Practitioner seminars

Practitioner seminars

A seminar series, which connects prominent professionals with Adam Smith Business School students

David Fenton at the ASBS Practitioner Seminar

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


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)