‌The Practitioners seminars respectfully invites high-profile professionals to the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, including, but not limited to, global firm executives, leading financial analysts, chief business consultants, high-ranking government/municipal officials, rapidly-growing high-tech and pioneering internet firm leaders, venture business entrepreneurs, and philanthropic non-profit organisation experts.

To foster a high quality of interactions, the business school faculty carefully selects and invites honourable seminar guest speakers. As 21st century business is dynamically becoming borderless, guests speakers come not only from Scotland and the United Kingdom, but also from a vast range of global areas.

The aim of these seminars is to connect prominent professionals with Adam Smith Business School students who will soon enter into the real-world business societies, as seminar room interactions allow business schools, as well as other schools, senior undergraduates and postgraduates excellent opportunities to learn from real-world business/government practice. Business school students who will soon themselves be industry practitioners are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Each seminar will typically consists of a presentation by the guest speaker, followed by a Q&A session. There will also be opportunities for networking. 

Seminar schedule

Seminar schedule


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)


Guest speaker Date/Venue Hosted by

Dr George Bagdatoglou, Manager in Econometrics, Deloitte (London, UK)

Topic: Application of statistical analysis in economic consulting

7 Nov 2014 at 3.30pm, Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre 203 Professor Alexandros Kontonikas

Dr Tomasz Orpiszewski, Fixed Income Strategist and Fund Manager, Candriam Investors Group (Brussels, Belgium)

Topic: Price for action and inaction: survival and success in asset management

28 Nov 2014 at 4.00pm, Sir Charles Wilson Building, 101A B Seminar Professor Alexandros Kontonikas

Mr Paul Shanta, Portfolio Manager, Ingis Group (Glasgow, UK)

Topic: An introduction to financial markets and the main operators within the industry

9 Dec 2014, 2.00 - 4.00pm, Business School Lecture Theatre 206 Dr Hisayuki Yoshimoto
Professor Christian Dunis, Joint General Manager, Horus Partners Wealth Management Group (Geneva, Switzerland) CANCELLED Professor Alexandros Kontonikas

Dr Konstantinos Voutsinas, Senior Analyst at Providence Asset Management, Ltd. (Winchester, UK)

Topic: Global Macro investment strategies under a UCITS regulatory framework

6 Feb 2015, 3.30pm -4.45pm, Business School LT 206 Professor Alexandros Kontonikas

Mr David Fenton, Chief Economist, TSB Bank (Edinburgh, UK)

Topic: So what is it you actually do?

20 Feb 2015, 3.00pm, Business School LT 206 Dr Hisayuki Yoshimoto

Dr Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Government (Edinburgh, UK)

Topic: Reflections on the great recession, the recovery, and future prospects for the Scottish economy

13 Mar 2015, 3.30pm, Business School TL 206

Dr Hisayuki Yoshimoto

Dr Johannes Geissler, Credit Risk Specialist, Bayerische Landesbank (Munich, Germany) 

Topic: Back allocation in a statistical Framework - a CVA approach

3 June 2015, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, venue to be confirmed


Dr Hisayuki Yoshimoto




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Contact us

Contact us

For enquiries about the Practitioner Seminar series, please contact: business-events@glasgow.ac.uk