We believe that every student should have the opportunity to discover their true passion in life…(and not just follow the common London trend into banking or consulting.) But no more of this ‘one size fits all’!
The Business of the Arts celebrates the diverse range of talent at King’s and introduces students to the entrepreneurial and commercial spirits from the fascinating world of Fashion and Media.
Join us for an unforgettable evening of inspirational speeches, an engaging Q&A Session and an opportunity to connect and network at a relaxing drinks reception.
Our Speakers include:
***Gregoire Ponsoye – Senior Analyst at NBC Universal & Former Analyst at Walt Disney Company***
Greg is a young media professional who is passionate about the development of the Media Industry and will talk about ‘finding a job that you love’. He is currently working in Strategy & Development at NBCUniversal and was previously responsible for Market Research for The Walt Disney Company and Canal+ in France. He studied Digital Culture & Technology at Kings College London, and Management & Economics at Tongji SEM in Shanghai and at Euromed-Management in Marseille.
***Shauna Monkman – Former VP of Global Online Sales at the Financial Times & VP of Business Development at Centro***
Shauna’s professional experience spans over 13 years in the Digital Media industry. Key roles include Vice President of Global Online Sales for the Financial Times Ltd, Vice President of Business Development for Centro, the world’s largest online advertising network, Founder of Skana Consulting, a strategic media consultancy, and Founder of Sooth Media, a social enterprise dedicated to facilitating social change via citizen media. Shauna holds an MPA from Harvard University and a BSc from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at University of Oxford in the field of Environmental Anthropology.
***John Ayton – Chairman & Co-Founder of Links of London, Annoushka Jewellery and Bremont Watch Company***
John is a luxury entrepreneur and a stalwart of the British jewellery industry. Together with his wife, Annoushka Ducas, he founded the fine jewellery brand, Annoushka in 2009 which is being showcased at world-renowned shopping malls such as Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Brown Thomas. Previously John was best known for having co-founded Links of London, one of the great success stories of the 90s and a business they grew into a global luxury brand with sales of over £50m. In the 2012 New Year’s Honours list john was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the United Kingdom jewellery industry.
***Greta Bellamacina – Poet, Writer and International Fashion Model (Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Burberry).***
In a matter of years, she has published her first poetry collection Kaleidoscope (2011), represented global fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana and worked as an in-house poet and writer for brands such as Twenty8Twelve, All Saints and Hoss Intropia. Most recently, she has created a poetry-fashion film for Harper’s Bazaar and is currently working with major fashion film-makers such as the new Nikon Advert to be released next month. Greta has enjoyed a series of acting rules including a role in the Harry Potter movie ‘Goblet of Fire’ and starred in a short film showcased at the Cannes Film Festival.