Industry leaders inspire RGU’s MBA students


More than a dozen leaders of industry will share their knowledge and expertise with MBA students when they take part in Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) 11th MBA Leadership Week at Aberdeen Business School.

An annual event, Leadership Week brings together MBA students and alumni from all over the world, with experts from a range of business sectors in a week of learning opportunities which focus on the fundamentals of leadership and the challenges which leaders face. The programme, which runs from May 26 to June 3, includes practical workshops, team-building exercises and leadership simulation scenarios.

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Around 100 full-time, part-time and distance learning students for both the MBA and MBA Oil & Gas Management degrees will participate in the event.

Among the speakers this year will be Neil Wood MBE, a consulting partner at Deloitte, who was Finance Director of the London 2012 Olympic bid and CFO and executive board member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

Other high profile speakers include Robin Watson, CEO Wood Group; Mark Thomas, Regional President,  BP North Sea; Ray Riddoch, UK Managing Director and Senior Vice President (Europe), Nexen;  Dr Deborah O’Neil, CEO, Novabiotics;  Davi Quintiere,  Client Service Partner (Energy), Slalom; Luca Corradi,  Innovation Network Director, Oil and Gas Technology Centre; Martin Rune Pedersen, COO Maersk Oil; Peter Petrov, Director,  First Reserve; Andy Barrie Brown, Director, Mind over Matter Consultancy Ltd; David Shaw, Director, Unicorn Arc Ltd.; Chris Grange and Bob Greenwood, Odgers Berndtson; Duncan Skinner who will deliver The Wood Foundation Philanthropy Lecture and Anton Colella, CEO, ICAS who will give the after-dinner speech at the Balmoral Offshore RGU Energy Management Dinner.

Dr Ian Broadbent, MBA Director, said: “Leadership week is the centrepiece of the MBA course at RGU and is designed to allow our students to explore the challenges of leadership through a series of interactive sessions and workshops. It is a truly global event that brings together almost 100 students and alumni, allowing for extensive networking as well as the opportunity to develop and reflect upon their leadership skills and experiences.”

Head of Aberdeen Business School, Professor Elizabeth Gammie said: “This is our 11th MBA Leadership Week, which has become one of the most important events on Aberdeen Business School’s calendar. We are delighted to welcome so many high profile, prestigious business leaders to the event this year and look forward to hearing them share their insights and experiences with the students.

“Industry engagement is a central component of Aberdeen Business School’s strategy to ensure that our graduates are highly employable and professionally relevant, and the MBA course – through events such as Leadership Week – aims to facilitate their development into entrepreneurs and senior business leaders of tomorrow.”

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