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Lord Mayor of the City of London addresses students in Dubai

Reception draws more than 200 alumni, students and business figures

Monday, 8 February, 2010

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee, spoke to Cass Business School students and alumni at a special event in Dubai yesterday.  This event was organised in partnership with the British Business Group (BBG) and more than 200 senior figures from London and the GCC business and finance sectors were present.

As head of the City of London Corporation, which provides business and local government services to the City one of the world's leading financial centres - the Lord Mayor of London's principal role today is ambassador for all UK-based financial and professional services.  It is an elected role for one year and the position is unpaid and apolitical. The Lord Mayor is also Chancellor of City University, the parent organisation of Cass Business School.

The Lord Mayor said: I enjoyed speaking to students and alumni of Cass Business School and the British Business Group in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. We regard members of both the BGG and Cass as ambassadors for the City, no matter where your lives and careers take you, your success reflects well on us. Valued relationships and trusted partnerships made at events such as this are more important now than ever in the interconnected global marketplace.

BBG Chairman, Mark Beer, commented, The Lord Mayor's visit underscores the importance of Dubai as a business destination for the UK's financial and professional services sector. The BBG's role in supporting British businesses in the UAE has never been more important. We have grown to a record number of almost 1600 members in the past 12 months and, with events such as this, we provide a valuable platform for networking and knowledge sharing. We are also delighted to be partnering with Cass this evening, and look forward to further collaboration in the education sector to support the vision of the UAE

In 2007, Cass launched a Dubai-based Executive MBA (EMBA) programme, in association with the Dubai International Financial Centre, which has been growing in popularity ever since. It is the world's first EMBA programme offering specialist streams in Islamic Finance and Energy.  Last September the third and largest cohort began their studies on the Cass programme with 61 students representing 23 countries.

The Cass commitment to Dubai has also been enhanced by last year's Dubai Symposium which gave students from London the opportunity to learn about the challenges and benefits of doing business in the region and featured a keynote speech from easyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Cass also maintains a representative office in Dubai which supports Cass students and alumni and develops corporate links in the region.

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School, said: It is an honour to have the Lord Mayor meet with our students and alumni and his attendance is further recognition of the importance of Dubai and the other members of the GCC region in reviving the global economy.

These are challenging times for the banking and finance sectors, but despite the global recession business education is becoming ever more important for ambitious leaders.  Cass is proud of our truly-world class alumni who are living and working in the region and we want to continue to strengthen our ties with the local business community. 

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The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee

Guy Warrington, HM Consul General

Some attendees at the reception enjoying the Cass hospitality

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