Twenty of Scotland’s most talented business brains embark on their Saltire Foundation Fellowship Journey

Twenty of Scotland's most talented business brains embark on their Saltire Foundation Fellowship Journey

The Fellowship Programme officially launched on Monday 20th August and the Saltire Foundation is proud to introduce each of the Fellows to our Alumni network as well as friends and supporters of the Foundation.

One of the world's most famous bag-pipers, a British army officer, an award winning female leadership expert, a highly regarded scientist and a former Saltire Foundation Scholar are among the 20 men and women about to take the first step in enhancing their entrepreneurial and business skills with the highly successful Saltire Foundation Fellowship programme.

Backed by Scottish Enterprise and the GlobalScot network the Fellowship programme seeks to create a global and entrepreneurial mind set in Scotland's future business leaders. The Fellowship programme is a blended learning experience delivered over an intensive 8 month period. The Fellows will departed for Boston on the 25th of August for 15 weeks to jointly study at Babson College and participate in a range of high impact business projects. In addition to this the Fellows will be spending one week in China at the Babson Executive Education Campus to expand upon their learning experience.

This year's participants come from all over the Scotland and other parts of the world including: the Isle of Skye, Aberdeen, Perthshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, South Africa, France and the USA. All of whom have pledged and shown their future commitment to the Scottish economy.

The 2012 cohort arrived at the RBS Gogarburn Campus on the 20th of August to begin an induction week which consists of a stellar programme of business events. Keynote speakers throughout the week included Robert Dickie who talked exclusively for the first time about how AIG navigated the Financial Crisis; Professor Les Charm, from Babson College, who will introduced the Fellows to entrepreneurial leadership, Kenny Kemp, Editor of Business Quarterly Scotland discussed his career in covering the entrepreneurial landscape and Hugh Griffith, who pioneered a ground-breaking treatment for children suffering from Leukaemia and leading business figures such as Peter Lederer, Derek Blackwood, Professor Colin Mason, Ian Stevens, John Waddell and David Bowie all shared their experiences and expertise. Fellows also had the opportunity to network with some of Scotland's most exciting high growth companies.

Saltire Foundation Trustee, Peter Lederer, spoke at the launch of the 2012 programme saying to the new cohort, "You will not be the same person upon completion of your learning journey." Adding that "within Scotland we need to drive up sales, a global mindset and confidence. I believe the Fellowship Programme addresses this and will ultimately impact very positively on the Scottish economy".

Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation, openly thanked RBS for their generosity in supporting the Fellowship Kick-Off Week, stating "the smooth running of our launch would not have been possible without the help and support of RBS." The Fellows attended their first class at Babson on Monday and will return to Scotland again at Christmas time.

Recruitment for the 2013 Programme is about to begin. Follow the links below to find out more information or alternatively email .

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Find out more about the Fellow's by reading their individual bio's here.