Leading business experts discuss 'Overcoming Global Challenges'

03 July 2017

Date: 04 July 2017,

Time: 18:00–20:30 (18.30 start)

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London, WC1E 7HU

Price: FREE

Businesswoman and author, Dr Liz Jackson MBE, whose extraordinary story was featured on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, is one of six high-profile speakers taking part in the University of London’s free event entitled ‘Overcoming Global Challenges Within Your Business’. This event is being delivered in the context of the University of London International Programmes and Queen Mary’s Global MBA, which was launched earlier this year.

Dr Liz Jackson MBE, author of StartUp, is joined by Ian Myson, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Maggie Buggie, Vice President and Global Head of Digital Sales, Capgemini; Mike Johnson, CEO, Emergence; Andrew Halper, Managing Director, Plumb Line Advisors; and Michael Kerrison, Director of Educational Innovation and Development, University of London International Programmes, who will be chairing the panel.

The evening is being co-hosted by the University of London and CMI, who offer support to students and professional accreditation to graduates of the Global MBA.

This innovative award has been designed specifically for career professionals. The Global MBA provides considerable flexibility in mode and place of study, while offering four entry and examination points per year to accommodate the needs of professionals and working students.

Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) University of London, said:

‘This high-level panel is perfectly placed to discuss the issues facing entrepreneurs and business professionals all over the world. Whether starting a business or contributing to the success of a multinational corporation, we all face the challenges of globalisation. The debate will address issues surrounding how we approach international competition and turn it into a motivation for growth and self-improvement, and how we manage change effectively, or turn diversity into competitive advantage. More importantly, this panel will be looking at what it takes to become a global player.

Please visit event details for further information and to register your attendance at ‘Overcoming Global Challenges’.

Notes to editors:

Binda Rai
Head of Corporate Affairs, University of London International Programmes
Email: binda.rai@london.ac.uk 
Mobile: +44 (0) 7920 476483
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8545

Fred Lintern
External Relations Officer
Email: fred.lintern@london.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8304

About the speakers

Dr Liz Jackson MBE, Marketing Director, BCMS

Many will have observed Liz Jackson’s extraordinary story from Channel 4’s ‘Secret Millionaire’. She launched her award-winning company, Great Guns Marketing, in the year during which she lost her sight, and ran this for 17 years. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to business, and received an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2012 for business achievements. Liz is also an accomplished author, having published her book

Ian Myson, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Chartered Management Institute

Ian is responsible for the development of CMI’s University partnerships aimed at improving student employability and career development, as well as enhancing student experience and providing students with professional recognition and professional development pathways. He is also leading CMI’s international development. Ian is a Chartered Manager and Chartered Accountant and holds an MA and PGCE from the University of Oxford.

Maggie Buggie, Vice President and Global Head of Digital Sales, Capgemini

Maggie helps corporate executives transform their enterprises and customer experience to increase business performance through intelligent use of digital. She specialises in growth platforms and was the 2013 winner of the of “Women in the City” Technology category award in recognition of her achievements.  Maggie holds a MLitt and a B.B.S. (Lang.) in Business and French from Trinity College, Dublin, as well as a degree from the Grande École de Commerce, Rouen.

Mike Johnson, CEO, Emergence

Mike is the former CEO of Castrol (BP), where he increased the profits of the $9billion business by over 100%, employing 7,500 people in 60 countries. He is also the founder and CEO of Emergence, a consultancy built on his 20-year track record of establishing and leading successful businesses to breakthrough results in all regions of the world.

Andrew Halper, Managing Director, Plumb Line Advisors

A former diplomat, Andrew has nearly 20 years’ experience as a lawyer helping Western and Chinese clients in a wide array of sectors, including financial services, FMCGs, manufacturing, natural resources and high technology. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of London, following nine years’ previous service as a member of the Board of City University London.

Chair: Michael Kerrison, Director of Educational Innovation and Development, University of London International Programmes

Michael leads on the development and regeneration of academic initiatives, such as the new pedagogic ‘Track C’ model which encompasses the MSc in Professional Accountancy and Global MBA. During his tenure, the University’s growing range of MOOCs have passed one million enrolments. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Michael has contributed towards the work of a number of academic bodies, including key roles at Herriot-Watt University and the IFS School of Finance (formerly known as the Chartered Institute of Bankers).

About the University of London

  • The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter. It is made up of nine research institutes and 18 independent member institutions, including Queen Mary University of London.
  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria. http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London International Programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with the Global MBA being the latest in this offering. Students can choose between taking their award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions.
  • The University of London, through its International Programmes, is the world’s largest classroom, with 51,000 students in 180 countries, and over a million learners on the Coursera online platform for short courses.
  • Further information about the University of London is available at http://www.london.ac.uk/

About Queen Mary University of London

  • Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK's leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London, with 21,187 students from more than 155 countries.
  • A member of the Russell Group, QMUL works across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by its research.
  • It offers more than 240 degree programmes, and employs over 4,000 staff, with 1,927 EU and 7,818 international students.
  • QMUL was ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).
  • QMUL was placed in the UK Top 10 for highest graduate starting salaries (The Sunday Times)

Additional Notes – Global MBA

Interview with Global MBA Programme Director, Professor Ioannis Kokkoris

Interview with Paul Taylor, Chair, CMI London and South-East Regional Board

Global MBA Programme Structure