The Global Investment Group is excited to present the annual Speakers Series on Friday 12 April. The group has gathered six speakers from around the United Kingdom and beyond to come to St Andrews for a day of presentations ranging from Fintech & Artificial Intelligence to Investment Management & Business Development. One of the most exciting parts about the event is the diversity of the panel of speakers, which promises to provide something interesting and exciting for everybody, regardless of their degree.
Miki Reiser, who spearheaded the event, said, “The speaker series is a good opportunity for St Andrews students to get a glimpse of what lies ahead after graduation, with four of the six speakers being alumni from the University. It is also a unique experience for students to interact with leaders from a range of sectors in the business world.”
The event is being held at Hotel du Vin, with the talks beginning at 10:00 am and concluding at 17:30 pm. There will also be opportunities to network with the speakers between presentations as well as at the lunch, which will also be at HDV, and hopefully begin a dialogue with the speakers. The speakers are as follows:
Grant Fuller, the first speaker, is an alumnus from St Andrews and founder of Bath-based fintech Irithmics. Irithmics applies machine learning and artificial intelligence to explore the dynamics and behaviours of institutional investors and provide insight on financial capital markets.
Thompson Dean, managing partner and co-CEO at Avista Capital Partners, will follow. A New York-based private equity firm, Avista focuses on growth capital and leveraged buyout investments in the healthcare sector. There will be a lunch break after Mr Dean’s talk.
Skylar Koning & Olga Bogdanova will get us started again after the lunch. Both St Andrews alumni, they’ll be speaking about their experience at Citigroup since graduating.
Amanda Forsyth is our fourth speaker. Mrs Forsyth is part of the business development team at Murray Asset Management in Edinburgh, a wealth and investment management firm.
Last but certainly not least, Edward Troughton is joining the esteemed group of speakers from Oldfield Partners. Mr Troughton graduated from St Andrews and is now a partner and head of client relations at OP, an employee-owned investment manager.
Reiser says that it was refreshing “how eager the alumni have been to come back and connect with the students. It’s gone to show one of St Andrews’ most important qualities and takeaways, the strong sense of community we foster in our four years here.” The Global Investment Group is very excited and clearly passionate about this event. It seems like an event not to be missed at £2 for members and £4 for non-members giving you access to all five talks. The group is looking forward to hosting students and speakers alike at the Hotel du Vin on Friday for a day that is sure to be full of captivating presentations and conversations.