David Falzani, CEO of business consultancy, Polaris Associates, and President of the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Society (SMF), a charity that provides educational scholarships and career development for aspiring young engineers. I was a beneficiary of an SMF scholarship. I am also a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School (NUBS). NUBS is a centre of excellence in the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, innovation and understanding the commercialisation of research. I teach about the value to the economy of hi-tech wealth-creating industries and modern manufacturing, and how they can extract value from engineering and technology. I share my experience of steering entrepreneurial businesses through the development of ambitious business and marketing strategies. I aim to give students an insight into the challenges faced by a new business, from raising investment to scaling up an operation.
On graduation, scholarship awardees become Fellows of the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Society and gain access to an impressive network of professional contacts and activities including networking events, the opportunity to participate in special projects such as round table debates that are important to the UK economy (e.g. Energy Round Table), publications, career advice and mentoring from within the SMF network and from external captains of industry. They can also participate in the SMF LinkedIn Group Engineers in Business.
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