Low growth, rising inequality, heavy migration flows, and a widening sense of political disenfranchisement – reflected by the success of the Brexit and Trump campaigns – are heralding a new age of de-globalisation, marked by populist policies that may significantly limit international trade and the free flow of labour and capital, with an as yet uncertain impact on the global economy.
What does this trend mean for business? What should the private sector do to boost activity in this environment, particularly given the additional challenges and opportunities around technological disruption? Can business and holders of capital play a broader role in helping to revive global economic growth?
On the afternoon of 17 May in London, the Financial Times will gather 30 + leading CEOs and influential thought leaders to discuss these issues in a closed-door meeting to be chaired by FT Editor Lionel Barber. Proceedings will begin at 2.15 pm and close with a drinks reception and dinner.
These exclusive conversations will be the first in a series of FT Leadership Dialogues to be held around the world, designed to engage participants in a deep exploration of the topics that are shaping the business agenda in the year ahead. Each Dialogue will be structured as three hours of peer-to-peer discussions followed by a high-level dinner. Special content will be produced before and after each event.