UCL Alumni


UCL Connect: How to... Build and Leverage your Network

12 May 2021, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

John Kiely

UCL Connect is our event series dedicated to bringing professional development expertise directly to students and alumni around the globe. Whether you are established in your career or are unsure what to do post-graduation, our UCL Connect series has something for everyone.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni


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Our next professional development event, UCL Connect: How to... Build and Leverage your Network, will bring recent graduates and students together with a distinguished UCL graduate to gain an insight into how to build, leverage and maintain a network to support your career goals.

Led by John Kiely, (UCL Geography 1984), Chairman Edelman Smithfield and Chairman Edelman Corporate Affairs, this session will demystify the art of networking by providing you with strategies, advice and success stories, with an opportunity to ask John your networking questions as part of a Q&A.

About the Speaker

John Kiely

Chairman Edelman Smithfield and Chairman Edelman Corporate Affairs

John has over 30 years’ experience in Financial and Corporate communications.

He graduated from UCL in 1984 with a degree in Geography and after a few years in the City he moved the financial communications. John has worked for some of the leading agencies including Broad Street, Square Mile Communications and Bell Pottinger. In 1989 he co-founded Smithfield Consultants, which was acquired by Edelman, the world’s largest independent communications firm, in 2015. John is now Chairman of Edelman Smithfield and Edelman’s Corporate  Affairs business in the UK.

During his career he has specialised in advising Boards of companies on all aspects of their capital market communications.

John has worked extensively on cross border and domestic M&A, restructuring, IPOs and spinoffs as well as shareholder activism and crisis situations.  

He is  a guest lecturer on Investor Relations and crisis communications at the London Business School. ​