While delivering our ‘Economics for Foreign Policy’ executive education programme for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in Buenos Aires, LSE Enterprise staff took the opportunity to meet with Pablo Trevisán, LSE’s head of alumni chapter in Argentina and Alumni Ambassador to South America, together with locally based LSE alumni. Julius Sen, Associate Director at LSE Enterprise and academic director of the FCO programme, and Yury Bikbaev, Programme Director in charge of customised executive education programmes at LSE Enterprise (both LSE alumni) paid a visit to Buenos Aires alumni from LSE.
Julius Sen said: ‘Meeting alumni from different years and various departments of LSE was such a pleasure. I had no idea that there were so many of us in Buenos Aires.’ The gathering was a very useful venue for LSE Enterprise colleagues and fellow LSE alumni to update local chapter on recent developments back at LSE and to learn more about possibilities to enhance engagement with Argentina. A number of bilateral meetings with local think-tanks and government agencies were arranged with the kind assistance of the local alumni chapter.
The LSE Enterprise visit then continued to Brazil to explore strategic considerations for commercially structured engagements via executive education and consultancy services. The visit included Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia, where bilateral meetings were arranged with the help of Carlos Nascimento, LSE Enterprise Associate Director and Senior Adviser for Brazil (also an LSE alumnus). More than two dozen meetings took place in the three cities, with a strong interest from the Brazilian counterparts, which included top government agencies and ministries, leading local multinationals, and prominent training institutions.
Carlos Nascimento commented: ‘LSE has a lot of potential in the Brazilian market, and the interest from local institutions is tremendous. What we need to do now is to come up with a strategic approach to this market where the needs of Brazilian organisations are addressed in a truly customised way where LSE can deliver most value through its training and consulting services.’