Category: Business School Alumni Stories

From ‘salary man’ to business owner and CEO – In conversation with Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie

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Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie (Executive MBA, 2011) spent nearly 20 years working in investment banking before founding the business banking challenger BCB Group with fellow alumnus Oliver Tonkin (Executive MBA, 2011). BCB Group is Europe’s leading provider of business accounts and trading services for the digital asset economy. We caught up with Oliver to find out…Continue Reading From ‘salary man’ to business owner and CEO – In conversation with Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie

Recent Alumni Spotlight: Joey Li, Founder and CEO of social enterprise Leiho

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Joey Li (MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation, 2019) is the founder and CEO of social enterprise Leiho which she started while completing her studies at the Business School with fellow student Thuta Khin (MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation, 2019). Leiho is a lifestyle brand on a mission to make purchasing basic products more meaningful: for…Continue Reading Recent Alumni Spotlight: Joey Li, Founder and CEO of social enterprise Leiho

“I started this because children needed help” – Rupal Ragha, Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award Recipient

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Following a career as a dance teacher, then going to Law School and working in the legal field for several years, it was in 2012 when Rupal Ragha (BSc Management, 2008) returned to her passion for educating and founded her tutoring company Big Brains Tuition. At the start of the pandemic, Rupal decided to take…Continue Reading “I started this because children needed help” – Rupal Ragha, Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award Recipient

Advice from an Alumni Mentor, Part two

Navin Chauhan (MSc Investment Management, 2007) is a partner and Head of Business Development at Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP and has been a professional mentor for Business School students since 2012. In 2015, Navin was nominated for the ‘Mentor of the Year’ award by his mentee and went on to win the accolade. We…Continue Reading Advice from an Alumni Mentor, Part two

From corporate high-flyer to socially conscious entrepreneur

After graduating from the Business School Abhinav Gaur (Business Studies, 2006) spent fourteen years climbing the ranks at American multinational company, General Electric (GE). It was at this time that he reached a turning point, deciding to ‘burn the ships’ and quit his job to launching into his entrepreneurial journey. Abhinav has recently co-founded the…Continue Reading From corporate high-flyer to socially conscious entrepreneur

General Manager of luxury watch brand donates 30% of profits to help global fight against Covid-19

Federico Ziviani (BSc Management, 2017) is the General Manager of luxury watchmaking company Maison Gerald Charles. The company have recently donated 30% of their profits to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund by World Health Organisation (WHO). We spoke to Federico about this decision and his journey from the Business School to his current role.  …Continue Reading General Manager of luxury watch brand donates 30% of profits to help global fight against Covid-19

Stock market success: advice from an alumni mentor

Navin Chauhan (MSc Investment Management, 2007) is a partner and Head of Business Development at Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP who have recently completed a very successful fund raise for their listed Fund (VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc) IPO on the London Stock Exchange. We spoke to Navin about this achievement, his time at…Continue Reading Stock market success: advice from an alumni mentor

‘We can make a difference’: From Business School graduate to Covid mass testing innovator

Marta Kalas (MBA, 1992) has had an extremely varied career since graduating from CUBS, the then City, University of London Business School in 1992. Moving between working in a big corporation to freelance consulting and finally to working for the scale-up organisation Thomson Screening, founded by City, University of London. In the wake of the pandemic…Continue Reading ‘We can make a difference’: From Business School graduate to Covid mass testing innovator

The quest for the hero inside: From MBA student to published author

Since we last spoke to Nicolai Schumann (Full Time MBA, 2009), he has moved away from the fashion industry to work on his storytelling consultancy, Universal Storyteller and focus on his role as a visiting lecturer at the Business School. He also teaches innovation and business creativity through his agency Horizon Innovation Lab. We sat…Continue Reading The quest for the hero inside: From MBA student to published author

A lockdown start-up: a Smoofii ride

Launching a start-up takes self-confidence and nerves of steel, regardless of when you decide to take the plunge. But setting up your own business during a global pandemic while still studying? That takes more bravery than most could summon. Yet this is precisely what Fabian Ronig (MSc Entrepreneurship, 2020) has done, launching Smoofii a new…Continue Reading A lockdown start-up: a Smoofii ride