Massoud Janekeh

House and Years at Fettes:
Schoolhouse 1978 - 1980

Qualifications & Career:
BSc Chemical Engineering (1984, Loughborough), D Phil Chemical Engineering (1988, Heriot-Watt, Academic Scholar), MBA (1998, Oxon, Templeton Scholar)
1988-1997 Engineer with ICI, Zeneca
1998-2006 Strategy Consultant with AT Kearney and Integrum
2006-2007 Private Equity with European Amercian Capital
2007- 2012: Corporate Banking, Bank of London and The Middle East (
Present: Head of Capital Markets

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
In a Schoolhouse concert in my first year I was given the task to call the audience to attention. I yelled my call in Persian; nobody understood it, but it did the job brilliantly.

Playing tennis in the summer evenings in Schoolhouse courts.

And your least?
Mowing the school's lawns for a week for getting caught throwing a party after I finished my A levels.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
I have two memories of Anthony Chenevix-Trench that have stayed with me to date. First was on the day he interviewed me for admission, he, who like me was a short man, told me that make sure if you can't be seen that you are heard by your voice or power of your pen. That has proved to be one of the best pieces of advice I have ever had in my life.

Were you a conscientious student?
I think so. During my time Fettes had just introduced girls in the sixth form. School was still a mainly boys school, and while there was a lot of mischief I don’t think in the time I was there I came across anyone who meant harm, there was certainly a very strong camaraderie.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
I was a day boy, so I went home after the school day was finished. However, I joined my friends on many uptown trips and like many Fettesians discovered the delights of surrounding Stockbridge.