Imperial nurtures great minds. In this series of one-on-one conversations with President Alice P. Gast, our special guest speakers share the ideas and experiences that have shaped their lives and careers. By sharing their expertise and wisdom, these alumni and friends of the College help us continue to inspire great minds.

These events are open to everyone and free of charge, registration is possible on our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions on the series, please contact the Development Events Team.

Previous events in this series

Brahmal Vasudevan (Aeronautical Engineering 1990)

Imperial alumnus, Brahmal Vasudevan. Brahmal is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creador, a private equity firm focused on high-growth markets in South and Southeast Asia.

Brahmal founded Creador in 2011 after spending 11 years as a General Partner and Managing Director of ChrysCapital, a leading private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in India. Prior to joining ChrysCapital, Brahmal worked in strategy, marketing and expansion for ASTRO, a pay-TV operator in Southeast Asia. Brahmal also worked at the Boston Consulting Group.

Brahmal graduated from Imperial College London with a First-Class Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Dr Winston Wong OBE (Physics 1971, MSc 1972, PhD Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology 1976)

Imperial alumnus, Dr Winston Wong OBE, joined President Gast to talk about his career as one of Taiwan’s leading businessmen.

Dr Wong is a Taiwanese entrepreneur, scientist and philanthropist, and principal founder of the GRACE THW Group, a growing electronics and plastics conglomerate, where he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1996. With his background in high-tech enterprise, producing environmentally friendly and high-performance materials, Dr Wong shared his expertise on topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Dr Wong is currently a Visiting Professor at Imperial’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, specializing in semiconductor physics, and has sponsored the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology and Chair in Biomedical Circuits.

Great Minds: Dr Winston Wong OBE

Sir Sam Jonah (MSc Mineral Resources Engineering 1979)

At this inaugural event we heard from business leader and Imperial alumnus, Sir Sam Jonah, Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital. From his achievements in the mining industry and the business world, to his active citizenship in the community, Sir Sam spoke about his varied career as one of Ghana’s leading businessmen and gave his advice on being a successful leader. Sir Sam also gave his insights into the importance of education, team building and leadership in the futures of Ghana, the UK and rest of the world.

Great Minds: Sir Sam Jonah