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SPP Alumni Symposium

From Making Policy to Crafting it: Becoming Leaders in the Public Policy Arena

The SPP is delighted to announce that, for the first time since the UK lockdown, we will be hosting an Alumni Symposium for all alumni from the School of Public Policy. The theme of the symposium is ‘Becoming Leaders in the Public Policy Arena’ – how to best shape a career journey and transition from beginning and mid-level roles to senior and executive positions in the sector.

On the afternoon of Saturday 20th May 2023 in London, we will be hearing from leaders in public policy (both from the academic faculty and your own alumni community) in a half-day of panels, professional development sessions, interactive discussions and networking opportunities. The afternoon will begin with lunch hosted by the SPP London Chapter, and conclude with an evening drinks reception in the beautiful Marshall Building at LSE.

It's due to be a great opportunity for alumni to come together, share knowledge, and get a booster on all things policy; we really hope you'll be able to attend.

Where possible, certain sessions will be made hybrid for the benefit of our overseas alumni, so please register your interest if you would like to attend virtually. 

Registration is now open here.

 Symposium Programme

Saturday 20 May 2023
The Marshall Building, LSE Campus
12:30pm - 8:15pm BST

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch with the London Chapter
Early registration included

1:30pm - 1:45pm


1:45pm - 2:15pm

Welcome Plenary

2:15pm – 3:45pm

Alumni Panel: Leaders in Policy
Hybrid option available

Joanne Hutchinson (Director For SEND And Additional Needs, Education Policy Institute - MPA 2005)

Vinay Nair (CEO and Co-Founder, Lightful - MPA 2011)

Anikka Weerasinghe (Director of Communications and Engagement, House of Commons - EMPA 2016)

Valeria Della Rosa (Founder and CEO of Oli help, MPA 2005)

Professor Alexander Evans (MPA in Data Science for Public Policy Programme Director)

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Coffee Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Professional Development Session
Transitioning from mid-career to senior management and executive roles with LSE Careers

Catherine Reynolds (LSE Careers Consultant)

Anne Clinton (Acting Director, LSE Careers)


Academic Spotlight - Discussion Group

Professor Sir Charles Bean (Professor of Economics and EMPA/EMPP Programme Co-Director)

Dr Omar Hammoud Gallego (LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy, LSE School of Public Policy)

5:00pm – 5:15pm

Coffee break

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Alumni 'Speed-Dating' Networking Session 


Academic Spotlight - Discussion Group

Professor Tony Travers (Associate Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy)

Dr Yuxi Zhang (Research Fellow, LSE-Fudan Global Public Policy Hub)

6:15pm - 8.15pm

Drinks Reception