Image of Photo of alumni participants

Speed Networking

23 October 2022 10.00 - 13.00
Add to Calendar23/10/2022 10:0023/10/2022 13:00UTCSpeed Networking Library, Jesus College CB5 8BLfalseDD/MM/YYYY15Jesus Collegeevent_11741confirmed
Webb Library, Jesus College CB5 8BL

This event is an opportunity for all Jesus College Students to talk to Jesus Alumni from a range of sectors for a few minutes at a time. A chance to learn valuable networking skills, make new contacts and find out more about the range of careers and roles available.

The event will start with tea, coffee and biscuits and a welcome from the Master followed by an optional one hour interactive workshop - Networking - How do I do it successfully? with Jesus Alumna, Lene Hanson (1996) Lene is a professional skills consultant with a focus on early career development.

Current students can register for free via Eventbrite.

We are delighted to be joined by the following participants:

Lene Hansen (1996)

Lene is an ex-regulator, litigator, consultant and COO who has lived in four countries and worked in over 20. During this time, she became aware of the critical need for practical training by experienced practitioners early in people's careers. This belief led to the founding of The Glass Ceiling Project in 2017. 

This consultancy aims to create confident and competent employees who drive strong company outcomes through comprehensive training (Skillpods programme), bespoke coaching and mentoring. Lene has degrees in Psychology, Criminology and Law and has competed successfully as a Cambridge Blue and international rower. Her book on life and crime 'Where's The Harm?' will be published in 2022.

Alexander Schurer (2021) 

Alexander is a manager at the global strategy and management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. McKinsey & Company advises corporations and governments on their most critical topics — ranging from growth and innovation strategies to digital engineering and production scaling. Alexander is an Engagement Manager (Project Manager) at the London office within the firm's Digital and Life Sciences practices. He leads diverse, multidisciplinary teams on strategic topics, and the production of advanced analytics tools in the pharmaceutical, medical products and health care industries. Despite being London based, projects are global and Alexander has worked in over 12 different countries. Alexander completed his undergraduate education in Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2013. During this time he joined the universities consulting club, learning about the industry and practising case studies. Upon graduating, Alexander joined the consulting arm of Deloitte in Johannesburg before transferring to their London office and ultimately left to join McKinsey in 2017. Alexander completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Cambridge University as a member of Jesus College in 2022.

Terrie McCann (1998) 

Terrie joined the Labour Party in July 2021 as a maternity cover for the Head of Fundraising, looking after a team of fundraisers with a portfolio of mid to major donors. She recently moved into a Fundraising Strategy Liaison role which looks at elevating fundraising across the whole organisation, including regional offices, coordinated digital asks and candidates. Fundraising for a political party comes with unique challenges that are quite different from the charitable sector, but the main principles remain the same. Terrie has worked in fundraising since graduating with a History degree, with her first job in the Jesus College Development Office! Since then, she’s worked in multiple sectors, including higher education (UCL), health (Royal College of Surgeons) and the arts (Sadler’s Wells), moving into politics about five years ago as Director of Fundraising at a Think Tank. She’s gained experience across all aspects of fundraising, from one-off and regular giving, to trust and foundation applications to high-level and major donations, as well as managing teams of fundraisers working at all levels. 

Jatin Patel (1996) 

Jatin graduated from Jesus College in 2000 with a first class masters degree in manufacturing engineering. Pre-graduation, Jatin put some of his engineering skills and knowledge into practice with Ford Motor Company who provided industrial experience and sponsorship to him as an undergraduate. Upon graduation, Jatin joined a strategic management consultancy in London (Marakon Associates). After 4 years there, Jatin left to join Lloyds Banking group and embarked on a 15 year career in banking with Lloyds and then TSB, where he held various leadership positions within strategy, commercial development and digital. Currently, he sits on the executive committee of Hastings, a UK car and home insurer, as Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer. Jatin is also a Non-exec/Lay Governor on the Board of the University of Manchester. He lives in North West London with his wife (who he met at Cambridge) and 3 children. 

Alessandro Rubin (2016) 

Alessandro is a Senior Associate at FGS Global, the leading WPP-owned strategic communications agency specialising in reputation advisory for some of the world's largest companies. At FGS Global, Alessandro focuses on media relations and reputation enhancement briefs, helping clients position themselves in the public opinion and face challenging situations from listings and mergers to strategic announcements and political advocacy.  Before joining FGS, Alessandro began his career at FTI Consulting through their strategic communications graduate scheme. There, he began specialising in energy and natural resources, which remains his area of focus to this day. His clients have included leading energy transition players such as Siemens Gamesa and Acciona Energia, the world's largest renewable-only utility. Before commencing his career, Alessandro graduated with a starred first in History of Art from Cambridge and gained an MPhil in Management at Judge Business School. He matriculated at Jesus College in 2016.

David Kohn (1991) 

David studied architecture at Jesus College and at Columbia University, New York, as a Fulbright Scholar. He established his practice in 2007 and is currently building new campuses for New College, Oxford and the University of Hasselt, Belgium. Alongside practice David teaches architecture at the Architectural Association. He enjoys travel, visiting art exhibitions and running.  

Omaid Hiwaizi (1987)

Omaidi has almost 30 years of management and leadership experience in marketing, business strategy, working largely in Europe and the USA. He has a particular focus on the adoption and growth of technology and the opportunities it brings. Omaid was the Global Marketing & Strategy Lead for Blippar, the leading Augmented Reality technology platform, where he was responsible for communications and brand management, brand solution development, business planning. Before Blippar, Omaid was Chief Strategy Officer for Geometry Global in London. Prior to this, Omaid had senior strategy leadership positions at global digital agency SapientNitro and integrated agency Chemistry. Earlier in his career Omaid launched and grew direct marketing agency HHM and digital agency Crayon. Today, Omaid works with senior executives and teams in frontier technology based start-up and scale-ups on maximising the usage of the technology and the value it brings to the marketplaces they seek to disrupt.

Emma Knott (2007) 

Emma is a Senior Civil Servant in HM Treasury. She currently leads the Efficiency and Cabinet Office team. Through various HM Treasury roles over the past 7 years, Emma has experience advising ministers on Spending Reviews, Budgets and other public spending decisions. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Emma was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She spent 4 years there having joined as a graduate, and worked on projects across a variety of sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and technology. Emma graduated from Jesus in 2011 with a distinction in Part III Maths.

Daisy Drury (1993)

Daisy is a producer and arts consultant with a background in movement-based performance and circus. She is Executive Producer for award-winning dance theatre company Lost Dog ( and Lead Producer for a major new musical theatre show called Waldo’s Circus of Magic & Terror ( that will tour the UK in Spring 2023. Previously, she was Head of Producing for Fuel and, for 12 years, Director of Circus Development at the National Centre for Circus Arts.  At NCCA she created and lead on a series of artist and artform development programmes.  Other projects included the training programme for the 42 deaf and disabled artists who performed in the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games and Depart, a site-specific circus and dance show created especially for derelict Victorian cemeteries.  Her first role in the arts was as Development Manager at the Young Vic where she worked on the capital fundraising campaign for the new building. Other careers have included a researcher on the South Bank Show, a presenter in the ‘Talk Zone’ at the Millennium Dome and a short, disastrous stint as a social media entrepreneur in the days before social media existed. Contrary to what you might expect she was not involved in any theatrical activities at College at all. 

John Wohlgemuth (1979)

John is a former solicitor who specialised in the media, sport and music industries before leaving the law to help run the international arm of the London office of BMG Music Publishing . Subsequently John  left the music industry and spent the bulk of his working life as managing director of North One Television, an independent UK TV production company which produced programming here and abroad from sport, light entertainment and game shows to documentaries, indeed most genres except scripted drama . After nearly twenty years at North One John now works  part time as a consultant to various sports, arts and media businesses. The nature of John’s work  at North One meant he was involved in the entire process of television production from idea generation through budgeting , filming , editing and then the delivery, marketing and commercialisation of the finished programme . The nature of North One’s programming often relying on sports, music, entertainment, literary and arts content (plus John’s prior and subsequent work experience) means John is  familiar with the parallel processes and commercial arrangements in a number of other media and entertainment sectors  such as the music, sports, book publishing, sponsorship and the arts.

Booking tickets