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Partnerships for economic growth

26 September 2012

Ana BotinKnowledge transfer partnerships are crucial to the UK’s economic recovery and growth, a leading financial expert will argue in a guest lecture at the University.

Ana Botin, Chief Executive Officer of Santander will speak at Cardiff on Thursday 11th October 2012 in a lecture entitled ‘Small business, university entrepreneurs and Santander: Key partnerships for UK economic recovery and growth’.

Her talk will explore the importance of the transfer of knowledge and research from universities to society, the role of student entrepreneurs in driving economic growth and the support Santander can provide.

Appointed CEO of Santander UK plc in December 2010, Ana Botin has a long track record in the financial industry. During her career she has worked in corporate and investment banking at JP Morgan in New York, set up a €220 million Private Equity Fund, Suala, which focused on investment in growth companies, and was Executive Chairman of Banesto. In addition to her business roles, Ms Botin has been and continues to be an active leader in social responsibility and philanthropic work.

Santander UK plc is one of Britain’s leading personal financial services companies and one of the largest providers of mortgages and savings in the UK. In 2008, Cardiff became the first Welsh university to join Santander Universities Global Division. The University’s agreement with Santander was renewed in 2011, providing further funding for scholarships and awards for students and staff to study in the UK and abroad. Santander also provide support to the University’s Student Hardship Fund, a research grant for the School of Welsh, support to the Cardiff School of European Studies, mobility grants for the Cardiff Business School and support for a student development unit.

Ana Botin’s lecture starts at 12.45pm on Thursday 11th October and is held at the Glamorgan Building Council Chamber. Places for the lecture are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register for this event, please email Roz Kilcourse in the Development and Alumni Relations office at