Flagship University event brings together business leaders

Business leaders from across the North-east will come together for Robert Gordon University's prestigious 2009 Entrepreneurship Dinner, sponsored by AMEC, this evening (Wednesday 28 October), at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.

Entitled 'Riding the Storm', the flagship University event which is now in its 14th year will include keynote speeches from Bernard Looney, North Sea Managing Director at BP, and Leo Koot, Managing Director of TAQA Bratani Ltd. The dinner will culminate with a panel discussion which will include Neil Bruce, Executive Director for AMEC and will be chaired by Jeremy Cresswell, Editor of the Press & Journal's Energy supplement.

The panel will discuss the lessons learnt from the latest economic downturn and will be certain to touch on some very real issues facing the North-east and the wider oil and gas industry. Is it just a matter of time before all the major North Sea operators leave the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS)? How real is the renewables agenda for the UKCS?

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Robert Gordon University's Aberdeen Business School, says, "We are delighted that AMEC is once again sponsoring this year's Entrepreneurship Dinner.

"Reflecting on the current economic downturn and looking at how we can work together to ensure a positive future for the region, I am looking forward to engaging with our speakers in a lively and interesting debate. Both Bernard and Leo boast hugely successful careers in the oil and gas sector and will bring a wealth of tried and tested knowledge and experience to the table."

Neil Bruce, Executive Director at AMEC adds, "As part of our partnership with Robert Gordon University, we are delighted to be involved with this year's Entrepreneurship Dinner. This year has been a fascinating one and I'm looking forward to hearing the views of BP and TAQA and being involved in the discussion."