Sir Stelios on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Serial entrepreneur and LSE alumnus Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (BSc Econ Industry & Trade 1987) is best known for creating easyJet in 1995 when he was just 28 years old – the pan-European low cost airline that has revolutionised European air travel over the last two decades. Now chairman of easyGroup, the private investment vehicle for the easy family brands, Stelios will return to the School to discuss the changing nature of entrepreneurship, building a pan-European brand, giving back to society and what the next generation of entrepreneurs need to know.

This event is part of the LSE Leadership series, connecting alumni to the world’s thought leaders - providing informed opinion and insight through a broad range of political, cultural and national perspectives.

Event Information

Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time: 6.30pm for discussion, followed by a networking reception

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, LSE Campus

Speakers: Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou in conversation with Dr Christian Busch

Tickets: £5
Hashtag: #SteliosLSE

The event is open to all LSE alumni - places are limited - registration is essential.

You can watch the event live here


A recording of the discussions will also be made available online for download after the event.

About the Speakers

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (BSc Econ Industry & Trade 1987) is best known for creating easyJet in 1995 when he was just 28 years old. This pan-European low cost airline, headquartered in London, has revolutionised European air travel over the last two decades. In 2000 Stelios floated easyJet on the London Stock Exchange whilst remaining, with his family, the largest shareholder.

Stelios is currently Chairman of easyGroup Holdings, which owns the ‘easy’ family of marks, including ‘easyProperty’, ‘easyHotel’, easyBus, easyCar, easyGym and many more. The easyGroup owns more than 1000 registered trademarks within the easy family of brands all over the world.

He is the Founder of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and has launched several philanthropic initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, the environment and education, including the LSE Stelios Scholars programme. In 2006 Stelios received a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship. Since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco where he lives. He is a graduate of LSE and City University in London.

Dr Christian Busch (MSc Management, Organisations & Governance 2008) works with governments, multinational companies, and (social) enterprises to develop scalable inclusive business models. His related research centres on entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, co-creation, and business model innovation, and he teaches several MSc- and executive education courses at LSE. As inaugural Deputy Director at the LSE's Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, Dr. Busch and his team developed a global ecosystem for social impact, and institutionalized the Department of Management's first Research Unit. He is also co-founder of Sandbox, where he developed the hub-based structure and expanded the community and organization into 20 countries, and of Leaders on Purpose. He has been named as one of Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencers”, JCI London's "Ten Outstanding Persons", a TEDster, a Siemens 'Key Influencer', and a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.

He frequently speaks at major conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED/TEDx, and the Financial Times' Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review. Previously, he worked in consulting in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US, and took on external leadership roles such as Impact Advisor at the National Entrepreneurship Association. He has been guest-lecturing at Peking University, ESADE, and Strathmore (Kenya), and his work has been published by journals including IJEV & featured by HBR, Le Monde, Guardian, France24.

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