Online Open Lecture Series 2020/21

‘Entrepreneurial Leadership & The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship’

Thursday 18 March, at 3pm

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Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education is pleased to be hosting the Online Open Lecture Series 2020/21.

The free-to-attend Open Lecture Series established back in 2010, has welcomed many speakers from around the world to present here in Dundee- one of Scotland’s most diverse, modern and dynamic cities. These events are highly regarded within the community and play an important role in the College’s mission to build bridges and establish connections between different communities and societies.

We look forward to welcoming guest speaker, Mr Charles Lovatt, recently retired Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity at the University of St Andrews, as he presents ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership & The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship’.

The Lecture will last 30 minutes followed by a 15-minute window for audience questions and engagement.


Brief Summary of Lecture

In the public imagination, entrepreneurs are often widely admired individuals who have succeeded with great accomplishments. In this open lecture, Charles will explain that the role of entrepreneurs is to create value and he will describe the heroic characteristics of such people positioning them as leaders who use storytelling to acquire followers.

More critically, he will identify the darker side of entrepreneurship and identify some examples for discussion.


About the Speaker

Charles recently retired from the University of St Andrews where, for 10 years, he was Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity. Charles has also taught at the Universities of Abertay, Dundee, Heriot Watt and Goethe University in Frankfurt.

In the private sector, he was a successful entrepreneur from the 1980s to the early 2000s. His commercial interests reflect a life-long love of music and fascination with technology. He has founded, or co-founded, over a dozen businesses. He established his most successful business in 1985: a semi-conductor trading company serving the personal computer & telecom industries globally. He has also served on the governance body of several Scottish Government agencies including the Scottish Arts Council, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and the National Library of Scotland.


How to Sign-up

Please visit our Eventbrite page here to register your free ticket

Thursday 18 March, 3pm


How to join the Online Lecture

Gaining access is simple and free- viewers will need a laptop/PC, tablet or smartphone. Click on the video conferencing ‘Zoom’ link provided by the College (usually sent on the day of the lecture) a few minutes before the event begins. to access the streaming platform called ‘Zoom’. After clicking the Zoom link, viewers will be held in a virtual waiting room. From there, the Alm College Events team will submit viewers into the live lecture.

Upon entering the lecture, microphones will automatically be muted and webcams automatically turned off. If viewers wish to ask a question at the end of the lecture using your microphone, there will be an opportunity to do so.

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