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The Impact of Covid-19 on Business and how developments due to Covid-19 will act as a platform for the future

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Leaders in Industry Speaker Series

The Department of Business are hosting an event in on Friday 20 November and we would be delighted if you could join us.

This lecture will consider present business opportunity models and the need to change methodology. This links to students needing to adapt and evolve, just like businesses do, with the skills of flexibility and resilience being fundamental to career success. The session will include Q&A.


Ismail Amla is Chief Growth Officer at Capita Plc, the UK’s largest tech-enabled BPO provider. As one of the top 100 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector, Ismail was specifically recognised within a group of five ‘highly commended disruptors’.

He has enjoyed a high profile, technology-focused career, spanning Europe and North America. He joined Capita from IBM, where he was managing partner for the IBM Services business in North America. Prior to that, he was the CEO of FIS, which included Capco, where he was a member of the global leadership team. Ismail has also held positions as an Accenture Partner and was Vice President and UK Board member for CSC, leading the financial services business in the UK and Ireland.

Ismail has an MBA from Manchester university and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton. He was a member of Mosaic, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. He also plays an advisory role at the Weissman Centre for International Business in New York.

Dr Oli Freestone is the Head of the Capita Institute. He leads the Capita Institute to provide digital thought leadership, research and insights. He has worked across multiple industries as a management consultant, and has expertise in strategy, technology and innovation. He is a regular contributor to leading publications on these topics.

Registration your attendance now.

Friday, 20 November 2020