCWRP, founded in 2003, is an outstanding example of a successful social enterprise. Richard (its founder) and Penelope discuss the key role of social entrepreneurship in building social enterprises from the ground up.

Neil Cameron
Founding Director of Cameron and Wilding

Neil is a SOAS alumnus who, after graduating, chose a career as an entrepreneur, starting the now successful professional services company, Cameron and Wilding. His experience provides insights into the role of entrepreneurship in building a successful business-to-business SME in London.

Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures at UCL

UCL has kindly invited SOAS students to attend their series of entrepreneurship guest lectures.  These are free to attend, no registration is required and they are held every Thursday evening (during term time) from 17:00 to 18:00.

The venue is the Darwin Building B40 Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, Malet Place on the main UCL campus (view the location map).

UCL's Department of Management Science and Innovation and UCL Advances organises a series of guest lectures from leading entrepreneurs and investors.

These inspirational speakers provide an insight into the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur and share advice for those wishing to start their own business or who have already embarked on this journey.

For details of speakers, please see Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures at UCL.

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