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Industry leaders share knowledge and expertise with RGU’s MBA students


Robert Gordon University (RGU) MBA students will gain an insight from high profile industry experts at this year’s Leadership Week at Aberdeen Business School.

Launching tonight (Friday 25th May), the 12th annual MBA Leadership Week will bring together MBA students and alumni from all over the world.

The programme, which runs to June 2, gives students from the MBA and MBA Oil & Gas Management degrees a chance to meet industry experts from a range of business sectors in a week of learning opportunities which focus on the fundamentals of leadership and the challenges which leaders face.

Among the speakers this year will be Robin Watson (CEO, Wood), Colette Cohen (CEO, OGTC), and Ian Phillips (CEO, OGIC). The Wood Foundation Philanthropy Lecture will be given by Jeanette Forbes.

Other speakers include RGU MBA alumni Sam Pettipher and Nick Beeson who established EBar Initiatives to develop a self-service, fast-dispensing drinks device fitted with the latest contactless payment technologies to serve customers faster and reduce bar queues at major events.

The pair will return to speak at the event as “the MBA programme provided the spark that created the company and provided knowledge and tools that we use on a day-to-day basis”.

Sripad Gopala and Innes Auchterlonie of IMRANDD will also speak about their experiences on the MBA programme; IMRANDD and fellow alumnus Laurie Mackay of MCL Protection Ltd. have also sponsored the MBA Leadership Dinner event to be held at The Chester Hotel.

Dr Ian Broadbent, MBA Director said: “Leadership week is the highlight of the MBA programme at RGU. It’s a varied programme of activities, seminars and workshops that get our students to reflect upon their experiences of leaders and leadership, and then bring some of that learning back into their own workplaces.”

Head of Aberdeen Business School, Professor Elizabeth Gammie, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many high profile, prestigious business leaders to the event this year and look forward to hearing them share their insights and experiences with the students.

“Business connectivity is a central component of Aberdeen Business School’s mission and we work hard to ensure that our graduates are highly employable and professionally relevant. The MBA course – through events such as Leadership Week - aims to facilitate graduates’ professional and innovative thinking to become successful entrepreneurs and senior business leaders of tomorrow and thus transform communities. At Aberdeen Business School we are in the business of changing our tomorrow.”

Release by Stacey Lynch
Communications Officer
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