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.

PE & VC Group – Virtual Mistletoe

December 8, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Grab a glass of your favourite drink and join our virtual mistletoe networking event (it could be the last!) to meet or re-meet your peers, friends, future business partners, future colleagues in Private Equity and Venture Capital. After another eventful year, we hope this provides you with the opportunity to connect with people in your community.

Rapid change is occurring across the wealth management landscape and in particular for alternative products. As with other industries, much of that transformation is being led by technological innovation. We will examine broadening access to alternative private markets through digitalisation in this session.