Date of release: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Big Picture Seminar SeriesThe nation’s transport needs, the global economic outlook and the ‘mindset’ needed to be a winner in business are among the topics up for discussion in the university’s forthcoming series of Big Picture seminars.

Run by the Business School, the series attracts high-profile and leading figures from the commercial world, who share their expertise on a range of topics. The seminars, which are free to attend and open to all, provide students, staff and the wider community with rare and personal insights into the bigger picture of how industries operate.

The series continues on 11 December with Graham Wason speaking on Reducing Tourism VAT and the Route to Happiness. As Chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign, he will examine the World Happiness Report and compare Britain to Denmark, the country in which he lives. The latter consistently tops the league of the world’s happiest countries.

Stephen Joseph OBE, Chief Executive Officer for the Campaign for Better Transport, is speaking on 15 January. In a talk entitled Infrastructure and Growth – Myths and Facts he will argue that, in the case of transport, more infrastructure can be counter-productive both to economic prosperity and sustainability. Instead, better management of existing infrastructure, as well as long-term investment frameworks and a strong planning system, can facilitate lasting economic success, he says.

Ian Harwood, a city economist, will be speaking on An increasingly bright global economic outlook on 22 January. In the seminar Mr Harwood, a Visiting Professor at Greenwich who has worked as a global macro-economist in the City of London since the late 1970s, will give his assessment of whether a marked improvement in the fortunes of the world economy is in prospect during 2014 and beyond.

Des Wilson, founder of the charity Shelter, is speaking on 12 February. In Reflections based on over thirty years in campaigning and public affairs, he will outline the highlights of his long and distinguished career and reflect on some of the fundamental changes to have taken place within society in that time.

Does mindset matter in business? Mark Doughty, Global Talent & Development Director for the Infrastructure Division of Deutsche Bank, will be discussing this topic on 26 February. He will consider how companies can achieve long-term strategic competitive advantages and how important it is for business leaders to have the right skills – including the right mindset – to deliver in their roles.

Big Picture events take place at the Greenwich Campus between 5pm and 7pm. They are hugely popular, and registration in advance is essential. For further details:

For those who cannot attend, all the seminars will be podcast, with details at the above site.

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