Alumnus: Gita Patel
Gita Patel is a co-founder of Stargate Capital Investment Group and a fund manager. Gita led the way in the UK by launching Trapezia, Europe's first venture fund to target women-focused businesses, a sector vastly underserved by The City. Trapezia has become international inspiration for many countries to create similar venture funds. Gita plays a leading role in promoting women's entrepreneurship and has employed her City background to help create a business environment in which entrepreneurship can flourish. Indeed, she is seen as an expert leading change and is frequently approached by various decision-makers for her insights. She is regularly quoted in the media and addresses international platforms on access to capital and growth opportunities.
Gita graduated with a BSc in Economics from LSE and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked in the oil industry, followed by a 15-year career in banking with the NatWest Group. Gita is currently a LSE governor and also serves on the board of Oxfam GB. Gita is listed in the 2005 Asian Power 100 as one of Britain's most influential men and women.
Gita talked about what she learned at LSE, how this influenced her prestigious career and gave advice to students on how to make the most of the opportunities at LSE now and how to use this learning and experience in the future.
The event was chaired by Cath Baldwin, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions
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Students reflected on their own personal experience of LSE and about their observations of the school and London from their contrasting cultural and social viewpoints. In discussion with Gita, they looked at ways for students to make the most of their time at LSE.
Fabian Schrey is from Siegen in Germany. He was born in 1990 and after going to a German school he went to Abingdon School to sit his A-Levels in 2008. He has been at LSE since then to read Geography with Economics as a BSc. He has been student representative for the department. His main interest lies in the field of international economics and Fabian plans to pursue a master's programme next academic year. He is also the President of the Swiss Society for the second year. In the Summer of 2010, he worked at the German embassy in London.
Nelson Amo is a Commonwealth Scholar on the MSc Development Studies program. His first degree was in Sociology at the University of Ghana in 1995 and he served as a Teaching Assistant for a year with the Sociology Department. He then signed up with MTN Ghana, a telecommunication service provider where he worked initially as a Customer Service Advisor and then as a Planning and Analysis Supervisor. He desires to be a development policy analyst and an Innovative Social Entrepreneur, creating workable solutions for Ghana and other developing countries, especially in Africa.
Mengyang Yang is from Beijing in China. She was born in 1987 in Inner Mongolia and moved to Beijing with her parents when she was in secondary school. She did her LLB and a double degree (BA) in Finance at the University of International Business and Economics before she obtained the Legal Profession Qualification of China in 2009. She is now on her LLM degree at LSE and has been the pro bono representative for the LSE LLM committee. Her main interest lies in financial law and Mengyang plans to pursue a career as a solicitor.