'Bowled over' with Jamshed Patel
We talked to Jamshed Patel, MBA2018, Cricket Club President and Salaam Cricket Conclave Co Chair, ahead of LBS's first Salaam Cricket Conclave taking place on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
What interested you in becoming President of the Cricket club?
I saw a huge potential in the club - the players, the tournaments, and the audience we could attract. Having a professional cricket player (Sushant Marathe) in the MBA2018 class also made it easier to reach out and spread awareness about the game. Participating in international tournaments, organising world- class conferences and an induction of the incoming MBA2019s at Lords, is just the beginning of an amazing journey for the club members this year.
Where did you get the idea for the event?
Shreyas Khemka (MBA2016) got in touch with Dhayvat Udeshi, the past president (Cricket Club) regarding an event that India today group (a large media house in India) was planning to host in London. Working in the media industry in India, I was able to reach out to my contacts back home and position London Business School as the best venue for such an event. This event is a great testament to how strong the LBS network is.
What has been your biggest challenge so far in organising the event?
Time. We received this opportunity really late considering how much time, events of this scale (TEDx, WebSummit, London Motor Show etc) get to organise, plan, promote and execute. But that’s what makes it more exciting to pull off an event of this scale - you work with an unbelievable close knit team, make prompt decisions – some good, some bad. The feedback that we have got for this event – from the professors to the past presidents of the club - has been a huge motivation.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to heaven has this one stanza –“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run. There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” To me this talks about how you shouldn’t look back with regret on anything. Learn from failures and get back on the road.
If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why? World Hunger – it’s appalling that we live in a society of excess, when over 750 million don’t get enough to eat. The problem isn’t even consumption, it's distribution!
Tell us something surprising about you…
Apart from being a whiskey connoisseur, driving fast cars for a living and playing the guitar in a LBS rock and roll band 'The Mumps', I am a decent right arm medium pace bowler.
India Today Group, in association with the Cricket Club, is bringing together some of the biggest legends on stage, for LBS's first Salaam Cricket Conclave.
Be there to enjoy a day with your childhood heroes, as they talk about their World Cup winning moments, their cricketing career and much more.
For more details > visit https://lbs.eventscase.com/EN/salaamcricketconclave
For tickets > visit https://lbs.eventscase.com/attendance/event/index/118