Seminar to address how to have an ethical career

  • January 21, 2011
Seminar to address how to have an ethical career

Virtual seminar targets 'careers that make a difference'.

Four Gates alumni who have found ways to combine their work with their passion for “making a difference” will discuss how to find a socially conscious job at a virtual seminar next week.

The seminar is the first in a series organised by the Gates Scholars Alumni Association.

It takes place on 29th January at 3.30pm BST/10.30am EST or 7.30am PST.

The four speakers, from laboratory workers to social entrepreneurs, will share their experiences and contribute insights on different career pathways and business models as well as suggesting how obstacles can be overcome. They are:

Andrew S. Robertson [2001] – Chief Policy Officer at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) where he focuses on innovation policies and strategies to engage the private sector in global health research & development. He is also a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee for the Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists.

Arne Morteani [2001] – Principal at ETF, focusing on new investments with a particular emphasis on German-speaking Europe. He is also a co-founder of the Cambridge Tech Ventures Conference and the European Venture Capital Network (EVCN).

Robyn Scott [2004] – Co-founder of OneLeap, a social enterprise start-up, co-founder of Mothers for All, and an Ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index. She is also involved with several not-for-profits working in developing world health, education and the environment.

Anand D Jeyasekharan [2004] – Clinician-scientist at the National University of Singapore, with interests in the use of molecular biology to design diagnostic assays for clinical practice. He did his PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in Oncology at the MRC Cancer Cell Unit in Cambridge.

The aim of the seminar is to marry the increasing buzz about creating socially conscious jobs within the private and public sector with the Gates Cambridge Scholarship’s emphasis on scholars who can “make a difference” in the lives of others.

Questions which will be covered include how individuals can choose fulfilling careers while remaining true to their commitment to change society for the better, how start-ups can generate profit while helping communities, how researchers can advance scientific knowledge while having an impact on the ground and what considerations are relevant when looking for or transitioning to a socially conscious job.

The event is open all Gates alumni, scholars, and guests.

To join the discussion, sign up here.

Further information about the event, as well as detailed speaker bios, can be found here.

Photo credit: Renjith Krishnan and www.freedigitalphotos.net

Latest News

Towards a dictionary of the human genome

Marie Brunet’s research focuses on the secrets still hidden in our genomes. She says that despite the fact that we live in an era where getting our genome sequenced is possible, we still don’t know the origin of two fifths of inherited diseases. That is because, as she says, the genome only currently maps the […]

Scholar recognised for research into misinformation

A Gates Cambridge Scholar has been shortlisted for a Women of the Future Award for her research into countering misinformation. Melisa Basol [2018] was shortlisted for the science category of the UK Awards which recognises “truly remarkable female scientists, forging new ground in research and scientific achievement”. There are 11 other categories and three special […]

Scholars join forces on anti-cancer drug

Two Gates Cambridge Scholars have joined forces to work on a drug candidate that has the potential to replace one of the most widely used cancer drugs around the world. Dr Anand Jeyasekharan [2004], who did his PhD in Oncology, and Dr Chandler Robinson [2009] who did an MBA at Cambridge, will collaborate on a […]

Making the experiences of imprisoned women activists visible

Growing up in a small town in Bengal, Jigisha Bhattacharya [2022] developed a particular sensitivity to marginalised groups and conflicts between different communities and identities from an early age.  It is this interest and her experience of political protests at university, combined with a longstanding curiosity about the links between politics and the arts, that […]