Dinner with Peter Davies: data, defence, decarbonisation and beyond: investing in today’s most important themes

May 2, 2024 | 18:30 GMT

James Gourlay

We are delighted to welcome Peter Davies, Partner and Head of Development Markets Strategy at Lansdowne Partners, for an evening with the Curation Collective.

Peter has run the Developed Markets Opportunities Fund for the last 12 years. The fund invests in many trends that we believe will be the most important investment themes of the coming years.

Whether it is the critical materials that will drive the energy transition, the use of healthcare innovation to improve and extend human life, or defence technologies that revolutionise how we keep our populations safe, Peter is a leading voice on investing in these fields.

Peter led the establishment of Oxford Science Enterprises, an innovative venture that works to found, fund and build technology spin-outs from Oxford University that address society’s greatest challenges. He is also on the board of Nattergal, a leading British nature-based solutions company.

We can think of no one better to have a wide-ranging discussion on innovation and investing with.

We hope you can join us.



Dinner with Nadhim Zahawi MP

Mar 21, 2024 | 18:30 GMT

James Gourlay

Nadhim Zahawi MP has had a career that has seen him rise to the top of both the worlds of business and politics.

With 2024 likely being an election year, it is a fascinating time to meet with Nadhim to discuss the outlook for the UK, both politically and economically, and gain insight into the opportunities and risks that are on the horizon.

Having established YouGov, one of the world’s leading market research and polling companies, Nadhim has led a company that has its finger on the pulse of world events acutely.

After establishing YouGov, Nadhim went into politics, spending time as one of the most influential figures in government over the last decade.

During the Pandemic, he led the vaccine rollout and was passionate about integrating data into decision-making in politics.



Will the conflict in the Middle East spillover?

Nov 23, 2023 | 18:30 GMT

James Gourlay

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a dinner with the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP on Thursday the 23rd of November from 6.30pm.

Throughout the evening, we will have a wide-ranging discussion that will touch on some of the most pertinent issues of the day. 

Dominic began his political career at the FCO from where he was posted to the ICC. While there, one of the issues he focused on was the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Between 2019 and 2021, Dominic served as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. With the ongoing events in the Middle East, we see this as an incredible opportunity to gain Dominic’s insight on the foremost geopolitical issue of the moment.

The discussion will also involve a deep look at UK politics and economics. Dominic previously served as Brexit Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister in HM’s government. With his wealth of experience at the highest level of government, we are excited for you to put your questions to him.



Finding the next UK/European tech unicorn

Nov 7, 2023 | 18:30 GMT

James Gourlay

We are delighted to be hosting a dinner with two fascinating guests. For those interested in understanding what the next British or European tech unicorn might be this evening is not to be missed.

Curation Collective will welcome Mike Townend, EX-CIO of IP Group, the largest listed venture investor in Europe. Mike led the investment into two British unicorns – Oxford Nanopore and Ceres Power. 

We will also be joined by Charles Schrager, former tech exec and investor and advisor in multiple tech verticals, who was an investor director of esure and GoCompare, helping them from breakeven to IPO and was formerly a Partner at Penta Capital. 

Throughout the evening, we will discuss various tech sectors, those that offer the most outstanding innovations and growth opportunities over the coming decade, and which participants in these sectors could be the big winners. 

For those interested in understanding what the next British or European tech unicorn might be this evening is not to be missed.



Investing in China: Dinner with Christopher Sykes

Jul 12, 2023 | 18:30 GMT

James Gourlay

For our next club dinner, we will be joined by Christopher Sykes, one of the UK’s pre-eminent China experts. 

Christopher started his career in the Colonial Service in Hong Kong and then served as a diplomat in HM Foreign & Commonwealth Office. A China affairs specialist, he has a deep understanding of the country and many other Asian markets.

For the last twenty years, he has run an investment consultancy, Charlesworth Sykes, working with family offices and institutions to identify investment opportunities, understand geopolitical risk and navigate allocating capital in China and beyond. He currently serves as Board Adviser to Balfour Capital Asia.

For any investors interested in understanding or investing in China and other emerging markets, this is an event not to be missed. We will have a wide-ranging conversation with Christopher and can’t wait for you to have the opportunity to put your questions to him.