Charles Lazarevic appointed Treasurer of the British Friends of Harvard Business School

Charles Lazarevic, appointed Treasurer

We are pleased to announce Charles’ appointment as Treasurer of this charity and to the Investment Committee.  Over the last year he has reorganised the charity’s administration and investments in line with current governance requirements.

This UK registered charity was set up in 1991 to raise scholarship funds to enable less well-off British students to attend HBS as well as to facilitate donations to the School.  

The Charity also recently appointed Sir Harpal Kumar to serve as Chair from 1 January 2020.  He succeeds Sir Bruno Schroder and Sir Cyril Taylor as the two most recent Chairmen.

Currently about 5 scholarships are awarded annually to enable British students with a financial need to attend this world-leading business school, drawn mainly from those working in the UK public or not-for-profit sectors.  The scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the prestigious US-UK Fulbright Commission.  All recipients have to commit to returning to the UK at the end of their 2-years MBA studies to use their knowledge to help grow and develop British institutions and businesses.

Further details are available at: www.bfhbs.org.

Will all roads lead to China?

Belt and Road Initiative

Earlier this month I had the privilege of introducing Sir Douglas Flint CBE, the Chancellor’s special envoy for China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (‘BRI’) at a special meeting of the Harvard Business School Club of London. 

China’s BRI is one of the most ambitious global infrastructure development programmes ever conceived, described as having the aim of contributing to a world of ‘shared prosperity’. It involves infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organizations across five continents (including Latin America rather surprisingly). China and the countries along the Belt and Road have been cooperating, not just in building ports, railways, highways and power stations, but also in aviation, telecommunications and information technology.

Sir Douglas explored the origins of the BRI, its development, the role international companies are now playing and why the programme attracts both extensive support and concern from within the international community.

Sir Douglas provided a wide ranging and masterly overview and analysis of the opportunities within this ambitious and controversial project on the implications and opportunities for the UK post-Brexit. 

China’s aims for this project reminded me of the ancient adage that ‘All roads lead to Rome’. The Roman’s ambition was that all provinces subservient to the Empire should be linked directly to the city. Does this mean that all roads will eventually lead to China?

It was my privilege to introduce Sir Douglas in my capacity as the President of the HBS Club of London, a role I have held since 2016.

Charles Lazarevic

20 October 2019