John Kelting

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Other Industries
Job title: Adviser
Subject of study: Economics
Year of graduation: 1982
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

1983-2012 Investment Banking and Private Equity. Co-head of Global Finance Barclays Investment Bank 2008-9, Global Head of Product Barclays Corporate bank 2009-12. 2014 to date Adviser and Member of Investment Committee, CDC 2014 to date Founder, Ready4SchoolRwanda. NGO developing pre-primary education in Rwanda, J/V with UNICEF 2016 to date Adviser and Member of Investment Committee, Social and Sustainable Capital 2016 to date Chairman Mega Adventure

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Banking – challenge, exciting environment, interesting people, big deal environment. Social and Development Finance – using my skills from banking to facilitate economic and social change.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

University rugby, soccer, tennis and cricket.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The people on the course.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The non-studying part.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Sporting reputation.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Choosing to do what I was interested in. Changing direction when I was bored/dissatisfied.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Depends which one, but networking is key.

What are your plans for the future?

More development and social enterprise roles.


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