May 02, 2018

May and June Events

April was a busy month. Board member Suresh Jones (EN ’08), along with Eric Le Calvez (CC ’03), and Saras Rachupalli (EN ’08) co-hosted the first CVC Breakfast club, Professor Richard Seager joined a number of members for dinner and conversation, and we held our second Open Board Meeting.

The CUCL Executive Committee just returned from a weekend in Madrid, Spain for the Columbia Alumni Leadership Weekend hosted by the Columbia Alumni Association of Spain. It was attended by leaders from France, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, and London. From the Office of Alumni and Development in New York City, Donna MacPhee (VP for Alumni Relations, CC ’89) and Sara Cousins (Assistant Director of Regional Clubs) offered insight, support, and guidance throughout. President Courtney Cesari (CC ‘04) and Chair Maria Shiao (SEAS ‘86) were invited to speak about Leadership and Succession and VP Stephen Elms (SoA ‘08) spoke about Branding and Communications at the club level. With new connections across Europe we look forward to collaborations (e.g. Art Basel with the Club in Switzerland) and a stronger connection with the CAA. We hope to bring back the fresh ideas and energy to our activities in London.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events in May and beyond.

— The CUCL Board

Meet the Board:

Suresh Jones, Head of the CVC Committee


Suresh holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemical Engineering from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (2008). He moved to London in September 2016 to undertake an MBA at Imperial College Business School, where he served as President of the Entrepreneurship Club.

Over the course of his MBA, Suresh found his passion for entrepreneurship, which led him to start a company in the Food and Drink industry. He is excited to help grow the Columbia entrepreneurship scene here in London. Prior to London, Suresh lived and worked in the Middle East (five years) and United States (three years) in Oil and Gas.

Here’s what you (may have) missed:

CVC Breakfast

Hosted by Suresh Jones (EN ’08), co-founder of NutriBloc, Eric Le Calvez (CC ’03), co-founder of Kidbo, and Saras Rachupalli (EN ’08), founder of Art Mandala, the first CVC Founders’ Breakfast was an informal gathering where any Columbia alums interested in entrepreneurship (do not need to be founders or investors) came together to share their backgrounds, journeys, and ideas on what they would like to see and get out of the CVC as the group builds and progresses.

Please watch this space for future events and feel free to email [email protected] for full meeting notes.

Where do Superstorms come from? Everything you ever wanted to ask a Climate Scientist.


CUCL was honoured to have Professor Richard Seager, of Palisades Geophysical Institute and Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at our disposal for an intimate discussion about how politics affects the weather affects the to answer all of these questions and anything else you might wonder. Professor Seager joined a group of CUCL members along with alumni from Notre Dame and faculty from University of Cambridge to discuss a wide range of topics over a Korean tasting menu at Jinjuu.

Upcoming Events

Arts Access Studio visit: Sophy Rickett | Thursday May 17 9am


CUCL is invited to have breakfast in the studio of the award winning conceptual artist Sophy Rickett, more information and tickets HERE

Photo credit: Sophy Rickett, The Death of a Beautiful Subject, GOST 2015,


Arts Access Photo London VIP Collector Tour | Friday May 18 6pm


CUCL is invited to an exclusive tour of six galleries with Camilla Grimaldi, a member of the advisory board of Photo London. More info and tickets HERE

Image details: Artist: FILIP BERENDT, Monomyth I 2016 Monomyth 50x50cm Mixed media


Arts Access Photo London VIP Weekend Pass | Saturday-Sunday May 19-20


CUCL has a limited number of VIP cards good for entrance for two to the all Photo London exhibitions and the VIP Lounge. More info and tickets HERE


YA Happy Hour: Mixer with Stanford, Harvard, and Yale | Sunday May 20 3:00pm


Join our YA contingent this time together with young alumni from Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. More info and registration HERE


Citizen Activism: What is it and How to make it work for you? | Tuesday May 22 7:00pm


Together with the Columbia Journalism School, learn about citizen activism from various angles. More info and tickets HERE


Arts Access Concert: Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly (CC ‘03) | Friday June 8 7:30pm

cucl_apr_18_Picasso.pngCome support a fellow alum who happens to be a renowned composer. More info and tickets HERE


Arts Access: Art Basel | Saturday June 16


CUCL will cooperate with the Basel chapter of the Columbia Alumni Association of Switzerland for this event. More info and (very limited) tickets HERE

Save the Date:

BBC News Presenter Ros Atkins | June 21

Ros Atkins hosts the programme Outside Source which broadcasts at 21:00 GMT, Mon - Thu on BBC World News TV.

Further details announced on the website, Instagram, and Facebook

Arts Access: BBC Prom 12 with Alisa Weilerstein (CC'04) | July 23

Fellow alum Alisa Weilerstein will perform as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. Further details announced on the website, Instagram, and Facebook

Wine Tasting Weekend in Tuscany | September 28-30

CUCL has an exclusive invitation to a weekend of wine tasting at the Capo D'uomo. The estate's vineyards and olive groves are by the sea lending it an indescribable charm. This exclusive CUCL event includes meals, wine tasting and lodging. Please complete this form to express interest and collect more information as there are limited spaces available.

Stay tuned. Watch the website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more details.

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