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Guest Lectures

Reflecting Warwick’s unique approach, our Summer School offers an enjoyable programme of interactive guest lectures with eminent figures from the public and private sector.

The talks are delivered in a variety of formats including conversations, debates and panel discussions which provide excellent opportunities for you to engage with the speakers and other students. The speakers that come to the Summer School cover a range of topics to broaden your education, insights and views, and allow you to ask questions and debate the topics they discuss.

2022 Guest Speakers

Seema Malhotra

Seema Malhotra is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston and Shadow Minister for Employment. Her primary policy interests are in the economy, business, and equalities. She has been a member of the influential House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union and its successor from 2016-2020. Seema served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2015-2016. She founded and chairs a local charity Hounslow’s Promise focussed on education attainment, social mobility and employability. From 2014-2015, she served as Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls where she led on aspects of the Serious Crime Bill for Labour. Seema also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology APPG Entrepreneurship and APPG on Mortgage Prisoners. Prior to entering Parliament, Seema was a business and public service adviser working with the video game and film industries. She has over ten years’ experience with leading firms Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is on the Executive of the Fabian Society, a national think tank, and is the Founder and President of the Fabian Women’s Network.





Krisi Smith

Krisi is a 'Chief Mixologist', Author, Creative Director and Co-founder of Brighton based tea company, Bird and Blend Tea Co. Starting over seven years ago in her mum's back bedroom Krisi, along with her partner Mike Turner have built their brand to be the UK's most loved independent tea blenders. They employ over 70 people across their sites nationwide and at the heart of Krisi's approach to business is a strong commitment to putting people first, creating fantastic customer experiences and having fun along the way. This talk will be particularly interesting to any aspiring entrepreneurs and if you have a chance to visit Brighton, do pop into Krisi's first Bird and Blend Tea shop on the iconic North Laine during your trip!


Owen Bainbridge

Owen Bainbridge is proud member of the England Blind Football Team and has collected 70 caps so far for his team, winning silver and bronze medals at tournaments across the world. Due to congenital glaucoma, Owen had minimal sight in one eye, before going totally blind when he was seven. However, despite his disability, he was brought up with a love for football, and during his A-level studies, became involved with blind football. Blind football is five-a-side, with sighted goalkeepers. The ball contains ball-bearings to make it rattle, and the skill and fitness levels have to be seen to be believed. Owen made his first appearance for England in a victory against Germany when he was 20.

Owen has combined studying sports massage with building up his tally of England caps and he continues to develop his skills both on the massage table and on the football pitch, adding nutrition to his business repertoire. In this talk, Owen will share his individual approach to business and how communication is key to leadership and teamwork. Having captained his country on two occasions, he knows how it feels to lead under pressure; a key skill for any business owner.


Previous Speakers

Previous talks:

  • Economic Growth and Happiness Equalization
  • Journey to the Olympic Games
  • Thinking About Inequality
  • Why Nations Fail?
  • The NHS: Can it Survive?
  • Building Entrepreneur Country – for the future from the future.
Opeyemi Otaniyi
The guest lectures were definitely engaging and the speakers were top in their respective fields.
Opeyemi Otaniyi (Nigeria)
Yanfeier Li
I never imagined I would communicate with a Nobel Prize winner face to face.
Yanfeier Li (China)

2019 Guest Speakers

Nobel Prize Winning Economist, Professor George A. Akerlof

George A. Akerlof is an American economist, a University Professor at Georgetown University and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. He won the prize for his ground-breaking work on markets with asymmetric information, and in particular due to his now classic paper, published in 1970, “The Market for Lemons”. At the time this was a significant and innovative breakthrough that showed how markets in which traders have differential information can be inefficient but can also sometimes collapse. It revolutionized the discipline of economics and had impact on every branch and field of economics since then. His work provided the ideas needed to better understand a whole host of real-world phenomena. It has profoundly influenced virtually every field of economics, from industrial organisation and public finance to macroeconomics and contract theory.

Entrepreneur and Chief Tea Mixologist, Krisi Smith

Krisi Smith is a 'Chief Mixologist', Author, Creative Director and Co-founder of Brighton based tea company, Bird & Blend Tea Co. Starting just six years ago in her mum's back bedroom Krisi, along with her partner Mike Turner have built their brand to be the UK's most loved independent tea blenders. This year the business will turnover more than £2.5m and they employ over 90 people across their sites nationwide. At the heart of Krisi's approach to business is a strong commitment to putting people first, creating fantastic customer experiences and having fun along the way.


Economist and Author, Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce is a Greek-born British economist and author of the book ‘Greekonomics’. Vicky Pryce's recent posts have included: Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting; Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Joint Head of the UK Government Economics Service where she was responsible for evidence based policy and for encouraging measures that promoted greater productivity in the UK economy.