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The conference season begins

Written by Sammy Engele

Our conferences can be described as the centrepiece of professional student-led events at London Business School. They provide attendees with the opportunity to debate, network and share ideas with industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and government leaders. Also for a number of our students who organise these events they act as a vehicle for personal development covering everything from negotiating sponsorship agreements, to leading a team of up to 20 of their peers.

Now that this year’s conference season is well underway we can look back at what has taken place so far and what is still to come.

The Global Energy Summit 2015

This year’s programme kicked off with The Global Energy Summit, on Friday 6th November. Their theme this year was ‘Global Energy Markets: Shifting Economics’. The conference brought together top experts from the field to explore the effects of oil price fluctuations across the energy spectrum and allude on what the industry, government and consumers can expect from the future.  Attendees received keynotes from David Kotler, CEO of Delta International, and Spencer Dale, Chief Economist at BP among others.

EurOUT 2015

EurOUT is Europe’s leading LGBT conference. The event ran over three days between 13th – 15th November and it included a Career fair on the  first day, which was attended by the event sponsors BCG, McKinsey & Company, Bain, AT Kearney, Thermo Fisher, BNP Paribas and Travelex plus many more leading employers.  The speakers for this year included Paul Reed, CEO of BP Integrated Supply & Trading; Angela Darlington, Chief Risk Officer for Aviva; Evan Davies, News night and Steve Hatch, EMEA Director for Facebook.

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EurOUT 2015 From left to right: Samuel Rensing, EurOUT co-chair Paul Reed, CEO, BP Integrated Supply and Trading, Lesley Wan, Corporate Real Estate Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group, Mark Page, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, A.T. Kearney and Dominic Houlder, Professor, London Business School

The 14th LBS Middle East Conference

The Middle East Conference was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on Friday 20th November. This event provided a broad platform for students and professionals interested in conducting business in the region to learn from some of its most successful leaders.  The event included Keynotes from HE Dr Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and Mohammed AlArdhi, Executive Chairman of Investcorp and Chairman of the National Bank of Oman.

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Some of The Middle East Conference Organising committee with HE Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait. (from left to right Georges Abou Nader, Christine Makhamra, Ahmed Alansari, Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Saba, Mariam Abdulsalam and Sami Khleif

The 7th Healthcare Conference

The final conference before the Christmas break saw the return of the Healthcare Conference after its hiatus in 2014. The event took place in the evening of Monday 7th December 2015 at the iconic British Museum. Topics discussed included The Emergence of Patient 2.0 and The Future of R&D and Innovation.  There were also keynotes from Stuart Fletcher CEO of Bupa and Dr. Paul Stoffels CSO, Worldwide Chairman Pharmaceuticals Johnson& Johnson.

Business as Usual

Alongside all this it was business as usual for the regular club events. Three examples that stood out were The Marketing Club’s ‘Meet the Marketers’, The Impact Consulting Club’s IMPACTathon and the Entrepreneur Club’s Hackathon.

  • Meet the Marketers is an annual event which gives students interested in a career in marketing the opportunity to talk face to face with several different marketers and to discover marketing opportunities across companies and sectors. The event is structured in a speed dating format followed by casual networking.  This year’s guest marketers included representatives from: J&J, WPP, Amazon, Google, Diageo, Microsoft, Starbucks, EE, Land Rover, Net-a-Porter, Medalia, Tilt & Tempur Sealy.
  • The IMPACTathon was a weekend event where students provided pro-bono consultancy support to deliver solutions for social entrepreneurs tackling real social issues. The event ended with teams presenting their recommendations to a panel of expert Judges.  The wining team worked with ‘The Sewing Rooms’ a social enterprise whose goal is to; “improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances”.  However everyone was a winner as expressed by another one of the entrepreneurs involved in the event:

‘I was astounded by the commitment the students have shown to the weekend… The effort they have put in has been phenomenal. To have outsiders really trying to understand what we do… has yielded really innovative’ solutions to the challenges we have been facing.’ Gavin Mair, Co-Founder, Numberfit

  • The LBS Hackathon was back for a second year with a FinTech focus. The event was a unique opportunity to learn, network and receive mentorship from experience entrepreneurs. Not to mention creating a brand new business from scratch over the course of a weekend.  The winning idea was ‘Property Funder’ which aims to make it easier for people to invest in real estate projects, providing analytic tools and a wealth of local information to support investment decisions. You can read up on the event here http://bit.ly/1KfNZeK

Up Next . . .

There are plenty more regular club events such as Meet the Marketers, the IMPACTathon and the FinTech Hackathon, planned for the rest of the year, as well as several more conferences. Our conferences are open to industry professionals as well as students, so you are welcome to join the conversion at whichever event is relevant to you.

The upcoming spring term conferences are as follows:

Full List of Spring Term Conferences

  • Latin America Business Forum – 5 February, 2016

Website: http://www.labf-lbs.com  

  • Tech Media Summit/Entrepreneurship– 19 February, 2016

Website: http://lbsgeneratione.weebly.com

  • Real Estate Forum – 29 February, 2016
  • Asset Management Conference – 4 March, 2016

Website: http://lbsamc.com

  • Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference – 11 March, 2016

Website: http://bit.ly/1nujOMk

  • Women in Business Conference – 18 March, 2016

Website http://www.lbswibconference.com/

For more information on our student led conferences please visit the website.