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Titles For Alumni and Friends
The Journey of Perfume Corporate Social Responsibility Regentâ€™s Club launch and news from Regentâ€™s College alumni
Inner Circle Keeping you in touch with Regent’s College. Inner Circle is produced by the Alumni Relations Team. Edited by Andy Harris
Head of Alumni Relations and Events David Whitaker Contributors Sean Flynn Neri Karra Tristan Tull Photography Zach Brengard Cambridge Jones Jessica Paulsen
Valerie Kaneko-Lucas Thomas Metcalfe
Erin Hindalong Darran Leaf Bex Singleton
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Photo: Erin Hindalong
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Contents Vision Foreword by the Head of Alumni Relations and Events
Features Creative Industries: Challenge and Change 6 The Journey of Perfume 8 Corporate Social Responsibility 14 Future Screen Stars 16 Why Theatre Matters 18 World Leaders 32 Alumni in Profile Noelle Reno 10 Benjamin Fry 12 Sarah Okin 26 Michael Hollesen 28 Lucy Jay Kennedy 34 Michael Schmitt 36 Dominique De Keyzer 37 Alumni News The Regent’s Club Enter the Dragon’s Den Regent’s College Alumni v Students Football Match Your News Events
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Foreword It’s just over a year since we launched our new alumni relations programme here at Regent’s College. Committed to bringing our community of friends and alumni together wherever they are in the world, we’ve launched exclusive benefits, two new magazines (including this one, Inner Circle), a monthly e-bulletin, a successful monthly drop-in event here at College called the Comeback Sessions on the first Thursday of every month, giving our alumni and friends the chance to drop by and catch up whether they’re based in London or just passing through, and much more. This has been a great year for Regent’s College. Demand for programmes in Business and Management has increased and new awards, such as the MA in Luxury Brand Management have been launched successfully. In Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences the new London School of Film, Media and Performance opened its doors with considerable success. Our students have been successful in a number of international academic and sporting competitions often beating much larger and longer established institutions. Our international network has strengthened and grown with increasing numbers of student exchange with top flight universities worldwide. The College profile and reputation is growing and Regent’s College has become a selecting institution with many more applications than places available. Most importantly, trustees and staff from across the College have worked together with students to prepare our application to the Privy Council for Taught Degree Awarding Powers. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education was asked to consider the College’s case and has decided that it is persuasive. They have set up a panel to review our claims who will work with us across the next year. Gaining these powers will be a very important step forward for the College’s reputation and will benefit students, staff and alumni alike.
David Whitaker Head of Alumni Relations and Events firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Anna Gordon
Alumni and friends have also joined us with enthusiasm in new collaborative projects with our Careers and Business Relations team as mentors for MBA students at Regent’s College, by offering internships and project work, or answering careers questions from final year students. There are plenty of ways you can still get involved. Just get in touch with the Alumni Relations team to find out how you can help. We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who’ve helped us in these first twelve months of the Alumni Relations Programme and to all of you who have kept us up to date with your news, or simply taken time out of your day to catch up on what’s going on in your alumni community. As we come to the end of 2010 we are on the brink of launching a global network for our alumni and friends, the Regent’s Club. You can read more about the Regent’s Club in this issue. I hope you’ll take part. Issue two of Inner Circle features an extended look at the Creative Industries. The worlds of fashion, television, film, theatre and the arts are explored as they touch upon the working lives and study of alumni and students of all of Regent’s College’s schools. There’s plenty of your news here so keep sending it in and help us to make your alumni network work.
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We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who’ve helped us in these first twelve months of the Alumni Relations Programme and to all of you who have kept us up to date with your news, or simply taken time out of your day to catch up on what’s going on in your alumni community.
Regent’s College hosts 2010 London Screenwriters’ Festival The annual Screenwriters’ Festival, traditionally held in Cheltenham, transferred to London this year, and found a new home in the London School of Film Media & Performance (LSFMP) at Regent’s College. The Festival presented an excellent opportunity for LSFMP students to directly network with leading film industry figures like Tim Bevan, Co-Chairman of Working Title and producer of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary; Tony Jordan, screenwriter of BBC drama series Holby City and Oscar shortlisted film director Chris Jones. The Festival ran over three days, from Friday October 29th to Sunday
October 31st, with over ninety different events including talks, interviews, panels, workshops, screenings, debates, competitions, pitching sessions and other activities running from morning to mid-evening throughout the campus. Chris Jones was delighted with the outcome of the festival and had this to say on the whole experience ‘There is nothing harder than sitting in front of a blank computer screen and writing a great screenplay. It’s ar t, craft, insanity, ego, delusion, honesty, deceit, infatuation, hear tbreak... And so to run a three day event at Regent’s College that celebrated this darkest of creative ar ts was for me both a pleasure and a blast. The London Screenwriters’ Festival promised it would ‘educate, inspire and connect’, and with the help of Regent’s College, we managed to do that in spades!’
the Above: Lively debates at
London Screenwriter s’ Festi
Feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive and the event proved to be the perfect start for the festival in its new long term home. Trip down memory lane A bright autumnal day in late October saw the visit of a unique group of alumnae. As some of you may know, the original students at Regent’s College were part of Bedford College, a higher education college for women and part of the University of London. The Regent’s College alumni team arranged a tour for a group of ladies who studied here from 1960 to 1963 and have kept in contact since their student days. For more than a decade they have met annually in London and
Hat-trick for a good cause: Halloween Football Cup in aid of KIDS As par t of the final semester course Leadership and Management at European Business School London, 26 students hosted a Halloween themed charity football game in aid of the KIDS charity - supporting disabled children and their families.
Above: Bedford College Alumnae: Annis Bees, Pat Yates, Wendy Jones, Greta Gibson and Anne Wilcock
2010 marks 50 years since most of them began at Bedford College. Although the College has changed considerably in the intervening years the grounds and architecture still retained a resonance from the past. One of the returning alumnae, Pat Yates, explains. ‘Looking round the building brought back memories of when the College accepted only women - or Ladies, as we were called. The atmosphere used to be so much more sedate. Gone were the locker rooms down in the dim basement where we had to put on our gowns for lectures. Instead there were bright toilet facilities where stylish women were standing by mirrors redoing their make-up.’ All the alumnae were struck by how for tunate they were to study in such a wonderful setting and how much they appreciated their education. After enjoying tea in the Brasserie and reminiscing for a while they went on their separate ways until the next reunion.
The tournament took place on October 25th at Seymore Leisure Centre. Eight football teams with five players each dressed according to different themes; Super Heroes,The 80’s, Zombie Doctors and Wall Street.Throughout 15 competitive games the players displayed stamina in a fight for every goal, and remained true to their chosen theme. To improve the overall experience for the players and supporters the EBS London students organised a moderator, commenting on the players’ moves, on and off the pitch.The audience also participated, voting in different categories, such as the best looking player or the team playing the fairest game.The lucky winners in each section then received prizes during the awards ceremony, concluding an exciting day. The event was not only able to raise awareness of the charity, but also raised £400 through activities and donations made by the participants. Please find further information about KIDS at: www.kids.org.uk, you can also follow KIDS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kidscharity or ‘like’ them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidscharity
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Creative Industries Challenge and Change All of us are now pretty clear on how the Coalition Government here in the UK wants to tackle the country’s debt and we know that the Creative Industries will not be exempt. The UK Film Council and funding for the BBC World Service are among the most high profile victims of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s axe. What does the future hold for the Creative Industries? Indeed, exactly what are the Creative Industries? In 2001 The Depar tment for Culture, Media and Spor t outlined twelve sectors which make up the Creative Industries: —— Advertising —— Architecture —— Arts and antique markets —— Crafts —— Design —— Designer fashion —— Film, video and photography —— Software, computer games and electronic publishing —— Music and the visual and performing arts —— Publishing —— Television —— Radio These sectors currently employ around two million in the UK with a growth rate double that of the national economy as a whole. London has become a natural hub of creative exper tise for people from all over the world.
Pictured: Tristan Tull
So why should we feel nervous? The comprehensive spending review calls for a 30 per cent cut in arts funding with the Arts Council set to undergo cuts of £350 million over the next four years. The European model of subsidy within the creative sector will need to adapt and therefore, perhaps we should look at alternative financing models. Endemol co-founder Peter Bazalgette has suggested that creative organisations should work more closely with other companies in the spirit of Jeremy Hunt’s encouragement of philanthropy. However, he argues that there needs to be a system of tax breaks for those donating to the ar ts. Former CEO of the Economist Group Helen Alexander CBE has also spoken about tax credits and looks towards the example of Canada in offering tax breaks to the computer games industry. Since the implementation of these breaks Canada has now surpassed the UK to become the third biggest games producer in the world. She also points to successes in introducing tax breaks for film industries in France and the Republic of Ireland.
In Education For those people currently studying or starting out in the creative sector to talk about national industries and sums of millions of pounds may seem daunting but as Michael Schrage in the Harvard Business Review suggests “The surest, albeit not the nicest, way to shock teams into revisiting their innovation roots is by ruthlessly annihilating their existing relationship with money.” Many on this side of the Atlantic might find this to be an affront, yet it is worth remembering that students and those starting out are not starting out with money and that in all circumstances, if you are creative then you can turn a deficit to an advantage. I am reminded of Wayne and Geraldine Hemmingway, a couple who are a model for those starting out in the Creative Industries.
Creative Careers The Hemmingways forged a career in numerous creative sectors initially through necessity. In the last recession when they could not afford to pay the rent they began to repair and adapt their clothes to sell at Camden Market. They soon realised that designing and selling clothes was more successful than the band Wayne was playing in and so dedicated their time to sourcing and selling second hand clothes.The stall became a fashion label, Red or Dead which went on to become a multi million pound business. In 1999 HemmingwayDesign was set up, this company deals with ‘affordable and social’ building design, including projects such as the regeneration of Boscombe pier and sea-front, this former run-down suburb of Bournemouth has now boomed despite the recession. The Hemmingways have also been involved in business development with their Kioskiosk project which sets up a por table space in city centres to host design companies which cannot afford shop space. I have chosen the Hemmingways as an example because not only have they built up successful, ethical and innovative creative businesses from nothing but have also been an antidote to the greed driven Apprentice culture which fuelled the last crisis. As Wayne Hemmingway has said ‘you need to work with people who care, be a decent person and make friends … you also need to work your backside off!’
The Future What I hope to point out is that the possibilities are limitless for the Creative Industries, despite recession and cutbacks, the work the Hemmingways have done proves that there are forward thinking councils across the country and indeed not all the funding bodies are disappearing. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) described by Sir James Dyson as one of ‘the UK’s most innovative start ups’ might have lost its funding from Government but it will continue as a charitable organisation. We must therefore remember always that opportunity does not disappear but changes. The Creative Industries never stay static and neither can we. Tristan Tull Programme Director in Media Practice and Communications
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I Believe The Journey of Perfume As part of Inner Circle’s new ideas series Director of Luxury Brand Management Dr Neri Karra explores the role fragrance plays in the world of fashion and luxury. Lately, I have found myself thinking a lot about the importance of perfume in the luxury world. Are all perfumes luxury? What does luxury mean in the world of fragrance? Many of the luxury brands, particularly fashion, have created perfumes to represent and stregthen their images. Surely fashion, luxury and fragrance are inextricably linked, but what creates luxury when it comes to fragrances. When Tom Ford launched his private blend collection, I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at Harvey Nichols. At the time, he emphasised the principle of rarity – not only of the ingredients used, but also in the distribution channel that would carry his perfume collection. Today, Tom Ford and his private blend collection remains strong and usually where Tom Ford goes, the rest follow. In a market where it was more about the shocking advertisement and celebrity endorsement, things have changed. Instead of suggestive images and cleverly placed products in movies and on TV we are now seeing perfumers’ names mentioned, including the notes and ingredients used in fragrances. Luxury is really
going back to basics – the true principles of craftsmanship, rarity and quality of ingredients used. Roja Dove, also known as the professeur des parfums, stands as the benchmark of everything that is luxury in the fragrance world. He was invited to open the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie at Harrods in 2004, and he did so to recapture the romance and luxury of fragrance, bringing together the finest and most beautiful perfumes created to date (many of them brought back from extinction). When I visit him in his opulent perfumery, I am greeted by the exquisite display of perfume bottles nesting amongst black lacquer and crystal, each one of them full of rare and most beautiful creations. Here I also find out that Roja has been making bespoke fragrances for clients and he has even produced three of his own perfumes, one for each of the main fragrance groups:
Roja Dove, also known as the professeur des parfums, stands as the benchmark of everything that is luxury in the fragrance world. He was invited to open the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in 2004, and he did so to recapture the romance and luxury of fragrance, bringing together the finest and most beautiful perfumes created to date (many of them brought back from extinction)
Scandal (floral), Unspoken (chypre), and Enslaved (oriental). Roja guides me through a very personal journey of “Odour Profiling” – his unique and exclusive method that helps choose one’s personal scent, which is “as essential to our personal imprint as face and voice” according to Roja. He explains that scent is very personal, and that fine fragrance is like a bottled moment and once on the skin, perfume unfolds with a life of its own, transcending age and beauty to hint at the character of its wearer. So magical are the words he uses that I feel transported into a different world, as I am guided through different groups of scents. Roja Dove has a way with words – a storyteller, who invokes images and memories. The journey is extraordinary, very personal, and worth taking to see what the true luxury in the perfume world is.
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Pictured: Roja Dove
Luxury Goes Back to School In November we launched the Luxury Lecture Series, as part of the MA Luxury Brand Management programme. The lectures combine theory and practice and bring top executives, CEOs, and opinion leaders from top multi-national luxury and prestige brands into the classroom to share their views with the future leaders of luxury. Each speaker is chosen for their knowledge, experience and proven success in the luxury industry. To illustrate the diversity of the luxury industry, each month, a different speaker from a different industry is invited. The lecture series launched with Roja Dove â€“ the most famous and quoted perfume expert in the world, and the owner of the Roja Dove Haute Perfumerie in Harrods. Speakers to come in 2010 include Jean Claude Biver, the CEO of Hublot, Justine Picardie, author of Coco Chanel and fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and Regentâ€™s College alumna, Elisabeth Sief, the founder of Little Emperors.
DR NERI KARRA Dr Neri Karra is a successful fashion entrepreneur and leading academic on fashion and luxury business. In addition to her academic career, Neri also established her eponymous luxury accessories business ten years ago and today it is sold through 100 stores in ten countries and is a favourite with celebrities including Keira Knightley and George Clooney.
Noelle Reno Alumni Profile Why did you choose to study at Regent’s College London? To be honest, I had credits from my university courses in the States before I moved to London and they were accepted only at American accredited universities. Additionally I liked the location - it has a proper campus feel in the middle of London and the beautiful Regent’s Park. I star ted my first company whilst at Regent’s College so proximity to business meetings between classes was key. What are your favourite memories of that time? The fact that I could go into Mayfair for lunch or meetings within minutes, walking in the park and the diversity of the people. What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? I can’t deny I am a rather ambitious person so I have always set my sights high. I knew I wanted to work in the fashion world and to own my own global luxury brand. I started my first brand whilst at Regents – Degrees of Freedom. It was instantly very successful, selling to Harrods, Saks, Tsum, Villa Moda, Fred Segal and several high end stores worldwide. I sold my shares in the brand last summer for a healthy profit although whilst at Regent’s College I thought I would have stayed with the brand (my ‘baby’) for ages. You can’t predict everything and sometimes being able to shape-shift with what life throws you and persevere is the key to achieving long-term success. Who inspires you? I am inspired by entrepreneurial men and women who have achieved global success in their fields against all odds. I respect and am inspired by individuals who have innovated or pioneered in some way, and have gained critical acclaim and financial reward.
Pictured: Noelle Reno
What are you doing now? Since I graduated I have started a new company with the legendary British fashion icon, Zandra Rhodes. For someone my age it is fantastic having a partner who is such an iconic figure, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our diffusion brand launched exclusively in the UK at Harvey Nichols a few months ago (we also sell at Matches). We are considering bringing in some smart people to help us grow the brand, so if there are some smart Alumni out there let me know! I also pioneered a new shopping technology with Shoproboitc - a robotic machine that sells the product (see www.zbyzandrarhodes.com). This was a totally new concept and took extensive time, resources, and money to develop but the end product was very exciting! What is your next goal? World domination! Honestly, I love brands; from start to finish, and I respect their tremendous role in our society and subconscious behaviours. I could never work in a traditional job so I would like to continue working in an entrepreneurial capacity. I think I will be building and selling brands for lots and lots of money for years to come.
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NOELLE RENO Noelle Reno graduated from Regentâ€™s American College London in 2006 with a BA in Media Communications.
Benjamin Fry In Focus School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology (SPCP) alumnus, Benjamin Fry is best known as the reassuring face of the BBC TV programmes Spendaholics and Freaky Eaters. These realitybased shows launched Benjamin onto our TV screens in 2005 and helped to establish him as one of the best known psychotherapists in the public eye. His journey to our screens started many years before his BBC debut and one of the formative experiences for him were his studies at SPCP. When asked about his favourite memory from his days at Regent’s College there is no hesitation. ‘My favourite memory from the first time I was there was my first day, the first minutes of my first day were when I met my wife. I walked into this classroom, as you do at the beginning of a course, all kind of nervous and freaking out, wondering who all these people will be and wondering why everyone is a weirdo except me! Except that I was obviously a weirdo as well. And so, I was sitting on this plastic chair in a pretty empty room and this woman walks in and I looked at her and I thought that’s the kind of woman I want in my life, and then she came and sat next to me. ‘
having a strong entrepreneurial streak. After running a night club business for several years, the leap into studying psychotherapy was motivated more by personal experience. ‘I’d been having my own personal psychotherapy, and thought it was fascinating. I remember being amazed that despite having had a gold-plated education in the UK, I didn’t know anything about this stuff that seemed really important. I just kind of got the bug, and I obviously had some sort of aptitude for it.’ Benjamin wrote his first book based on a personal journey in psychotherapy and what he made of all the very different approaches and different treatments he’d had. This led to a column in The Times and eventually to be asked to be on a television programme. Benjamin confesses that this was far from a planned career path ‘It’s not like I ever thought ‘you know what I really want to do is be on TV’. I found my way almost by default back to working essentially as a psychotherapist with people on TV. The programme seemed to work and the process seemed to work, and I had really good supervision doing it.’
Benjamin spent the early part of that morning introducing his future wife to the rest of the group as part of an ice breaking exercise. Their studies brought them together and Regent’s College provided the setting for the start of a relationship that led to marriage and four children.
An accusation frequently levelled at the makers of reality TV shows is that they exploit the participants for entertainment.To avoid this situation the production team psychologically vetted the contributors and had supervisors for the presenters. Despite these measures Benjamin explains that he still felt that some contributors wouldn’t benefit from being part of the show.
At the start of his studies Benjamin didn’t harbour any strong ambitions to succeed in a particular area despite
‘Looking back on the early series we were all quite naïve but we did get to grips with it reasonably well as we
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went along. I think the later series were really, really good because we all felt safer doing it, the clients got more out of it and the programmes were therefore better.’ An incredibly intensive three or four month period of production followed by planning for the next series left little time to recover. Although this experience was psychologically draining - as well as the physical effort of filming all over the country – the series worked well and became very popular. After six series of Spendaholics and the spin-off series, Freaky Eaters, it was time to move on. Benjamin now works across a range of services to use his professional expertise for a number of projects including running his own Harley Street practise. He has also established the Happy Hour network of certified mental health practitioners and contributes to a think tank called the Centre for Social Justice. ‘I’m quite concerned about a kind of epidemic of not exactly mental illness, but mental distress in our country. I know that on global studies the UK fares pretty badly compared with the other developed nations. I think also at the same time we have a poor constellation of factors contributing to the delivery of mental health treatment to the public in this country.’ With an estimated one in six people in the UK suffering from mental distress or mental illness it is easy to see the reason for his concern. Benjamin is keen to play a role in investigating new techniques and treatments that can be made more widely available. His interest lies in the best way to actually heal trauma rather than manage symptoms of trauma in relation to life events and is likely to be his focus for the future.
Photo: Cambridge Jones
Corporate Social Responsibility?
The case for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been debated since the inception of the term in the early 1970’s. Stakeholders of all kinds have expectations that differ tremendously, from shareholders to local communities it seems to be almost impossible to please everyone. Corporate Social Responsibility can be divided into two categories: What corporations should do (say, contributing to children rights or providing educational services) and what they should not do (say, dumping hazardous materials or not keeping a safe working environment) This is why corporations are a lot like school children; they all know what they should be doing, but will push their luck to the border of what they shouldn’t be doing. Multi-national’s who push their ethical boundaries have the tendency to rationalise their willingness to do so because they believe they are gaining a competitive advantage. But, is it really a competitive advantage to push moral, ethical, and safety boundaries or do companies actually gain from being socially responsible? 2010 has seen the worst oil spill in history which brought BP’s shares to an all time low. BP’s response in the Gulf of Mexico was driven by two important factors; firstly the fact that it was an immense and still is an immense public relations nightmare. Secondly, pressure from the Obama administration and residents affected by the spill to hold BP accountable for their actions.
Pictured: Sean Flynn
As a multinational corporation, BP has had a pretty convincing track record of CSR, but their safety record has been riddled with infractions due to cutting corners. Their corporate logo, website, and mission statement all convey this green image of sustainability, but what lies beneath this image; a sincere motive or a smokescreen for consumers and shareholders? Most CSR practitioners will agree that practicing
CSR and being a Public Relations specialist are two very different things. Unfortunately, the trend is moving in the direction of PR and CSR being on the same wavelength, due to its being one of the important factors on how CSR adds value to corporations. Using Corporate Social Responsibility is very beneficial not only to large Multi-national Corporations but to small and medium size companies who want to differentiate themselves from their competition. Some of these benefits include: Improved financial performance A recent longitudinal Har vard University study has found that “stakeholder balanced” companies showed four times the growth rate and eight times employment growth when compared to companies that focused only on shareholders and profit maximisation.
While businesses must first satisfy customers’ key buying criteria - such as price, quality, appearance, taste, availability, safety and convenience. Studies also show a growing desire to buy based on other value-based criteria, such as “ sweatshop-free” and “child labour-free” clothing, products with smaller environmental impact, and absence of genetically modified materials or ingredients.
and go beyond regulatory compliance requirements are being given less scrutiny and freer reign by both national and local government entities. In many cases, such companies are subject to fewer inspections and paperwork, and may be given preference or “fast-track” treatment when applying for operating permits, zoning variances or other forms of governmental permission.
Easier access to capital The Social Investment Forum reports that, in the U.S. in 1999, there is more than $2 trillion in assets Using under management in portfolios Corporate Social that use screens linked to ethics, the environment, Responsibility is very and corporate social beneficial not only to large responsibility. It is clear that Multinational Corporations companies addressing ethical, social and environmental but to small & medium responsibilities have rapidly size companies who growing access to capital want to differentiate that might not otherwise have been available. themselves from their
Enhanced brand image & reputation A company considered socially responsible can benefit - both by its enhanced reputation with the public, as well as its reputation within the business community, increasing a company’s ability to attract capital and trading partners. For example, a 1997 study by two Boston College management professors found that excellent employee, customer and community relations are more important than strong shareholder returns in earning corporation’s a place on Fortune magazine’s annual “Most Admired Companies” list. Increased sales and customer loyalty A number of studies have suggested a large and growing market for the products and services of companies perceived to be socially responsible.
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Increased ability to attract and retain employees Companies perceived to have strong CSR commitments often find it easier to recruit employees, particularly in tight labour markets. Retention levels may be higher too, resulting in a reduction in turnover and associated recruitment and training costs.Tight labour markets as well the trend toward multiple jobs for shorter periods of time are challenging companies to develop ways to generate a return on the consideration resources invested in recruiting, hiring, and training. Reduced regulatory oversight Companies that demonstrate that they are engaging in practices that satisfy
This last decade has seen many companies falter due to greed and lack of pure business ethics. If only Enron, BP or Bernie Madoff would have known that it pays to be a good corporate citizen. The socially aware generation is here, it’s up to businesses to capitalise on this with sincere motives rather than just clever marketing campaigns that convey responsibility without implementation. SEAN FLYNN Sean Flynn completed his MA International Business at EBS London in March 2010 as well as gaining an MA International NGOs from Webster Graduate School in 2008. Sean is Managing Director of One 4 All CSR.
Future Screen Stars The very first cohort of students at The London School of Film, Media and Performance (LSFMP) are now half way through their first semester at Regent’s College. This new generation of students are not just embarking on new courses but for many it is a brand new way of learning. An example of this is the MA Writing for Screen & Stage which is taught via a mixture of five short but intensive residential weeks on campus, combined with periods of off-campus distance learning. Study is geared to the parttime student and frequently appeals to those looking for a change in career direction and to learn new skills. We spoke to four students from the new cohort to find out more. What appealed to you about the course? Katie Bryant Having seen the course advertised in the paper, my immediate thoughts were, if only! As apart from anything else I had for a number of years found the tedium of format theatre together with standard mid-west American film scripting utterly boring and desperately wanted the chance to prove that I could write something in either medium that would be of real interest to all. However it is an entirely different matter thinking it rather than producing it. But having initially telephoned the college for more information, I found the staff to be patient, attentive and extremely supportive and knew immediately this was where I wanted and needed to be. Apart from everything else I defy anyone to name a more beautiful setting, let alone one so glorious in which to study! How does it feel to be the first generation of students on this course? Roger Sidhu Without a doubt it is exciting to know that our class is pioneering this course at Regent’s College. I am sure all of us feel it is important for us to excel and really set a benchmark and break new ground for other LSFMP graduates to follow. We all intend to leave our indelible writing tracks on Stage and Screen for years to come. Prue Wales It’s exciting to be there at the beginning to experience the unfolding of this new course. In a way we are part of the unfolding and development of the course. That can be a powerful place for us to be because we can inform and lobby for change or difference or more time but it can also be frustrating because we may at times have different expectations and agendas – like anything new really.
How important was gaining a scholarship to you? Katie Bryant Having four children, three of whom are now at university and one having just left, being able to return to study was an incredibly exciting prospect. However, having to pay four lots of university and accommodation fees at once was daunting in the extreme and for the family was nigh on impossible to manage. So when I was offered the scholarship it was an absolute godsend for which I was truly delighted.
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It enabled me to be free to write in the way in which I wanted without the added pressure of having to work. Otherwise I have to say it would have been a rather different story!
Wilder, Coppola, Allen, Curtis, Tarantino and Monty Python. For plays read Pinter, Orton, Bennett, Leigh, Edgar and McDonagh. Away from creative issues ... Nelson Mandela.
Who inspires you? Andy Chesters Many, many people inspire me creatively. Narrowed down and in film it is names such as
Prue Wales Oh, that’s such a hard question – so many people and ideas. Within the course I am often inspired by my course-mates, every so often something will be said, an idea spoken, a thought explored and that can trigger your own thoughts and ideas. I have also been inspired by some of the lecturers. I am fascinated by the different teaching styles for a start and listening to their different points of view and the ways in which they approach their craft. I find that really exciting and certainly inspiring – because it boils down to finding your own style! So what am I inspired by – the experiences I am given, the people I come in contact with at Regent’s College, the stories and experiences I hear from others, the things I read about and watch. What are your ambitions for the future? Andy Chesters My ambition is to learn as much as I possibly can about the creative process and use this knowledge to produce a high enough standard of work to complete the degree with a reasonable overall mark. If this leads to some professional writing assignments in the future then I would be delighted. If I could have a play/film published/made/ performed I may very well explode! Roger Sidhu I think any writer’s goal would be to do what they love and be commensurately rewarded for it. If that is the case, then I am no different to them. Though I have many different goals and ambitions, writing and learning to write effectively so it may strike a lasting emotional chord with an audience is definitely one of them.
Without a doubt it is exciting to know that our class is pioneering this course at Regent’s College. I am sure all of us feel it is important for us to excel and really set a benchmark and break new ground for other LSFMP graduates to follow Pictured (left to right): Prue Wales, Katie Bryant, Roger Sidhu and Andy Chesters
Why Theatre Matters Picture this: January 2009 World economic crisis; the dollar takes a nose-dive against the pound; banks are in meltdown; wellestablished financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers have collapsed, and financial analysts predict three million unemployed and the worst recession in the UK in thirty years. Now picture this: January 2010 The Society of West End Theatres, trade organisation for the West End, announces record figures for 2009. Box office receipts for the West End total £504,765,690, a 7.6 per cent rise on the previous year. For the first time, audience figures for London’s 52 major theatres have exceeded 14 million - up 5.5 per cent. For the seventh year running, attendance and revenue records have been set, proof positive that London theatre has what it takes to ride out the recession. And
all this has been achieved despite substantial Arts Council cuts. A skeptical reader might say that Theatreland’s financial success rests upon that popular ‘good night out’: the glitzy and glamorous West End musical. But it was also a record year for plays, which achieved attendance total of 3,637,714, a huge 26 per cent increase on 2008. Household names such as Hollywood star Jude Law in Hamlet filled Wyndham’s Theatre to 98 per cent capacity; Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen (better known as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings) in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket went on to an extended run. New plays such as Nick Stafford’s adaptation of War Horse and Lucy Prebble’s Enron were so popular that they left their original homes at, respectively, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, to
capture new audiences on the West End. And audiences for opera and dance were up by seven per cent. A case in point is radical choreographer Matthew Bourne’s all-male production of Swan Lake, which grossed over £2.5 million during its six-week run. So does theatre matter? If pounds, shillings and pence speak, then the answer certainly is yes. Reviewing the 2009 figures, Nica Burns, President of the Society of London Theatre, said: “Britain’s artistic community continues to create exceptional work. The extraordinary quality and breadth of productions available nightly in London explains these record figures in such a difficult year economically. Whilst our musicals continue to flourish, 2009 was an outstanding year for plays – proving that audiences respond to challenge and stimulation as well as toe-
tapping entertainment. Excellence is everything – look no further than London’s theatre which adds a great deal more to London’s revenue than just the ticket sales.” For there’s more to the theatre success story: the crucial role that the arts play in the UK and in London, home to one of the most international and diverse theatre scenes in the world. The arts are one of Britain’s greatest success stories, drawing millions of visitors to the UK as well as providing us with daily reminders of our own unique cultural heritages. Arguing against proposed government cuts to the arts, the Arts Council of England
essentials? Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican, claims: “All the more important during an economic downturn, the arts and culture have a new role and sense of purpose in society. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, education or entertainment in these challenging times, the arts provide it.” Unlike TV or film, theatre is live performance, direct face-to-face communication between actors and their audience, who witness the dilemmas, challenges, and triumphs of other human beings. It offers a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a society, where we are going, and how we might act. New Yorker Ginny Louloude, Executive Director of Alliance of Resident Theatres,
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and David Hare’s The Permanent Way looks at the aftermath of privatisation of national industries such as the railways. Theatre brings to life those hidden from history: Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Walter’s War engages us with Walter Tull, the first black commissioned officer to lead British troops during World War I.The past speaks to our present in two of the National Theatre’s recent productions. Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes is a re-working of Greek myths to show an emerging African state’s transition to democracy under a female president, whilst Georg Buchner’s nineteenthcentury masterpiece Danton’s Death still has much to tell us about the dangers of tyranny and media spin.
A skeptical reader might say that Theatreland’s financial success rests upon that popular ‘good night out’: the glitzy and glamorous West End musical. But it was also a record year for plays, which achieved attendance total of 3,637,714, a huge 26 per cent increase on 2008 noted that the UK has the largest cultural economy in the world relative to GDP, and every £1 invested in culture produces £2. Two thirds of the adult population in the UK enjoy the arts, visit historic sites and go to museums and galleries. The economic impact of theatre is £2.6 billion a year. The Arts Council of England points out that the public subsidy for the arts is tiny: it “costs 17p per week per person – less than half the price of a pint of milk.” Pound for pound, the pay-off in cultural capital is impressive: the public investment of £121.3 million for theatre is thought to generate in the region of £2.6 billion annually, split between the West End (£1.5 billion) and the rest of the country (£1.1 billion). What is the power of theatre to draw audiences at a time of economic uncertainty, when many are tightening their belts and cutting back on other non-
claims that theatre has “the power to not only emotionally transform us, but to change our opinions, – particularly about “the other” in society.Tony Kushner’s Angels in America brought home the painful reality of AIDS to me more than any other piece of literature or journalism.” A glimpse at the recent UK repertoire supports Louloude’s view. Perhaps in response to hard questions in hard times, a new wave of political theatre has emerged and is proving popular with audiences, particularly in the National Theatre: in 2008-2009, it played to 93 per cent capacity, selling 817,000 tickets and achieving its highest attendance in the decade. Plays such as Gregory Burke’s Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland) and The Great Game (at London’s Tricycle Theatre) bring to the fore the lives of our fighting men in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucy Prebble’s Enron asks painful questions about the nature of business ethics,
Does theatre matter? I’ll say yes – not only to engage us in dialogue about our past and present, but also our future. It was so important in 5th century BC Athens that all citizens were required to attend the theatre. The work of playwrights Vaclav Havel and Athol Fugard were instrumental in the Czech Republic’s Velvet Revolution and South African resistance to apartheid. The 2010 report, Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future, is well worth reading in its vision for the centrality of the arts. Theatre is a forum for us to listen, to debate, and to learn – in the words of Brazilian director Augusto Boal, “theatre is a rehearsal for life.” Dr. Valerie Kaneko-Lucas Programme Director Theatre and Performance Studies
Join the Regent’s Club We are proud to announce the launch of the Regent’s Club – a new network of alumni groups all over the world. The clubs will be based in key cities and run by local alumni with support from the Alumni Relations team here at Regent’s College. The Regent’s Club will be open to alumni across all seven schools at Regent’s College so that everyone can take full advantage of our global alumni network. Each ‘Regent’s Club’ will be based in a single city but alumni who are part of the club will be able to attend events in other cities, nearby or when they are travelling. Key Benefits There are many benefits to joining the ‘Regent’s Club’ in your area and these include: —— Opportunities to attend regular social and networking events in your local area or when you are travelling to other cities. —— Invitations from Regent’s College staff to special events in your area when they are visiting to attend education fairs or international conferences. —— Access to ‘Regent’s Club’ Linkedin group for your area to extend your networking opportunities. —— Tailored area of the alumni website to post events, news and promotions. —— Getting to know Regent’s College alumni in your area
Get Involved We are recruiting alumni to volunteer as co-ordinators for these new groups so if you are interested in getting involved please email the alumni team at email@example.com We have made a list of the cities with the highest number of alumni residents and over the past few weeks alumni have been voting for the city where they would like to see the first Regent’s Club established. The leading cities are as follows: —— Paris —— Hamburg —— Moscow —— Madrid —— Hong Kong —— Milan —— New York —— Brussels —— Stockholm —— New Delhi Voting has been very close so far and you still have the opportunity to vote by going to the alumni website www.regents.ac.uk/alumni Alternatively, if you don’t live near one of these cities but would like start a club then let us know and we can contact other alumni near you.
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Tafadzwa Chakaodza is currently in his first year at EBS London and is studying for a BA in International Business. Sania Aamir is studying for a BA in Political Science and is in her final year at Regentâ€™s American College London. How important was gaining a scholarship to you? Tafadzwa Chakaodza Attaining a scholarship was a goal I had set for myself in my final year of high school. I wanted to see if I could challenge myself and achieve such an ambitious goal. The EBS London scholarship inspired me that my abilities could be recognised and that my future would not be determined by my current financial circumstances. Sania Aamir My scholarship at Regents American College London has been a revolutionary development in my life. Since it is a merit-scholarship, I genuinely feel blessed and proud of myself for having achieved one. The scholarship has primarily motivated me to know the positive aspects of being a responsible, dedicated and hard-working student and one who realises that every penny contributed by the College towards my university education, has a purpose: a purpose which maps out my life in a manner, that I remain loyal to my studies and my academic goals in life. What is your experience of Regentâ€™s College so far? Tafadzwa Chakaodza I am in awe at the extent of the multi-cultural student body having made friends from the world over. The atmosphere is truly international and everyone is as keen to learn about my home country as I am about theirs. I love the balance between the academic work and the social side of college that exists here. It gives me adequate time to learn and study whilst also being able to go out with friends and see the beauty of London.
Pictured: Sania Aamir Pictured Right: Tafadzwa Chakaodza
The modules are innovative and interesting and the language focus is fascinating - I am learning Japanese, a language I would have never dreamed of doing. Sania Aamir No university experience is complete without the quest for good and helpful friends. I have been very lucky to make some very good friends at Regentâ€™s College, who inspire me and enlighten me with their knowledge and wisdom. I enjoy knowing that when I walk into the Quadrangle I meet people from all over the world: really positive exposure to the dynamism of multi-culturalism. Regentâ€™s College has become my home from home and as clichĂŠd as it may sound I have started loving every thing about it! What are your ambitions for the future? Tafadzwa Chakaodza My major ambition is to become an entrepreneur in the tourism, events management and retail sector. Furthermore, as the Founder Chairman of the Youth for Change Trust, a charity organisation in Zimbabwe, I hope to raise awareness of the immense potential in Zimbabwean youth and the need of resources to educate them and create opportunities. Sania Aamir I know that the job environment is competitive so I have already started applying for jobs in Public Relations and the Research Departments of the Foreign Embassy of Pakistan in London. I do not plan to do my Masters immediately, since I want to gain some work experience before deciding my area of interest. I had always wanted to be a diplomat in the Foreign Services. I believe that I have learned a lot in terms of understanding the science of politics and international relations, thus I am quite confident about securing a position in the foreign office with this form of academic grooming.
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Enter the Dragon’s Den
As part of the regular series of Alumni Comeback Sessions, an audience of alumni and students gathered to witness our own live version of the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den. A cohort of brave student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of our fiercest alumni dragons in front of a packed audience of alumni and students.
Each student was given three minutes to pitch their original business idea followed by an intense period of questioning from the dragons. If they did enough to impress the clan of dragons they received positive ‘in’ votes. Students who failed to show that their idea was commercially viable faced an ‘out’ vote.
The overall winner was MBA student, Musharaf Dhanji, whose business idea managed to impress all four of our dragons and gained praise from the audience. Musharaf won a mentoring opportunity that was put together with specific regard to his business idea and aspirations.
It was a great opportunity and I would do it again any time, I really valued the opinion of the dragons. It was great to get some sincere feedback and it taught me a lot for my next (maybe real) investment pitch. Christopher Ax, BA Hons International Business The panel assembled to judge the next generation of pioneers are all Regent’s College alumni and friends who have already made their mark in their chosen profession. Our alumni dragons were Anthony Ganjou, Judy Piatkus and Bryan Train who all graduated from different schools at Regent’s College and completing the line up was Regent’s College mentor, Stewart Baird.
The first student to enter the Dragons’ Den was international exchange student, Veyza Rodriguez. She was followed closely by Musharaf Dhanji, Christopher Ax, Robert Peveling Oberhag and finally Darius Ghesmati as they pitched their ideas one by one. The non-disclosure agreement signed by all members of the audience prevents us from revealing the content of the individual pitches but all of the students’ ideas were well received and displayed a high degree of originality and innovation.
The event was followed by an opportunity for the audience to network with both the dragons and the student entrepreneurs. Conversation naturally turned to new ideas, meetings and business as our students showed their networking skills were as finally honed as their ideas.
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Bryan Train Following graduation from EBS London in 2002, Bryan co-founded Ingenium Investments in 2009 with a focus on providing international investors access to ethical investment opportunities in the developing world. Ingenium currently has an active pipeline of 3,500 units in South East Brazil.
Anthony Ganjou RBS London alumnus, Anthony is Founder/CEO of natural media company, Curb. This innovative company has been nominated as the 36th hottest start-up in the UK and Anthony has been inducted into the Courvoisier Future 500.
Stewart Baird A Regentâ€™s College Mentor, Stewart is an Investment Director for Bridges Ventures, a London based venture capital fund specialising in investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
Judy Piatkus A School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology alumna, Judy founded her first publishing company in her early 20s. She went on to found Piatkus Books from her bedroom which became one of the most successful independent publishing companies in the Englishspeaking world.
Pictured Left: Musharaf Dhanji, Veyza Rodriguez, Robert Peveling Oberhag and Christopher Ax Pictured Centre: Facing the dragonâ€™s Pictured Right: Bryan Train, Stewart Baird, Anthony Ganjou and Judy Piatkus
Sarah Okin Alumni Profile Why did you choose to study at Regent’s College London? I was working for a consulting firm in New York City and decided it was time to pursue my higher education goals. Enrolling on a course in New York meant a two year full-time programme or a three year parttime programme. I wasn’t willing to abandon my career for that long. At that time, I had visited London on three separate occasions and really enjoyed the city. Regent’s College offered the type of course I was looking for. What are your favourite memories of that time? Studying with my peers! We may have whinged constantly, but we suffered together and in the end, had an excellent time. What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? In terms of my academic career, from the first day of induction week I decided I was going to get the ‘Top MBA’ award, and the following 12 months were spent working to achieve that goal. In terms of my professional career, it has always been my intention to work for myself and own my own company. What exactly I was going to do was unclear during that year (I considered several opportunities, from consulting, to events and retail).
Who / what inspires you and why? My friends and family lead interesting lives have fascinating hobbies and talents and have had amazing experiences.They inspire me every day. When I’m feeling out of sorts, or like my spirit is being killed by the London weather, it’s my friends and my husband that cheer me up. Without them I’d surely be committed. What have you been up to since you graduated? I bounced around immediately after graduation looking for a job in London and putting my efforts into starting a small company with two fellow alumni. Ultimately, it was my dwindling savings that required me to take a job at an advertising agency, where I oversaw the development of a small start-up owned by the agency. Somewhat serendipitously, the agency went into administration last December, at which point my business partner and I started up our own company.
How did the international quality of Regent’s College London prepare you for developing your career? Studying at Regent’s College gives students the opportunity to collaborate with individuals from dozens of different backgrounds. Not only did we learn to communicate with people better in terms of language, but also in terms of behaviour. Specifically, the way time and space are treated by different cultures took some getting used to, not to mention gender. There’s no doubt that working with such a diverse student body at EBS London prepares its students for their future careers.
Nothing gets done without networking. It’s an essential piece of the relationship-building process, the identification of suppliers or potential employees - as well as being a lot of fun! It’s fascinating to find out what people do for a living, and you always learn something by talking to other entrepreneurs. What are you doing now? I am part of the triumvirate that owns Quad London, a next generation PR company that creates high quality content for clients and distributes it across hundreds of publishers’ websites. Our clients enjoy increased revenues due to targeted traffic to their websites, and our publishers
Pictured: Sarah Okin
benefit from the content we provide as it enhances their sites. We’ve been trading since December 2009, and are making a real name for ourselves in relevant circles in the UK. We’ve got an aggressive growth strategy and plans to expand into Europe.
What is your next goal? My next goal is to transform Quad London from an impressive start-up into a pan-European success. After that… I’ll probably sell my shares for a billion dollars and move to Brooklyn!
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How has networking helped you develop your business? Nothing gets done without networking. It’s an essential piece of the relationship-building process, the identification of suppliers or potential employees - as well as being a lot of fun! It’s fascinating to find out what people do for a living, and you always learn something by talking to other entrepreneurs. Whether you get some advice on which internet supplier not to choose, or a lead on an honest lawyer in London, it’s all about networking. As an alumna of Regent’s College London, what do you think are the benefits of being part of this dynamic network? Just that: the network. Having access to hundreds of others across the world, with whom you’ve got something in common. It’s the easiest way to get a foot in the door, to request a favour, to get some information, or just to make a friend.
SARAH OKIN Sarah graduated with an MBA from EBS London in 2008; she is currently Operations Director as QUAD London.
Michael Hollesen Alumni Profile Why did you choose to study at Regent’s College London? I discovered EBS London at a university fair in Brussels. Looking at the curricular activities in combination with languages and internships, I felt that I couldn’t get a better education anywhere else. Business school teaching; languages (in my case French and Italian, plus English) and real world work experience helped to build my CV ahead of applying for a job. What are your favourite memories of that time? I would actually say the people. By that I mean both the teachers and students. Professor Mike Jones, a man whom you immediately liked and aspired to become, who taught us entrepreneurship (go Frosty Vikings); Victoria Thompson who made us into excellent speakers (and actors); and the friends that I made and still have. The social life is also something that I think back to, from the Gourmet Club to the annual Viking Lunch, tea at the Dorchester, and of course all the intellectual stimulation in and outside the classroom. I guess what came out of this international and entrepreneurial business context was a feeling of “everything is possible” and the world really is a small place, so you can make it anywhere. What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? At first I wanted to go into finance – my family background, the London setting and having been brought up in the decade of Wall Street and Mr Gekko. But in my second year I opened a marketing book by Philip Kotler and I was sold. So from then on, it was all about marketing and consumer products. My ambition was to leave a sustainable mark on planet Earth to show that “Michael was here and made a difference”. But back then I think it was a lot to do with careers, money and fast cars, that and writing the ultimate book on marketing. Now, many years later and wiser, the
ambition is still the same but the proof of having reached the goal is different. Today the proof is in the difference that I make with the people (clients and colleagues) that I work with, that I coach and that I create marketing strategies for. Who inspires you? People with a creative vision and ideas, business acumen and an approachable, honest personality. I guess that both Steve Jobs and Richard Branson fit that bill quite nicely. And Professor Mike Jones of course. Is there something special about the atmosphere of the College that leads to so many students forming businesses together? The time in life when you study at university is the time when you shape your adult personality and you share many experiences with your friends of that time. EBS London provides you with a unique set of tools and moreover a mindset that you don’t easily find with other business schools and universities. You simply grow up with like-minded individuals and therefore it is easier to start companies and business together.
The time in life when you study at university is the time when you shape your adult personality and you share many experiences with your friends of that time. What are you doing now? As my day job, I am now into my fifth year at the largest brand management consultancy in the Nordics (LynxEye Brand Consultants) as Senior Client Director and their country manager for Denmark. By night, I am working on a private design project, Klutz Design, a company that we launched to develop, promote and sell a number of niche design products of which we have so far launched a unique listening chair. And between that, I even successfully manage to be the father of two wonderful, bright and cute girls aged two and five. What do you think the developments in your industry will be over the next few years? Within marketing everything is happening right now – from open source marketing where consumers participate in product development through online collaborations; to the revolution of business models and paradigms where
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mass-market truly becomes global from your own backyard (appstores and webshops); to consumers becoming part of the message (Youtube, Twitter etc). For branding it means that your brand is a product of everything you do, communicate, produce and breathe – the brand is a result of all interactions, and therefore you cannot stray away from your core.You need to stay true to your promise, because everything is transparent and consumers will know if you try to blow smoke up their … What are the differences in working for a large employer and running your own business? The biggest difference is of course that there is no one else to blame for failures or not getting things done in time. There aren’t the inherent political struggles and need for diplomacy. But then again, there is no support, toolboxes, processes and numerous colleagues with their own individual areas of expertise. The biggest problem I’ve encountered in my career is when small companies grow big and the struggle to keep the soul that made them big in the first place. What is your next goal? Shor t term, my goal is to finalise the pre-production planning of the Ballerina Sweetspot listening chair so that we can fulfil the expectations of our distributors, from more than 15 countries, and clients. And succeeding in this, would also secure my medium-long term goal which is to run the company full time as a self-employed Furniture Entrepreneur – proving that you truly can combine your personal interests with your business acumen, achieving success and financial safety as well as maintaining a healthy balance in life.
MICHAEL HOLLESEN Michael gained a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration from EBS London in 1995; he currently works in marketing and is developing his own business as a furniture entrepreneur.
Regent’s College Alumni v Students Football Match On a rain-soaked Sunday in September, an athletic group of Regent’s College alumni took on the cream of the current student football team at the beautiful game. The stakes were high as this was the first meeting of these two teams and neither side wanted to come away without the trophy.
The alumni team was beset with problems before the match had kicked off as London traffic jams kept players from reaching the field of play and injury deprived them of their captain, Francesco Capotorto. To compensate for this the team was supplemented by a number of students to help make the sides more even. The match was highly competitive from the kick-off and as it progressed the alumni team began to rely on the skills and youthful
exuberance of student players in their ranks. Although the match was relatively even in the early stages it wasn’t long before the student team took a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. After conceding a series of unanswered goals the alumni team fought back to level the tie at five-all but this wasn’t to last. As tiredness and lack of fitness started to play its part the student team pulled away again and eventually ran out winners with the score at 11-8.
A huge thank you to the alumni team for taking part with such enthusiasm – your team was Behrouz Behzadan, Muthu Kumar, Adilson Lopez, David Ronson, Zak El Rhzari, Hugo Salvaterra and the injured Francesco Capotorto. Thank you as well to all the students who played in the game and those who took photos. The match was documented by a team of photo journalism students from Regent’s College and you can see their photos from the game in
the main Regents College Flickr photo gallery. The photographs for the match report were taken by Erin Hindalong, Jessica Paulsen and Zach Brengard. Student Photographers Jessica Paulsen is in her junior year studying a Criminal Justice major at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She hopes to become a crime scene investigator when she graduates and chose to come to Regent’s College for the semester to study abroad to meet new people and travel around Europe.
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Erin Hindalong is from Nashville, Tennessee and is currently in her sophomore year of an Environmental Studies and Public Relations major at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, US. Zach Brengard is a sophomore art major with an emphasis in painting at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, US.
World Leaders After meeting while studying for their masters’ degrees at Webster Graduate School London Thomas Metcalfe and Rebecca Kuykendall decided to put their studies to good use straight away by joining the International Humanity Foundation in Kenya. They are both keen to make a difference where it counts by getting involved on the ground and applying the knowledge gained in their previous studies. This is their first update from what promises to be a challenging and exciting experience.
Thomas Metcalfe and Rebecca Kuykendall begin their project in Kenya with the International Humanity Foundation
An introduction to the International Humanity Foundation Getting to the International Humanity Foundation (IHF) Nakuru Center was not as straightforward as it could have been. We arrived in Nairobi at 6.15am after missing our connecting flight in Cairo and with all baggage lost. Blearyeyed and fatigued, we were still a three-hour drive from our destination and lacking all traces of a mobile phone charger. The idea that we would be stuck in this set of clothing for an unknown period of time was a bit unsettling. It was a troubling beginning.
moving flat and 12 hours of transit. Her cut-throat driving technique provoked honks from every direction but we reached the matatu (small community bus) promptly! As the car bounced from pothole to pothole, we noticed the slower pace of life here compared to London. People were gathered on either side of the street with nothing but their thoughts to keep them occupied.There seemed to be little urgency beyond the makeshift street kiosks and a general lack of competition. We passed by three identical car washes, all positioned on dingy patches of soil.
A taxi driver by the name of Eliza revived our spirits with a joyful laugh; it was just what we needed after
Once in Nakuru, the third largest city in Kenya, the senior centre director and one of the eldest students greeted
us. We stopped at a local café to join IHF’s CEO, Carol Sasaki, who divides her time between all 6 IHF centers. After corresponding only via e-mail we were now greeted with a warm embrace. Her presence was a startling relief to us after the shock of losing our possessions and she wasted no time asking about our condition and offering us refreshments. Before being taken to the IHF center, we sat inside a driver-less matatu for 20 minutes whilst various people attempted to sell us snacks, cold drinks and jewellery. It was very handy to have a local student by our side as he ensured we didn’t pay the exaggerated price that we were being quoted. Having made it to the IHF centre, we were welcomed by the uniformed
We were then escorted to the main classroom where dozens of Pokot children sang and danced to the rhythm of their traditional songs. We joined in, at least to clap and two of our fellow directors were laughing so hard at the enthusiasm displayed by the children that tears streamed down their faces. security guard and led to our room. We had little idea of what to expect but both shared an image of a mud hut or wooden shack. What we actually found were several large concrete buildings scattered over an even larger
that tears streamed down their faces. There wasn’t a microphone in sight and yet, the sound of their voices must have carried for miles.The children knew about us a little already as our fellow directors had told them about us in
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We can see already that there is a strong family tie amongst the children, the majority of whom come from the Pokot tribe and by Carol’s promise, it is our utmost priority not to sever these ties. We have been instructed not to influence or discourage tribal values, which is why we allow the elder children to voice their opinions and make decisions for the centre during regular meetings.This ensures IHF will preserve local integrity as it was designed to do but is now undergoing an organisational shift to also appeal to Western standards of administration and accountability. Carol has granted us directors (or as she prefers to call us, ‘her family’) the creative freedom necessary to achieve this difficult balance. We are eager to implement her vision and need help in a variety of ways. IHF needs donations from those who can afford to give them and time from volunteers/interns who are seeking a meaningful adventure. As IHF’s ethos embodies, we believe in a ‘pass it on’ strategy which educates the educated about the realities of the poor. Please visit http://www.ihfonline.org if you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or supporting us in any way.
plot of farmland. We heard cows distinctly mooing outside the pale blue walls of our living quarters and it dawned on us that this would be our home for the next year. A lunch composed of beans and rice was served and without cutlery, we clumsily ate with our hands. We exchanged small stories with our fellow directors about dealing with culture shock and how to interact best with the children. We were then escorted to the main classroom where dozens of Pokot children sang and danced to the rhythm of their traditional songs. We joined in, at least to clap and two of our fellow directors were laughing so hard at the enthusiasm displayed by the children
advance and had seen our pictures on Skype. We could never have dreamt of such a loving welcome but we knew that it would take time to develop a close relationship with the vast number of children – especially as each goes by several names! Football was the first common denominator to build on. Every single child predictably supports Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool and each knows who supports which. I was reminded that Liverpool are not doing so well at the moment. A barefoot game was next on the agenda and many laughs were shared, despite the odd assertion that only one person is allowed to take a throw-in!
THOMAS METCALFE Thomas Metcalfe is 24, originally from Middlesbrough in the north east of England and recently graduated with an MA in International Relations. in 2010 REBECCA KUYKENDALL Rebecca Kuykendall is 25, originally from California, USA and she graduated with an MA in International Non-Governmental Organisations in 2010.
Lucy Jay Kennedy Alumni Profile Why did you choose to study at Regent’s College London? EBS London was the ideal setting for the university life I wanted to experience. Located in the cosmopolitan city of London, the campus was small in size but it was able to provide me with an exhaustive list of opportunities. Combining small classes, highly qualified academic staff, a diverse international cohort, mandatory work experience and the opportunity to do a study period aboard, what more could I ask for? What are your favourite memories of that time? The first memory, which really made an impact on me, was winning a full scholarship to attend EBS London. This was a truly special moment. I had decided to put forward my application as the essay topic was of great interest to me – looking at how important communication across cultures is in order to succeed in international business. As far as I was concerned, what did I have to lose? I could learn more about a topic I truly enjoyed, and I might even win the scholarship! Writing the essay was great fun and even though the presentation was nerve-wracking. I saw it as an opportunity to challenge myself. My second poignant memory is my study period abroad. I was fortunate enough to study at the Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara (Mexico) and Bentley College, Boston (USA). The experiences I had during the months abroad were like a multicoloured patchwork quilt! From arriving in Mexico with a basic level of Spanish to leaving as a fluent speaker with a truly Mexican accent (which I still have today) I studied the rich
cultural history of Mexico and was so enchanted that during as many weekends as possible I would set out on an adventure to get to know another town / region of the country and its very friendly people. In Boston, I experienced the true American campus life. Having previously been in boarding schools, I was intrigued to see what the campus life would be like. There was a diverse group of international US students. The semesters I spent abroad enhanced my academic life, and I would advise any student who has the opportunity to experience this, to grab it with both hands and make the most of it! What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? Some people are born knowing exactly what they want to do as their career, being a doctor, lawyer or tennis professional. I was unsure of the exact job I wanted to do after graduation, therefore I thought that in order to give myself the best opportunity to find out I should choose a course which would provide me with international opportunities and be flexible to the changing work environment. It was during my degree at EBS London that I realised where my strengths were. Through the diverse range of courses in the curriculum and the work experience I gained at the World Economic Forum, I realised that I thoroughly enjoyed
event management, working in media relations and public relations. Is there something special about the atmosphere of the college that leads to so many students forming businesses together? The students at Regent’s College come from diverse international backgrounds, which creates a true melting pot. Most of the students have the entrepreneurial spirit, which is a combination of this cultural diversity and the family background. During my time at EBS London I could see people develop and go through a roller coaster of experiences. One demanding experience was the group work. Many people have not previously had to work as a team and therefore the demands of compromises, time management and organisation were completely new. At the end of my course, the fact that we had learnt how to work in a team, appreciate other’s cultural diversity, strengths and weaknesses, as well as learning from our work experience, triggered many students to form successful business partnerships together. Who inspires you? There are a number of people who inspire me. People who believe in themselves and make it a priority to strive for their dreams, no matter what obstacles come in their way. You only live once, and if you don’t try you will never know what could have been!
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Monterrey, Guadalajara (Mexico)
What are you doing now? I am a Senior Media Manager at the World Economic Forum in Geneva which is best known for its Annual
an independent and not-for-profit foundation, is a fantastic opportunity to develop myself and my career.
It was during my degree at EBS London that I realised where my strengths were. Through the diverse range of courses in the curriculum and the work experience I gained at the World Economic Forum, I realised that I thoroughly enjoyed event management, working in media relations and public relations. Meeting in Davos. My role in Davos is to work with the world’s top media to ensure the best coverage of the event. The Forum is about much more than Davos. We have regional events around the world and launch many benchmark reports throughout the year. In 2010, one of the roles I held was being the media lead for our Latin America meeting. This gave me an opportunity to use my Spanish and further broaden my knowledge of the politics and the culture of the region. My media relations role at the Forum is very broad and interesting which means that one day I may be setting up a press conference with Bill Gates and the next I could be organising a FT interview with the Executive Chairman of the Forum. Working at the Forum,
What does networking mean to you and how do you use it? Networking is essential for getting to know new people and ideas! In all areas of life there are new opportunities, and networking provides us with connectors. It is all a matter of making the most of the resources we have, wherever we are. Many times I have been pleasantly surprised at how taking the initiative to speak to a new person has led me to learning about new topics or making some great business relationships as well as friendships! What do you think the developments in your industry will be over the next few years? That’s a difficult question because the World Economic Forum works across so many different
industries and areas, connecting top business leaders to governments, social entrepreneurs, NGOs and even spiritual leaders. The vision of the Forum is threefold. It aims to be: the foremost organisation which builds and energizes leading global communities; the creative force shaping global, regional and industry strategies and the catalyst of choice for its communities when under taking global initiatives to improve the state of the world. Certainly, the Forum will continue in its valuable role as a neutral platform for dialogue in order to provide opportunities for all its members and stakeholders to find solutions to the world’s problems.The Forum’s mission is on-going and there are still many opportunities and untapped resources which cross-industry dialogue and relationship building can help to mine out. One of the key roles of the Forum is to analyse the risks ahead and we aim to stay one of the leaders in this field. LUCY JAY KENNEDY Lucy graduated from EBS London in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in International Business; she is currently living in Switzerland, working as a media manager for the World Economic Forum.
Michael Schmitt Alumni Profile Michael Georg Schmitt graduated from European Business School London in 2004 with an MA in Entrepreneurial Management Why did you choose to study at EBS London? I chose to study at EBS London, because it was and still is very well known for being a very social school with outgoing people who like to have fun and achieve a degree that has a lot of credibility to it. I was very enthusiastic to know I could get my degree at a very competitive university, in a great location, all the while enjoying myself socially and meeting mostly wonderful people, who became friends for life. What are your favourite memories of that time? Many – at day and night time. I better not go deeper into the details. What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? My career goals are constantly expanding and evolving as the days go by. Always trying to aim at the impossible to achieve the best possible. What have you been up to since you graduated? After bouncing around a few jobs, I decide to start a company once again. Being raised in a family run business, might explain my inability to submit to superiors. I ran my own internet start-up at the age of 15.
What are you doing now? I am running an exclusive lifestyle brand - Gretchen. This is what keeps me going every day, it’s like my child. I have to take good care of it every day and give it all my love, but it pays back a hundred times as I watch it grow so rapidly. I have freedom to do what I want at any time and independence in achieving my goals. No waste of time in endless meetings and in the process of finding consensus with other depar tments, team members or superiors. How did the international quality of EBS London prepare you for developing your career? The cultural diversity probably makes up for half of who I am today. Having travelled a lot from a young age, through my time in EBS. It would be hard to pick a particular country / culture that most influenced me. Ireland, south of Spain,s Peru, Chile, the US… Very different ways of life, different concepts, different needs. It makes me reflect about my own set of priorities. When I travel I go somewhere else and find another part of me. As an alumnus of EBS London, what do you think are the benefits of being part of this dynamic network? Networking is an essential part of business, not just that I can phone a friend or two wherever I am, but especially for acquiring competences which are needed to support superior growth through personal recommendations and references.
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Dominique De Keyzer Alumni Profile Dominique graduated from EBS London in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in International Business; she is currently working in the textile industry in Belgium. Why did you choose to study at Regent’s College London? I chose Regent’s College as it was the only university offering a business course together with French and Italian. For me it was important that I could continue to study French (a very important business language in Belgium). I also wanted to learn Italian not only because it is a childhood dream but also a very useful language when working in fashion.
however on graduation I decided I wanted to work in different sectors first. I became a strategic consultant in Brussels, travelling through Europe and India for numerous projects in various fields. My sister (also a former EBS London student) is now taking over the family business and doing an excellent job.
What are your favourite memories of that time? I remember my time at Regent’s College London as a time of friendship, personal development and respect towards other’s culture.
Who inspires you? My parents have always been a source of inspiration to me, encouraging me to get the best out of things. No half work… Also young dynamic people around me are a source of inspiration, such as my sister, my boyfriend and many of my friends who are working hard to achieve their (business) goals.
What ambitions did you have for your career during your time as a student? Whilst studying I wanted to take over and grow the family business,
What are you doing now? Last August I became a partner at Wilco Casual, a textile production agency introducing Western European
brands to Turkish textile producers. Catering to the brands’ needs as well as balancing the production need is very rewarding. Because fashion is an ever-changing environment, you always have to anticipate possible alterations to your business model. Before, the mid-sized brands in the industry used to focus their production in the Far East (especially China and India). Today these brands are starting to relocate (part of) their production back to Europe. The reason for this geographical change can be found in rising exchange rates, the producers’ demand for very large quantities and mostly growing internal demand. What is your next goal? My next goal is to grow the textile production agency and learn Turkish! That will be my biggest language challenge yet!
Alumni Offer The founders of Little Emperors & Co, Elizabeth Sieff and Rebecca Masri are delighted to extend a special founding members rate to all former and current EBS London students. Little Emperors & Co is a luxury discount club and was launched by the two EBS London graduates last November in response to the economic downturn and dwindling spend in the luxury goods market. As a member you will be entitled to extensive concessions and discounts across the travel, dining and lifestyle sectors and will receive invitations to exclusive events, including preview sales with Little Emperors’ designer brand partners, launch parties and high profile sporting occasions. To take advantage of the special £575 annual founding members rate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)203 178 4984 and quote EBS (standard annual membership fee is £1600)
Your News 1994 Almuth-Maria Fox SPCP After graduation I ran a successful private practice from my home. I also worked as a clinical supervisor at the Chelmsford Counselling Foundation and at Bridge Counselling Service. I enjoyed my work hugely and retired as a psychotherapist in 2007. I have four gorgeous grandchildren, two of them living in Sweden, and a large circle of friends and family. In my retirement I have learnt to speak the Italian language, I go to painting classes and play the piano. I remember my studies with much pleasure and nostalgia, having got to know many new friends and remarkable lecturers and tutors. Having become a mature student in the nineties was one of the best and most fulfilling things I have ever done. Samy Dwek EBS London I am currently the Head of Emerging Europe at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank. I joined J.P. Morgan in 2000 as a Senior Portfolio Manager for Italy and in 2002 I was a banker for the Turkey, Israel and Greece region before becoming responsible for the Turkey-Israel region in 2005. I became the Head of Emerging Europe in 2007. I am currently a Regent’s College Mentor. 1996 Jose Maria Sarmentero Busnadiego EBS London I am currently working in Spain as a cold chain logistics general manager.
1997 Delia Marie Ritch (Garcia) Webster Graduate School I am now married with four kids and living in Corpus Christi, Texas. I would love to know how my classmates are doing, especially Moza and Ensaf! 2000 Jens Harpoth EBS London At the end of 2008 I relocated with UBS from Zurich to Moscow. My job as Senior Project Manager is both challenging and rewarding, and so is life in Moscow! I am married and we now have three children. And just to make sure I am being kept busy enough, I ran my very first marathon this year (3hr46mins!). 2001 Joanna Lamprinopoulou SPCP Following graduation I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling for Children and Adolescents. I am currently working for the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services in a London borough which is part of NHS. My future plan is to open a Child/ Adolescent and Family Centre and to work therapeutically with children and/ or adolescents and their families. 2003 Michael Krav EBS London You’ll be very surprised to hear that I no longer work in commercial real estate, I’ve made a complete u-turn and I am now a Business Correspondent for Russia Today TV (rt.com). I have been working there for eight months, writing about business news pertaining to Russia and Russian companies.
2004 Sukhwinder Singh “Danny” Webster Graduate School My days at Regent’s College were the days of young aspirations and poignant dreams. Being an inheritor of the political legacy of my family, after graduation politics was the obvious choice for me. The time I spent at Regent’s College was really special but returning to India was also very significant as it gave me an opportunity to join one of the world’s biggest youth organisations – the Indian Youth Congress, which is an important part of the oldest and the biggest political party of India (Indian National Congress). I served in the youth congress (Punjab) for three years as a vice president and in 2008 I was elected as General Secretary. I think the remarkable milestone in my political career was the opportunity to contest the parliament elections in April 2009 as one of the youngest candidate in Punjab. But the real contentment comes from the opportunity I get to interact and help the youth as well as the downtrodden section of the society. 2006 Aliar Hossain RBS London I am currently working as an Academic Director for East Midlands School of Business & Management and PgD Course Leader for London School of Business & Management. I am also involved with consultancy, teaching and training organisations that want to incorporate economic, social and environmental issues creatively into their business model. I have visited numerous UK and Asian Universities and Colleges as speaker for Change Management, CSR, Leadership Development, Personal
Development, Corporate Culture and Sustainable Development issues. I am also working on a self-funded project to eradicate poverty in South Asia (Seed of Possibilities). Magzhan Kazhegeldin RBS London It has been over a year since I began actively trading in the global gold market. I am working as a seller and buyer of Prime Strategies LLC in Portland Oregon. I also hold a seller mandate for the sale of petroleum and crude oil. My activities in gold market have been the most wonderful experience. Monica Casale Romei Webster Graduate School It’s my fourth year living and working in Dubai as an investment advisor for an international realty company. I am currently concentrating on portfolio management and in the past few years have sold property in the Middle East to high net worth individuals. I have a very exciting and vibrant life in which I manage to juggle my career (especially nowadays) with many different kinds of sports such as skiing, skydiving and horse-riding. Due to the global economic crisis I was fortunate to take some time off and live my dream of working for a few months as a
safari guide on horse-back in South Africa. Galloping through the bush amongst the Big five was a breathtaking experience and whilst I was at it, I didn’t fail to pop down to Cape Town and cage dive with the great white shark. Mounia Zaouia Webster Graduate School Following graduation I worked as a HR assistant at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. I then moved back to Morocco, where I am now working as a computer teacher at the American School of Marrakech. 2007 Nabil Ameziane Webster Graduate School I am currently a project manager within the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Engineering at the Ministry of Tourism and Handicraft. Ioannis (Yannis) Drivas RBS London After successfully completing my military service I have taken up a position in my family business Medispes SA, which is active in the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries.
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Zainab Galadima RBS London; Webster Graduate School 2009 Life after school has been challenging, I’m working on completing my professional course in accounting (ACCA) while working on a PhD proposal on feminism and politics. With the experience I got throughout my education in Regent’s College, I find it easier and rewarding to present my views and convince others of what I believe in. 2008 Theo Osborne RBS London I am currently a director of corporate mergers and acquisitions at Reuben Brothers London, a private equity firm. I am also a director of two other companies; an upmarket gambling company called Parnassus Premier Sportsbook Ltd which offers clients credit sports betting accounts and market leading prices; and a travel logistics business called Parnassus Luxury Travel Ltd.This company provides bespoke holidays, corporate travel solutions, private aviation and yacht chartering. 2009 Maisaa Awad EBS London After graduation I started working as International Social Insurance Investigator at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. My current job involves working with different laws, mainly Swedish and EU law I work with diplomats who are sent around the world or diplomats who come to Sweden. I am currently studying part-time to prepare for a Masters and next semester I will start studying Law to develop my skills further as a social insurance investigator.
Events Alumni Comeback Sessions Join us on the first Thursday of every month to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and catch up. The next event is a festive comeback sessions on 2nd December 2010 EBS London: 1995 – 2005 Reunion The Alumni Association are delighted to invite all EBS alumni who graduated between 1995 and 2005 back to the college for an exclusive event on 26 February 2011. Book your tickets online or by calling the alumni events team on 020 7487 7599. Alumni Golf Tournament This inaugural sporting event will be held in April 2011 at the prestigious Highgate golf course in London. If you are interested in playing then email the alumni team at email@example.com Jean Monnet Memorial Lecture From its beginnings in 1989 it has become a prestigious event that brings together business, science and political leaders from all over Europe and provides a unique forum for the discussion of contemporary European issues. The next lecture will be held in spring 2011 and invitations will be sent out nearer the time. Further information about the full range of alumni events can be found on our website at http://www.regents. ac.uk/alumni/alumni_events.aspx
ArtSpace Festival 2011 Mon 4 April - Thurs April 7, 2011 Following on from its successful launch in 2010, Regent’s College ArtSpace Festival celebrates the creative power of the arts. The ArtSpace Festival provides a showcase for the work of staff and students of the London School of Film, Media and Performance. A full event programme will be published on the Regent’s College website Research Journeys First Tuesday of every month from 5.30pm This series invites us to consider one another’s research stories, our different research journey of discovery. The talks are of interest to all researchers interested to hear about different paradigms employed in a wide range of different disciplines. The series runs monthly from December 2010 to June 2011
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What came out of this international and entrepreneurial business context was a feeling of â€œeverything is possibleâ€? and the world really is a small place, so you can make it anywhere. Michael Hollesen EBS London Alumnus, Class of 1996