Andrew White

Andrew White

Associate Dean for Executive Education & Corporate Relations

Saïd Business School

KEYNOTE: A guided meditation for leaders

Session Overview

All  VIP ticket holders for the virtual Future Talent conference 2020 are now invited to our incredible Leadership Masterclasses taking place on Friday 6th November at 10.15-10.45am. Numbers are limited and registration will close soon.

Please explore the partner sessions below and register for the main event.

Saïd Business School masterclass 2 – Strategic conversations about purpose: Q&A with Andrew White

Finsbury masterclass – Making Purpose matter

Heidrick & Struggles masterclass – Re-energising Your Business Through Purpose and Culture


Speaker's biography

Andrew White has been Associate Dean for Executive Education & Corporate Relations at Saïd Business School since 2010 and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. An experienced programme director, teacher and researcher, his areas of expertise include innovation management and leadership development.

Andrew is responsible for forging connections between the research, resources and expertise of the School, and of the wider university, with senior leaders in companies and organisations throughout the globe. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of custom, open and accredited executive programmes which serve as the primary platform for the School’s communication with those facing the demands of leadership in the 21st century. The School rose to 7th in the world, and 1st in the UK, in the 2012 Financial Times combined rankings for Executive Education demonstrating the impact that the School makes in supporting senior leaders through its Executive Education provision.

Andrew is an experienced programme director, teacher and researcher. He has directed and taught on a wide range of executive development programmes for organisations such as BAE Systems, Lloyd’s Market Association, the Government of Abu Dhabi, Avon Cosmetics, State Farm and IBM. He also regularly contributes to the School’s open and accredited programmes focusing on the areas of leadership development, change management and innovation management.

Andrew acts as a consultant to a number of global organisations, and has co-authored a review of how information technology will create intelligent infrastructure systems over the next few decades for the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and is a Scholar with the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

Andrew joined Saïd Business School as Fellow in Strategic Management in 2006. Prior to this he worked at the Cranfield School of Management from 2001, latterly as a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Logistics in Supply Chain Management. He was a Research Engineer for the University of Warwick from 1997 to 2001.  Andrew also obtained his doctorate from the University of Warwick in addition to a masters in science (with distinction).


  • Leadership Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Change Management
  • Strategy Development

Session overview

LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS: Strategic conversations about purpose – Q&A with Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education & Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School

Keynote overview: A guided meditation for leaders

For many years we have spoken about disruption and its power to both create and destroy companies, organisations and governments. And for many industries, not just financial services, 2008 was a turning point for how they thought about their role in the world, often manifested in a conversation about Purpose. Gaps between rich and poor, digitisation, new entrants, cyber security, new technologies (such as AI) and climate change are all issues that cannot be ignored when organisations of all shape and size think about their future success and performance.  These challenges have only furthered this focus on Purpose.

The current Covid-19 situation has accelerated all of these trends to the point where, if leaders ignore them, they and their organisations may fail to exist. However, if they accept them, and work with them, the next phase of their successful performance can be realised.

The beginning of any process of change starts with a different conversation. Conversations embed our beliefs and assumptions about the future, and what we need to do to succeed. This session will address this radically changing landscape and how to succeed as a leader within it. It will be focused around one simple but profound question, ‘as a leader what strategic conversation(s) are you not having that you need to have, which could lead to a major transformation in how you think about and implement your Purpose?’

These conversations can be uncomfortable, difficult and challenging. Acknowledging that things are not working, that whole ways of working could collapse, and that difficult times have to be faced requires a strength of leadership many us have not had to use to date. What we do know, and can see from the current situation, is that if we as leaders do not have these conversations, these will be forced upon us.

In this session Dr Andrew White will use a guided meditation/visualisation to show how leaders can quickly focus on the right conversations. In addition, he will also present a process to further the investigation into an organisations journey towards understanding and aligning with its Purpose.