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Alumni Weekend Panel Discussion and Dinner

Saturday 22 September 2018, Panel discussion and Q&A (6pm) and Pre-dinner/Dinner (7pm) | Hughes Hall

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on how research translation at Cambridge bridges the gap between academic research and policy application. The event entitled Not Lost in Translation will be led by Director of Research Translation (The Bridge) Dr Stephen Axford.

Booking now open, further information here.


‘UBER: The Ultimate Disruptor, and its Turnaround’ by Laurel Powers-Freeling, Chairperson of Uber UK

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 6:45pm – 9:00pm | Gresham College London EC1N 2HH

Hosted by Trinity Business and City Association in association with Hughes Hall 

Rarely has a company so successfully disrupted an industry as Uber. More rarely still has such a company then stumbled so publicly.

Uber, the innovative cab-hailing app, providing new levels of app-based convenience at a low price, was loved by consumers. Feedback satisfaction ratings and take-up were extremely high, leading to rapid growth and an implied market capitalisation of close to $70 billion.

But the company’s ‘run fast and break things’ style caught up with it.  The loss of its licence for London – its most lucrative market in Europe – could have led to a domino effect across the Uber world. Change – real and rapid – was critical.

It was into this situation that Laurel Powers-Freeling, newly appointed Chairman of Uber UK, found herself. She and the Uber team had to turn reality and perception around.

On 26 June this year judgement on the appeal was given: Uber had its licence to operate restored for a probationary 15 months, a judgement widely seen as victory.

In this evening’s conversation, Laurel will share her perspectives on this and the challenges that remain.

The discussion will be followed by a reception.

Hughes Hall alumni are very welcome to attend this event. To reserve a place please click here.





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Laurel Powers-Freeling

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