Ever since visiting Nepal and India in 1981 Sir Graham Wrigley (MBA 89D) had wanted to work in international development. So, 15 years ago he quit his business career and decided to “retrain” for a new career by completing an MsC in Development Economics at SOAS. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles with SME and microfinance organisations in sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal and the poor states of North India. He was appointed Chairman of CDC, the UK’s Development Finance institution in 2013, which commits around $2bn pa in Africa and South Asia.

Real Estate Group: ESG in Real Estate

October 6, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are top of mind for the real estate sector. In this event we discuss the role of regulation in helping to steer capital towards sustainable investments, how green finance can act as an enabler, and how investors are considering sustainability in their investment decisions.

Energy Group: Blah Blah Blah or COP26?

October 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Blah, blah, blah… These were the words Greta Thunberg used to describe global climate change initiatives announced by various world leaders last week. And with the growing energy-related emergencies & events that we have witnessed recently in the UK such as the rise in gas prices, subsequent collapse of energy suppliers and climate activists disrupting traffic, the importance of the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow for the world has never been higher. Join the Energy Group for two special events around the theme of COP26 that will look beyond the blah blah blah!

Overcoming Self-doubt

October 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are you taking the first career steps during the early years after graduation? Join us to hear three speakers on their personal journeys and discover strategies to help you to step onto the path to overcoming self-doubt and achieving success and inner peace.

Scottish Group: Annual Alumni Dinner

October 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The annual alumni dinner has long been a fixture in the alumni calendar in Scotland and is an event not to be missed! This year we’ll also be raising a glass of champagne to old and new friends in celebration of our first in-person event for two years.

The live event will be a small gathering in London of leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow, who care about balancing their businesses, who care about reaching a more equitable society. At the previous events, we have asked experts, executives, and board members to share the hard facts and their real-life experiences. Now, we ask those who are close to the ‘Talent’ about the why, what, how and when….

Our speakers will discuss the fine line between Education and Ed Tech, what is meant by innovation in these sectors, together with mega-trends that create opportunities. Participants will be able to explore the success and failures of various case studies, and share thoughts through breakout sessions.

Financial markets are on fire, and many are looking to find signals and make sense amidst all the noise. Who better to help provide insight and perspective than Henry Whorwood – head of research for Beauhurst well known as one of the leading providers on private markets data, including the UK’s flourishing startup ecosystem.

Entrepreneurs’ Group Business Angels

November 11, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For the 29th event in the series, we are bringing together more business angels and start-ups. We will select six to eight companies to present to the people with the know-how to help or the cash to invest. This is your chance to play a crucial and fulfilling role if you’re a business angel with resources and/or time to mentor a start-up.