August 2017 Edition

Reflections & Prospectives

August is always a month of transition at the Mountbatten Institute, with groups completing their programme and new intakes just arriving. In fact, with the new additions joining our ever expanding alumni, we have now reached the mark of 7,000 Mountbatten alumni worldwide. This is the actual number of those who have successfully completed the programme since it started in 1984. The Institute is very proud of this fact.

Sadly, we have all been watching the news and the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas over the last week. Our thoughts are with anyone affected by this directly or indirectly.

American Cultural Exchange Programmes Under Threat

The Wall Street Journal this week carried an article noting that the White House is considering abolishing the JI Visa, the visa which allows foreign trainees and interns to spend up to a year in the United States. While it is unlikely that such a dramatic decision will be taken lightly, it does point to a change in political climate in the United States. Limits on the extent to which young adults can enjoy internships in New York will have a reciprocal impact on the willingness of the UK and other governments to allow young Americans to have similar experiences abroad. That would be bad for everyone.

We will be writing to all alumni within the next week to ask your support and action, but in the interim I wanted to alert you to this initiative.

Thank you for your support of Mountbatten and your commitment to the value of cultural and educational exchange.

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE
Director General

Securing Small Businesses in Cyberspace

Donal Kerr (New York, May 2006), a graduate of University College Dublin, also a qualified lawyer (NY state), is a cross-functional legal, policy and business expert with years of experience researching, developing and leading global policies, enforcement practices and processes, and trust and safety initiatives primarily through his previous employer Twitter at their European HQ in Dublin. More recently, Donal is the co-founder of 4Securitas, an automated cybersecurity intelligent defence system. 4Securitas originated as a company after a meeting of minds between the co-founders, who brought together a technical and product vision for an innovative approach for security against a global backdrop of data and security breaches and an increased awareness of privacy. Donal’s vision for the 4Securitas product is that it will enable organisations to protect themselves against hacking, malware, fraud and cybercrime. It will enable staff without an IT or security background to handle some of most critical and sophisticated security tasks, manage risk and reduce costs.

Donal recently published an article on LinkedIn, Cyber Security: an important issue for small business, in which he examines why companies are continuing to fall victim to cyber attacks despite increased awareness of such threats, and gives us some proactive steps companies can take to avoid such security breaches.

of the Month

Marcus Siezing
New York, January 2000

"It is hard to pick a specific highlight (of my Mountbatten placement), however, learning the basics to code (a skill I truly value today) and building the digital asset and media content library, as well as organizing and assigning a value to all the media that was produced and generated were really useful skills. In the end, the most memorable moment is that it is where I met my wife! I am currently the CIO and Co-President of a private investment firm. I consider myself very fortunate in that I truly enjoy going to work everyday. My day-to-day entails everything from evaluating potential investment opportunities in Asia to managing staff. No one day is the same... Career wise I like where I am. It always challenges me and there is always something new to learn."

Read the full article

Come and meet future Mountbattens!

With the advent of September, our Autumn Recruitment Programme gets into full swing at universities and colleges across Europe and the U.S. All the fairs are posted on Mountbatten Connect, so if you would like to re-visit your alma mater and talk to presepctive Mountbatten about your experince on the programme, please get in touch with us.

Entrepreneurial Alumni

James Jenkins-Yates & Tom Jones

New York, March 2012

Like many Mountbattens James Jenkins-Yates (left), a graduate of Lancaster University, was regular user of Airbnb during his time in the States. This planted a seed, which has since grown into a multimillion pound business,, co-founded by fellow Mountbatten Tom Jones (right), a graduate of University of Birmingham. Airsorted Ltd is an Airbnb management company that takes care of keys, cleaning, laundry and everything else that's essential for a successful stay. Read full article.

Dave Hutchison

London, March 2013

Sexy Socks is back in London for the launch of Sexy Socks UK, and Dave is here to oversee the campaign leading up to the launch. They are launching on 4 September with a crowdfunding campaign via a platform called UpEffect which is a platform geared towards socially driven businesses.  Their goal is to raise about £15,000 and officially launch Sexy Socks UK on 1 October. As Dave says, "with a bit of luck, we will get a solid foundation of retail outlets stocking Sexy Socks all over London, and build a great online business too. This is the first leg of our international expansion, and we are optimistic it will provide us with a blueprint for a rollout in the US next year".

The next step in Dave's campaign is circulate their campaign page and a survey on their reward levels to get feedback from the public. Dave is hoping as many of you as possible will complete his 3 questions survey. If any of you work in retail, please get in touch with Dave!

Lady Mountbatten Memorial Service in NYC

On Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in NYC, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill would like to invite you to attend a memorial service that is being organized for the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, the Patron of the Mountbatten Institute, who passed away earlier this summer. While most of you will have limited knowledge of Lady Mountbatten or her involvement with the Institute, she was, for over 30 years a loyal and stalwart 'behind the scenes' supporter of the organisation and, on numerous occasions, attended events organized by the Institute to show her support of our work.

Her nephew, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will be giving the eulogy at the memorial, and it would be wonderful if as many alumni as possible were able to attend as we all pay our respects. RSVP.

Conflict Café Syria Returns

Niki Psarias (London, March 2011 MBA) is part of Conflict Café the pop-up restaurant that serves up peace through food is back for its fourth year. This September they are bringing back one of their most popular iterations... Conflict Café Syria.

Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 September at 7pm at House of Vans in Waterloo. Tickets are available on Grub Club. Thursday tickets almost sold out! Tickets still available for Friday and Saturday!

Completion Celebrations

August is a busy month at the Institute with groups leaving at the end of their time on the programme, and new intakes just beginning. We have also held 3 completion ceremonies in our 3 programme centres of London, New York and Bangkok. The New York ceremony was the first with Richard Sexton the new CEO of the New York office in attendance, whilst it was presided over by Dr Paul Beresford-Hill. For a full list of award winners and speakers, and to view all the photographs from the ceremonies, please go to Mountbatten Connect.

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