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Scottish Business Network

Fraser Allen from Fraser Allen Communications

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As a journalist and member of the Scottish Business Network, I was keen to start a fortnightly podcast interviewing the big personalities of the Scottish business world. Dip in - you'll hear from some amazing people! Available on Apple Music, Spotify and all the main podcast platforms. If you like what you hear, simply search for 'Scottish Business Network' on your preferred podcast provider and subscribe. Thank you.
 
This podcast series features inspirational talks by some of the most innovative educational consultants and developers in the world. They have been recorded at the Urban Learning Space in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland.Urban Learning Space is a learning lab equipping the people of Scotland with the capabilities to face the challenges of 21st century life.Urban Learning Space was established with core funding from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. We are working with people around Scotland to ...
 
This podcast series features inspirational talks by some of the most innovative educational consultants and developers in the world. They have been recorded at the Urban Learning Space in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland.Urban Learning Space is a learning lab equipping the people of Scotland with the capabilities to face the challenges of 21st century life.Urban Learning Space was established with core funding from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. We are working with people around Scotland to ...
 
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As a school-leaver, Philip Grant went straight to work in a branch of Bank of Scotland and, 40 years on, his career continues within the same group.He's now Chief Operating Officer for Insurance & Wealth at Lloyds Banking Group, as well as being Chair of Scottish Financial Enterprise. However, despite all that has happened since, Philip still remem…
 
After a happy childhood in South Africa, Shona Fleming was brought back to Glasgow by her parents and found the transition difficult. Life at school became uncomfortable with taunts about her background – her education stalled and Shona abandoned any thoughts of higher education.A series of junior jobs followed, in which she always worked hard, but…
 
If you only ever listen to one episode of the Scottish Business Network podcast, make it this one. To round 2021 off, Fraser Allen dips into the archive to unearth some wonderful contributions from guests over the past two to three years.In particular, we hear from people who have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of adversity, as well as …
 
When Todd Walker was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Highlands and Islands in February 2021, he started the role in the strangest of circumstances. Based in Australia, lockdown prevented his relocation to Inverness, so he spent several months leading the university from a desk at his home on the other side of the wo…
 
Building on a highly successful business career, Aberdeenshire-born Jackie Waring founded Investing Women, a Scottish community of women angel investors, women entrepreneurs seeking growth, and those who want to help both.Scott Dalgleish takes over the reins from Fraser Allen in interviewing Jackie for this fascinating episode, exploring the unexpe…
 
To mark the opening of Scottish International Week on 2 November 2021, Fraser Allen considers the global Scottish diaspora and interviews a fine example of this inquisitive and adventurous breed. When Argyll-bred Caroline Finkel first visited Turkey as a student in 1971, she fell in love with the country and has spent much of her life since then li…
 
Aberdonian Iain Anderson began his career working as a journalist for the Courier and the Herald before becoming a founding shareholder of Incisive Media, a B2B publishing company that has evolved into digital media and events.It was a wise move as his shareholding grew considerably due to a subsequent sale and flotation. That enabled him to found …
 
Honorary Scot Liz Barclay has a long history of campaigning for consumer justice and financial inclusion through her days at Citizens Advice, a distinguished career as a journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter, and her seat on the Financial Inclusion Commission.Then in July 2021, Liz was revealed as the new UK Small Business Commissioner. The commissi…
 
In 2012, a 21-year-old Aberdeen University student called Blair Bowman created a global celebration called World Whisky Day. Hundreds of thousands of people got involved, and the initiative continues to flourish. Meanwhile Blair has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK’s leading writers, experts and consultants on whisky. As we begin an oc…
 
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Growing up on a Californian farm, Eric McAfee’s horizons were broadened by global travel, including extensive tours playing trumpet in a band. Yet running parallel to this, he and his brothers started a business at an early age called McAfee Farms managing agricultural properties. And at the tender age of 23, while he was still at college, Eric was…
 
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast - a show about all things migration, with me your host, Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory. Today, we're going local. We're talking all about city-level migration governance with Lamine Abbad from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and Fátima …
 
Hello and you're listening to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast - a podcast about all things migration. Today, I'm thrilled to welcome human trafficking expert, Lori Mann, to the show to talk about trafficking in persons legal cases in which the victims of trafficking themselves are on trial as defendants. But first, about Lori. L…
 
We now hear the phrase ‘mental health’ in the media just about every day, but it wasn’t always that way. People – and businesses – have become far more comfortable discussing issues such as stress, anxiety and depression – even more so in the wake of the pandemic crisis.And while a lot of people are understandably keen to throw themselves back into…
 
Hello and welcome to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, hosted by me, Loksan Harley, from Homelands Advisory, your independent migration and diaspora agency. Today, I'm delighted to be joined by Aurélia Donnard to talk about mixed migration in West Africa. Aurélia became Mixed Migration Manager for West Africa at the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) in …
 
Hello and you're listening to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, powered by Homelands Advisory. Today, we've got Peter Kwok with us, who is the Chair of both the newly-formed Global Diaspora Confederation and the UK Federation of Chinese Professionals. Peter is originally from Hong Kong but has spent much of his career and life in…
 
David Brown may well be Scotland's most successful fintech entrepreneur. However, in a Glasgow accent undimmed by many years of living in London and the Middle East, he self-deprecatingly describes himself as a 'lunatic'.Well, if that's the case, he’s the lunatic behind the hugely successful Oxygen Finance and now Hi55 Ventures, which is revolution…
 
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A very good morning to you and you're listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, one of the fastest-growing podcasts on migration and diaspora issues in the world... probably. I'm delighted to welcome to the show, Almaz Negash, the Founder and Executive Director of the African Diaspora Network (ADN), an exciting network, based in Silicon Valley…
 
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Good morning and you're listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory. Today, we've got my friend, Shabari Nair from the International Labour Organization's (ILO) New Delhi office, on the show to talk us through South Asia's migration mega trends. Shabari is the Labour Migration Specialist for South As…
 
In this special episode, entrepreneur and Scottish Business Network co-founder Russell Dalgleish quizzes podcast host Fraser Allen about seven key leadership insights that he's gathered from interviewing 60+ Scottish business leaders in the series to date.Recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Scottish Business Network's celebration of…
 
Good morning and you're listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory. Today's guest is Oula Tarssim, the German Development Cooperation's (GIZ) Tunisia Coordinator for the Migration & Diaspora Programme. Oula was born and raised in Germany to Tunisian parents. She started her career in mark…
 
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Good morning and you are listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a podcast where we talk about all things migration. I'm your host Loksan Harley and as always I'm so happy to be bringing the best of the best migration and diaspora experts to your airwaves to share what they're working on and what they've learned. And today I'm joined by my f…
 
When Clare Wareing was growing up in Yorkshire, one of her friends lost her father to cancer at a very early age. The experience had a big impact on Clare and, when her grandfather was later diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, she promised him that she would devote her life to cancer research.And that is exactly what she has done – while also p…
 
Hello, you're listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley. Today, we've got Felipe Muñoz, Chief of the Migration Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with us to talk about Latin America's migration mega-trends. A bit about Felipe. He's been in his current position leading IDB's migration practice si…
 
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley. Today I'm joined by Jenna Holliday to take a look at migration through the gendered lens. So a bit about my friend, Jenna Holliday. Jenna is a migration, labour rights and gender specialist. Jenna consults extensively for United Nations and o…
 
When British long-distance runner Mo Farah won his four Olympic gold medals, a key part of the team driving him forward was a Scotsman. Barry Fudge grew up in Fort William, obsessed with sport and with an increasing interest in the science behind it. This would ultimately lead him to the role of Head of Endurance at British Athletics, and those cel…
 
Hello and welcome to a US presidential special edition episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show with me your host, Loksan Harley, about all things migration. Today, I have Jessica Bolter from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) with us to talk about the newly-elected President Joe Biden's migration agenda. Jessica Bolter is an Associate…
 
Hello and welcome again to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show where we discuss everything migration. Today I'm speaking with a true powerhouse in the field of migrant rights in Asia, William Gois. William is the current regional coordinator of Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a regional network of grassroots organisations, trade unions, faith-bas…
 
Martin Perry was born with one leg and both of his hands missing. He’s now a world-class table tennis player who says his disability is one of the best things that have ever happened to him. Yet despite these extraordinary facts and his hugely charismatic personality, Martin has always seen himself simply as a normal guy – one of four competitive b…
 
Hello and a big welcome, or bienvenue, to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host Loksan Harley. Today I'm absolutely thrilled to be joined by Audrey Jolivel from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) to talk about the role of inter-state migration dialogues in migration governance. Audrey …
 
Hello and welcome to yet another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host Loksan Harley. Today we're returning to the fascinating topic of migration and development and how each affects the other. And I have the ideal guest on to share her wisdom on the topic - Dr Melissa Siegel from the United Nations University Maastricht Ec…
 
When Dame Laura Lee left the Peterhead area at the age of 16 to begin her career as a nurse in Edinburgh, she could never have imagined that she would one day be the CEO of a major charity operating around the world, and having a hugely positive impact on the experiences of cancer patients and those close to them.Yet, after nursing Maggie Jencks, a…
 
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley. Today I've got Colin Rajah on the show to talk about, in his words, the "messy but beautiful" business of advocating for civil society in global migration governance. Colin is the Coordinator of the Civil Society Action Committee (AC), the la…
 
Any Scottish football fan of a certain age will remember the thrill of seeing Scotland line up against Brazil for the opening match of the World Cup Finals in Paris almost 23 years ago.Craig Brown was a key figure in a golden period for Scottish football, and a coach who was in many ways ahead of his time in the thoughtful way that he approached th…
 
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show in which we talk about anything and everything to do with migration; with me your host Loksan Harley. Today I have the honour of being joined by Onyekachi Wambu, Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD-UK), to talk about his illustrious car…
 
Alison Walker was the first woman to report live on a football match for the BBC. That’s a significant moment looking back but it didn’t feel like it at the time for Alison – she was too busy focusing on doing a good job while navigating the hostilities of the male-dominated media pack. However, this achievement heralded an outstanding career in sp…
 
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