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Third year of success for Alumni Network event in Monaco

Record number of alumni attend reception hosted by Easyjet entrepreneur

A record number of alumni flew into Monaco for the third annual reception hosted by Easyjet entrepreneur and Cass alumnus, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

More than 180 alumni from as far as away as Australia, the USA and Russia met in Monte Carlo for the annual networking event.

The gathering kicked off with a reception at Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel at Monte Carlo. Former students joined Cass academics and local businesses to mingle and exchange insights against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

The weekend was centred on a dynamic key note discussion: 'What The Las Vegas Strip can teach The City (and vice versa)'. The talks urged alumni and guests to look to Las Vegas for inspiration in their businesses.

Oliver Lovat, panellist and Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Management at Cass, said: "Las Vegas is the ultimate competitive market, with 20 of the 25 largest hotels in the USA on the same street, all selling a similar non-diversifyable product. The City of London must look at New York, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Singapore, and ask, how can we can be competitive in global capital markets."

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Sir Stelios, who studied on Cass's MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance, once again hosted a champagne reception with refreshments.

A silent auction took place before midnight, raising £3000 to go towards enhancing learning opportunities for students and strengthening ties between the ever expanding Cass alumni community. The pledge cards and honesty box at the event raised a further £4000.

Inspired by the generous response, Sir Stelios said: "It is great to see so many of the Cass alumni doing so well professionally. It is even better to see so many of them giving back to the school."

Complimentary activities were also on offer. Saturday saw alumni flock to the Monaco fête Picasso exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum, while others seized the opportunity to view H.S.H. Prince Rainier III's private collection of antique cars on the closing day of the event.

The Alumni Relations team organises a diverse range of events all year round for the 33,000 strong alumni network. Former students who are not already members are encouraged to join the Cass Alumni Online Community or the Cass Business School group on LinkedIn.

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