Flagship University event brings together business leaders

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

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

The panel discussed lessons learnt from the latest economic downturn and touched on some very real issues facing the North-east and the wider oil and gas industry.

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Robert Gordon University's Aberdeen Business School, said, "We are delighted that AMEC once again sponsored the 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 enjoyed 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 brought a wealth of tried and tested knowledge and experience to the table."

Neil Bruce, Executive Director at AMEC added, "As part of our partnership with Robert Gordon University, we are delighted to be involved with the Entrepreneurship Dinner. This year has been a fascinating one and it was great to hear the views of BP and TAQA."