This is the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from successful entrepreneurs. The Bettany Centre Entrepreneurship Speaker Series gives you the chance to hear from a variety of entrepreneurs from across a range of industries.
The speakers will give you an insight in to their journey, identifying their successes and any mistakes that they may have made along their way. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions, allowing you to delve even further in to the backstory of these well-established entrepreneurs.
Attending these events will provide you with a great chance to network with like-minded individuals who share your passion for entrepreneurship.
The events are entirely free of charge.
Dates for your diary
All of our Speaker Series events take place at 18:00 on Thursday evenings. More speakers to be announced shortly.
- 11 Nov 2021
- 18 Nov 2021
- 25 Nov 2021
Vincent Choi – Thursday 11 November 2021
Vincent Choi is a 2011 Full-time MBA Alumni and is currently the CEO of Pomelo, a mobile payments company that helps merchants accept payments without any additional hardware, which he co-founded in 2017.
Pomelo has grown from three founders to 40 staff globally operating in 11 countries. He trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Deloitte and Macquarie Bank before the Cranfield experience helped him change his career trajectory.
Mark White – Thursday 18 November 2021
Mark is an Accidental Entrepreneur, Board Member, Chairman, CEO and Investor with over 25 years founding, investing and growing start-up companies in Supply Chain, Logistics and Technology. In December 2020, Mark exited the largest start-up, now a US$1.6bn revenue per annum global enterprise with 3000 employees.
Mark has had the privilege of working with some of the worlds most respected companies primarily in the Retail, eCommerce, Technology, Pharmaceutical, and Aerospace industries. He is futuristic and passionate about harnessing the latest advances in technology and leveraging Big Data, IoT, Blockchain, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Engineering, Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) and Singularity are all subjects Mark has delved into, though unfortunately he has said “I cannot claim to understand everything I read!”
Four of the companies Mark has played a key role in building have featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 League Table of Britain’s fastest growing companies four times, 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2007 and another has been recognised twice in INC.500/5000's list of America's Fastest Growing Companies.
Mark’s specialties are: Growth, Turnarounds, Corporate Strategy, Marketing, Acquisitions, Start-ups, International Trade, Process Analysis, Strategic Planning, P&L Management, Organization, Team Building, Productivity, Process Improvement, Venture Capital, Private Equity, software, technology, supply chain, retail critical path planning, production, shipping, audit, import duty, blockchain, machine learning.
Dr Sarah Qureshi – Thursday 25 November 2021
Dr. Sarah Qureshi is the CEO and co-founder of Aero Engine Craft Private Limited; Pakistan‘s first commercial engine and aircraft R & D company that is developing environmentally safe contrail-free aircraft engines for the global aviation industry. Sarah has a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University, UK. Her area of specialization is Aerospace Propulsion whereby she worked on the development of a contrail-free aero-engine that was derived from a patented technology. During her PhD research, Sarah assisted the inventor with patenting the contrail-free aero-engine. The invention has been granted two international patents and has a tremendous potential in bringing about an environmental revolution in the context of aviation. Dr. Sarah Qureshi, along with the inventor of technology Mr. Masood Latif Qureshi has now set up Aero Engine Craft Private Limited, to convert this patented technology into a full-scale application ready to be used by modern civil transport aircraft for the purpose of reducing aviation induced global warming due to contrails. The business is modelled as a circular economy creating value for global engine manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers and airlines by providing compliance to environmental standards and revenue through emission trading and artificial rainfall.
As the CEO and co-founder of Aero Engine Craft, Sarah is developing contrail-free aero-engines for the reduction of global warming and to induce artificial rain during aircraft flight through on-board water recovery from fuel emissions; creating a solution for the aviation industry whereby it can not only reduce aviation induced global warming but also adopt an approach to treat the fuel emissions as a resource. Water vapour exists in the exhaust emissions as a combustion by-product. A revolutionary technology is employed that eliminates contrails at source and recovers water from fuel exhaust emissions as a net positive product. This is a true definition of a disruptive technology; a global first attempt to create water within the aero-engine from the exhaust plume during flight, carry it aboard and release it as rainfall prior to landing. The product is a low cost alternative to aero engine redesign, and offers revenue potential to the aviation industry while solving a crucial environmental challenge. Her company is born global and is also involved in the development of other environment friendly innovations such as automotive engines, drone engines, executive aircraft and green airlines in order to address sustainable development goals by developing sustainable technologies based on new inventions.