Practitioner seminars

Practitioner seminars

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A seminar series, which connects prominent professionals with Adam Smith Business School studentsThe 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 and light snacks. There will also be opportunities for networking. 

Seminar schedule


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


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


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)