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Sky News Big Ideas

Aashi Khemka, VP communications for the Manchester Full-time MBA Class of 2022 attended the Sky News Big Ideas event.

The event was broadcast live from Rotherham in the impressive “Face of Steel” space, formerly a steelwork and a symbol of Yorkshire’s heritage.

Top business and economic specialists, Ian King, Ed Conway, Samantha Washington and Trevor Phillips, were joined by business leaders, industry commentators and political players to discuss how to fire up UK business and the economy in the wake of the pandemic.

The speakers across the day were: Clive Chesser, CEO of Punch Taverns; Carl Ennis, CEO, (UK) Siemens; Lord Bilimoria, CBI President; Mark Carney, Prime Minister’s Finance Advisor for COP26 and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance; Alveena Malik, CEO and co-founder of One Million Mentors; Chris Pitt, CEO for First Direct; Magid Magid, climate activist and former Mayor of Sheffield;Diane Gilpin, CEO for Smart Green Shipping; and Ash Amirahmadi, Managing Director for Arla Foods.

“I attended the event alongside 10 other Alliance Manchester Business School representatives, three of whom are Full-time MBA students,” said Aashi. “As an MBA student, the event was a great networking opportunity. The audience was limited to 30 people, so you could easily reach out and connect to each other, including members of the Sky News team. I have now connected with some of the speakers on LinkedIn since the event. AMBS was the only business school represented alongside thought leaders from a wide range of industries and everyone we spoke to at the event had a genuine interest in knowing more about the School.”

“As part of the audience, we had the opportunity to engage directly with the debate, which was live across all Sky News platforms. Two of my MBA colleagues had the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers during the session, “The Future of Green Growth”.

“Having answers to these questions gave us first-hand information on what businesses and NGOs are doing, and hearing where additional support from the government could help the country move towards a green future was insightful. As an MBA student I believe it is important that we consider the impact of the pandemic and how schools, government and corporates can best support students and the younger generation in terms of education and employment.”

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this event, it was an incredible experience to attend a live Sky News event, learn the views of industry leaders on post-pandemic recovery, and have the chance to grow my network.”