Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas is an annual and free one-day conference showcasing the breadth and quality of Business School research, encouraging academic progression and connecting researchers. Students, staff and external guests are invited to explore the latest thinking on a range of business related topics.

The next Festival of Ideas will be taking place on Wednesday 13 March 2019

For students

  • Find out more about our areas of expertise
  • Discover synergies with other disciplines
  • Define your pathway into academia

For staff

  • Grow your networks 
  • Align your areas of expertise
  • Forge cross-disciplinary partnerships

For external guests

Event delegates listening to presentation

Sessions see senior business leaders and academics address key challenges in business today. Last year's festival saw open and closing plenaries on:

External speakers and panel chairs 2018

At the 2018 event we welcomed external speakers and panel members from a variety of organisations including:

  • Mike Barry - Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks and Spencer
  • Tom Bridges - Director, Cities Advisory at Arup
  • Jon Bumstead - Director, Nisomar
  • Louise Ellis - Director of Sustainability, University of Leeds
  • Martin Farrington - Director of City Development, Leeds City Council
  • Simon Garbett - Partner, Squire Patton Boggs 
  • Carly Gulliver - Associate, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Tomas Hult – Marketing and International Business, Michigan State University
  • Timothy Jarvis - Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Prew Lumley - Chair of Leeds Business Improvement District (Leeds BID)