The FT Festival of Finance offers an audience of high-end finance professionals, meeting together under canvas in the heart of the City on Friday 1st July. Expect the sharpest debate and freshest thinking available in the world of finance and economics. Across five separate stages, over 100 speakers will be tackling everything from ‘Peak Globalisation’ to the ‘End of the free Internet’ and the ‘Crisis in the world’s tax havens’. In an age when asset managers, bankers and financiers are drowning in a sea of mediocre analysis and untested information the festival will provide access to premium ideas and independent thought.
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A successful businessman, Khodorkovsky was head of YUKOS, Russia's largest private oil firm, where he established international management codes of practice, and substantially increased production.
An early supporter of democratic change, at a televised meeting with President Putin in early 2003, he criticised endemic corruption. Later that same year he was arrested, and jailed on charges of tax evasion and fraud, charges, which he denied and vigorously defended. Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International; and finally released in December 2013.
In 2014 the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that the Russian Government had violated international law by taking YUKOS from its shareholders, for political purposes, described as a “full assault on Yukos and its beneficial owners in order to bankrupt Yukos and appropriate its assets while, at the same time, removing Mr.Khodorkovsky from the political arena.”
Today, Khodorkovsky advocates an alternative vision for his country: a strong and just state, committed to observing human rights, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.
Peter Praet joined the European Central Bank in 2011 as Member of the Executive Board. He is responsible for the Directorate General Economics. Before joining the ECB, Mr Praet was Executive Director of the National Bank of Belgium from 2000 to 2011 with responsibility for international cooperation, financial stability and oversight of financial infrastructures and payments systems. Between 2002 and 2011, he was also a Member of the Management Committee of the Belgian Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (CBFA), in charge of prudential policy for banking and insurance. Mr Praet served as Chief of Cabinet for the Belgian Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2000, as Chief Economist of Générale de Banque and Fortis Bank from 1988 to 1999, as Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles from 1980 to 1987, and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund between 1978 and 1980. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1980. Mr Praet served on several high-level international committees, including the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, the Committee on the Global Financial System, and the European Banking Authority. He was First Alternate of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements from 2000 to 2011.
For the past decade, Samina Akram worked for investment, private and commercial banks across a range of disciplines, specialising in Islamic and Ethical finance. In April 2009, she branched out as an independent Islamic finance consultant and set up Samak Ethical Finance Ltd. She is also the founder of the Women in Islamic & Ethical Finance Forum (WIEFF). From 2005-2009, she was at Merrill Lynch International Bank where she was instrumental in heading up the growth and expansion of their wealth management Islamic finance business. Her exceptional contributions to the Islamic finance industry have won her immense respect, public recognition and multiple business awards. She is a recipient of the United Nation's Women's Federation for World Peace award. Other accolades include runner-up of the Women of Future Awards under the category of 'Business Women of the Future' and being shortlisted in the European Muslim Women of Influence list. Most recently she has been recognised by Islamic finance review ISFIRE as being among the 20 most distinguished women in Islamic finance globally; with a number five ranking. Ms Akram has read Philosophy and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology of Religion from Heythrop College, University of London.
Richard Allan joined Facebook in June 2009 to lead the company’s public policy work in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He works on a broad portfolio of issues including privacy, online child safety, freedom of expression, e-commerce regulation and public sector uses of social media, he also appears regularly in the media as a spokesman for Facebook in Europe. Prior to joining Facebook, Mr Allan was European Government Affairs Director for Cisco from September 2005 and had been an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute. From 2008 to 2009 he was Chair of the UK Cabinet Office’s Power of Information Task Force working on improving the use of government data. He was an elected Member of the UK Parliament between 1997 and 2005, and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010. In the early part of his career he was an archaeologist and created software for the UK’s National Health Service - he remains equally fond of Latin and SQL.
Tracy Alloway is Executive Editor of Bloomberg Markets. She was previously U.S. Financial Correspondent for the Financial Times, where she covered Wall Street and specialized in credit markets and structured finance. She has also served as deputy editor of FT Alphaville, FT.com's award-winning finance and markets blog. In this role, she covered major financial events including the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the development of the eurozone debt crisis. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate degree in periodical journalism from the University of Westminster.
Mike Amey is a managing director and portfolio manager in PIMCO’s London office. He is responsible for sterling portfolios, the European insurance (ex Germany) and the European LDI (liability-driven investing) portfolio management groups. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2003, he was head of U.K. fixed income at Rothschild Asset Management and after their merger, at Insight Investment. Prior to joining Rothschild in 1994, Mr. Amey spent two years tutoring in the Department of Economics at the University of Durham. He has 21 years of investment experience and holds undergraduate and master's degrees in corporate and international finance from the University of Durham. Mr. Amey is also a member of the U.K. Society of Investment Professionals.
Robert Baylis is Managing Director of Roskill, a London-based provider of research and consultancy services on minor metal, steel alloy, industrial mineral and carbon and chemical product markets. He joined Roskill in 2006 focusing initially on the cobalt market, and moved onto the lithium market in 2008, since when he has further strengthened Roskill’s position as the leading source of insight on this nascent market. He also manages Roskill’s minor metals research and has worked on research and consulting projects across other industrial and technology metals such as rhenium, scandium and tellurium. He has presented widely on various topics concerning mineral and metal supply, end-use developments and trends.
Howard Bilton is Chairman and founder of The Sovereign Group – one of the world’s largest privately owned consultancies specialising in the provision of offshore trusts and companies and associated international tax advice- www.SovereignGroup.com. He regularly lectures throughout the world on tax and offshore related subjects, giving presentations lasting anywhere between 45 minutes and three days and has contributed numerous articles and chapters to relevant technical publications, magazines and newspapers. He is a visiting non-resident professor at Texas A and M University where he assists with their LLM and Masters degrees in International Tax and Offshore Centres. In 2003 he formed The Sovereign Art Foundation Limited which is a charity registered in Hong Kong, South Africa and the UK dedicated to raising money to assist disadvantaged children. These prizes have raised over US$5 million. He is the principal of Hillvalley Limited which makes wine in Portugal sold throughout the world under the “Howard’s Folly” brand name. He holds a joint honours BA degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a Barrister and called to the Bars of England/Wales and Gibraltar. He currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
Carson Block is director of research and founding partner of Muddy Waters Research LLC. Muddy Waters is a due diligence-based investment and research firm that conducts extensive accounting and on-the-ground investigations of public companies. Muddy Waters gained notoriety following its research on Sino-Forest Corp., a China-based forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Shortly after Muddy Waters’ issued its report in June 2011, Sino-Forest lost nearly $6 billion in market capitalization, its auditor resigned and regulators halted its shares. The company filed for bankruptcy and in June 2012, the Ontario Securities Commission filed formal fraud charges against Sino-Forest and its senior management for overstating its timber assets and misleading investigators. In total, Muddy Waters has issued eight “strong sell” recommendations resulting more than $8 billion of downward market cap adjustments, four de-listings and six or more regulatory investigations. Mr. Block appears frequently as a commentator on Bloomberg Television, CNBC and the BBC. He wrote an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2012 that advocated for greater oversight of Chinese affiliates of U.S. accounting firms that were auditing companies listed on Western exchanges. Prior to forming Muddy Waters, Mr. Block was an entrepreneur in China and worked as a lawyer in the Shanghai office of the U.S. law firm Jones Day. In 2007, he co-authored Doing Business in China for Dummies, a primer on doing business in China. In 2011, Bloomberg Markets Magazine named Mr. Block to its list of the “50 Most Influential” people in global finance. In 2012, he won a Boldness in Business Award from ArcelorMittal and the Financial Times for “Best Newcomer.” He holds a B.S. in business from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he has also served as an adjunct professor.
Jacco Brouwer heads up the London based Debt Advisory team in the Financial Advisory Services practice at AlixPartners. He joined the firm in 2013 and specializes in advising clients on debt raisings, refinancings and debt restructurings with a particular focus on leveraged buyouts and leveraged corporate transactions. He has 24 years of experience in structured lending, debt advisory, and debt restructuring. Previously, he oversaw debt advisory at Oriel Securities after Oriel acquired Versatus Debt Advisers, a debt restructuring advisory boutique co-founded by Mr Brouwer. Before starting Versatus, he ran ABN AMRO Bank’s leveraged finance team in London, where the team arranged and underwrote senior, mezzanine, and high yield debt financings for leveraged buyouts and corporate borrowers in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Previous to that, he had founded and headed ABN AMRO’s infrastructure finance and advisory team in London and held positions in project finance and advisory. He holds an MA in Business Economics (cum laude) from Groningen University in the Netherlands
Neil Campling has over 20 years’ experience in the investment community and wide-ranging knowledge of the technology, media and telecoms industries. He has spent over six years at Northern Trust Capital Markets as a senior analyst and Head of Global TMT Research. Prior to this, he was a TMT Fund Manager at New Star Asset Management Ltd. Neil has also worked at Aberdeen Asset Management and Prolific Asset Management, and other leading investment firms. He re-joined Northern Trust Capital Markets (then Aviate Global) in April 2015 after spending a year as CFO of Aptara Inc, a leader in content development and delivery.
James Chappell is the CTO and co-founder of Digital Shadows which provides complete cyber situational awareness that helps organisations protect against cyber attacks, loss of intellectual property, and loss of brand and reputational integrity. He has over 12 years’ experience of technical information security acting as an advisor to large private sector and government organisations. Much of his work has involved counteracting the growth of crime and fraud in computer networks and developing effective ways of measuring and managing the information security big picture.
Jin Chen is representing the UK presence of the largest bank both in China and in the world (in terms of capital, profits, market cap., etc). In 2014, Ms Chen took office in London following a 20 year career to date with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). She led the successful opening of ICBC London Branch, the very first branch established in the UK by a Mainland Chinese bank since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the very first branch by a foreign bank from non-EEA countries authorized by UK regulators under the new regulatory regime. She has been actively involved in the development of the bank’s international business, having gained a deep insight into international banking. Roles included Deputy Head of International Banking Department at the Head Office, a senior non-executive role for six years as President Commissioner of ICBC Indonesia, and Deputy Head of ICBC Hangzhou Branch. She has MA in LLM both from China University of Politics and Law in Beijing and University of Warwick in the UK, as well as an MBA (International) from University of Hong Kong.
Yasmine Chinwala is a partner at capital markets think tank New Financial, which launched in September 2014 (www.newfinancial.eu). New Financial contributed data to the government-backed Gadhia Review of senior women in UK financial services, and they will be working with HM Treasury to conduct an annual review of the Women in Finance Charter which will monitor the progress of signatories. New Financial’s research looks at female representation on boards and executive committees across financial markets in the UK and Europe and last year published a ground-breaking report looking at diversity disclosure. Ms Chinwala firmly believes that gender is just the starting point for a wider discussion on diversity and the constant search for best practice in developing a more sustainable business model for the industry.
Ms Chinwala started her career as a financial journalist. She worked for industry weekly Financial News for 10 years, starting out as a reporter before joining the online editing team in London and New York. From 2008-2013 she ran FN’s features desk, in charge of the publication’s flagship FN100 Most Influential, FN100 Women and Rising Stars lists. She has a BSc in Economics from the LSE and a keen interest in behavioural economics and organisational psychology.
Jonathan Cornish joined Fitch Ratings in 1998 and is a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions group. He assumed the position of Head of Bank Ratings – North Asia in February 2010 and is responsible for all bank ratings in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mongolia. Jonathan also acted as Head of the Hong Kong office from September 2010 to August 2014. He moved to Fitch’s Bank team following more than three years as a Senior Director in the Credit Policy Group, reporting to the Regional Credit Officer for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The first two years—which were based in London—involved oversight of all corporate and public finance analytical groups plus the sovereign analytical group, portfolio analysis, credit market research, as well as reviewing of rating criteria and methodology. The final year of his tenure was served in Hong Kong, where his geographic responsibility was confined to Asia-Pacific. There, he performed the same functions as in London, but with additional oversight of the structured finance analytical group.
Prior to joining the Credit Policy Group, he was based in Fitch’s Hong Kong office for five years where he was a Senior Director in the Asia-Pacific Corporate Ratings Group and was Regional Head of the Telecom, Media and Technology analytical team. For the three years prior to that, he was based in Fitch’s Brisbane office where he covered several sectors within the Australian corporate ratings market. Before joining Fitch, he was a corporate banking manager in Australia, most recently with ANZ Bank, and began his career as an accountant with the specialist insolvency practice Ferrier Hodgson Group, Chartered Accountants. Mr Cornish has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from Queensland University of Technology and obtained his CPA qualification in Australia.
Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his Ph.d. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better was a New York Times best-seller. He was recently named in an Economist poll as one of the most influential economists of the last decade and Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist." Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011. His latest book Average is over: Powering America out of the Great Stagnation focused on the implications of growing inequality. He also co-writes a blog at www.marginalrevolution.com and he has recently initiated an on-line economics education project, MRUniversity.com.
Simon Cox is Emerging markets editor at The Economist magazine, based in Hong Kong. Mr Cox has spent over ten years with The Economist, stationed in London and Delhi before moving to Hong Kong in 2010 to cover China's economy. In 2014, he left journalism to became Managing Director and Asia-Pacific Investment Strategist for BNY Mellon, before returning to the magazine in 2016. During his career at The Economist and BNY Mellon, he has written a variety of special reports and white papers. He has explored the technological ambitions of India and China (High-tech Hopefuls, 2007), the world's arduous recovery from the global financial crisis (The Long Climb, 2009), China's surprisingly resilient economy (Pedalling Prosperity, 2012) and Korea's social and geopolitical divisions (Parallel Worlds, 2013). In 2008, he edited The Growth Report, published by the Commission on Growth and Development, chaired by Nobel laureate Michael Spence. He was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the Economics of China. He studied at Cambridge, Harvard and the London School of Economics.
Diane Coyle is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She was a BBC Trustee for over eight years, and was formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She specialises in the economics of new technologies, markets and competition, and public policy, and has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries.
Ms Coyle believes economics is so important that everyone should be able to join in the public debate, and is passionate about communicating the subject. Her books include most recently GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press).
She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and before that worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard. Ms Coyle was awarded the OBE in January 2009.
Steve Dagworthy received a 6 year prison sentence for fraud after a career spanning over 20 years as a broker in the commercial finance industry. Prison came as a complete shock to him. Suddenly, he was in an alien environment. He didn't know the rules, He had no one to tell him what to expect. He learned the hard way: by trial and error. By making mistakes. By reading up on the prison rules. By keeping his ears open and his mouth shut. And as he learned he progressed through the prison system.
Then he came across a newspaper article about an American Prison Consultant and discovered that Prison Consultancy was an established business in the USA. So Mr Dagworthy approached his good friend and former colleague Steve Hamer, who supported him in establishing Prison Consultants Ltd in the UK in 2013. He has been widely quoted and featured in the UK, Europe and South America in newspapers, and on TV and Radio. His opinions and insights on Prison matters, and the governments prison policies, are frequently sought by newspapers and TV companies, including Sky TV and ITV, and national Radio
Gavyn Davies has been Chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management since 2004. He is a founding partner of Active Private Equity and Anthos Capital. He is a Senior Adviser to Prisma Capital, a subsidiary of KKR.
Mr Davies joined the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street as an Economist in 1974 and was an Economic Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1976-79. He then pursued a career as a City economist, first with Phillips and Drew (1979-81), then with Simon and Coates (1981-86). He joined Goldman Sachs International in April 1986 and was a Partner or Managing Director from 1988 to 2001. He was also the firm’s Chief Economist over that period and Chairman of the Global Investment Research Department. From 1979 to 2001, he was repeatedly ranked as the City's top UK, European or global economist in surveys of institutional investors. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of HM Treasury's Independent Forecasting Panel.
In 1999, he chaired a UK government inquiry into 'The Future Funding of the BBC'. He was appointed Chairman of the BBC in October 2001 and resigned his position in January 2004. He has been an Economic Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Mr Davies graduated in Economics from St John's College, Cambridge, followed by two years of research at Balliol College, Oxford. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Science (social sciences) from the University of Southampton, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Nottingham University, a Fellowship of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Fellowship of Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, and an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.
William heads up the Cyber Intelligence team for Barclays Bank in London focusing on tracking the most significant threats targeting and impacting the bank. Will recently joined the financial sector from central UK Government where he had worked for a decade in an operational capacity principally within cybercrime. Immediately prior to joining Barclays Will acted as a consultant to aide with the establishment of the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and was actively involved in a number of cybercrime operations. Several of these operations were against some of the most high profile cybercrime conspiracies in the world, including the the GoZeus, Shylock and Ramnit operations that were run in conjunction with the FBI and European Cybercrime Centre amongst others.
Paul Donovan joined the UBS in 1992 and is a Managing Director and Global Economist. He is responsible for presenting the UBS global economic view. He is a UBS Opinion Leader, a member of the Global Investor Forum, a member of the UBS Diversity Council, senior sponsor of the UBS Speak Up group, and a UBS Pride Ally.
He co-authored From Red to Green? How the financial credit crunch could bankrupt the environment with Julie Hudson, published in August 2011. Food Policy and the Environmental Credit Crunch: From Soup to Nuts, also co-authored with Julie, was published in September 2013. He contributed to How the world really works: the economy, a children’s guide to economics published in May 2014. His book The Truth About Inflation was published in April 2015. Mr Donovan has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, sitting on its investment committee, and is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle of Oxford. He holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He is also a co-founder of the Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust (a cancer research and patient care charity).
Charles Dumas, LSR’s Chief Economist between 2005 and 2015,is recognised as one of the world’s leading macroeconomic forecasters. He joined LSR in 1998 and has been the firm’s Chairman since 2009.He has written several books on the global economy, including Globalisation Fractures (2010), which earned praise from Bank of England Governor Mervyn King: “To understand the causes of the financial crisis, read this insightful analysis.” He has 40 years’ experience as an economist and financial markets professional. He was a Managing Director in JP Morgan's New York M&A department from 1988 to 1992 and had previously worked in its capital markets group in New York and London. In the 1980s he was Head of Research for JP Morgan in London. In the 1970s he was Director of European Economics for General Motors. Before that he worked on tax reform for the Conservative Party and as a journalist on The Economist newspaper.
Tina Fordham is Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst at Citi, the first to hold this position. Fordham joined Citi in 2003, where she advises institutional investors and corporate boards and on the implications of macro political, security and socio-economic factors. Fordham also spearheads Citi’s research on gender economics, and in 2016 was appointed to the United Nation's first High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, which also included IMF president Christine Lagarde. She has been named four times in the FN’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance", Harper’s Bazaar 150 Visionary Women in Britain and in 2017 was distinguished as being in the Top 100 Most Influential Geopolitics Experts worldwide, alongside Condoleezza Rice. Fordham serves on the International Advisory Boards of the think tank Carnegie Europe and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she earned her Master’s degree in International Affairs. She is also a member of the Citi Veterans Network. Previously, she served as senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and head of global political risk at Eurasia Group, where she started the firm's financial markets research business in 1999. She is a frequent commentator in the international press.
Daniela Gabor is associate professor in economics at UWE Bristol. She has published on central banking, on the governance of global banks and on shadow banking/ repo markets. Her latest publications include a co-edited book with Charles Goodhart, Jakob Vestegaard, and Ismail Erturk entitled Central Banking at Crossroads (Anthem Press, 2014) and journal articles on the European Financial Transaction Tax on shadow banking and The (impossible) repo trinity: from fiscal to financial dominance. She leads two research grants, one on Shadow Money funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and another on the Capital Markets Union in Europe, funded by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. She tweets @DanielaGabor and blogs at critical finance.org
Jayne-Anne Gadhia has significant finance and banking experience, built up over a period of almost 30 years. Her drive and commitment to customers and to building a better bank, along with her proven ability to build businesses and lead strong management teams, brings significant value to all stakeholders of Virgin Money.
Ms Gadhia is a Non-Executive Director of Business in the Community, and has roles on a number of advisory groups including the Financial Services Advisory Board, the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, and the FCA Practitioner Panel Advisory Group. She led a review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in the financial services industry and published her report in March 2016. Ms Gadhia rejoined Virgin Money in March 2007. Virgin One was acquired by RBS in 2001, after which Jayne-Anne went on to lead a number of RBS business units, ultimately joining the RBS Retail Executive Board where she was responsible for the RBS Group’s mortgage business. In 1995 she became one of the founders of Virgin Direct before launching the market-leading Virgin One account in 1998. She joined Norwich Union in 1987, where she was marketing director of Norwich Union’s Unit Trust business. She trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young (formerly Ernst & Whinney) in 1982,
Melvin Glapion is Senior Equity Research Analyst for J Capital Research, a Hong Kong-based investment research firm. Prior to working with J Capital, Melvin founded Mithra Forensic Research which forensic accounting models to detect fraud and manipulation in financial statements. Mithra initiated coverage on Chinese e-commerce company Vipshop Holdings last year; the share price has dropped around 60% since Mithra’s report. Previously Managing Director and Head of Office for Kroll’s Los Angeles and London Offices where he managed a broad cross-section of risk consulting engagements—due diligence, fraud investigations, corruption and bribery investigations, and internal investigations, he has previously worked in the Strategy Consulting team at KPMG, the debt markets investment banking at Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA,1994).
Charles Goodhart, CBE, FBA is Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance with the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, having previously, 1987-2005, been its Deputy Director. Until his retirement in 2002, he had been the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE since 1985. Before then, he had worked at the Bank of England for 17 years as a monetary adviser, becoming a Chief Adviser in 1980. In 1997 he was appointed one of the outside independent members of the Bank of England’s new Monetary Policy Committee until May 2000. Earlier he had taught at Cambridge and LSE. Besides numerous articles, he has written a couple of books on monetary history; a graduate monetary textbook, Money, Information and Uncertainty (2nd Ed. 1989); two collections of papers on monetary policy, Monetary Theory and Practice (1984) and The Central Bank and The Financial System (1995); and a number of books and articles on Financial Stability, on which subject he was Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England, 2002-2004, and numerous other studies relating to financial markets and to monetary policy and history. His latest books include The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision: A History of the Early Years, 1974-1997, (2011), and The Regulatory Response to the Financial Crisis, (2009).
Mike Hearn is currently Lead Platform Engineer at R3 CEV, a startup that is pioneering distributed ledger technology for the financial sector. Before R3, he was a senior software engineer at Google where he worked for nearly eight years on products like Google Maps, GMail, anti-spam and account security. He first used Bitcoin in April 2009, four months after it launched, and played a key role in Bitcoin's development for around five years by co-authoring the most successful mobile wallet app, developing a heavily used protocol engine, designing protocol upgrades and giving many talks on the technology. He is a Brit who lives in Switzerland.
Jon Hykawy entered the financial services industry in 2001, and has reluctantly been involved in it since then. He was trained as a nuclear physicist, and worked at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. His original coverage area after joining Canaccord in 2000 was technology, but this transitioned to clean technology and then to the materials that are critical for deploying clean technology. His current focus is the markets for, and the business surrounding, critical materials such as lithium, rare earths, borates, fertilizers and other non-quoted metals and minerals. Mr Hykawy holds BSc and PhD degrees in physics, an MBA, and is a 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recipient along with the other members of the SNO Collaboration.
Kit Juckes joined Societe Generale as Global Head of FX Strategy in 2010, before taking an additional role covering fixed income, credit and currency strategy. Before joining the bank, he was Chief Economist at the ECU Group, a London based currency management firm. Prior to this, he worked at RBS Global Banking & Markets as Global Head of Research.
He joined RBS as a result of the takeover Natwest Markets where he was Head of Bond and Foreign Exchange Strategy. He was born in Kenya, brought up in France and studied economics at UCL in London.
He started his career in 1985 with MMS Ltd in Frankfurt and has worked at Mitsui Bank and at SG Warburg in London.
Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. He has published articles, chapters and books on issues including what we know about the causes of economic growth, the link between economic growth and broader development, the causes of improvements in global health, the link between economic growth and happiness, the end of the Malthusian trap, the role of communications technologies in development, the ‘digital divide,’ corruption, and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. He is the author of the book Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More and The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West. He has been a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a regular contributor to Business Week magazine. Mr Kenny was previously at the World Bank, where his assignments included coordinating work on governance and anticorruption in infrastructure and natural resources and managing a number of investment and technical assistance projects covering telecommunications and the Internet.
Gottfried Leibbrandt is Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT. He was appointed CEO in July 2012. Mr Leibbrandt was a key architect behind the creation of the SWIFT2015 strategy, which is being implemented and remains a priority for the co-operative. In 2007, he was promoted to Head of Marketing. He ran a global organisation responsible for the development and delivery of SWIFT’s strategic initiatives spanning products & services, standards, innovation, banking, corporate and securities market segments. He joined SWIFT in 2005 to focus on the development of the SWIFT2010 strategy. Upon completion of the strategy, he was appointed Head of Standards. More recently. Prior to joining SWIFT, he worked for McKinsey & Company for 18 years as a partner in the Amsterdam office and a co-leader of the European payments practice. He holds a Masters degree in Econometrics and Statistics from the Vrije Universteit Amsterdam and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University where his thesis was "Payment instruments and network effects: adoption, harmonization and succession of network technologies across countries".
Rhydian Lewis founded RateSetter in 2010 having witnessed the continued failure of the financial system to act in the interests of customers. He saw an opportunity to narrow the spread between what investors earn and what creditworthy borrowers pay, and deliver greater value in a simple way. In the RateSetter market the rates are set by investors and borrowers, not by committees or banks. Mr Lewis has pioneered many ‘firsts’ in marketplace lending, such as the Provision Fund concept. RateSetter’s Provision Fund has ensured that after lending more than £1bn over five years, no individual RateSetter investor has lost a penny – a unique feat amongst major peer-to-peer lending platforms. Mr Lewis graduated from Bristol University with a double first in Modern Languages. Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at investment management firm Lazard.
Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications including the Guardian. Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia.
From 2008, she also started championing creators’ rights, when she was given a weekly music blog at the Guardian. Since then she’s also written for numerous publications around the world, and appeared on Sky News and BBC. Ms Lindvall is a Basca board director, and recently became head of business relations for music rights management platform Auddly.com, co-owned by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus. She remains active as a professional musician and songwriter.
Sara Luder advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of corporate taxation and corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, demergers and corporate reconstructions, structured finance, securitisations and asset finance. Sara has extensive experience of advising on disputes with HMRC which have been settled following negotiation or which have proceeded to litigation. She is listed as a leading individual for Corporate Tax in The Legal 500, 2015, Chambers UK, 2016, Chambers Europe, 2015 and Chambers Global, 2015 and is recommended for Tax Litigation and Investigations in The Legal 500, 2015. She is also listed in Who's Who Legal 2015, in the 2015 London Super Lawyers Magazine and in the ITR's Tax Controversy Leaders Guide 2015.
Ms Luder was awarded 'Best in tax' at the IFLR's Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards in 2012 and featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100 Dealmakers list in 2013. She writes regularly for a number of tax publications and is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Jeff Lynn co-founded Seedrs, The UK's No.1 equity crowdfunding platform, with Carlos Silva in 2009. He began his career as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London, and has served as a Non-Executive Director of Companies House. He has been named one of the top 10 coolest people in UK tech by Business Insider, one of the most influential men in Britain GQ and has been named on the Maserati 100 Index for 2016.
Dr Gerard Lyons is an expert on the global economy, financial markets and monetary policy. He has a portfolio of roles in finance, universities and economics, including Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, Advisory Board of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Board Member of Bank of China (UK). He is co-author of Clean Brexit (Biteback publishers). Dr Lyons previously held senior roles at Chase, Swiss Bank, DKB International and Standard Chartered Bank. He was Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson in his second term as Mayor of London, where among other things Lyons championed the Living Wage.
George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. George was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2016. He served for four years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the pension and life assurance fund. He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that in a senior capacity before ‘Big Bang’ at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities, and prior to that with Bank of America in London and San Francisco. George is closely followed nowadays for his insights and observations about the global economy in general, but with a specific focus on China and demographics. His China focus derives from a long period of observation and study that goes back to his first visit in 1994. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets. George’s current book, Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in 2018 by Yale University Press, and then in paperback with newly commissioned material. It examines China’s contemporary economic and commercial challenges and aspirations to modernity in the light of the governance system of President Xi. His earlier books are The Age of Aging (2008), which investigated the effects of the unique experience of demographic change on the global economy; and Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? (2011) which examined the rise of China and other major emerging markets.
Jon Matonis is a founding board director of the Bitcoin Foundation. His career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Mr Matonis also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile payments, and iGaming sectors. A prominent fintech columnist with Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk, he recently joined the editorial board for the cryptocurrency journal Ledger. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics.
Mr Matonis has presented worldwide on the topic of Bitcoin and its disruptive economic implications to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, SWIFT, IRS, DOJ, retail payment networks, major financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, mobile money issuers, iGaming operators, information security firms, hedge funds, gold investors, and family offices.
Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT, including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.
Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.
Francine McKenna is a reporter for MarketWatch, part of Dow Jones Inc, in Washington D.C., covering financial regulation and legislation for a transparency perspective. She is also a registered CPA in Illinois whose work previously appeared in Forbes magazine, The Financial Times, Accountancy magazine and Accountancy Age in the UK, American Banker, The Columbia Journalism Review, Al Jazeera US, Reuters Breakingviews, The University of Chicago’s Capital Ideas Magazine, and Boston Review. She is frequently quoted on accounting, audit, fraud and corporate governance including previously by The New York Times, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, The Financial Times, BusinessWeek, The Sunday Times of Dublin, "Background Briefing" for Australian Broadcasting, and The Times of London. Ms McKenna had 30 years of experience in banks and professional services firms before starting to write full time. She was a Director at PwC, auditing the firm itself. She began her consulting career at KPMG, eventually directing the Y2K PMO for JP Morgan in Latin America. She was BearingPoint’s first female Managing Director in Latin America. She has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.
She began her career in internal audit at Chicago’s Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust. The Auditors is Ms McKenna’s own specialized news website about the business of the Big Four auditors. Her column “Accounting Watchdog” appeared at Forbes.com. Her column “Accountable” appeared in American Banker from 2011 to 2012. She also wrote at Medium.com for the “Bull Market” collection. She has been a finalist twice for UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial and Business Journalism - in 2013 for her work at Forbes magazine and in 2010 in the online commentary and blogging category for her blog. She is a Chicago native and graduate of Purdue University’s Krannert School where she majored in accounting. She will receive a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago in June 2016.
Simon Moores is the Managing Director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, an independent publishing business focused on critical mineral supply chains and disruptive technologies. He has specialist knowledge in critical and strategic minerals and markets including graphite, lithium, cobalt, batteries, electric vehicles and China. He has specialised in the lithium ion battery supply chain and, in particular, the upstream sector from mine to battery cell manufacturing. In 2015, Mr Moores and Benchmark advised Goldman Sachs on lithium and batteries in its Low Carbon Economy Report and with Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, UBS, and Canaccord Genuity on lithium ion battery supply chain roadshows. In addition, he launched subscription products, Benchmark Membership and Benchmark Data | Graphite and the events, Benchmark World Tour 2015 and Graphite Supply Chain 2016.
In 2012, he worked extensively on graphite and led the research and publication of the multi-client market study, The Natural Graphite Report 2012: Data, analysis and forecast for the next five years. In 2012, he also established Industrial Minerals’ first business since its inception in 1968 through the launch of Industrial Minerals Data which tracked real time prices for graphite and fluorspar. He was Consulting Editor on Metal Bulletin Research’s Global Lithium Market Outlook in 2009 and 2011. It was in 2006 when he began his career in critical minerals and batteries at London-based publication Industrial Minerals. In a four-year period between 2006-2010, he built up business activities in the lithium and graphite industries. He created the annual meetings, Lithium Supply & Markets, launching 2009, and Graphite Conference in 2011, for Metal Bulletin Events. Mr Moores created and managed a team based in London and China which created and sold high value subscription products around the world.
Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant and political economist. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2002. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively, the latter at http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/. He was appointed as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University in September 2015. During the summer of 2015 he was widely credited with creating ‘Corbynomics’ and is the creator of the idea now known as People's Quantitative Easing. Mr Murphy’s latest book is The Joy of Tax (Bantam, September 2015). He is now writing Dirty Secrets: the political economy of tax havens due from Verso in November 2016. He is joint author of Tax Havens, The True Story of Globalisation, Cornell University Press 2010 and sole author of The Courageous State, Searching Finance, 2011. He created the country-by-country reporting concept and has been credited with creating much of the debate on tax gaps in the UK and Europe. He also defined the term ‘secrecy jurisdictions’, now widely used in debates on offshore. He has been involved in many of the stories on corporate tax abuse that have made headlines in recent years.
Paul Mylchreest is ADM ISI’s Equity & Cross Asset analyst based in London. He focuses on Equity and Commodity markets, their interaction with Credit, Shadow Banking, Forex, etc, as well as global macro themes. Prior to this, he covered a range of equity sectors, including Metals & Mining, Oil & Gas and Chemicals at various investment banks/brokers including SG Warburg (UBS), Schroders, JP Morgan and Redburn Partners. In recent months, his work has been published on the Zero Hedge website and he has been interviewed several times on the prestigious Real Vision TV. Besides recent work on liquidity issues in Eurodollar markets, he is well-known for hard-hitting reports on the Gold market and Gold Mining shares.
Toby Nangle joined the company in 2012 and is currently Co-Head of Global Asset Allocation and Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA. In this role he is responsible for managing and co-managing a range of multi-asset portfolios, as well as providing strategic and tactical input to the company’s asset allocation process.
Before joining the company, he worked at Baring Asset Management, initially in the fixed income team and subsequently as Director of the Multi-Asset Group. He holds degrees in History and International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Nandan Nilekani is the Co-founder and Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. He was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister and was previously the co-chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.
Born in Bengaluru, Mr Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics .In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He was also named Businessman of the year by Forbes Asia. Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 & 2009. Foreign Policy magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global thinkers in 2010. He won The Economist Social & Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India’s Unique Identification initiative (Aadhaar) in 2014. He is the author of Imagining India and co- authored his second book with Viral Shah, Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspiration.
Alfredo Ortiz has been the President and CEO of Job Creators Network (JCN) since January 2014. He is also a board member for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and an advisory board member for Littler's Workplace Policy Institute. He has testified before legislative committees about the impact of bad government policy on job creation, and speaks frequently to business organizations across the nation about the need for job creators to seize responsibility for defending free enterprise, both in the communities where they live and the communities they've created - their workplaces. His advocacy for the voice of job creators has appeared in newspapers such as the CNBC, Orlando Sentinel, The Hill, Orange County Register, and many others. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows, including The Frank Beckmann Show, on Detroit's WJR-760 AM, and the nationally syndicated Dennis Prager Show.
Prior to joining JCN, he was Vice President of CSM Bakery Products' Food Service Division, a $2 billion global food company, where he was responsible for increasing national account penetration five-fold and leading a major broker realignment and trade system implementation. He was also a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in their Washington office, and has worked in marketing, new product development and corporate strategy for Georgia Pacific, Kraft and others. Mr Ortiz received his MBA in 1993 at the University of Michigan and graduated from Pomona College in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ronen Palan is professor of International Political Economy at City University, London. Prior to that he was professor at Birmingham and Sussex University. He authored many books on the subject of tax havens and offshore finance, including The Offshore World: Sovereign Markets, Virtual Places, and Nomad Millionaires. 2003, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press and, Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works. (2010) Cornell Studies in Money. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (with Richard Murphy and Christian Chavagneux). His work had been translated to Chinese simple and complex characters, Japanese, Korea, French, Spanish, Azeri, Russian and Czech.
Harsh Patel joined VPC in 2014 and is a principal. He focuses on opportunities outside of the U.S., and is primarily responsible for sourcing, analysing, executing and management of direct private debt and equity investments in middle market companies in the speciality finance sector. Mr Patel also actively works on making investments in public debt securities in middle market companies. Previously, he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of credit and non-correlated investments at Abu Dhabi Investment Council. He also worked in the EMEA Credit Trading Group at Citigroup, focusing on distressed and special situations. Mr Patel received a BS in actuarial science with honors from Cass Business School in London.
Sachin Patel is responsible for the structuring, execution and distribution of Funding Circle’s offerings to institutional investors. Prior to Funding Circle, he was Vice President in the cross-asset structured products and solutions businesses at Barclays Capital and J.P.Morgan, advising and executing transactions with a wide variety of investors including Insurance Companies, Pension Funds, Discretionary Asset Managers and Private Banks. He holds a MPhys from Oxford University
Ann Pettifor is a director of the think-tank Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME). In September 2015 she was appointed as a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Economic Advisory Committee, along with Mariana Mazzucato, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, Anastasia Nesvetailova and Danny Blanchflower. Her background is in sovereign debt – particularly those of low-income countries. More recently she has analysed, and written extensively on both the private and public debts of Anglo-American economies. She was one of the leaders of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which led to the writing off of $100 bn (in nominal terms) of debt owed by 35 of the poorest countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Ms Pettifor was one of the few people to correctly predict (in 2003 and 2006) the global debt-deflationary crisis of 2007. In 2005 she helped the Nigerian Debt Management Office clear $30 bn of debt owed to the Paris Club of creditors. She is an honorary research fellow at City Political Economy Research Centre, City University London: and is Chair of the Advisory Board at Goldsmiths College’s Political Economy Research Centre, London. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle and is a senior fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London.
Michael Pettis is a finance professor at Peking University and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His work and research focuses on monetary policy, trade policy, and banking and financial markets in China. Prior to his current positions, Mr Pettis spent 15 years as a banker and trader on Wall Street, nine years teaching at Columbia University, and three years teaching at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. Before moving to China in 2001 he was Managing Director and Head of the Liability Management and Latin American Capital Markets groups at Bear Stearns. He has also run fixed income trading and capital market teams at CSFB and JP Morgan.
Mr Pettis has published widely in a number of leading periodicals and is the author of several books, including The Volatility Machine (Oxford University Press, 2001) and The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy (Princeton University Press), and Avoiding the Fall: China's Economic Restructuring (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), both published in 2013. He received an MBA in Finance and an MIA in Development Economics from Columbia University.
Mark Pollock helps people achieve more than they thought possible. It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen.Mr Pollock is that catalyst. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mr Pollock went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games.
In 2010 Mr Pollock was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
In 1999, Lohan Presencer joined Ministry of Sound to run its burgeoning compilations business, becoming MD in 2001 and Group CEO in 2008. In 1995, he moved to Warner Music working across campaigns for Madonna, Alanis Morissette, The Corrs and Simply Red. A graduate in engineering acoustics, he began his career at Copasetic Records in 1993, eventually running the small indie label. Today Ministry of Sound is a multimedia entertainment business, one of the world’s largest independent music companies and has just launched its own state of the art audio equipment range. It has sold more than 60 million albums, had 20 no.1 singles, discovered artists as diverse as London Grammar and Wretch 32, and is home to the eponymous and legendary London superclub.
Gregor Pryor has experience in acquisition, production, licensing and distribution of content on digital media networks and platforms advising digital music services, video gaming platforms, social networks, online retailers, network operators and search engines. Formulating strategies for the developing body of laws in digital media. Advises content owners on protecting and exploiting their IP rights. Works with start-ups, helping them leverage their new technology and grow quickly. The Legal 500 described Mr Pryor as a "digital carriage superstar". Chambers and Partners has rated him consistently in Tier 1 of advisors in his sector, recognising his knowledge of digital music copyright issues and "unrivalled experience in the market". The International Who’s Who of Sports and Entertainment lawyers has described his digital media practice as “second to none”.
Mr Pryor was listed in the ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in Digital Media’ in Wired Magazine and featured in the ‘TechCity Insider 100’ list of 2014. A member of the Advisory Panel for the UK Government’s ‘Future Fifty’ programme for high-growth companies, he also sits on the Prince’s Trust Committee of the Internet and Media Leadership Group and holds non-executive advisory roles in start-up companies from time to time.
Hélène Rey, OBE, is Lord Bagri Professor of Economics at London Business School. Until 2007, she was at Princeton University, as Professor of Economics and International Affairs. Her research focuses on external imbalances, financial crises, the links between monetary policy and the financial sector, and the organisation of the international monetary system. She has received numerous prizes, including the inaugural Birgit Grodal Award, the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economic Association and the inaugural Carl Menger Preis. She is an elected foreign member of the Econometric Society, the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the French Financial Stability Committee.
Karthik Sankaran is director, global strategy. In this capacity, he leads Eurasia Group's analysis of global financial themes and assists Eurasia Group's research platform in identifying and evaluating interactions among national politics, geopolitics and global asset markets. He has 16 years of experience in financial markets on both the buy and sell sides. He was previously a portfolio manager at Covepoint Capital Advisors, a global macro hedge fund, for seven years, and prior to that he was a currency strategist at AIG Trading Group and Bank Julius Baer. Before entering the markets, he was managing editor of Emerging Markets, a publication distributed at the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank and the major regional development banks. He holds BA, MA and MPhil degrees in modern European history from Columbia University with a thematic interest in the political economy of modernization. He has published in the Financial Times, Absolute Return, Latin Finance, AIG World Markets Advisory, Emerging Markets and the Quaderni dell'Istituto Orientale di Napoli. To varying degrees of fluency, he is competent in Hindi, Italian, French and German.
Suhel Seth is the Founder and Managing Partner of Counselage India. Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising Chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. Counselage works for Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero MotoCorp, Vodafone, NDTV, Coca Cola, and Max India amongst others. Mr Seth was on the global advisory board of British Airways until 2009 and presently sits on the global boards of Cavendish, Intelligence Squared and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London) and on the regional boards of Samsung, and Coca Cola. He is on the Board of Advisors of Deepalaya, the Neemrana Foundation and the Max India Foundation. He is also an advisor to the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Mihir Swarup Sharma was born in Delhi, and grew up mainly in Bombay and Calcutta. He was trained as an economist and political scientist in Delhi and in Boston. From 2008, he edited and wrote a column for the opinion pages of The Indian Express and Business Standard, both based in New Delhi, during which time he won a Sriram Sanlam award for financial journalism. His book Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy was published in 2015, to considerable critical acclaim; it won the Tata LitLive best Business Book of the Year and was longlisted for the Financial Times–McKinsey Business Book of the Year. He is currently a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.
Stephen E. Shay has been a Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2015. Before joining the Harvard Law School faculty as a Professor of Practice in 2011, Mr Shay was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury. Prior to re-joining the Treasury Department in 2009, he was a tax partner for 22 years with Ropes & Gray, LLP. He served in the Office of International Tax Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, including as International Tax Counsel, from 1982 to 1987. He is President of the American Tax Policy Institute Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, and he earned his JD and his MBA from Columbia University in 1976.
Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of FT.com and an Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. He oversees the FT’s digital content output and development including interactive, data, video and social media. He writes two weekly online and newspaper columns, one for the comment page Notebook slot and another for the FT Magazine. In 2013 Mr Shrimsley was instrumental in overseeing the launch of fastFT, a new digital product providing market-moving news and views, 24-hours a day. Before that he also led the editorial team in the development of the FT web app. He is a member of the FT.com executive and product council teams, which set the direction and provide oversight on all FT product initiatives.
Mr Shrimsley joined the FT as Chief Political Correspondent in 2000 and was the News Editor before taking up his current job in 2009. Between 1989-2000, he worked at the Daily Telegraph, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent. His first role in national newspapers was as a general reporter at the Sunday Telegraph. He started his career on local papers, working on the Darlington Evening Despatch and Kentish Times. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 1985. Follow Robert Shrimsley on twitter: @robertshrimsley
Chris Silva is the Chief Executive Officer of Allied Minds, a US. science and technology development and commercialisation company. Operating since 2006, the company forms, funds, manages and builds products and businesses based on innovative technologies developed at leading US universities and federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified holding company that supports its businesses with capital, management and shared services. The company has formed over 25 majority-owned subsidiary businesses to date and Mr Silva serves on the boards of many of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Mr Silva was a Partner at JSA Partners, an M&A firm. He was also a member of AT Kearney’s Aerospace Aviation & Defense Practice and GRC Intl, a Dept. of Defense and Intelligence Agency contractor. Mr Silva served in the US Air Force and Intelligence Community and holds a BA from Tufts and an MBA.
Jeffrey Snider is Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Global Research at Alhambra Investment Partners. Through detailed and comprehensive investigation of the global monetary and banking system, he was one of the few analysts to sound the alarm during the run-up to the panic of 2008 and then to predict the rebound in 2009. His current commentary focuses on the global implications of the ongoing monetary deconstruction including the failure of Federal Reserve and central bank policy. Mr. Snider is published nationally at RealClearMarkets, NewsMax, David Stockman's Contra Corner, and other places.
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Hyun Song Shin was appointed Economic Adviser and Head of Research in May 2014.Before joining the BIS, Mr Shin was the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics at Princeton University. In 2010, on leave from Princeton, he served as Senior Adviser to the Korean president, taking a leading role in formulating financial stability policy in Korea and developing the agenda for the G20 during Korea's presidency. From 2000 to 2005, he was Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics. He holds a DPhil and MPhil in Economics from Oxford University (Nuffield College) and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the same university. Mr Shin is author of numerous publications in the fields of monetary policy, banking, finance and issues related to financial stability and further details are available: www.bis.org/author/hyun_song_shin.htm.
Anne Stevenson-Yang co-founded J Capital Research in late 2007 and is J Capital's Research Director. Her coverage areas include solar, internet, medical devices, property, some consumer and direct-sales names, and China's macro-economy. Anne was formerly co-founder of a group of Online Media Businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures and also founded and operated a CRM software company, Clarity Data Systems, and a publishing company whose flagship magazine is City Weekend. Over 25 years in China, Anne has also worked as an industry analyst and trade advocate, heading the US Information Technology Office and, 1993 through 1997, the China operations of the US-China Business Council. Anne is author of the recent China Alone: China's Emergence and Potential Return to Isolation.
Hideki Takada currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst on green finance in the Environment Directorate at OECD, Paris. His latest position in Tokyo which he held until 2015 was the Director of Public Relations, in charge of management of external communications of the Ministry of Finance. Under the DPJ government established in 2009 he became the first staff of the newly created National Policy Unit and worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Secretariat as an engineer of the new public finance framework and as a private advisor to the Prime Minister. During over 20 years of his career he spent 5 years in the UK: study at Cambridge and LSE (1997-99), and secondment to HM Treasury (the UK finance ministry, 2003-06) where he worked on financial regulation, investment market policies and public spending. Mr Takada is seconded from Japanese Ministry of Finance which he joined in 1995. He has had a wide range of experience in policy-making at the heart of the government including public finance, tax, trade policies and financial services.
Mr Takada received a Bachelor degree in Law (University of Tokyo), a Master degree in Law (Cambridge University) and an MBA (Imperial College London).
John Thanassoulis is the Professor of Financial Economics at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, an Associate Member of the Oxford-Man Institute at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford University. For nine years prior to this he was the Heyman/Moritz Official Student (Fellow) of Economics at Christ Church, Oxford and a University Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Oxford University. He is a member of the UK Competition Commission Academic Panel, an academic advisor to OFCOM, on the steering panel for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills research into Metrics and Models for Long-Term Investment, Treasurer of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (charity number 288585), and was a Non-Executive Director of Oxford Investment Partners (OXIP) until its acquisition by Towers Watson.
Srinivas Thiruvadanthai originally joined the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center in 1998 and worked here for eight years. He rejoined the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center in 2009. He has full mastery of the Profits Perspective and is involved in every aspect of the research and forecasting operations. He brings a broad and critical approach to economics because of his diverse background, which includes experience in alternative investments, banking, technology, and psychology as well as economics. At the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center, he has done ground-breaking research in a number of areas: the stock “wealth effect” on consumer behavior and its implications for total business profits; the persistent and pervasive overstatement of corporate earnings; mortgage equity extraction and its effect on the personal saving rate; the financial sector’s vulnerabilities to the housing bubble; the evolution of Japan’s balance sheets during its bubble and its aftermath; and the financial evolution of the Asian economies. During his break from the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center, Mr Thiruvadanthai worked for three years for Kenmar, a fund of hedge funds, where he was a member of the investment committee. He was responsible for guiding the firms’ top-down asset allocation decisions and investment strategy. Additionally, he crafted an emerging markets investment program after traveling extensively to Asia, Europe and Latin America and meeting with numerous investment managers. He has a PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis (Hyman Minsky’s last teaching post, where Mr Thiruvadanthai studied with some of Minsky’s closest colleagues), an MBA, and a CFA Before coming to the United States, he spent three years as a lending officer at ICICI Bank in India.
Mark Tluszcz is the co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm with more than €500m of assets under management. He grew up in Africa and Egypt, went to university in the US and has lived in Europe for 25 years, integrating values of ambition, humility and open-mindedness along the way. Mr Tluszcz is interested in weird ideas. In fact, the weirder, the better. He engages with entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the norm and change the world. He currently serves on the boards of FreedomPop, Wix (NASDAQ: WIX), JobToday and Galencium.
His notable successes include being involved with Skype until the company was sold to eBay, with Wix, which was listed on the NASDAQ, where he currently serves as the lead Director and with Nimbuzz, which was recently sold. He was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as one of the top 100 global deal makers in technology and selected in 2014 as one of the 100 most influential persons in Luxembourg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
Brenda Trenowden leads the Financial Institutions Group in Europe for ANZ, is a member of the UK Management Board and an Executive Director of ANZ’s UK Bank subsidiary, ANZ Bank (Europe) Ltd as well as all of ANZ’s other UK subsidiaries. Over the past 25 years, Brenda has established a strong track record in building international businesses and team, and managing complex client relationships across the globe. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and North America for some of the world’s largest banks including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group and BNY Mellon. Ms Trenowden graduated with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She’s a passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment and is involved in a number of gender diversity initiatives including her role as Global Chair of the 30% Club and Past President of City Women Network. She is also a Member of the Global Council of Queen’s University Smith School of Business and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.
Matthew Vickerstaff is Head of Impact Investment banking at ClearlySo and is responsible for capital raising, investment advice and strategic corporate advice for our clients. With over 20 years of investment banking experience he has broad sector knowledge with particular expertise in such areas as renewables, energy, broader infrastructure, and real estate. He was previously Global Head of structured finance at Société Générale, where he spent time working in Paris, New York, Toronto as well as London. He holds an MA from Cambridge University.
Rich Walker has spent years working in robotics, and now leads the team at Shadow who are developing new robots and new applications for robotics. He is active in developing and implementing European (FP7 and now Horizon 2020) and TSB/Innovate UK projects and he does a little consulting in that area.
He is on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board, giving his view on the direction the UK takes in robotics in a way that makes sense to SMEs and innovators. He is also a Director of EuRobotics, and sits on various EPSRC and University networks and committees around robotics.
Geoffrey West is a Distinguished Professor and former President of the Santa Fe Institute, and an Associate Fellow of Oxford University’s Martin School. His BA is from Cambridge and PhD from Stanford where he later returned to join the faculty. Mr West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions ranging from elementary particles and their cosmological implications to universal scaling laws in biology and developing a quantitative science of cities, companies and global sustainability. His work is motivated by the search for “simplicity underlying complexity”. His research includes metabolism, growth, aging & death, sleep, cancer and ecosystems, the dynamics of cities and companies, rates of growth and innovation, and the accelerating pace of life. He has been featured widely across the media including The New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, Wired, Scientific American,Nova, National Geographic and the BBC and has given many lectures at high profile events such as Davos and TED. His public service includes serving on the Council of the World Economic Forum. His work was selected as a breakthrough idea by Harvard Business Review (2007) and for Time's 2006 list of "100 Most Influential People in the World".
David Williams is a co‑founder of the Company. Prior to this, he spent 10 years working in the City financing telecommunications projects with Chase Manhattan, CIBC and Babcock and Brown. He graduated from Leeds with a degree in Economics and Politics.
Richard Woolnough joined M&G in January 2004 and is fund manager of the M&G Optimal Income Fund, the M&G Corporate Bond Fund and the M&G Strategic Bond Fund, three of the company's flagship fixed interest funds.Richard began his career at Lloyds Merchant Bank in 1985, moving to Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali two years later, followed by SG Warburg. In 1995, he became a fund manager at Old Mutual. Richard graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics.
XIAO Qi is Chief Economist, China, for FT Confidential Research. He joined China Confidential, the earliest unit of FT Confidential Research, since 2009 after graduating from Department of Economics of University College London. He has been covering China’s key financial and macro trends for more than seven years and built strong track records on shadow finance system research.
Sun Yu is Head of Network Research at FT Confidential Research, a research service under the Financial Times. Based in New York, he manages a team of researchers in seven major cities across the country. He covers China’s macro economy and the country’s growing presence abroad. He has been interviewed by BBC, China Daily and has presented research findings at the National Association of Business Economics and the Forecasters Club of New York. He began his career in 2004 at the Financial Times Beijing Bureau and attended NYU's business journalism program on a Wall Street Journal Journalism in Asia Fellowship. He joined FT Confidential in 2009 as a Research Manager and was promoted to Head of Network Research in 2012.
Gabriel Zucman is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
Robert Armstrong is US Finance Editor at the Financial Times, having previously been the FT’s Chief Editorial Writer and prior to that, Head of the FT’s Lex column, which has been dispensing pithy, pungent and analytically informed financial commentary for nearly 80 years. Before joining the FT, Robert was a columnist at Dow Jones and an analyst at Seminole Capital, a long/short hedge equity fund. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University.
Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: former US President Barack Obama, sitting US president Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur and in February 2018, the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.
Brian Caplen is Editor of The Banker, one of the world’s leading financial journals and part of the Financial Times Group. He is also Executive Editor of fDi magazine which deals with foreign direct investment.
He regularly appears on the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Al Jazeera to comment on international banking, economic and financial issues. He frequently lectures on financial topics. He also worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years. He has travelled extensively and done numerous high-level interviews with prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and senior executives.
He has a first class honours degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.
Frances Coppola spent many years working for various banks as a project manager, business analyst and systems specialist. She turned to financial writing in 2010 and now writes professionally for a range of publications including Forbes and the FT. She is the author of the Coppola Comment finance & economics blog and a frequent commentator on matters economic and financial on TV, radio and online news media. She is also a professional singer and an Associate of the Royal College of Music.
James Crabtree is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a Contributing Editor at the Financial Times. Until May 2016, he led coverage of corporate India for the FT as Mumbai Bureau chief, having previously worked on the opinion page in London, as Comment Editor. He is now on sabbatical at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, but remains an FT Contributing Editor. Before joining the newspaper, Mr Crabtree was deputy editor of Prospect, Britain's leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas, and he has written for a range of other global publications, from the Economist to Wired. Prior to journalism, he worked as a senior policy adviser in the British Prime Minister's Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has also worked at various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in the United States, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Cardiff is FT Alphaville's resident American-with-an-oddly-Welsh-name, and every team needs one of those. He joined Alphaville in November 2010 and writes primarily about the US economy. In prior lifetimes he was a Tampa native, Georgetown student, JPMorgan analyst, backpacking vagabond, and freelance hack.
Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. He leads the reporting of economics in the newspaper and on FT.com, and has been Economics Editor since 2004.
He reports on international economic trends and the British economy, and contributes comment to FT.com’s premium blog, dedicated to central banking and money supply. He was previously the FT’s leader writer on economic affairs.
Mr Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society’s prize for excellence in journalism in 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the 2014 advisory board of the Journal of the European Economic Association.
Before becoming Economics Editor, he spent a year at the communications regulator, Ofcom, writing reports about digital switchover and public service broadcasting.
Prior to joining the Financial Times in 2000, Mr Giles was an economics reporter at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has a wide publications record. At the IFS he led or worked on projects for clients including the Treasury, the OECD and the European Commission.
Mr Giles is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.
Sujeet Indap joined the FT in 2013 and is currently US Editor of the LEX Column. He has several years of investment banking experience, most recently as a vice president at the M&A boutique firm Foros Group. Previously, Mr Indap was with with Lazard Frères and Merrill Lynch. He holds a BA in Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In this role, he shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. He also contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.
Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.
Izabella Kaminska joined FT Alphaville in October 2008 and reports and blogs on technological, collaborative and digital trends, central banking, money, commodities and markets. Before joining the Financial Times, she worked as a producer at CNBC, a natural gas reporter at Platts and an associate editor of BP’s internal magazine. She has also worked as a reporter on English language business papers in Poland and Azerbaijan and was a Reuters graduate trainee in 2004. She studied Ancient History at University and has always been interested in central banks, commodities and market structure.
Before coming to Alphaville, Matt wrote about finance and economics for Bloomberg View and The Economist. He has also been a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, where, among other things, he read every Fed transcript from 1987 through 2006, and an investment associate at Bridgewater. Originally from Chicago, he lives in New York.
Joy Macknight is Managing Editor at The Banker, having previously been Deputy Editor and Technology Editor, covering transaction banking, fintechs and technology. Previously, she was Features Editor at Profit & Loss, a foreign exchange and derivatives magazine and conference producer. Before that, she was Editorial Director at Treasury Today and Editor at gtnews, which cover corporate treasury. She also worked as a staff writer on Banking Technology and IBM Computer Today, as well as a freelancer on Computer Weekly. She has a BSc from the University of Victoria, Canada.
Katie Martin is the Financial Times' Markets Editor, having previously run fastFT, the FT's breaking news service. Prior to the FT, she was at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.
Dan McCrum is the editor of FT Alphaville. In more than a decade at the FT he’s been Capital Markets Editor, Investment Correspondent in New York, and had stints writing for Alphaville and the Lex Column.
Before that Dan worked briefly at the Investors Chronicle, and has at one point or another carried furniture, sold kids books on doorsteps, and painted but not really decorated.
He also spent four years loitering in Citigroup’s equity research department where he picked up a few ideas about the value of luck, timing and a catchy pitch.
Paul Murphy is the founding editor of FT Alphaville and an associate editor of the Financial Times. He joined the FT in London in 2006 as development editor of FT.com, concentrating on the expansion of the online business. Prior to that, he served as the Guardian’s financial editor for seven years. He has also held senior positions in business journalism at the Sunday Business newspaper and the Daily Telegraph. Murphy is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Sarah O’Connor is the Financial Times employment correspondent. She covers global labour market issues such as technology, demographics, corporate surveillance and the future of work. She also writes a weekly column on employment.
Ms O’Connor joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee and took on the employment correspondent role at the start of 2015. She was Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards, and her project on wearable technology in the workplace won the Digital Innovation Award in the 2016 British Press Awards.
Stefania Palma is the Financial Times’ Singapore correspondent covering the city-state, Malaysia and Indonesia. Travelling extensively across these markets, she reports on local economics, politics, finance and social issues. Prior to joining the FT, Stefania was Asia Editor at The Banker magazine, of the FT group. In that role, she reported from across Asia-Pacific interviewing finance ministers, central bank governors, bank CEOs and economists. Her reporting took her to all corners of the region, from China to India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Brunei, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, among others. She read for a MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, during which she completed archival research and a language exchange at Peking University. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, where she first started studying Mandarin Chinese.
Silvia Pavoni is the Economics Editor of The Banker, a monthly publication part of the Financial Times group, for which she has written on international trade agreements, sovereign debt crises, capital markets and financial technology. Ms Pavoni is in charge of The Banker’s Latin America section, the research behind the annual ranking of international financial centres as well as video and audio content for thebanker.com. She has reported from developed and emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the UK and Hong Kong, among many others, with both written and filmed pieces.
As part of her role, she regularly interviews finance ministers, central bank governors, policy makers and senior bankers. She represents The Banker at various international events, including the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has chaired numerous conferences and panel discussions on banking, trade and investment. Previously, she was in charge of Centaur Media’s specialist database on public private partnerships, which was tasked with providing data to the UK Government. She has also conducted research for organisations such as the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Trade Commission. Ms Pavoni holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. He now writes the FT's Free Lunch. Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He is the author of two books, one on business ethics and one on the eurozone, and has degrees from Oxford and Harvard.
Henry Sanderson is Metals and Mining Correspondent for the Financial Times in London. He previously worked in Beijing as Deputy Bureau Chief and correspondent for Bloomberg News, where he co-authored a book about China Development Bank, China's Superbank. He has a Master's degree from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Leeds University.
Philip Stafford became the FT trading room editor in November 2012, having been reporter since 2010. Before this appointment he was a senior UK companies reporter for the Financial Times, covering technology and telecoms. Previously, he moved from UK stock markets editor to the London markets editor in 2005. He was also companies and stock market reporter and web page editor for FTMarketwatch. Before joining the FT in 2000, Mr Stafford worked at Lafferty Newswire writing online for top level finance executives. He also completed an internship with Bloomberg LP working on their news wire. In 2007 he won the Techmark Awards, Technology Journalist of the Year. Mr Stafford has an MA in International Relations from the University of Durham.
The FT Festival of Finance will be split across multiple themed stages, each featuring incisive and thought provoking sessions curated by the specialist brands that form the Financial Times’ economics and finance coverage.
- The Billionaire Crisis: Tax Havens
- The End of the Free Internet
- Japan: Abenomics
- Demographics and Destiny
- Capital Controls: What has happened before, will happen again
- China: Towards a new model
- The Future of India
- The Wacky Sovereigns Panel (debt and/or sovereign wealth funds)
- Are public markets broken? (private equity and private debt)
- Technology and Neo-imperialism
- Is there such a thing as ‘peak globalisation’?
- Balanced payments and the world economy
- How to commit a stock fraud for fun...and for profit
- Rise of the human: why robots are still crap
- How the music industry really works
- Lunch with the FT: Peter Praet
- Trading Room: The viability of the blockchain
- FastFT: A week on from the Brexit referendum
- Bank valuations – is banking dead?
- Emerging markets FX
- EM Squared: Focus on South America
- The Banker: 1000 Rankings + Future of Chinese Banks
- The Banker: Women in Banking
- The Banker: Social Impact Investing
- The Banker: Future of the Bank
- FTfm: liquidity cure or curse?
- Asset management and liquidity fears
- FT Commodities: Commodities of the Future (Lithium etc)
And much, much more...
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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.
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M&G Investments is the European asset management arm of Prudential plc, operating in the UK, Europe and Asia. As a trusted partner, our clients’ individual needs are at the heart of our business. We align our interests with those of our clients and develop value-based strategies to generate strong and consistent returns. Our goal is to help our clients meet their long-term liabilities regardless of the market environment.
With £278 billion* of assets under management (including £120 billion* on behalf of Prudential) across fixed income, equities, real estate and multi-asset strategies, and around 450* investment professionals (including what we believe to be one of Europe’s largest credit research teams), we have the scale and expertise to offer tailored investment solutions across a wide range of risk and return requirements.
M&G is an active investor – both in terms of how we manage our assets, and how we innovate and develop our offering to ensure that we continue to meet evolving investor requirements.
* As at September 2018
Pommery et Greno was established in 1836 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno, but it was with the entrepreneurial Jeanne-Alexandrine Louise Pommery (who took over the running of the business in 1858 after the unexpected death of her husband) that the Pommery name was truly recognised.
Madame Pommery is responsible for the creation of the Pommery Domain and its cellars which are some of the most impressive in the region. At 30 metres underground, 120 ancient Roman chalk pits are linked together with an 18 kilometre network of tunnels. The buildings were designed to be the very image of modernity, and to illustrate the extravagance of the Pommery style. This Elizabethan neo-gothic style castle in the heart of the city of Reims now attracts more than 120,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
Madame Pommery also launched the first commercially successful ‘Brut’ Champagne in history in 1874 at a time when Champagne was excessively sweetened with sugar. Today, Pommery Brut Royal NV is the signature Champagne of the House, and is produced from grapes sourced from 40 selected crus in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.
Since 2004 Pommery has hosted an annual contemporary art exhibition at the Domain. Expérience Pommery is one of the largest annual art exhibitions in France.
The house has been a philanthropic body within the arts for many years and for 2016 Pommery was Champagne Partner for Photo London at Somerset House and Art 16 as well as continuing its Patron Membership at the Saatchi Gallery.
Vranken-Pommery Monopole Group
Founded in 1976 by Paul-Francois Vranken, Vranken-Pommery Monopole is the largest family-owned Champagne producer.
The group owns in excess of 2,500 hectares of vineyards in Champagne, the Duoro, and in Provence and Vins des Sables.
Vranken-Pommery Monopole was floated on the second market of the Paris stock exchange on 3rd April 1998 and on the first market of the Brussels stock exchange on 9th June 1999.
Environment & Ethics
Pommery was the first wine producer in the world to obtain the double certification of ISO 9001 (quality) and 14001 (environment), all the facilities in the Group now have the same double certification.
Vranken-Pommery Monopole was the first Champagne producer to use lighter weight bottles reducing the amount of glass sent for recycling subsequently resulting in a saving of more than 1,350 tonnes of CO2 being released in to the air annually.
RateSetter is a peer-to-peer marketplace for loans where people invest at interest rates that they can set themselves.
When considering an investment, most people choose between cash and equities. So the choice is either low returns or potentially volatile markets. RateSetter is at the forefront of a new asset class – that of loans – which was previously only available to institutions. This means that everyday investors can share directly in the risk and rewards of this asset class.
One of RateSetter’s principal aims is that investors become as comfortable holding loans as they are holding equity.
Returns to date have been rewarding and they have been predictable as a result of RateSetter’s Provision Fund which has a track record of protecting investors from losses.
RateSetter launched in 2010 and has lent more than £1.25bn to a diverse range of creditworthy individuals, businesses and property developers in the UK. The vast majority of our investors are individuals, but also include businesses, investment funds and the British Business Bank.
The minimum investment is just £10, but on average individual investors place £20,000 with RateSetter. We have over 900 people with in excess of £100,000 on the platform. People can invest with us directly or as part of a SIPP and will soon be able to hold RateSetter loans in an innovative finance ISA. Sheltering already attractive returns from tax make this product hugely competitive against similar investments.
Investments with RateSetter are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and capital is at risk. We make every effort to mitigate that risk as much as possible, by using traditional techniques such as diversification, clinical underwriting and targeting the higher end of the credit spectrum – RateSetter approves only around 1 in 5 applicants for a loan.
Those approved are credit checked using both external and internal scoring – this applies a fee to the APR that they pay into the RateSetter Provision Fund. This fund serves two purposes, to protect the lender against default, and also spreads the risk across the whole portfolio of loans. The Provision Fund has ensured that 100% of capital and interest has been returned to the lender. Although this isn’t a guarantee of future performance, it is a record were are very proud of and highly incentivised to protect.
RateSetter is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
More information is available at www.ratesetter.com or you can ring us at 020 3142 6226.
Warwick Business School (WBS) at the University of Warwick is one of the world’s leading business schools, highly ranked in major league tables.
At WBS we have students who come from approximately 120 countries to learn at undergraduate, Masters, MBA and PhD levels in our thriving and dynamic student body. We attract students with talent and ambition: the socially responsible leaders of tomorrow.
Our vision is to be a world leader in business education, research and engagement, helping to create a better global society.
Highly ranked programmes
The Financial Times ranks our Distance learning MBA 1st in the UK, and 2nd in the world, and our MSc Finance 2nd in UK for pure finance, and 15th globally. Our Full-time MBA is ranked 1 st in the UK by The Economist, while our Executive MBA is ranked in the world’s top 25 by the Financial Times.
We also offer our Executive MBA with Finance Specialism, in Warwick or London, designed for senior managers and executives who are looking to progress to board level positions and want to boost their knowledge of finance to build confidence in the boardroom.
In 2000, WBS became the first UK business school to hold triple-accreditation from the world’s major management education associations: the European Foundation for Management Development’s EQUIS system, the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Association of MBAs.
Reaching new heights
In 2015, WBS London opened at The Shard, offering part-time programmes in our inspiring teaching space in the heart of the City. These include the Executive MBA, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and Executive Education programmes.
Training the central bankers of the future
In February 2016, WBS announced a new partnership with the Bank of England, and launched a new postgraduate qualification in Central Banking and Financial Regulation. The Central Banking Qualification will equip the next generation of central bankers with the technical expertise and practical knowledge to fulfil the Bank’s mission.
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The FT Trading Room is all about one thing: market structures. It’s a dry-sounding phrase but it encompasses one of the most dynamic and important parts of the financial world that is likely to affect banks, brokers, exchanges, clearing houses, settlement systems, asset managers and - let’s not forget - the ordinary investing public for years to come.
Whether you are interested in high-frequency trading, trading technology, the “flash crash”, the Mifid review in Europe, equities fragmentation in Asia, OTC derivatives, clearing, T2S, the Dodd-Frank act and the European Commission’s equivalent reforms, it’s all here on FT Trading Room, a new section of FT.com offering a single source of intelligence for the global community at the heart of all these developments from New York to Mumbai, London to São Paolo.
It is supported by the FT’s unmatched global network of correspondents and is edited in London.
FTfm is the touchstone for the global fund management industry. It provides news, trend analysis, interviews, debate and thought leadership to the world's top asset managers and institutional investors, as well as prices.
Distributed every Monday throughout Europe and Asia, with a monthly US edition, it is unique in the market place, delivering focused editorial with a huge distribution.FTfm is read by institutional and professional investors, analysts, traders, C-Suite executives, consultants and other corporates and professionals interested in the global asset management industry.
FTfm is also available online at www.ft.com/ftfm. FTfm's extra online content includes video interviews with industry members; Q&As with key figures; Comment & Opinion, where readers can discuss FT editorial. Readers can also register for the free weekly FTfm email update.
For our advertisers, it provides access to the World's leading asset managers and investors.
The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.