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Back to School Day

Bridging the Skills of Today and Tomorrow
21st January 2018, Dulwich College, London

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Contact details for the event.


020 8438 1598 for more information

09:00 – 17:30hrs (please note Christmas holiday closure times)

Date: Sunday 21st January 2018
Location: Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD
Timings: Registration from 09:45hrs. Closing ceremony ends 18:00hrs


  • To harness intergenerational learning on life skills
  • To raise important funds to empower our next generation of leaders around the world

We believe that life skills such as creativity, courage, teamwork, and resilience are vital to nurture.

Life skills are transferrable into any situation – whether you are fighting a leadership contest, or managing a crisis at home, or relaying bad news.

Life skills apply to everyone – whether you are a senior executive in business, a doctor, a sportsman, community leader, or teenager.

Why not learn how to master some of these skills by some of the world’s best teachers?

your teachers
life skills lessons

Lesson themes are subject to change at the discretion of the speaker. Time schedule of lessons will be released prior to event. Main stage sessions, and parallel plenary session format. More speakers to be announced. Due to the high-profile nature of our speakers, scheduling changes may occur.

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all proceeds go to

We want to raise funds to support the education and skills of the next generation of leaders, in the UK, India, and Malawi. Read more about our projects here


We are a group of MBA students from London Business School. This event has been inspired by our own personal journeys back into the classroom, and our mission to empower young people who do not have the resources to get the education or skills training in life, that we have been lucky to have.

Smruti Sriram
Founder and Lead Organiser

Martina Machado
Lead Organiser

Dr Joe Spence
Master of Dulwich College/ Co-Director of SSLP
Lead Educational Advisor

Alex Barrett

Claudia Yasukawa

Elliot Solomon

Eraldo Cavalli

Janine Lee

Matteo Scatola

Mike Gammell

Patrick Walsom

Sam Kempe

Sushant Marathe

Whitney Vellequette

Zvi Rabinovich

Amer Abdullat

Akriti Dokania

Olivia Schmid



The Rt. Hon. Lord McNally, Professor Lord Parekh, Dr Spence, Master of Dulwich College/ Co-Director of Southwark Teacher’s Alliance, Lord Butler, Former Master of University College, Oxford, Lady Elizabeth Roberts, Trinity College, Oxford, Lord Robin Janvrin, former Private Secretary to HM The Queen , London Business School professors: Professor Lakshman Shivakumar, Professor Tahoun Ahmed, Professor Aneeta Rattan, Professor Bryan Stroube, Professor Simona Botti, Dr Ramnath and Mrs Rajni Sriram, Co-Founders The Wings of Hope, Dawn Butler MP, Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council, Dame Cilla Snowball, Asst. Professor Brent Richards, RAVE, George Farha, GSP Group, Pinky Lilani CBE, Damon Clark, Institute of Directors, Renu Gidoomal


Can I bring children or young people I mentor to this event?

We have a small allocation of tickets for executive ticket-holders to purchase tickets for their children or mentees (14+ years old). These tickets are full price.

Where do the young people come from?

The 15-21-year olds come from the Wings of Hope schools network which works with nearly 400 schools. The students apply to be there. Many of the students will be from the least advantaged backgrounds, but who have done something brilliant for their local community.

Who else is in the audience?

Senior leaders from a variety of industries: business, finance, politics, the arts, healthcare, and law to name a few.

How do I get to the venue?

We will be running a coach service from Central London (at an additional cost). There are also good public transport links, and there is parking available on site.

Is lunch provided?

Yes. There will also be an opportunity for refreshment breaks – some of it will be free.

Why a Sunday?

This is an immersive event going “back to school”, away from the thrust-and-frenzy of the working week. You will make meaningful connections with other business leaders, whilst also getting inspiration from young people, and world-class teachers. The event is going to be fun, relaxed, and insightful. You are going back to school: morning assembly, school meals and all!

Why Dulwich College?

The Headmaster of Dulwich College and Co-Director of the Southwark Schools Partnership Trust is our key advisor. The beautiful school which is has a wonderful history will play host to the inaugural Back to School Day.

Do I need to attend all sessions?

This is an all-day event, but if you are only able to attend for half a day please contact the organisers. No discounts given to half-day attendance.

What is the format?

45-minute carefully created interactive classes led by world-class teachers. The full timetable will be released only to ticketholders, prior to event.

Where do the funds raised go?

All funds raised go to supporting The Wings of Hope projects in UK, India and Malawi. In the UK, Wings of Hope has been successfully running The Wings of Hope Achievement Awards(WOHAA) – a social enterprise programme for secondary school students. To date we have made a difference to over 32,000 students from 420 schools. In Chennai, India, to date we have supported the education of over 4000 disadvantaged children at our school and nearly 2500 young people at our Slum evening tuition project. In Malawi we support the education of poor and mostly orphan children, whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS.

Can I get a one-on-one with the teachers?

Due to the high profile nature of the teachers, we cannot allow for separate sessions to occur.

Contact details for the event.


020 8438 1598 for more information 09:00 – 17:30hrs (please note Christmas holiday closure times)