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Leaders Teaching Leaders Series: Five minutes of advice is worth a lifetime of learning with Graham Spooner, Ex-Director of 3i Group

by Corporate Leadership Club

Speaker Event VC Entrepreneurship Private Equity Careers Alumni Speakers Virtual

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT+0)

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In collaboration with PE/VC and Entrepreneurship Club, we bring to you, Five minutes of advice worth a lifetime of learning with Graham Spooner, who has been a veteran of the PE world for over 50 years. Join us for this talk as he sheds light on what his experience has taught him about evaluating founders, evaluating business ideas and the home runs and strikes of his very long innings!

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Graham Spooner

3i group

Graham is an experienced venture capitalist, corporate financier and non-executive director.

He is the Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Rotala Plc, an AIM quoted group which operates bus & coach services in England, where he chairs their Audit and Remuneration Committees, and is a member of their Nominations Committee. Also, Graham is an Associate at Amberley Advisory, a firm of corporate finance advisers, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct


He is the editor of ‘Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Practitioner’s Manual’ and the author of ‘Raising Venture Capital’ and speaks on these subjects at

universities and business schools. Also, he is a past contributor to The Corporate

Finance Manual (having been its editor), A Practitioner's Guide to Venture Capital Law and The Charity Performance Guide.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1974, Graham joined ICFC (now 3i) as a graduate trainee and became a director of 3i plc in 1987.

Subsequently, he was head of corporate finance at Olliff & Partners and

HLB Kidsons, a director of Rea Brothers, Classic Fund Management and

Mentor UK. His non-executive appointments have included being a director of the listed Downing Classic VCTs, the AIM quoted Dowgate Capital Group and

Dunn Line (where he was chairman of its audit committee).

Graham has held several voluntary roles in the Third Sector including currently, as President of The Johnian Society (whose 10,000 members are alumni of St John's College, University of Cambridge); as a Trustee of The Honorary Treasurers Forum (a registered charity which provides best practice guidance to charity treasurers); as a member of the University of Cambridge’s Alumni Networks and Volunteers Working Group and the Organising Group of the Bristol & Bath Cambridge Society.




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Eli Talmor


London Business School

Eli Talmor is professor at London Business School and founder of its Institute of Private Equity. He is a member of the nomination committee for the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and has served on the board of Governors of London Business School, Tel Aviv University and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association.

Professor Talmor practices venture capital and is a serial cornerstone investor notably a turnaround of a NASDAQ enterprise software company driving the share price from $3.25 to $52 when sold to BMC Software for $700 million and co-founded SunRay Renewable Energy which was acquired in one of Europe’s largest venture exits of that year.

Professor Talmor is the co-author of Private Capital, broadly considered the reference book on the private equity industry. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches to business executives worldwide, testified at the UK Parliament on private equity and advised the UK Prime Minister’s Office.

Professor Talmor was previously on the finance faculty at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine) and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

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