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FT Weekend Live Festival

London |
Speakers include:
Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Francesco Mazzei

Francesco Mazzei

Sartoria, Mayfair

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Overview

Across seven stages, your best-loved writers, columnists and guest speakers

The FT Weekend's inaugural festival will celebrate the wit, elegance and eclectic range of enthusiasms which are our hallmark. Many of the Weekend's best-loved writers and columnists from Jancis Robinson to Robin Lane Fox, Tim Harford to Simon Kuper, will hold forth on the ideas and passions that delight, inspire and even infuriate our readers. They and leading editors from the FT Weekend and How To Spend It, will host dozens of leading figures from art, music, literature, dance, business, food and wine, fashion and politics in the grounds of Kenwood House on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

We like to think that the FT Weekend is always classy and at its best an incomparable guide to how to live a good life. The all-day event will unfold on a series of stages – Food & Drink, How To Spend It, House & Home, FT Money, Arts and Travel – as a closing hurrah to the summer and as an opening blast to this autumn's dramas, both artistic and Trumpian. It will be sophisticated, sumptuous and sparky – as is our journalism.

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

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Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Art Historian, University Professor and FT contributing Editor

Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the BBC has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art

Francesco Mazzei

Francesco Mazzei

Chef Patron
Sartoria, Mayfair

Acclaimed Italian chef Francesco Mazzei, chef patron at Sartoria restaurant in Mayfair’s Savile Row, has long been considered one of London’s best chefs.
He was born and raised in Calabria, the toe on Italy’s boot and the region noted for producing n’duja. It was at the age of fourteen - when he met renowned Italian chef Angelo Sabetta who recognised his talent - that he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

In 1992, Mazzei moved to Rome and joined The Grand Hotel. Inspired by the international environment, he left to learn English and secured a job at The Dorchester in London working under Willi Elsener and Henry Brosi, before returning to Rome to take up a position at Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden. Mazzei has since opened Santini restaurants in Edinburgh and Milan, the Royal Sporting Club in Bangkok, Franco’s on Jermyn Street and St Alban in London, as well as venues across the world alongside restaurateur Alan Yau.

At the age of 34, Francesco Mazzei opened L’Anima where he showcased dishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia for 7 years. Since 2007 he has appeared frequently on Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef and is a veteran at Taste of London.

His first cookbook ‘Mezzogiorno’ was published in Autumn 2015. Yet another vehicle with which to showcase the edible delights of Southern Italy, he describes his recipes as “Mamma’s cooking with chef hands”.

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Internationally famous for his award winning, 3 Michelin starred The Fat Duck in Berkshire, Heston Blumenthal is considered to be one of the best and most influential chefs of his generation. Completely self-taught, he has pushed the boundaries of a traditional kitchen and changed the way people cook and think about eating. After extensive academic research, Heston was the first chef to affirm that eating is a ‘Multi-Sensory experience’. 

His fascination with the evolution of our bodies and minds has led him to devote his life researching this field and he is now working with the education sector on several projects, including rewriting the OCR GSCE in ‘Food Preparation and Nutrition’, and contributing to the Reading University course - ‘A history of Royal Food and Feasting’. As a result of his dedication to creativity, science and precision, The Royal Society of Chemistry recognised him as one of their ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’ from around the world and across the centuries. Heston has received a number of doctorates from UK Universities and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry as well as The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. In 2006 he was awarded an O.B.E. by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to BritishGastronomy.

 

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 along with her then partner Malcolm McLaren in London. At the time they used their shop at 430 Kings Road, London, to showcase their ideas and designs. With their changing ideas of fashion came the change of not only the name of the shop but also the décor. It was in 1976 when Westwood and McLaren defined the street culture of Punk with Seditionaries.

By the end of the seventies Vivienne Westwood was already considered a symbol of the British avant-garde and for Autumn/Winter 1981 she showed her first catwalk presentation at Olympia in London. Westwood then turned to traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques, using British fabrics and 17th and 18th century art for inspiration.

1989 was the year that Vivienne met Andreas Kronthaler, who would later become her husband and long-time design partner, as well as Creative Director of the brand. In 2004 the Victoria & Albert museum, London, hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her then 34 years in fashion – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer. In 2006, her contribution to British Fashion was officially recognised when she was appointed Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2007 was awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Fashion’ at the British Fashion Awards in London.

Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world. At times thought provoking, this brand is about more than producing clothes and accessories. Westwood continues to capture the imagination, and raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With a design record spanning over forty years, Vivienne Westwood is now recognized as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers, and activists, in the world today.

Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam

Art Market editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper
Art market contributor, Financial Times

Georgina Adam is the Financial Times’ art market contributor. She is also art market editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper. Georgina has just published Big Bucks: The explosion of the Art Market in the 21st century (Lund Humphries).

Harriet Agnew

Harriet Agnew

City Correspondent
Financial Times

Harriet Agnew is City Correspondent at the Financial Times, covering the brokers, accountancy firms, and themes and characters in the City. She also edits the weekly City Insider column. Harriet joined the FT in April 2014 from Financial News, where she was Hedge Funds Editor. Before that she worked at Euromoney.

Lucy Kellaway

Lucy Kellaway

Associate Editor and management columnist
Financial Times

Lucy Kellaway is the FT’s management columnist and associate editor. For the last decade, her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.
In her 20 years at the FT Lucy has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series.

She has won various prizes including the Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice) and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award. Her book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was published by FT Prentice Hall in 1999. Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry(TM) was published in July 2005 by Penguin. She was named columnist of the year at the 2006 British Press Awards.

Lauren Adriana

Lauren Adriana

Established in London, Lauren Adriana creates a limited output of unique fine jewellery - making around twenty, one-off pieces per year. She graduated in 2007 from renowned art college Central Saint Martins with a BA in Jewellery Design, before founding the business with her husband Nicholas Briggs. With her exacting attention to detail and unique aesthetic, Lauren Adriana's remarkable designs are instantly recognisable and have earned her a prodigious reputation and loyal clientele. In 2014 she collaborated with the pre-eminent New York jewellery collector Siegelson, and her work has been exhibited at the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires and Masterpiece London. Adriana's pieces are to be featured in the upcoming book Jeweler; Masters, Mavericks and Visionaries by Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief of the US publication Town & Country, who describes Lauren Adriana as 'a London wunderkind poised to become the master of her generation.

Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden

Arts Writer
Financial Times

Peter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor.

Mr Aspden has been writing the Revolver column, a weekly commentary on contemporary culture, since January 2004. The name of the column comes from a famous quote attributed to Hermann Goering – “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver” – as well as being the name of the greatest (Beatles) pop album of all time.

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini

Founding Editor
The Philosophers’ Magazine

Julian Baggini is the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. He has a PhD on the philosophy of personal identity and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including The Virtues of the Table, The Ego TrickWelcome to Everytown and, most recently, Freedom Regained (all Granta). He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He has also appeared as a character in two Alexander McCall-Smith novels. His website is www.microphilosophy.net.

John  Banville

John Banville

Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter and Book reviewer

John Banville is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and book reviewer. His latest novel is The Blue Guitar. He has been awarded the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Kafka Prize, the Prince of Asturias award and the Man Booker Prize. He writes crime novels under the pen-name Benjamin Black. These include Christine FallsElegy for April and Even the Dead. He lives in Dublin

Photo credit: Douglas Banville

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

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: US President Barack Obama, 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 for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Yolande Barnes

Yolande Barnes

Director of World Research
Savills

Yolande Barnes leads the World Research team at Savills with 28 years experience in property research. Her areas of focus are world cities, the impact of private wealth in real estate, emerging trends in real estate markets, residential and commercial, urbanism and mixed use issues.

Having established the Savills Residential Research department in 1989, her research techniques have extended to global markets and her remit has expanded to all types of cross-border real estate, in both established and emerging markets.  Her work involves providing thought leadership and running a global research programme to provide sophisticated, market-oriented advice on all aspects of real estate, global wealth flows and market trends.

She is an advisor to several academic groups. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Director of Design for Homes, a founding member of the Society of Property Researchers, an Academician with the Academy of Urbanism, a residential council member of the Urban Land Institute and Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Claer Barrett

Claer Barrett

Personal Finance Editor
Financial Times

Claer Barrett is the Financial Times’ Personal Finance editor, as well as the editor of FT Money and FT Thrift. Prior to this, she was the deputy UK news editor, specialising in UK retail and consumer stories, mid cap and non-food sectors. She joined the paper in January 2011 as retail correspondent from the Investors Chronicle magazine where she was associate editor, and edited its weekly property section.

Hannah Barry

Hannah Barry

Founder
The Hannah Barry Gallery

Hannah Barry is the founder of The Hannah Barry Gallery, which grew out of a series of temporary exhibition projects in South London before establishing a permanent home in Peckham in 2007. The roster was built around British artists and in particular the leading young British sculptors James Capper and Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq.
The gallery has also initiated a series of high-profile international projects including the celebrated Palazzo Peckham for the 2013 Venice Biennale. Hannah Barry also founded Bold Tendencies as a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation based in Peckham in 2007. It is located on Levels 7-10 of the disused municipal multi-storey car park. Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies - together with its core partner projects Frank’s Cafe and the award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra - has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, music and literature and pioneering architectural commissions including Frank’s and the Hay Bale Auditorium. With immersive public spaces, spectacular views across London and innovative portfolio of education and community work the project has attracted more than 1 million visitors so far.
From 2007-2014 Hannah Barry worked closely with Anthony d’Offay in particular on the fifty ARTIST ROOMS of Post-war and Contemporary art donated by Anthony d’Offay to TATE and the National Galleries of Scotland in 2008, with the generous help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. The purpose of the donation was to make available to regional museums in the UK curated monographic exhibitions of many of the most distinguished artists of modern times - from Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst - with a special emphasis on young people and education. The size of the donation makes ARTIST ROOMS one of the major acts of philanthropy in art of our time.
She is Co-Chair of the Chinati Contemporary Council, Marfa Texas and co-founded the Matchstick Press, which published the first collection of the work of British poet Rachael Allen last fall.

Vivienne Becker

Vivienne Becker

How To Spend It
Clare Betteridge

Clare Betteridge

Director
RFR

Clare Betteridge is a director of RFR, responsible for all aspects of a client’s property search from the initial meeting through to managing the transactional process and beyond. She has a genuine passion for property and a gift for interpreting and developing a client’s brief. Her clients praise her exceptional care, dedication, humour and frank advice.

Before moving into the property world, she gained more than 14 years’ experience as a lawyer with one of the world’s most prestigious law firms and in-house with a leading global investment manager. Drawing on these experiences, she applies a detail-driven and hugely diligent approach to managing her clients’ searches, epitomising the trusted adviser.

Having lived in London for over 25 years, Clare has an enviable knowledge of the city’s contrasting neighbourhoods and can always be counted on for a great restaurant recommendation!

Nathan Brooker

Nathan Brooker

Commissioning Editor FT Weekend
Financial Times
Tyler Brûlé

Tyler Brûlé

Fast Lane columnist
FT Weekend
Oliver Camelin

Oliver Camelin

Car Specialist - Europe
RM Sotheby's

Oliver Camelin joined RM Sotheby’s in the spring of 2016 as a UK-based Car Specialist, working from their London office. The son of a German mother and a French father, Oliver attributes his love for cars to his German roots and to his uncle, former German race car driver Reinhold Joest, who raced cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver was introduced to cars at a very young age and immediately found himself fascinated by them, developing a particular love for the curves and lines of 1950s and 1960s American cars. Oliver began collecting cars with his father in 2005, and from there, he went on to attend BMW AG School in Germany, focusing on sales, marketing, and management. Following graduation, Oliver worked for several years as a sales executive for BMW FAUDE in Germany before moving on to Mécaniques Modernes & Classiques in Paris, where he managed a stock of more than 30 sports and collectible cars. Fluent in French, German, and English, Oliver joined RM Sotheby’s with more than 15 years’ experience in the collector car industry, bringing with him an expert knowledge of modern exotics from marques such as Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. He also specializes in “youngtimers” - sports cars from the late 1970s to 2000s that were not necessarily high priced, but were still very popular.

He 

Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare

Author and Jounalist

Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow (shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year), The Prince’s Pen and the best-selling travelogue, Down to the Sea in Ships (Stanford-Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015)Horatio’s first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, was awarded the Branford Boase Award for Best Debut Children's Book 2016.  Horatio is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (BBC R4), FT Weekend and Conde Nast Traveller. His essays and reviews appear on BBC Radio and in The Spectator, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. He lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University as is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Horatio lives in West Yorkshire and yearns for Wales.

Shane Connolly

Shane Connolly

Founder and Artistic Director
Shane Connolly & Company

Shane Connolly was born in Northern Ireland and has had a lifelong interest in horticulture. His aesthetic is simple, natural and organic, with flowers being chosen thoughtfully for their individual, intrinsic qualities. He has long championed the use of seasonal, locally grown flowers, plants and foliage and has work has been heralded for its elegance and quirky originality. This has led to many prestigious commissions for an eclectic range of private and corporate clients at some the country’s most iconic venues.

Most notably, in 2005, he designed the flowers for the Marriage of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and then, in 2011, went on to be appointed Artistic Director for the Flowers at the Wedding of TRH’s the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Shane has been awarded two Royal Warrants of Appointment: to HRH the Prince of Wales, in 2006 and to HM The Queen in 2015.

Mr Connolly’s international work has taken him as far afield as USA, South Africa and India and he has also written several books: Table Flowers (1996); Shane Connolly’s Wedding Flowers (1998); The Language Of Flowers (2004); A Year in Flowers (2012) and his sixth book, The Meaning Of Flowers, will be published in February 2017

Lindsay  Cook

Lindsay Cook

Co­-founder
Money Fight Club

Lindsay Cook was the first woman to be appointed as Business Editor of the Times and is an award­-winning financial journalist and author. As Co­-founder of MoneyFightClub.com, she offers financial well­-being workshops for major British companies with Anne Caborn, the Co­-author of Money Fight Club (Harriman House). She also writes the Money Mentor column for the FT Weekend, advising on personal finance and development, and appears weekly on Share Radio. Ms Cook was Managing Director of more than 40 magazines, websites and several international exhibitions. Before that she was the Group Managing Editor of a national newspaper group. She is the Deputy Chair of the Citizens Advice in West Sussex, which runs eight offices across the county.

Jan Dalley

Jan Dalley

Arts Editor
Financial Times

Jan Dalley is a judge for the Art award.

Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in November 2004. She joined the FT in 1999 as the literary editor. Previously, she was literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for eight years, and has written arts and literary journalism for fifteen years. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in publishing.

Jan has judged literary prizes including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread, the Hawthornden prize and the Encore Prize. Her latest book is Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, a study of the Black Hole of Calcutta, published by Penguin in 2006.

Gillian de Bono

Gillian de Bono

Editor, How To Spend It and Assistant Editor,
Financial Times

Gillian de Bono joined the Financial Times in 1994 to set up a magazine department following the success of a trial issue of How To Spend It for FT Weekend. Previously, she spent 13 years launching, relaunching and editing women’s glossy magazines.

Ms de Bono spent her formative journalist years at Consumers Association, publishers of Which? magazine where, as a writer, she won the first Rosemary Goodchild Award in 1986 for the year’s best article on women’s health.

She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.

Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site, The 2015 Drum Online Media Awards.

 Simon  de Burton

Simon de Burton

Contributor, How To Spend It
Financial Times

Simon de Burton has written for the FT’s multi-award winning How To Spend It magazine since 1999 and, for the past 15 years, has been a principal contributor to the paper’s influential Watches and Jewellery reports. He also writes about watches for a variety of international publications, including Patek Philippe magazine and many other specialist horological titles.

 Judith  Evans

Judith Evans

Property Correspondent
Financial Times

Judith Evans covers commercial and residential property for the Financial Times in London. She has previously covered investments at the FT and worked in Hong Kong, London and the Maldives for the newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

Theo Fennell

Theo Fennell

Theo Fennell was born in Egypt and then educated at Eton and Art School. He was then surprised to be offered a job with an ancient silversmith. This was his only job but, serendipitously, it introduced him to silver and jewellery design. He started his jewellery company 40 years ago and still designs his extraordinary pieces in his studio and workshop in London's Fulham Road. He has won various undeserved awards and was given an Honorary Fellowship by the University of the Arts London in 2015. He has been involved with EJAF for over 10 years. 

Caroline  Fiennes

Caroline Fiennes

Chief Executive
Giving Evidence

Caroline Fiennes is one of the few people whose work has appeared in both OK! Magazine and The Lancet. She founded and directs Giving Evidence, which encourages and enables charitable giving to be based on sound evidence.  A physicist by background, she was an award-winning charity CEO herself, and has advised major donors and foundations in many continents on many issues over many years: they include Eurostar, the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, professional tennis players, BBC Children in Need, and Morgan Stanley, plus foundations set up by governments in the UK, US and the Gulf. Caroline has taught at Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, and is described by Richard Thaler, the ‘father of behavioural economics’ as “charmingly disruptive”

Nick Foulkes

Nick Foulkes

How To Spend It
Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw

Crime Critc
Financial Times

Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. He is the crime critic of the Financial Times, and his books include Nordic Noir, Sex and Film, Brit Noir and The Rough Guide to Crime FictionOther work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, along with books on Italian cinema, Stieg Larsson and H.G. Wells. He edits Crime Time (www.crimetime.co.uk), and is a regular broadcaster and panellist. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and talks at City University and the British Library on the history of crime fiction.

Jonathan  Foyle

Jonathan Foyle

Contributing Editor
House & Home

Dr Jonathan Foyle is a regular contributor to FT House and Home on heritage and crafts. A presenter of numerous television programmes on architecture and history, and former Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, he is  currently writing the fourth in his series of monographs on English cathedrals.

Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield

Author of Timekeepers

Simon Garfield is the author of 17 acclaimed books of non-fiction including A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. His book Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time is published in September 2016. www.simongarfield.com

Photo credit: Jonathan Ring

Janan Ganesh

Janan Ganesh

Political Columnist
Financial Times

Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the Financial Times, and gives his incisive take on UK politics in a weekly column. Previously, Janan was a political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a research fellow at Policy Exchange, the influential London think tank for two.

Janan regularly appears on TV and radio, including a weekly slot on BBC 1′s Sunday Politics, and he is a frequent commentator on BBC 4′s Westminster Hour. His book George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor (2012), was the first published biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor. Janan also co authored Compassionate Conservatism with Jesse Norman MP (2006). In 2013, Janan was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards, Politics Journalist of the Year.

Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant

Director
Norton & Sons and E. Tautz

Patrick Grant is Director of Norton & Sons and E. Tautz. In May 2015 he won the BFC/ GQ designer menswear fund sponsored by Vertu, part of a twelve month mentoring programme for his transformation of the RTW line E. Tautz. Patrick has numerous other awards to his name; having won the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in December 2010 for his work on E. Tautz. In 2012, he won the BFC’s Fashion Forward award, was shortlisted for Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and International Designer of the Year at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards. He was also named Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards.

Mr Grant’s most recent venture has been perhaps his most rewarding to date. In 2015, he purchased the ailing British Cookson & Clegg factory weeks from closure. Following this, in 2016, he launched the not-for-profit clothing line Community Clothing, born from concerns about the structural issues facing many small UK clothing and textile businesses – namely, the seasonality of demand. With this in mind, he created a line available direct to the consumer, eliminating wholesale mark-ups to create quality, affordable British clothing for all. From this, he has been able to save as well as create a huge number of jobs in the Blackburn community and is currently looking for other factories at risk to join his Community Clothing project.

Mr Grant is a regular in best dressed lists in the UK, appearing for the past five years in GQ’s 50 Best Dressed Men, he was named in Esquire Magazine’s Most Stylish Men in the World and was one of 10 Men You Should Meet in London in 10 Men magazine. He is also a regular on the BBC both on television and radio, including the major documentaries Savile Row, Harris Tweed, and The Perfect Suit, and the on-going BBC2 Series The Great British Sewing Bee.

Mr Grant has lived and worked in five countries and worked in a number of different industries before a passion for clothing, craftsmanship and British brands led him to Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons which he took over in 2005. In 2009, he re-launched the historic British sporting and military tailoring house of E. Tautz. He then followed this in 2014 by opening the brand’s first flagship store on Duke Street, Mayfair. Here, he not only showcases the clothing collection, but uses it as a platform to showcase great British talent. Most recently launching acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr’s latest book, Real Food. He is also an in demand consultant, which led to his collaboration line Hammond & Co in partnership with UK retailer Debenhams currently in its 4th season.

He has a Bachelors degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Leeds University and Université d’Orléans, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oxford and in 2013 was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University School for Business & Society.

Bendor Grosvenor

Bendor Grosvenor

Art Historian and Broadcaster
Tim Harford

Tim Harford

Undercover Economist
Financial Times

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, "The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while he also writes op-eds, interviews and long feature articles for the FT.

Tim’s first book, The Undercover Economist has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. He is also the author of The Logic of Life, Dear Undercover Economist, Adapt and most recently The Undercover Economist Strikes Back.

Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House and is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, most famously More or Less on Radio 4. His new Radio 4 series, which launched early in 2013, is called Pop Up Ideas.

He is Economics Commentator of the Year, 2014.

Tim Hayward

Tim Hayward

Contributing Writer and Columnist
FT Weekend

Tim Hayward is mainly known as a columnist on food for British newspapers Financial Times and The Guardian, as a presenter on BBC R4's 'The Food Programme' and as a regular panellist on "The Kitchen Cabinet" (also BBC R4). In June 2015 Mr Hayward received the Guild of Food Writers, Food Journalist of the Year award for the 3rd time. In May 2014 Hayward received the Fortnum & Mason Award for Best Food Journalist. He was publisher and editor of Fire & Knives, a print quarterly of 'new food writing'. This was followed in January 2013 by the launch of a sister print quarterly, Gin & It, focussed upon drink. However, in July 2013 it was announced] that both magazines would be merged into a single, annual publication; and in November 2013 subscribers were informed that both publications had closed. In May 2012 he became the Guild of Food Writers 'Food Journalist of the Year' and Fire & Knives was awarded 'Best Food Magazine’. In August 2011 Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books announced that they had signed him after a "hotly contested auction" to write a cookery manual called Food DIY. In August 2011 Mr Hayward and his wife re-opened the famous Cambridge bakery and restaurant Fitzbillies.

In 2011 at the Guild of Food Writers Award ceremony held in the Fishmonger's Hall, he emphatically denied that he was Marina O'Loughlin, the anonymous restaurant critic on whose behalf he accepted the award for Best Restaurant Critic. In 2011 he received the Guild of Food Writers 'Food Broadcast of the Year Award' for his first full length radio piece, the R4 Food Programme: Pop-up London presented with Sheila Dillon. In 2009 he received the Guild of Food Writers award for new media – the second year that the award had been presented and the first time it had been given to an individual writer. He also writes for Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine, Delicious, BBC Olive magazine and Saveur in the US. He has appeared on Good Food channel's Market Kitchen and the BBC1 documentary series Ever Wondered About Food?Between 2000 and 2007, whilst still working in the advertising industry he also wrote a popular column on the excesses of ad agencies in New Media Age.

Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and Design Critic
Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic.  He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home.  He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui.  He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.  

Philipp  Hildebrand

Philipp Hildebrand

Vice Chairman
BlackRock

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. He leads and oversees the activities of the BlackRock Investment Institute, which connects BlackRock’s portfolio managers to one another, generates investment insights and disseminates them to clients.

Mr Hildebrand joined BlackRock in October 2012 and previously served as Chairman of the firm’s Multi-Asset Strategies business. Before coming to BlackRock, he served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) until January 2012. In that capacity, he was also a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), of which the Leaders of the G20 appointed him Vice Chairman, in November 2011.

Previously, Mr Hildebrand served as Chief Investment Officer of a Swiss private bank and as a partner of Moore Capital Management in London. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Strategic Committee of the French Debt Management Office.

Mr Hildebrand is a member of the Group of Thirty, an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and he sits on the International Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Mr Hildebrand earned a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman

Co-founder
Made.com; PROfounders Capital; Founders Forum

Brent Hoberman co-founded PROfounders Capital, an early stage fund backed by entrepreneurs for digital entrepreneurs, in 2009. He is Chairman and Co-founder of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK. Most recently he joined the board of easyCar.com (person-to-person car sharing). Mr Hoberman co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. lastminute.com acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 to 2004. In 2005 lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn. He is on the ICA Council and a Non-Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk PLC & Shazam. Mr Hoberman also sits on the UK Government Digital Advisory Board, is a Senior Advisor to Lepe Partners, a YGL, a UK Business Trade Ambassador and a Fellow (Governor) of Eton College. Mr Hoberman also co-founded Founders Forum in 2005, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow which currently take place in Rio, London, LA, NYC, Brazil, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Leo Houlding

Leo Houlding

Professional Rock Climber

If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. Based in the Lake District, UK, he is one of Britain’s top climbers and among the best in the world. He is a veteran of a score of epic ascents including Everest but specializes in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world. An experienced base jumper he is at the forefront of Para-Alpinism (climbing up then flying down). He pushes the limits of exploratory adventure by taking the ultimate in extreme sports to the most extreme environments.

An articulate communicator he has captivated and inspired audiences around the world with his tales of adrenalin fueled exploits. He sports an impressive television résumé, including an infamous appearance on BBC’s Top Gear, his own show on Virgin One Take Me To The Edge, and an IMAX movie released in 2010: The Wildest Dream retracing the last steps of Mallory and Irvine on their fateful expedition to Everest in 1924.

Most recently he has teamed up with natural historian and adventurer Monty Halls to film the TV series Lost Worlds for the Discovery Channel. Together they make the perfect team to explore the exotic and dangerous locations and truly get to grips with the ecology and wildlife that surrounds them. In 2013 he led his most ambitious and challenging expedition to date in brutal conditions to make the first ascent of Ulvetanna’s remarkable, mile long north east ridge. They spent 35 days in the harsh beauty testing themselves to their limits during the climb of their lives.

In 2009 he produced and featured in the multi award-winning movie The Asgard Project an epic, arctic adventure to free climb and BASE jump from one of the worlds toughest and most remote big walls. He has become an ambassador for the younger generation of climbers and has been called one of Britain’s top ten adventurers by The Telegraph.

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Music critic
FT Weekend
Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Financial Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since January 2014. In this role, Mr Jenkins 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. Mr Jenkins contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column. Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor since 2009, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this post he was Companies Editor and
Assistant Editor, and before that he was the Editor of international company news. Mr Jenkins joined the FT Group in 1996 as Editor of the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming UK companies reporter in 2000. Prior to taking up the post as International Company News Editor, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT.

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the FT’s deputy editor. As deputy editor, she drives the FT’s agenda-setting journalism, working closely with the global editorial team. Prior to this role, Roula served as the FT’s foreign editor and assistant editor. She was responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, providing strategic direction for the FT's large global network of foreign correspondents.
  

Prior to this, she spent 13 years as the FT's Middle East editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading the coverage of the Arab spring. Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.  Her specialist areas are Iraq, where she has travelled extensively; the Gulf; North Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Khalaf holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio. 

Mehreen Khan

Mehreen Khan

Reporter
FastFT

Mehreen Khan is a FT reporter on FastFT in London where she covers market-moving news and economics. She was previously an economics reporter at The Telegraph.

Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper

Columnist
Financial Times

Simon Kuper is a columnist for the Financial Times. He was educated at Oxford University and Harvard and has been working for the Financial Timessince 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper.

He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), The Football Men (2011) and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.  

Nicholas Lander

Nicholas Lander

Restaurant critic, author and former restaurateur
Financial Times

Nicholas Lander views menus from a highly unusual perspective as the only restaurant critic to have owned and run one of London’s most successful restaurants. He established L’Escargot in Soho in the 1980s when he was among the first British restaurateurs to write his menus in English and to change them according to the seasons.

For the past 27 years he has reviewed restaurants and menus from around the world in his role as restaurant critic for the Financial Times.

His first book, The Art of the Restaurateur (Phaidon, 2012), profiled 20 of the world’s best restaurateurs and was named a Book of the Year by The Economist.

Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox

Gardening columnist
FT Weekend
Alice Lascelles

Alice Lascelles

Journalist, Author and Drinks Expert

Alice Lascelles is a journalist, author and drinks expert. She has been a regular contributor to FT How to Spend It since 2010 on subjects ranging from Japanese whisky and Art Deco barware to vintage champagne, single estate tea and whisky investment. She also writes for FT Weekend and is a drinks columnist for The Idler and fine wine magazine Le Pan. Her columns and articles have also appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out, Vice, Prospect and many of the industry’s leading trade titles, and she is a regular talking head at literary festivals, cultural events and on the radio. In April 2015 she published her debut Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking (Saltyard), a spirited tour of the cocktail cabinet inspired by more than a decade travelling the world in pursuit of the mixed drink. When she's not writing, she has a second life as a musician which has included touring with the White Stripes and releasing an album. She read English at Cambridge.

Lord John Lee

Lord John Lee

Lord Lee of Trafford; FT Money Columnist

John Lee was born in 1942 and educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester.  He entered the House of Lords in 2006 and sits on the Liberal Democrat benches.  He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Tourism Group.  Lord Lee is a company director, investor and financial journalist.  He is the Chairman of Wellington Market Plc and a non-executive Director of Emerson Developments (Holdings).  He contested Manchester Moss Side for the Conservatives in October 1974 and became the Conservative MP for Nelson and Colne from 1979-83 and for Pendle from 1983-92.  He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Industry, 1981-83; and to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 1983.  He was a Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, 1983-86; Department of Employment 1986-89; and Minister for Tourism 1987-89.  He was Chairman of Christie Hospital NHS Trust, 1992-98; and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, 1990-2001.  He has been a Member of the English Tourist Board, 1992-99; Vice-Chairman of the NW Conciliation Committee Race Relations Board, 1976-77; and Chairman of the Council of the National Youth Bureau, 1980-83.  He has been Chairman of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions since 1990.  He was appointed the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1995, and the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1998.  His most recent publication, How to Make a Million – Slowly was published in 2014.  

Rowley Leigh

Rowley Leigh

Columnist
FT
Colin MacKenzie

Colin MacKenzie

Private Client Relationship Manager
Seven Investment Management

Colin MacKenzie FCSI is a Private Client Relationship Manager who joined Seven Investment Management in 2015 from Coutts & Co. There, in his capacity as Executive Director in the Investment Office, he was responsible for the delivery of tailored investment services to key clients of the bank. Prior to that, he had held high-ranking positions at a number of financial firms including Merrill Lynch, MeesPierson and Credit Suisse Private Banking. He is a member of the CFA Institute and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.  He has over 32 years of multi-asset investment experience and is a keen golfer.

Jonathan Margolis

Jonathan Margolis

Contributing Editor
How To Spend It

How To Spend It contributing editor Jonathan Margolis is a journalist and author based in London and New York. Building on an early ability with a soldering iron, he became the UK’s first mainstream media consumer technology journalist in 1991 and started reviewing technology for How To Spend It in 1995.

As well as his Technopolis column which appears in the magazine, he presents Technopolis TV video reviews for howtospendit.com and writes a weekly column, Talking Tech, for the Financial Times.

Jonathan is the author of a successful book on futurology, A Brief History of Tomorrow, published by Bloomsbury in 2000. He gives talks on the subject at conferences and dinners around the world.

Iain Martin

Iain Martin

Political and Economic Commentator and Author

Iain Martin is a commentator on politics and economics. He has been editor of the Scotsman and of Scotland on Sunday and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and Standpoint magazine. His first book, Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS, and the Men who Blew Up the British Economy, was shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and won the Debut Book of the Year prize at the 2014 Political Book Awards.

Daniela Mascetti

Daniela Mascetti

Senior Director
Sotheby’s
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Economist, Broadcaster and Author

David McWilliams is an economist, author, journalist and broadcaster. He is adjunct Professor of Global Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He founded the world’s only economic and standup comedy festival Kilkenomics - described by the FT as simply, the best economics conference in the world”.He is also behind Ireland’s leading literary and ideas shindig, the Dalkey Book Festival. In the UK money world, he advises Neil Woodford of the Woodford Funds. The WEF at Davos debased their currency profoundly by making him a Young Global Leader a few years back!

He has devoted his entire professional life to the objective of making economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms and to as many people as possible –and is having a laugh doing it. As well as writing two weekly economics columns in the Irish press, he is active on social media and was named Ireland’s most influential Twitter user in 2015. Punk Economics and a new venture with the FT, Punk FT, use cartoons to make economics digestible for normal, non-nerdy, punters.

Once upon a time, Mr McWilliams had a few real jobs, working extensively in the public and private sectors. He was an economist in the International Relations Department of the Irish Central Bank; Chief European Economist at UBS, Europe’s largest bank; and Head of Emerging Markets Research at Banque Nationale de Paris.

Tim  Moore

Tim Moore

Travel Writer

Tim Moore is the author of nine travelogues, two of which have been serialised for Radio 4's Book of the Week, and was named Travel Writer of the Year at the 2004 UK Press Awards. He has walked 500 miles across Spain with only a donkey for company (Spanish Steps); roamed the continent from Liverpool to Lisbon to track down the Eurovision contestants who suffered the entertainment world's prime humiliation (Nul Points); sort-of conquered the Tour de France on a diet of ProPlus and rosé wine (French Revolutions); and ridden the 3,200km route of the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia, handicapped by a century-old, wooden-wheeled bicycle and an unbelievably daft period outfit (Gironimo!).  Last year, in defiance of the ageing process and every pleading dictate of basic reason, he undertook a cycling odyssey more ambitious – and more silly – than both of those combined, riding 8,500km from the Arctic to the Black Sea on an East German shopping bike. Somehow, he still lives in London. 

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Editor-in-Chief
The Economist

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, appointed in February 2015. She was formerly Business Affairs Editor overseeing the paper's business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. From 2007 to 2014, Ms Minton Beddoes was Economics Editor, based in Washington, DC, where she led the paper's global economics coverage. She has written special reports on the world economy, Germany, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia.

Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University. Ms Minton Beddoes is a frequent television and radio commentator on both sides of the Atlantic, including on the “Bill Maher Show” (HBO), “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (CNN), “Newsnight” (BBC), “Newshour” (PBS), CNBC and “Public Interest” (NPR).   

Daniel  Morgenthau

Daniel Morgenthau

Co-Owner
Portland, Clipstone and Quality Chop House restaurants

Daniel Morgantheau took the traditional path to waiting tables via three years at Cambridge University, a master’s degree in Sociology at London School of Economics and a 4 year stint at Tesco HQ. As this biography demonstrates, he is much happier on the restaurant floor than on a laptop. He can usually be found, with a slightly worried look on his face at either Portland restaurant, which gained its first Michelin star 9 months after opening, or at its recently opened sister restaurant Clipstone

Charlie Noel-Buxton

Charlie Noel-Buxton

Head of RFR Property Investment Business
RFR

Charlie Noel-Buxton leads the RFR property investment business.   Respected for his market knowledge and commercial approach, the combination of a previous career in sales agency/consultancy and 20 years’ practical experience of property development make him ideally qualified to advise investment clients, whether they are looking for a single rental property or to build a broader portfolio.

During his 13 years as a partner at Cluttons, Charlie acted on the sales of thousands of properties in Central London, ranging from modest studio apartments to houses in excess of £30 million, and advised individual and institutional clients on asset management, leasehold reform, valuations, alterations, planning and design.

Property has been Charlie’s lifelong passion. Affectionately known as “The Foreman” by his family builders from the age of 3, he has been renovating properties since buying his first flat in Chelsea at the age of 19.

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath

Director
Ben Pentreath Ltd

Ben Pentreath’s architectural and interior design studio has established a powerful reputation across a variety of disciplines from master-planning and urban development, to private houses and playful interiors.

Ben’s background is in Art History, which he studied at the University of Edinburgh before attending the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture.

He worked for five years in New York and then with the Prince’s Foundation, before starting his own practice in 2004.

In 2008, Ben opened a tiny eponymous design store in Bloomsbury which has become one of the most influential small shops in London. 

Ben's aesthetic is inspired by tradition and a respect for carefully detailed, authentic materials and design, but combined with a love of contemporary culture, which means that life is never dull.

He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and his weekly blog, Inspiration, is followed by many thousands of readers in the UK, America and around the world.

His book, English Decoration was published in 2011 and his sequel interiors book, English Houses launches in September 2016.

James Pickford

James Pickford

Deputy Editor, FT Money
Financial Times

James Pickford is deputy editor of FT Money and writes about property for the newspaper’s Personal Finance section, including buy-to-let, mortgages and the rental market. He is a regular contributor to the section’s Serious Money column. James’s previous roles at the FT include London and Southeast Correspondent, UK News deputy editor, and editor of Business Life, the FT’s daily management section.

Stefan Plant

Stefan Plant

Director
HR Owen Ecurie

Stefan has decades-worth of experience in the prestige and classic car sector, having worked across both Aston Martin and Bentley brands. His experience has seen him buy and sell some of the world’s rarest and most desirable cars to collectors and enthusiasts around the globe. In his current role as the Director of HR Owen Ecurie - the brand’s newly established division that takes a fresh approach to classic, performance and luxury car buying - Stefan and his team are responsible for sourcing bespoke classic, luxury and high performance cars according to specific customer requirements.

H.R. Owen has been an integral part of the world of luxury and performance cars since 1932, and is able to call on a wealth of experience, knowledge and industry connections to bring customers access to the most exclusive and prestigious cars. The buying power that comes as a result of being one of the world’s largest dealer groups will ensure access to the very rarest cars, while the team’s technical knowledge will reassure customers that they are buying with confidence.

Stefan’s experience means he is ideally placed to advise on modern classics and his years of experience help to spot forthcoming trends and cars that will appreciate in value in future.

Charlie Porter

Charlie Porter

FT Menswear Critic
Financial Times

Charlie Porter is the men’s fashion critic of the Financial Times, reporting twice yearly from the menswear catwalk shows for the paper and FT.com. Previously he has worked at The Guardian, GQ, Esquire, The Times and Fantastic Man, where he was deputy editor. Charlie has also written for publications such as British Vogue, New York Times, i-D and The Face. Since 2005, Charlie has been involved with the rebirth of British menswear, helping both with Fashion East’s MAN scheme, and also sitting on the British Fashion Council’s NewGen Men panel. Charlie has recently begun donating pieces to the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, with a particular focus on young British menswear. 

Henry  Pryor

Henry Pryor

Housing Expert

Henry Pryor has been an estate agent for 32 years now acting for buyers of property across the UK sourcing homes from £1m - £50m. Bidding on a house every week and buying one once a month Henry expects to complete his 1000th transaction this year. Having been one of the few people to correctly call the top of the market in the pages of the FT in January 2007 Henry once again called ‘peak property’ in the FT in March this year before ‘Brexit’ and when our biggest concern was whether we would get a hot summer! Henry is a familiar face as the BBC’s favourite property expert often explaining the market mood on Breakfast tv or the Today Program. He is a fierce negotiator helping clients with the purchase of other assets as well as property. He is also a vocal critic of political failings in the housing arena, a consumer champion using the pages of FT to shine a light into the murky world of property and a thorn in the side of the establishment - most recently over London’s unenviable reputation as the worlds money laundering capital giving evidence earlier this year to the Home Affairs Select Committee.Henry lives on a farm in Hertfordshire where he keeps rare breed pigs.

MPS Puri

MPS Puri

Chief Executive
Nira Hotels & Resorts

For over 40 years, MPS Puri has been associated with the finest hotels around the world, including the Peninsula Hotels (Hong Kong), Raffles Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel (Singapore), Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Halekulani (Hawaii) and the Fairmont Hotel (Chicago).

Mr Puri was Head of the Americas for GHM Hotels, a position he had held since January 2004. Until January 2007, he also served as General Manager of The Setai in South Beach Miami and following this, he was a consultant for Orient-Express. In March 2009, he founded Nira Hotels & Resorts, a London-based boutique luxury hotel management company.

In 2010, Nira Hotels & Resorts opened Shanti Maurice, a boutique lifestyle resort with a world-class spa in Mauritius. The second property in the collection, Nira Alpina – a ski in ski out hotel in Surlej, near St. Moritz, opened on 30 November, 2011, followed by the boutique townhouse hotel, Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh which opened January 2012. Nira Montana is the latest opening from the luxury hotel group and welcomed its first guests in December 2014. A member of Design Hotels, it is the only five star hotel in La Thuile, Italy and is only steps away from the ski slopes and hiking trails of the Italian Alps.  

He has spent most of his career in the food and beverage industry, initiating new and exciting concepts, including the Raffles Culinary Academy, the Annual Raffles Hotel Wine & Food Experience and Doc Cheng’s Restaurant for Restorative Foods, which was hailed as one of the ’10 Great Restaurants of the World’ in 1997.  His most recent unveiling is Aquacasia – Jewels of the Indian Ocean – a culinary tribute to the unique provenance of food developed by local island cultures of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Reunion, Indonesia and Western Australia. He has been honoured for his achievements with awards such as Wine & Dine’s first ever ‘Man of the Year’ in 1997, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Gourmet Summit, and the 2004 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Hotel Operator. He is actively involved with numerous industry organizations including the Confrerie De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs, Confrerie De Chevalier Du Tastevin, Commanderie De Bordeaux, American Institute of Wine & Food, Global Hoteliers Club, International Wine & Food Society and The International Food & Beverage Forum. He studied Food & Beverage Management and Financial Management at Cornell University, as well as Business Management at Punjab University. 

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalization as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and more and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign-affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson school in Princeton University.

Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve

Adventurer, Presenter

Simon Reeve is an adventurer and New York Times bestselling author and TV presenter who has travelled to more than 110 countries making multiple award-winning TV series for the BBC. They include Caribbean, Sacred Rivers, Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Pilgrimage, Ireland, Australia (Winner of the 2013 British Travel Press Award for Broadcast Travel Programme), and his new series Greece. He has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award for "an outstanding contribution to greater world understanding" the prestigious Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society, and the Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards.

The BBC describes him as “British television’s most adventurous traveller”, and after a decade spent making more than 70 programmes he has become a familiar face on British TV, well known for his extraordinary foreign journeys. Most of his documentaries combine travel and adventure with global environmental, wildlife, and conservation issues, and have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. Mr Reeve has dodged bullets on frontlines, hunted with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, dived with manta rays, seals and sharks, survived malaria, walked through minefields, tracked lions on foot, been taught to fish by the President of Moldova, adopted by former headhunters, and detained for spying by the KGB. 

His own journey started after he left school with few qualifications. After a period on the dole, he ran charity shops, stacked shelves, and eventually found a job as a post-boy on a newspaper. He quickly graduated to research and writing, and then spent years working, often covertly, on investigations into nuclear smuggling and terrorism. His 1998 investigative book The New Jackals, the first in the world on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, became an international bestseller, and was followed by his book One Day in September, which is also an Oscar-winning documentary movie. Since making the leap to television Simon’s adventures have been broadcast in dozens of countries, enthralling millions.

Willibald Reinbacher

Willibald Reinbacher

Executive Chef
Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort

Chef Willibald Reinbacher joined Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort in 2010 and was given the task of shaping and developing the resort’s culinary team and unique offerings. Mr Willibald started his career at the age of 15 and, received his catering diploma in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, at the age of 18. His early career involved positions in several leading hotels and independent restaurants in Austria, including SchlosshotelPichlarn, Tritscher, Royer and Sailer.

In 2002 he accepted a position as Sous Chef at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai and was later promoted to Chef de Cuisine in the Apartment Restaurant, where he cultivated their acclaimed Modern European fine dining concept. In 2006 he transferred to Pisces, an award winning European fine dining seafood restaurant in Dubai’s popular Madinat Jumeirah, and it was here that he wrote his first cookery book,Pisces. In 2008 he progressed to Executive Sous Chef and became responsible for the successful operation of several restaurants in Mina Salam and Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Since moving to Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort in 2010, he has successfully developed the hotel’s celebrated food concepts including La Kaze Mama, which sees a local grandmother cooking favoured family recipes, Rum Shed, a “shabby-chic” tavern designed in the style of the local Mauritian Rum Shop, housing 180 different types of rum and, more recently the launch of a new food concept - AQUACASIA - which celebrates the bounty of the Indian Ocean. Since its conception, he has worked closely with MPS Puri, CEO of Nira Hotels & Resorts to promote and develop the Aquacasia concept and has recently launched a cookbook titled AQUACASIA – Culinary Jewels of the Indian Ocean.  

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins

Travel Editor
Financial Times

Tom Robbins has been Travel Editor of the Financial Times since 2010. Prior to joining the FT he was travel editor of The Observer and motoring editor of The Sunday Times. He started his Fleet Street career in 1998, working as a news reporter on the Sunday Times, focusing particularly on home affairs. He has travelled extensively on assignment and is a specialist on winter sports and adventure travel. Books include White Weekends (2008).

Sophy Roberts

Sophy Roberts

Writer and Editor

Sophy Roberts is an award-winning journalist based in Dorset, England. She began her career assisting the writer Jessica Mitford, and trained in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She was the ‘Travelista’ columnist for a number of years for FT’s How To Spend It magazine, and continues to contribute regulartly to FT Life & Arts. She is also travel editor for the Economist’s 1843 magazine, and Special Correspondent and columnist for the US edition of Conde Nast Traveler.  While she started her career 20 years ago writing about the luxury hotel market, she is now focused on ‘frontier’ stories where travel collides with other issues, such as conservation and cultural preservation.  Destinations she has covered in the last three years have included Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Antarctica, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea. Sophy is currently spending a great deal of time in remote parts of the Russian Far East, working on a non-fiction book about historic pianos in Siberia where in March 2016, she came face to face with a Siberian tiger on assignment for the FT.

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson

Wine correspondent and expert
Financial Times

Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger

Principal, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Former Editor-in-Chief, Guardian

Alan Rusbridger has Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, oxford, since 2015. Before that he was Editor in Chief of the Guardian for 20 years.

During his period at the Guardian, the paper view with the New York Times to become the most read serious English language newspaper website in the world.  He led the paper to winning a Pulitzer Prize – the only time a UK-headquartered news organisation has ever been recognised. The paper’s coverage of WikiLeaks, phone-hacking and Edward Snowden won numerous global awards and was celebrated in a number of Hollywood films and stage plays. 

Away from journalism, Alan is a keen amateur musician and chaired the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2014 he published Play if Again, a memoir about the importance of never letting go of the cultural enthusiasms of youth. He is on the Boards of the National Theatre and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and is Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.  He was written three childrens’ books and a TV series.

Alec Russell

Alec Russell

Editor
FT Weekend

Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend from April 2016. Prior to this, he has held positions as: news editor, comment and analysis editor, world news editor and the Johannesburg bureau chief.

Before joining the FT, Russell was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief from 2003-2006. He was also an assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.

Previously, he served as the Telegraph's Johannesburg bureau chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq.

Russell's work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette award for coverage of the Iraq War. He was highly commended in the 1992 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Croatian war and the 1991 awards for his coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa.

Russell is the author of Prejudice and Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).

Polly Russell

Polly Russell

Author of the 'History Cook' Column
FT Weekend
Darius Sanai

Darius Sanai

Private Collector

Darius Sanai is the Editorial Director at Condé Nast Contract Publishing, and Editor-in-Chief of Baku, the international contemporary art and fashion magazine published by Condé Nast International. He is also the Publisher of LUX Magazine. Previously he worked as feature interviewer and foreign correspondent for British and French newspapers and television stations.

He is a renowned commentator on, and consultant to, the luxury industry, and a collector of classic cars and fine wine.

Cynthia Shanmugalingam

Cynthia Shanmugalingam

Founder
Kitchenette

Cynthia Shanmugalingam is the founder of Kitchenette, the first food business incubator in the UK, providing a launchpad for original and promising food entrepreneurs. It has been a launchpad for dozens of businesses including The Good Egg in Stoke Newington, Theo's Pizzeria in Camberwell, Mei Mei's Street Cart, Kimchinary, and more. She is the author of A Steak in The Economy and was in Wallpaper "pick of the world's talent" in 2014. In previous roles, she ran an education innovation fund at the Young Foundation, worked as a strategy consultant, and as an economist at HM Treasury.

Christian  Selmoni

Christian Selmoni

Artistic Director
Vacheron Constantin

Born in 1959 to a Swiss family of watchmakers in the Vallée de Joux, one of the historical birthplaces of watchmaking, Christian Selmoni serves as Artistic Director at Vacheron Constantin. Educated at the Industrial College of Le Sentier, Vallée de Joux, and with a Diploma in Commerce obtained in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Swiss Federal Diploma for Certified Buyers, Christian Selmoni has conserved a strong attachment to his roots.         

Christian Selmoni joined Vacheron Constantin in 1990 as Sales Administration Manager, becoming Purchasing Manager in 1992, and Production & Purchasing Director in 1996, during which time he played a key role in overseeing all aspects of manufacturing and sourcing.

In 2001, he was tasked with incorporating all product-creation aspects of Vacheron Constantin – from concept to final prototypes and product launch – into a unique Product Department, notably responsible for the design and development of the company’s famous 250th anniversary elements.

Christian Selmoni was appointed Artistic Director at Vacheron Constantin in 2010, with responsibilities including the long-term definition of products and future “product” tendencies for the brand; its creative aspects; as well as the development and consolidation of the Métiers d’Art workshops (artistic crafts such as enamel, engraving, gem-setting and guillochage), together with the Cabinotiers workshop which includes design and development of made-to-order timepieces).

Christian Selmoni is an open-minded individual who appreciates traveling, cultivating his fascination for the many different expressions of the world’s diverse cultures. Living on the shores of Lake Geneva, he greatly appreciates time spent in the Swiss Alps and enjoys sports, particularly skiing during the winter season. He also takes a special interest in Art and Literature.

Robert Shrimsley

Robert Shrimsley

Managing Editor
FT.com

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

Verona Smith

Verona Smith

Head of Platform
Seven Investment Management

Verona Smith joined the 7IM management team as Head of Platform in November 2013 and leads our relationship management, sales and service platform offering. Verona spent 7 years at the UK’s largest platform, Cofunds, where she was Director of Marketing and Proposition. Verona has over 18 years' experience in financial services having worked in both the Australian and UK market on wraps, platforms and associated products and tools. Previously, she worked for major companies such as Legal & General, American Express and BT Financial Group.

Itamar Srulovich  and Sarit Packer

Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer

Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer are a husband-and-wife team who together run Honey & Co in London's Fitzrovia. They first met 12 years ago in a restaurant kitchen in Israel and arrived in London dreaming of high gastronomy and Michelin stars. They worked their way through acclaimed London restaurants before opening Their tiny restaurant. It has ten tables and brings the magic of homely Middle Eastern soul food to a hungry crowd.

Lou Stoppard

Lou Stoppard

Author and Editor
Showstudio

Lou Stoppard is SHOWstudio's Editor and a freelance writer, curator and broadcaster. She completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, earning a first class BA in History, before moving to Central Saint Martins College to pursue a Master's degree in Fashion Journalism. She is a Contributing Editor at British GQ and writes regularly for titles including ELLE, ELLE Collections, AnOther, Bon and The Financial Times. Ms Stoppard is particularly known for her interviews and has conducted written and video conversations with the likes of Kanye West, Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Sir Paul Smith, Dylan Jones, Jeremy Scott, Nicola Formichetti, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Alexandra Shulman, Daphne Guinness, Bryan Ferry, David Sims and Phillip Lim, amongst many others.

She also works as a freelance moderator and chair. She has also collaborated with the V&A as part of their V&A Connects and Talking Fashion series and has worked with the likes of Topshop and Selfridges on talks. She regularly gives guest lectures at The London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

In 2016, she curated her first exhibition, Mad About The Boy, at Fashion Space Gallery in London. The show focused on fashion's obsession with and portrayal of the teenage boy and featured work by Glen Luchford, Raf Simons, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Kim Jones, Nick Knight and Meadham Kirchhoff. Her second exhibition, an exploration of the influence of the North of England on fashion, co-curated with Adam Murray, will open at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in 2017.

Her debut book, Together, will be published by Rizzoli in 2017. It will focus on fashion's most interesting and fruitful creative relationships.

Paloma Strelitz

Paloma Strelitz

Co-founder
Assemble

Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. They take a hands on, collaborative approach, and whilst their work usually includes design it rarely starts or ends there, often employing a range of means from the social to the infrastructural to make spaces which enable independence; self-authorship, creativity and difference. In 2015 Assemble were awarded the Turner Prize for their on-going work in ‘Granby Four Streets’, Liverpool. 

Paloma Strelitz is one of the co-founders of Assemble. She studied architecture at Cambridge University between 2006-2009 before completing a Masters in Architecture at the RCA in 2013. She is currently working on a commission to create a new public art gallery for Goldsmiths College in London.

Louise Swayne

Louise Swayne

Expert garden guide
Highgrove

Louise Swayne is one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert garden guides, where she escorts visitors around TRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s and The Prince of Wales’s beautiful gardens at their private residence in the Cotswolds, Highgrove. Similarly to HRH, Louise learnt all her gardening know-how from her Grandmother, which led to a career in horticulture as the Senior Gardener of a private estate, as well as specialist nurseries around the world. Her particular love is the design of herbaceous gardens, seeing her adopt a cottage theme for many of her garden design projects. And, as an experienced guide for The Prince of Wales, she knows just about all there is to know on one of the most iconic cottage gardens in the country – the Cottage Garden at Highgrove.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Geoffrey Todd

Geoffrey Todd

Partner
Boodle Hatfield

Geoffrey Todd gives UK and international tax and estate planning advice to individuals, trustees and family businesses. He advises on tax planning strategies including the use of trusts and other structures, residence and domicile issues and cross-border estate planning, particularly between the US and the UK. He also deals with succession planning, including the protection of wealth against divorce, and charity law. Geoffrey acts for clients whose underlying businesses range from property and financial investment to wine-making and philanthropy. He is a graduate of Oxford University who joined Boodle Hatfield in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. Geoffrey is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Merryn Somerset Webb

Merryn Somerset Webb

Columnist
Financial Times

Merryn Somerset Webb started her career in Tokyo at public broadcaster NHK before becoming a Japanese equity broker at what was then Warburgs. She then went on to work at SBC and UBS.
After five years in Japan she returned to work in the UK at Paribas, which soon became BNP Paribas. On leaving the City, Ms Somerset Webb helped The Week magazine with its City pages before becoming the launch editor of MoneyWeek in 2000.
Sixteen years on, MoneyWeek is the best-selling financial magazine in the UK and Ms Somerset Webb remains as its Editor-in-Chief. She also has a weekly column in the FT and a monthly column in Saga. She is a regular TV/radio commentator and speaker on financial matters and contributes to various publications.
Ms Somerset Webb is a trustee of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and is a director of two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust.
She has a first class degree in history and economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration from BBP University. She took and passed (with distinction) the Private Client Investment and Investment Management exam (which qualifies her to Level 6) in 2013.

Natalie Whittle

Natalie Whittle

Associate Editor
FT Weekend Magazine
Martin Wolf, CBE

Martin Wolf, CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.

Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006, a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics, in December 2006, a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by Warwick University, in July 2009, a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Kingston University, in January 2010 and a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Macquarie University, in Australia, in 2012.

Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994. In 2006, he became the sixth winner of the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation). He won the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009, 37th in the same list for 2010 and 55th for 2011. Mr Wolf won the “Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”) for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in “giant newspapers” at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He won the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012. He won the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.

His most recent publications are Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004), Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

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Kenwood House Gardens

Kenwood House Gardens
Hampstead Lane
Hampstead
London NW3 7JR

United Kingdom


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Festival Partner (1)

Qatar, a dynamic modern country emerging from the deep cultural roots of its respected ancient heritage ranks as one of the most exciting destinations in the world of travel today.

Located on the shores of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar offers year-round sunshine, with a kaleidoscope of fascinating contrasts and experiences. Whether visitors are seeking a fascinating taste of local culture and traditions, an action-packed holiday or simply a relaxing escape, Qatar offers endless opportunities. From awe-inspiring art collections at the Museum of Islamic Art, ‘dune bashing’ across the desert in a 4x4 viewing the phenomenon of the Inland Sea to local architecture in the bustling alleys of the Souq Waqif and indulging in delicious local cuisine.

Qatar’s vision is to develop a sustainable tourism destination positioning Qatar as a world class hub with deep cultural roots.

Stage partners (3)

The fiery flavours and culinary diversity of the bounty of the Indian Ocean is brought to Shanti Maurice – a Nira Resort with the launch of a new cuisine, Aquacasia.

Aquacasia is a tribute to the origin of food of local island cultures. Inspired by street traders and authentic family recipes, Aquacasia brings together aromatic, genuine dishes from the isles of Comoros, Maldives, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Reunion, Indonesia and Western Australia.

The 208-page hardback Aquacasia cookbook pays homage to the region and its fabulous cuisine, with more than 60 enticing easy-to-follow recipes, that have been sourced and refined buy Willibald Reinbacher, Executive Chef of Shanti Maurice and photographed by renowned food photographer, Lukas Lienhard.

Aquacasia presents aromatic dishes that embrace the raw, heart-felt flavour of the islands in their most natural form that is simply a “Joy to Eat”.

We’re Seven Investment Management (www.7IM.co.uk), a business that helps individuals and their families manage their capital to meet their financial needs and aspirations.

We’re independently minded and we set up our business to do things the way we think they ought to be done. We invest in our own portfolios, so our family money is in the same place as yours. We now look after around £11bn of clients’ money, as well as our own. We keep our promises, make things clear and simple, fix what’s wrong, do the right thing and the very, very best job we can. We call it radical common sense.

We’ve been around for 15 years, which means we’ve probably seen the best and worst the world can throw at us. Yet we’ve still delivered an investment performance consistent with what we’ve promised our clients we would try to do.

Sponsors of the ‘How to Spend It’ Pavilion, Vacheron Constantin will be hosting its own pop-up pavilion on site, where it will be launching the new Overseas Collection, which took 5 years to develop. An exhibition of legendary photographer Steve McCurry’s ‘Overseas world tour’, commissioned by Vacheron Constantin to launch the collection, will also be on display exclusively for this event. Watch enthusiasts will also be able to meet the Maison’s in-house watchmaker and get up close to the complex skills involved in the art of horology.

Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous production. Founded in Geneva in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, whose workshop was established in the heart of Geneva. The same year, the young watchmaker recruited an apprentice, and so this desire to share knowledge related to his craft became the founding act of the Manufacture. In 1819, Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron, grandson of Jean-Marc, was joined by a new partner, François Constantin, a businessman with a strong commercial mind. He travelled around Europe for decades with great energy, opening up the market to the marvelous ingenuity designed by the Manufacture.
Throughout its existence, Vacheron Constantin has pushed the boundaries of fine watchmaking by creating outstanding pieces for private commissions. Year after year, unique know-how as well as technical and aesthetic innovations contributed to the progression of the Manufacture’s reputation. The Swiss Maison continues to design, develop and produce exceptional timepieces true to the three fundamental pillars: perfectly mastered techniques, inspired and harmonious aesthetics, and an extremely high level of finishing.

Today, Vacheron Constantin works with no less than 20 specialist artisans and artistic craftsmen who use their combined and rare talents to create some of the most exclusive timepieces in the world, including the creation of the most complicated watch ever made; a timepiece that took 3 watchmakers 8 years to complete and was unveiled last year for the company’s 260th anniversary.

Champagne Partner (1)

Champagne Pommery

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.

www.pommery.com

Partner Opportunities

Festival partner and stage sponsorship opportunities are still available for FT Weekend Live 2016.

Please contact Craig Bethell or Joe Hames for more information.

Craig Bethell
Head of Commercial, Luxury and FT Weekend Events
FT Live

E:  craig.bethell@ft.com | T: +44 (0)207 873 4110 | M: +44 (0)791 216 4658

Joe Hames
Commercial Manager, FT Weekend, Culture and Innovation Events
FT Live

E: joe.hames@ft.com | T: +44 (0)207 873 4551 | M: +44 (0)791 329 2038

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Win tickets to the #FTWeekendLive festival 

Over the summer we have series of weekly Instagram competitions for budding photographers. To enter for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the inaugural FT Weekend Live festival, post your most original and inspiring images each week to tie in with the stage themes of FT Weekend Live. Make sure you follow @financialtimeslive on Instagram and tag your post with #FTWeekendLive.

Week 1 'House and Home' commencing on Wednesday 20 - 24 July 2016
Week 2 'Food and Drink' commencing on Wednesday 27 - 31 July 2016
Week 3 'Travel' commencing on Wednesday 3 - 7 August 2016
Week 4 'Art' commencing on Wednesday 10 - 14 August 2016

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How To Spend It have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the FT Weekend Festival. For your chance to win a pair, either:
1) like one of the competition posts on Facebook,
2) retweet one of the pinned competition posts on Twitter,
3) or repost one of the competition images on Instagram with the comment 'I want to win tickets to #FTWeekendLive".

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