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Imperial College launches international Global Business Vision series

Press Release   •   Dec 12, 2013 12:00 +08

Imperial College Business School, consistently ranked as one of the world’s best universities, has announced details of a new global discussion series Imperial’s Global Business Vision, a programme of international events that explores the key challenges faced in the global business world today.

Singapore will kick off the Global Business Vision Series’ with the first international event on Wednesday 8 January at the Four Seasons Hotel.  Eddie Chau, serial entrepreneur andan alumnus of Imperial College London, will be discussing Singapore’s local business ecosystem, regulatory frameworks and various support structures, and how these interact to form Singapore’s unique business climate.

Eddie is an extremely successful businessman who has founded and sold two start-ups, eCop and Brandtology, and recently started a third company, V-Key, headquartered in the US and Singapore, specialising in mobile security.

Entrepreneurship, a key part of the business world, is a global phenomenon that has changed the way business works and made significant contributions to national economies. Eddie states: “In the last 15 years or so, the government has been trying to encourage entrepreneurship believing that this will become one of the key pillars to drive a knowledge-based economy in the long run. I would like to share with the audience my entrepreneurship experience and my observations in Singapore of what works and what does not.”

Imperial’s Global Business Vision Series will seek to help the business community share ideas, encourage informed debate and explore how the latest trends in finance, innovation, entrepreneurism healthcare, sustainable energy and climate change impacts on business, and will subsequently feature speakers who are sector leaders at the forefront of business thinking, who shape and influence global trends. Singapore is currently putting in a lot of resources and investment into the start-up and SME (small and medium enterprises) space, and the government has several financial initiatives to help grow these industries in Singapore both regionally and globally, so this discussion series is timely.

Professor Anand Anandalingam, Imperial College Business School’s Dean, said: We look forward to exploring some of the key issues facing the business world today across a variety of important industries from one of the world’s most important business cities. We are especially excited to welcome such a high calibre international speaker as Eddie Chau to Singapore to share ideas and spark debate.”

More information and details of how to register can be found on Imperial College Business School’s website:

Spaces are free but limited and need to be booked in advance on a first come, first served basis.

About Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable sources of energy and address security challenges.

In 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre. This unique partnership aims to improve the quality of life of patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies as quickly as possible.

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