Published: 11 June 2024

Surrey Leaders launch at the Palace of Westminster

Professor Max Lu and YS Chi meet some of the Surrey Leaders at the official launch event on 3rd June. 

Surrey Leaders will bring together an international group of alumni excelling in their fields. Across 3 years they will further develop their leadership practices via a series of masterclasses, webinars and workshops led by Surrey’s top academics and world leading business experts.  

The Surrey Leaders network and activities has been made possible by a generous gift from YS Chi, Honorary Graduate and member of the University’s campaign board.

The vision for Surrey Leaders is to, over the next three years, create a growing senior alumni network of graduates excelling in their fields.

This will be global in scope giving participants the benefit of diverse perspectives on leadership debates. Surrey Leaders will help the University be closely connected to the next generation of alumni business and thought leaders, as well as helping our alumni by broadening their network of influential Surrey peers and providing personal development opportunities.
Youngsuk (YS) Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX

Through the Surrey Leaders network we will connect highly influential alumni from across the globe and bring them together to explore the biggest challenges and opportunities of the future including sustainability and Artificial Intelligence. 

At the heart of Surrey Leaders is the opportunity for the group to make a real difference to University students and recent graduates. Whether through mentoring, leading workshops or speaking at graduations, the Surrey Leaders will not only develop themselves but contribute to shaping the next generation of Surrey alumni leaders.  


Further details about the programme and our first cohort of Surrey Leaders will be released later in June. For any questions or comments, please contact Jonathan Plummer (

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