Category Archives: Guest Speakers

Digital Innovation Challenge Ceremony and Reception


Dear Alumni, as you might be aware the ISI Group at the LSE held their first ever international Digital Innovation Competition for undergraduate students. The winners have now been announced and will be awarded their prize at 5.30 pm on Monday the 28th of April by the Chief Information Officer at Unilever, Willem Eelman.

The ISI group would like to invite LISA members to this ceremony and the reception drinks. This event is sponsored by BTO ( This is a great opportunity to meet faculty, corporate companies, current students and alumni.

Places are free but limited and reservation is essential. If you would like to attend please,, copying in by 12pm on Friday the 25th of April.

JP Morgan Executive: Networking is Vital

By Nasheeta Sarwar

As part of an effort to bring professionals from industry closer to students at the ISIG Group, LISA hosted Ms. Christiane Macedo, Managing Director and Global Head of Operations for Futures & Options and FX Prime Brokerage at J.P. Morgan, a leading global investment bank. The presentation, held as part of the IS490 classes and in collaboration with the Alumni group, took place at the LSE New Academic Building in which Ms. Macedo talked to students about the current financial landscape
in the context of J.P. Morgan and her role. Herself an LSE graduate, she touched on the factors of success and making the most of one’s career and how the LSE experience influenced her.
Steve Smithson, Professor of Information Systems at the LSE, introduced Ms. Macedo, on a gratifying note for taking the time to speak to the students, and for the LISA committee for organising the event.

Taking the floor, Ms. Macedo discussed the various projects she has worked on in her career and how her roles have evolved with changes in the global economy, be it the Euro introduction, the Y2K preparation or the recent financial crisis. She stressed on the need to be open and flexible and to embrace changes gracefully for a successful career. Macedo mentioned the importance of constantly challenging ourselves to avoid becoming complacent and stuck within our comfort zones. She emphasized that it is crucial to be able to differentiate ourselves and to acquire skills that make us the expert in a particular subject matter, even if it is something as simple as learning to effectively present projects or summarise complex topics, in order to gain a competitive edge in the workplace. Macedo suggested that networking is of paramount importance, and success in a dynamic work environment is shaped by not only by “what you know, but also how you leverage your network”, and initiatives such as Alumni relations do make a difference.

The talk was thought-provoking in its own right and also served as a launch pad for an interesting discussion between the students and Ms. Macedo, with her playing the role of a discussion leader for a variety of topics ranging from email etiquette, dress code and training/career development opportunities all the way to high frequency trading (HFT). With the strong background of skills in technology and business that the ISIG students garner, the talk was engaging at an intellectual and professional level. Macedo stressed that it is becoming increasingly important to take charge of your career, plan ahead and steer it in the direction you aspire to be in. “If no one notices your work, you have to make yourself noticed”.

A strong believer in diversity, Macedo strongly encouraged the female students to “make their mark” and fully embrace the workforce, to make the most of what they are learning at the LSE both inside and outside the classrooms. Women make a bigger contribution today than ever before, and it is only getting stronger.

Ms. Macedo defined the word “talk” with the session being more focused on discussions than a presentation- which was capturing to the extent that students followed her outside the classroom for more. LISA promised the students more of the same, and hopes that Ms. Macedo would like to return to the department for another exciting discussion.

LISA Hosts Senior SAP Professional

By Adnan Naseem

LISA hosted Mr. Norman Marks, a high-ranking Vice President at SAP for a talk, on 18 February 2011, to give students a view from a practitioner into industry.

The lecture, entitled “The Future of Information: Challenges and Opportunities” began with Professor Steve Smithson giving a short introduction and thanking LISA’s Adnan Naseem who had invited Mr. Marks, and Nasheeta Sarwar from the committee for taking time from their busy schedules to organize and attend this event.

Mr. Marks, an LSE graduate of 1972, currently leads the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) effort at SAP in San Francisco and has held many other senior positions at a number of global companies. Taking the floor, Mr. Marks, gave a short presentation, before opening the floor for discussion with
students, in which Dr. Natalie Mitev from the ISI Group coordinated, and acted as discussion leader.

Over running the time scheduled for the talk, students were eager to discuss SAP’s business model and other issues that are of relevance to their current program of study.

Mr. Naseem, chair of LISA, promised the attendees that the series of talks by industry professionals will
continue with the alumni effort, and will be of significant value to next year’s new Management Information Systems and Innovation (MISI) program, and thanked Dr. Mitev, Dr. Smithson and Mr. Marks for their time.

LISA Hold First Professional Seminar


By Adnan Naseem and Charles Wahab

As part of an effort to bring professionals from industry closer to students at the ISI Group, LISA held its first professional presentation on March 5th, 2009. Senior Value Engineering Principal at SAP, Mr. Kalim Khan was invited for a talk to the students of IS447 at LSE. Khan discussed the IT investment value lifecycle, and how SAP helps companies achieve that.

LISA vice chair Adnan Naseem, Chief Operating Officer at Social eCare Solutions(UK) LLP, introduced Mr. Khan on a gratifying note for taking the time to travel to London and speaking to the students. Naseem also stressed upon the increasing need for relationship building between academia and industry, and that classrooms should become a familiar place for industry leaders. “The LSE has a rich tradition of hosting world leaders who come and speak to students, but today, this tradition has not confined itself to lecture halls. It is now extended to our classrooms as well,” he said.

Taking the floor, Mr. Khan discussed two aspects in his presentation; first, his personal experience and the views of his domain; second, about SAP, its business model, and its efforts to maximize value of IT investments for small and large companies alike.

The presentation was thought-provoking in its own right and also served as a launch-pad for an interesting discussion between the students and Mr. Khan. In addition to presenter, he often played the role of discussion leader for a variety of topics ranging from how business today has changed with technology, all the way to how the global crisis has affected the technology sector. He mentioned that it was only 10 years ago when having an email address for smaller businesses was not a foregone certainty.

Mr. Khan discussed the challenges faced by companies like SAP in penetrating the small business market. He indicated that small and medium sized enterprises wrestle with several concurrent demons with respect to information technology: mastering a rudimentary understanding of its impact, IT budgetary constraints and the struggle to measure and tailor software to match business needs. Mr. Khan suggested that, even in an internet world, it remains difficult for brick-and-mortar rural businesses who
have held on to business models with proven success over decades to accept that incorporating some degree of IT in their strategy will play an integral part in their future prosperity (or demise).

The presentation lasted its full time allotment and beyond as students accompanied Mr. Khan outside the classroom to continue the discussion, while LISA committee members crossed their fingers, hoping the successful seminar augurs well for the many more presentations to come.