Practitioner seminars

Practitioner seminars

Students in class in the St Andrews Building

Our regular practitioner seminar series’ connects prominent professionals from a spectrum of industries to Adam Smith Business School students fostering high quality interactions in a relaxed and open environment.     

The Adam Smith Business School carefully selects and invites honourable guest speakers from a diverse background across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and an international arena as business becomes dynamically borderless.

The aim of the seminars is to equip our Business School students with valuable real-world business knowledge, and encourages interactions between the delegates and guests offering opportunities to learn from these esteemed experts.

Each seminar typically consists of a presentation by the guest speaker, followed by a Q&A session and light snacks. There will also be opportunities for networking and Business school students, who will soon be industry practitioners themselves, are strongly encouraged to attend.

The seminars are free to attend and are held regularly throughout the academic year: registration is ticketed and upcoming seminar dates are listed in the schedule below.

2018-19 seminars

Semester 1 

Date Name
Tuesday 2 October 2018 Professor Sayantan Ghosal, Adam Smith Business School 
Wednesday 3 October 2018

Ms Annmarie O'Donnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council

Wednesday 17 October 2018 Mr Martin Leyland, Manager of Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd
Thursday 25 October 2018 Ms Ailsa Graham, Digital Marketing Lead, Tesco Bank.
Friday 16 November 2018

Jim Mather, Former MSP and Member of Sustainable Growth Commission


Semester 2

Date Name
Wednesday 23 January 2019 Ms Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association
Thursday 7 February 2019 Mr Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water
Wednesday 13 February 2019 Mr Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland 
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Mr Rob Collie, Director of Group Finance Delivery of Sky
Wednesday 6 March 2019 Ms Elaine Lorimer, Chief Executive, Revenue Scotland
Thursday 18 April 2019 Dr Julie Bon, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, CMA
Monday 1 July 2019  1 July. Practitioner Seminar with Stephen Penman

2017-18 seminars

Date Guest speaker
Tuesday 3 October 2017 Mr Andrew Mann and Ms Ramona Blanes (Glasgow, UK)               
Friday 6 October 2017 Mr Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League
Friday 3 November 2017 Mr Ian Small, Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, BBC (Glasgow, UK)
Tuesday 7 November 2017 Dr Hundtofte, Financial Economist, Federal Reserve Bank (New York, USA)
Monday 13 November 2017 Sir David Tweedie, former Chairman, International Accounting Standards Board
Thursday 16 November 2017 Mr Jim Robertson, former VP Tax Americas

 Semester 2


 Guest Speaker                                                                                 
Monday 29 January 2018 Mr Paul McNamee, First Editor The Big Issue (London, UK)
Friday 16 February 2018 Mr Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland (Aberdeen, UK)
Tuesday 20 March 2018 Dr Lixin Colin Xu, Lead Economist, World Bank (Washington DC)

2016-17 seminars

Semester 1

Date Guest speaker
Friday 30 September 2016 Dr Gregor Irwin, Chief Economist, Global Counsel and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London, UK) 
Friday 14 October 2016  Mr Kenny Richmond, Economics Director, Scottish Enterprise (Glasgow, UK)
Friday 4 November 2016      Ms Hazel Curtis, Chief Economist, Seafish (Edinburgh, UK) 
Friday 2 December 2016 Dr Thorarinn G. Petursson, Chief Economist, the Central Bank of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland) 

Semester 2

Date Guest speaker 
Monday 13 February 2017 Ms Sandra Black, Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Council, (Paisley, UK)                       
Tuesday 21 February 2017 Mr Chris O'Shea, Group Chief Financial Officer, Smith Group (UK) 
Monday 13 March 2017

Ms Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, (Edinburgh UK)

Monday 5 June 2017

Mr Lida Liu, CEO Galaxy Asset Management Co, Ltd.

Monday 19 June 2017

Mr Lee Slonimsky, Managing Member, Ocean Capital Partners LLC (New York, USA)