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The London Summit at City Hall in London with London Mayor Boris Johnson 13 October 2014

The Mayor of London and the Varkey Foundation hosted a lunch and panel discussion for Business Backs Education. After opening remarks from Vikas Pota, Chief Executive, The Varkey Foundation; the questions specifically discussed by the panel were:

  1. How can business and education work together in partnership? –
  2. What can businesses do to improve relevance for employability at scale  – local/global?
  3. What’s are the main obstacles to greater business support to education and how can they be overcome/ What change is necessary?

The panellists were:
David Wheeldon, Director of Policy at BSkyB
Xavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group
Richard Reid, Chairman, KPMG
Nick Gibb, MP, Minister for Schools
Jack Morris, CEO of London Design Group

The discussion was moderated by Kate Silverton, BBC Journalist. Panellists were encouraged to use examples from their own experiences as to how they have effectively/ineffectively donated in the past and where opportunities lie to increase CSR spend in education.