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Inaugural Alumni World Forum celebrates international community

Former students and business leaders gather across five continents for Cass's first ever global alumni reunion

Thursday, 22 July, 2010

On Friday 16 July 2010 Cass Business School hosted its inaugural Alumni World Forum with events in China, Colombia, Dubai, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain and USA all built around a day of lectures, seminars and masterclasses at Cass's Bunhill Row Building in London, UK.

Cass has 31,000 alumni spread across 130 countries who are active in all areas of business. The Alumni World Forum was designed to bring together this diverse group on one day to share ideas, network and hear from world-leading business thinkers. Throughout the day Cass academics and business practitioners presented masterclasses on a wide range of areas from soft skills to ethics, strategy and finance.

More than 400 guests at the London event heard talks from key business figures such as Alderman Nick Anstee, Lord Mayor of the City of London; Sir David Brewer, Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council; Peter Cullum, Executive Chairman of the Towergate Partnership; Jim O'Neill, creator of the BRIC theory and Head of Global Economic Research at Goldman Sachs, and H.E Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al-Thani, member of the Qatar Supreme Education Council.

The international events ranged from informal drinks receptions to lectures and included a talk from BNY Mellon CEO and Cass alumnus Robert Kelly at Mellon's New York headquarters, One Wall Street. Alumni around the world were able to contribute during the day via social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The London panel sessions were streamed live, via Cass's website, attracting over 650 unique viewers from around the world.

The day culminated with a gala dinner at the newly refurbished Museum of London, attended by more than 200 alumni and staff. The dinner also marked the launch of the Alumni World Forum Scholarship which will allow alumni, from all over the world, to personally recommend high calibre executives who they think will benefit from studying the full-time MBA at Cass.

Dr Theresa Dzendrowskyj, Head of Alumni Relations at Cass Business School comments: "We are very lucky to have such a tremendous relationship with our alumni all over the world. Cass is a truly global business school and our aim with the Alumni World Forum is to provide a forum for our alumni to meet, share ideas, learn and have fun. Cass is truly committed to a life-long relationship with our students and this event is just one of the many events and activities we run all over the world each year."

Cass Business School Dean, Richard Gillingwater CBE says: "Cass is proud of our world class alumni across the globe and we want to continue to strengthen our ties with them. The reputation and momentum of business schools is built on the engagement and enthusiasm of alumni, and we are truly grateful for the support we receive at all levels. The Alumni World Forum has been a significant undertaking for staff and our alumni volunteers who have put together a formidable event both in London and in other regions too.

As well as edited highlights of the sessions we also approached each panel member to expand on the issues raised during their talk. The first video interview is with Peter Cullum, Founder and Executive Chairman of Towergate Partnership and is available today as part of our Cass Talks series. The Cass Talks interviews are an opportunity to hear Cass faculty and guest lecturers give their perspective on current business and finance news stories, global issues affecting the business world and new research coming out of the School. Listen, watch and download Mr Cullum's Cass Talks and see other Cass academics share their opinions at

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Jim O'Neill, Head of Global Economic Research at Goldman Sachs, during the breakfast panel session.
Peter Cullum, founder and executive chairman of Towergate Partnership
Sir Malcolm Williamson, former Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered (left) head of Cass's Strategy & Development Board (left) and Richard Gillingwater CBE, Dean of Cass Business School

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