“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela
( First democratically elected State President of South Africa (1994); Nobel Prize for Peace (1993); b. 1918)
Masterclass Series
Adab's Masterclass Series involves successful individuals from different sectors delivering motivational talks to students. The aim of these talks is to inspire thought and actions in students as the speakers – who serve as role models – share lessons they have learnt from their journey into professional success. Attendees - students and academics – also have an opportunity to network with these Masterclass speakers.
We have delivered Masterclasses to students at the following universities:
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of East London
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Kingston
  • University of Sunderland (London Campus)
  • London Metropolitan University
  • South Bank University
Since 2011, we have delivered Masterclasses at the following universities and faculties:
  • London Metropolitan University's Business School
  • London Metropolitan University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • University of Greenwich’s School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Greenwich's Business School
  • University of London Birkbeck's Business School
  • University of East London's Business School
  • University of Roehampton Business School
The Masterclass speakers:
  • Richard Addy - Audience Strategy Consultant, The Guardian
  • Lord Victor Adebowale, CBE - Chief Executive of Turning Point
  • Altaf Alim - CEO, Aab Clothing
  • Marshall Bailey - Chief Operating Officer, Global Markets EMEA. State Street Global Services
  • Ahmed Bashir - Head of Operations, Marketing and Communications Group, UKTI
  • Alex Brownless - Co-Founder and Director, ArtsThread
  • David ChestertonDirector, Secure Foundation & Chair, Young Offenders Academy
  • Sunil ChopraVP at Tata Consultancy
  • Jenni Douglas-Todd - Chief Executive, Hampshire Police Authority
  • David Fell - Co-founder, Brook Lyndhurst Consultancy
  • Jim Fitzpatrick - MP, Poplar and Limehouse
  • Bob Gann - Head of Strategy & Engagement, NHS Choices
  • David Gavaghan - Executive Director, Quintain Estates and Development PLC
  • Chris HollandsDirector, Group Legal Projects, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Curtis Juman - Director of Finance at UK Trade & Investment
  • Hamzah Khan - Defence Specialist, BT
  • Philippe Lintern - Regional Head of Financial Markets, Europe, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Prof Nigel MacLennan - Leadership Coach & Developer, MacLennan
  • Nick McLeod-Clarke - Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, BlackRock
  • Liz Meek, CBE - Chair, Centre for London
  • Joe Montgomery - Chief Executive Europe for Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Fiona Morrill - Economic Research Officer, Economic Development Office. City of London
  • Tanya Pakeman - Head of Talent GB/Europe, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Michael Pantlin - HR Director, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Jayesh Patel - UK Account Manager All Net GmbH, Allianz Group
  • Lord Phillips of Sudbury - Founder of Bates Wells & Braithwaite
  • Riaz Shah - Partner, Ernst & Young
  • David Robinson, OBE - Co-founder, Community Links
  • Sarabjit Sidhu - Senior Network Manager, Europe at Standard Chartered Bank
  • Steve Skelton - Director, Project Control at Westfield's Stratford City Project
  • Stephen Smit - Executive Vice President, Head of Global Markets Europe and Investor Services UKMEA, State Street Global Services
  • Alan Smith Global Head of Risk Strategy & Chief of Staff at HSBC
  • Steve StrideChief Executive, Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association)
  • Dame Clare TickellChief Executive, Action for Children
  • Alwen Williams - Chief Executive for NHS, Outer North East London and East London and the City
  • Adrian WyattFounder, Quintain Estates and Development PLC
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