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Wol Kolade on the new reality of private equity

Chairman of the BVCA speaks at Leeds University Business Schools' FT Lecture.

Wol Kolade, Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and Managing Partner of ISIS Equity Partners, will deliver the Leeds University Business Schools' FT Lecture in June.

The FT Speaker Series, a series of lectures organised by Leeds University Business School in partnership with the Financial Times, is open to Leeds University Business School post graduate students, alumni and local businesses. 

The FT Speaker Series is sponsored by international law firm DLA Piper. The lecture, which is open to the general public for free, coincides with Leeds Business Week organised by Marketing Leeds (June 2-6).

Wol Kolade, who joined ISIS in 1993, will be delivering the lecture 'Private Equity - The New Reality' on June 4 at 6.00pm in the Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds.

At ISIS Wol has overall responsibility for the strategic development of the company and has active involvement in investments. He initially trained as an engineer, having studied civil and structural engineering at Kings College, London.

After obtaining an MBA from Exeter University, he spent three years with Barclays in various head office roles before joining ISIS. He is also a governor and council member of the London School of Economics chairing its Audit Committee.

Professor Andrew Lock, Dean of Leeds University Business School, said: "The FT Speaker series enables students and businesses to hear exceptional speakers, gain an understanding of and debate some key issues facing business today.

"It is an ideal opportunity for local businesses to connect and network with one another in an informal setting."

The FT Speaker Series is now in its second year and forms a central part of the business school's partnership with the Financial Times.

For further information: 

Please contact the University of Leeds Press Office on +44 (0)113 343 4031 or email

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