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FT-Citi Future of Europe Event Series

Europe |
Speakers include:
The Rt Hon Liam  Fox MP

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

UK Government

Sir Malcolm  Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Wopke Hoekstra

Wopke Hoekstra

Government of the Netherlands

Overview

The EU has reached a watershed moment in its evolution into the world’s largest and most integrated economic, political and trading bloc. If 2017’s strong economic performance and the subsidence of the euro crisis helped to renew confidence in the European project, a continued wave of populism threatens further turbulence across the region. 

What does this mean for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision for greater integration? What policy solutions can be devised to unify Europe and enable it to withstand the next recession or crisis, particularly given the issues – also including Brexit, migration, separatism, and tensions between Brussels and Central Europe – that threaten to fragment the landscape? Where are the opportunities for accelerating economic growth and competitiveness?

The Financial Times and Citi are hosting exclusive strategic briefings in seven European cities in 2018 to discuss what needs to be done to assure a positive future for Europe.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/28/2018 16:30:0011/13/2018 12:45:00trueFT-Citi Future of Europe Event SeriesThe EU has reached a watershed moment in its evolution into the world’s largest and most integrated economic, political and trading bloc. If 2017’s strong economic performance and the subsidence of the euro crisis helped to renew confidence in the European project, a continued wave of populism threatens further turbulence across the region. What does this mean for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision for greater integration? What policy solutions can be devised to unify Europe and enable it to withstand the next recession or crisis, particularly given the issues – also including Brexit, migration, separatism, and tensions between Brussels and Central Europe – that threaten to fragment the landscape? Where are the opportunities for accelerating economic growth and competitiveness?The Financial Times and Citi are hosting exclusive strategic briefings in seven European cities in 2018 to discuss what needs to be done to assure a positive future for Europe.FT-Citi-Future-of-Europe-Event-Series6ba45bf38907e3303735d9de520845d2MM/DD/YYYY

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EVENTS INCLUDE

Amsterdam | 28 May 2018 
Madrid |29 May 2018 
Dublin | 12 June 2018 
London| 13 November 2018 
Frankfurt | Date To Be Confirmed
Milan | Date To Be Confirmed

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Agenda - 28th May

  • 4:30pm
    Registration
  • 5:00pm
    Opening Remarks

    Auke Leenstra, Citi Country Officer for the Netherlands
    Peter Spiegel, News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Panel Discussion

    Wopke Hoekstra, Finance Minister, Netherlands
    Monica Frassoni, Trustee, Friends of Europe, and Co-Chair, European Green Party
    Arnaud Marès, Managing Director, European Economics, Citi

    Moderator:
    Peter Spiegel, News Editor, Financial Times             

  • 6:00pm
    Closing Remarks, followed by Cocktail Reception

Agenda - 29th May

  • 9:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30am
    Opening Remarks

    Ignacio Gutierrez-Orrantia, Chairman Iberia & EMEA Head Strategic Coverage, Citi Banking
    Michael Stothard, Madrid Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Keynote Address

    Roman Escolano, Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Spain

  • 10:00am
    Panel Discussion

    Arnaud Marès, Managing Director, European Economics, Citi 
    Federico Steinberg, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute
    Peter Tempel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

    Moderator:
    Michael Stothard, Madrid Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    Closing Remarks

Agenda - 12th Jun

  • 9:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30am
    Opening remarks

    Tony Golden, Managing Director, Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking Ireland, Citi
    Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Panel discussion

    Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State, Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, Government of Ireland
    Tina Fordham, Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi
    William Hague, Lord Hague of Richmond, former Foreign Secretary, UK Government
    Moderator:
    Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Closing remarks

Agenda - 13th Nov

  • 11:00am
    Registration
  • 11:30am
    Opening remarks
  • 11:40am
    Keynote address

    Rt Hon Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, UK Government

  • 12:00pm
    Panel discussion

    Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, World News Editor, Financial Times

    Conor Davis, Head of Investor Sales for Markets and Securities Services, EMEA, Citi

    Seema Malhotra MP

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    Moderator:

    George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (16)

The Rt Hon Liam  Fox MP

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
UK Government

Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade in July 2016. The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the departmentandleadson trade and investment promotion in the defence and security sector.

He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992. 

Dr Fox held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned in October 2011.

Dr Fox worked as a GP before his election to Parliament and is a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance. 

He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School., graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983.

Sir Malcolm  Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind lived in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and taught at the local university from 1967-69. On his return to the UK he was called to the Bar and practised as an advocate until 1979. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985.

In 1974 he was elected as MP for Pentlands and represented that constituency until 1997. In 1979, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then, during the Falklands conflict, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was promoted to Minister of State in 1983. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary.

In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He has served on the Court of Edinburgh University and has been an honorary colonel in the Reserve Forces. He is a member of the Queen's Bodyguard, the Royal Company of Archers.

In May 2005 Sir Malcolm was elected as the MP for Kensington and Chelsea, and in May 2010 he was elected as MP for Kensington. He remained in Parliament until 2015.

He served as UK representative on the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group from 2010-2011 and as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament from 2010-15. He is currently a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which reportson relations between Russia and the West.

Sir Malcolm was educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University, where he studied Law before taking a postgraduate degree in Political Science.

Wopke Hoekstra

Wopke Hoekstra

Finance Minister
Government of the Netherlands

Wopke Hoekstra became Minister of Finance of the Government of the Netherlands in October 2017.

After completing his legal studies, Mr Hoekstra held commercial positions at Shell in Berlin, Hamburg and Rotterdam. In 2006, after obtaining his MBA, he began working for consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

From 2011, he combined his role at McKinsey with membership of the Senate of the States General. He was Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) in the Senate and a member of the Senate Committees for Finance, Security and Justice, Social Affairs and   Employment, and Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Cooperation.

He chaired the 2017 CDA electoral programme committee. He also chaired the supervisory board of the National Maritime Museum, was a member of the board of the Friends of the Hubrecht Institute and an ambassador of the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology.

Mr Hoekstra has a degree in Law from Leiden University, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau and Singapore.

Michael D’Arcy TD

Michael D’Arcy TD

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance
Government of Ireland

Michael D'Arcy is the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2016 and previously, from 2007 to 2011, for the Wexford constituency. He served as a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016.

Mr D'Arcy was co-opted to Wexford County Council as a councillor for Gorey in 2003 and re-elected at the 2004 local elections. He was elected TD for Wexford at the 2007 General Election. He served as the party Deputy spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality, from 2007 to 2010, and was the party Deputy spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, with special responsibility for Telecommunications, from 2010 to 2011.

William Hague

William Hague

Lord Hague of Richmond

William Hague is a British Conservative politician who represented the constituency of Richmond, North Yorkshire, as Member of Parliament (MP) from 1989 to 2015. He also served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015, as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014 and as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2001.

After being elected MP at a by-election in 1989, he quickly rose through the ranks of the Major Government and was appointed to the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales. Following the Conservatives' landslide defeat by the Labour Party at the 1997 general election, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party at the age of 36, making him the youngest leader of a major UK political party in 200 years.

He resigned as Conservative Leader after the 2001 general election. He returned to the backbenches, pursuing a career as an author, writing biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. He also held several directorships, and worked as a consultant and public speaker.

After David Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Lord Hague was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary. Following the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Lord Hague was appointed First Secretary of State and and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

On 14 July 2014, Lord Hague stood down from these two posts to become Leader of the House of Commons in preparation for his planned retirement from electoral politics. He was made life peer in 2015.

Lord Hague was educated at the University of Oxford and INSEAD.

Román Escolano

Román Escolano

Former Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness,
Government of Spain

Román Escolano was Spain’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness until June 2018. He was responsible for Economy and Business Support; International Economic Relations; Macroeconomic Analysis; the Spanish Treasury; International Trade and Investment; Research, Development and Innovation; and Industry.

Mr Escolano was Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) between September 2014 and March 2018. He was part of the EIB Management Committee, the body responsible for designing the bank's financial and loan policies and managing its daily activity. He was responsible for supervising the operations and activities of the EIB in Spain, Portugal, the Maghreb countries and Latin America. Internally, he monitored different control functions such as Risk Management and the application of best banking practices. He was also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Marguerite Fund, a pan-European venture capital fund.

He has also been President of the Official Credit Institute, the Spanish public promotional bank. Among other functions, he was Director of Institutional Relations at Spanish banking group BBVA and Director of the Department of Economy of the cabinet of the President of the Government of Spain.

Mr Escolano has been a member of the High Corps of State Economists and Trade Experts of Spain since 1989. He has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Seema  Malhotra MP

Seema Malhotra MP

Seema Malhotra is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston. She is a member of the influential House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union and tabled the first draft amendment for a meaningful vote and also led on the calls for the publication of the Brexit economic impact assessments. She served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2015-2016. Prior to this she served as Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls where she led on aspects of the Serious Crime Bill for Labour. She is the founder of a community initiative Hounslow’s Promise focussed on education attainment, social mobility and employability. Seemaalso chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology and is Vice Chair of the APPG on Inclusive Growth. Prior to entering Parliament, Seema was a business and public service adviser working with the video game and film industries. She has over ten years’ experience with leading firms Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is on the Executive of the Fabian Society, a national think tank, and is the Founder and President of the Fabian Women’s Network.

Tina Fordham

Tina Fordham

Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst
Citi Research

Tina Fordham is Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst at Citi Research. The first and only chief political analyst to work for a major financial institution, Ms Fordham has pioneered incorporating political analysis within traditional banking research, establishing it as a critical input into the decision-making process for companies and investors during a period when political risks, especially in the advanced economies, have accelerated. She joined Citi in 2003 and has established a loyal following of corporate boards, institutional investors and governments, as well as Citi’s senior management, about the implications of macro global political developments. Ms Fordham is a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank’s Diversity Board and the Veteran's Network at Citi, and sits on the International Advisory Council for the foreign policy think tank Carnegie Europe and the Advisory Council for Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Previously she served in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and as Head of Global Political Risk at Eurasia Group, launching its financial markets research business in 1999. A frequent commentator on the BBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg as well as at Davos, Ms Fordham earned her Master's degree at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Monica Frassoni

Monica Frassoni

Trustee, Friends of Europe, and Co-Chair
European Green Party

Monica Frassoni is a Trustee of the Friends of Europe think tank, an organisation focused on the future of Europe. She is also Co-Chair of the European Green Party, a post she has held since October 2009. Additionally, she is President of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EUASE), a multi-stakeholder organisation advocating energy efficiency legislation, and President of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), a non-profit private foundation that promotes sustainable democratic development in developing countries.

Ms Frassoni became Secretary General of the youth organisation Young European Federalists in 1987. From 1990 to 1999 she worked for the Greens at the European Parliament on constitutional issues, internal regulation and immunity. In 1999, she was elected MEP with Ecolo (francophone Belgium), and in 2004 with the Federazione dei Verdi (Italy). Between 2002 and 2009 she was Co-President of the Greens with Daniel Cohn-Bendit. As MEP she focused on the implementation of European law, citizen participation, the role of lobbies and infraction procedures.

Arnaud Marès

Arnaud Marès

Managing Director, European Economics
Citi

Arnaud Marès has more than 25 years of experience as an Economist. He joined Citi from the European Central Bank (ECB), where he had been Special Advisor to the President, Mario Draghi, since 2012. Prior to this, he was an Economist and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he built a reputation for delivering thought-leading research. Mr Marès also spent an earlier part of his career at the ECB and he has held a number of other senior positions, including three years as the Head of Policy at the Debt Management Office of HM Treasury in the UK.

Peter Tempel

Peter Tempel

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Spain

Peter Tempel has been Germany’s Ambassador to Spain since September 2014. Prior to that, he was Germany’s Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels (2010-2014). He was Director General for European Affairs at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, from 2006-2010. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Head of the Private Office of the Vice President of the EC, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Günter Verheugen. From 2002-2004, he was Head of Mr Verheugen’s Private Office when he was the German Member of the EC responsible for enlargement. Mr Temple was Deputy Head of the same Private Office from 1999-2002.

Between 1998 and 1999 Mr Tempel worked in the German Foreign Office as Head of the Private Office of the State Minister for European Affairs in Germany. He was a Counsellor, Department for European Affairs, Task Force EU-Enlargement, at the German Foreign Office from 1997-1998, and was a Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Germany at the EU, responsible for the Inter-Governmental Conference (Amsterdam Treaty), from 1993-1997. Between 1991 and 1993 he was a Counsellor in the Department for European Affairs, responsible for Common Foreign and Security Policy at the German Foreign Office. He was First Secretary at the German Embassy in Mali between 1989 and 1991, and was First Secretary, Department for Economic Affairs, at the German Embassy in the US from 1986-1989. He worked in the German Foreign Office in Bonn from 1986-1986.

Mr Tempel undertook postgraduate studies at the School of Diplomacy in Bonn. He also has a degree in Psychology and Social Sciences.

Federico  Steinberg

Federico Steinberg

Senior Analyst
Elcano Royal Institute

Federico Steinberg is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer in Political Economy at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Between 2002 and 2004, as a consultant, he was involved in a variety of development projects for the World Bank in Washington DC, Ghana and Bolivia, as well as at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York. He also lectures regularly on a number of master´s degree courses at institutions including the IE Business School and ICADE. He is a frequent contributor to the Spanish and international media, and has been invited to deliver speeches in more than 10 countries.

Dr Steinberg is an expert in international political economy with a strong background in trade, finance, development and European economic and monetary union. He has widely researched and published in English and Spanish on topics such as the emergence of new economic powers, the dynamics of world trade, issues related to the global financial crisis and global economic governance, the eurozone crisis, and the geopolitics of international currencies.

He is the author of a number of publications, including How to Fix the Euro (with S Pickford and M Otero-Iglesias), Towards a Germanized Eurozone? Germany’s Trilemma and the EMU Regime after the Crisis(with M Vermeiren, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2015), Is the Dollar Becoming a Negotiated Currency? Evidence from the Emerging Markets(with M Otero-Iglesias, New Political Economy, 2013), Reframing the Euro vs Dollar Debate through the Perceptions of Financial Elites in Key Dollar-Holding Countries(with M Otero-Iglesias, Reviewof International Political Economy2013), El euro al rescate de Europa (Real Instituto Elcano and Marcial Pons, 2010).

Dr Steinberg has a PhD in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid, an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and an MIA from Columbia University.

Tony Golden

Tony Golden

Managing Director, Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking Ireland
Citi

Tony Golden has overall responsibility for Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking activity in Ireland. He has been involved in a number of landmark financing and advisory transactions in the Irish market, notably the largest IPO, and inaugural debt issues for many of Ireland’s largest companies. He is a member of the UK/Ireland Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee.

Mr Golden has worked  with Citi for the past 28 years. Prior to joining Citi, he held senior marketing positions with Allied Irish Bank and IIB Bank (a subsidiary of KBC Bank). Since joining Citi, his appointments include management of Capital Markets, Derivatives and Commercial FX units. He is a member of Citibank Europe Plc’s Credit Committee. He established the Financial Services Outsourcing business for Citi Ireland with a focus on attracting foreign banks to establish operations in Ireland and provision of banking and infrastructure services. He was closely involved in the establishment of the Citibank Europe Plc banking vehicle in Ireland.

He was a member of the Government Financial Services Clearing House Group from 2006 to  2013, and Council Member/Former Chairman of the Federation of Foreign Banks in Ireland. He was a director of Citigroup Capital Finance Ireland from 2008 to 2014. He has held directorships with subsidiaries of a number of international banks based in Ireland and is currently a director of a number of aviation leasing companies.

Mr Golden holds an honours degree in Commerce from University College Dublin, and recently completed board qualifications with the Institute of Directors, London.

Ignacio Gutiérrez-Orrantia

Ignacio Gutiérrez-Orrantia

Head Strategic Coverage, EMEA, Citi and
Chairman of Spain and Portugal, Citi Banking

Ignacio Gutiérrez-Orrantia has worked for Citi since 2004. He has been Head of Strategic Coverage, EMEA, since 2014, chairing the EMEA Investment Banking Committee and responsible for the Top3 Plan and Financial Structuring Group. In addition, he is Chairman of Spain and Portugal for Citi Banking. Within this role, he was Head of Southern Europe from 2012-2014; Head of Iberian Banking Coverage (Corporate and IBD) since 2009; a Member of Citi Spain Board of Directors; Co-Head of Iberian Investment Banking since 2008; and Managing Director since 2005.

Prior to joining Citi, Mr Gutiérrez-Orrantia worked in London for Merrill Lynch from 2002-2004 and for Goldman Sachs from 1995-2002.

He is a Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Spain, Member of the SERES Foundation (Sociedad y Empresa Responsible) and an Honorary Member of the Friends of the Prado Museum (Fundación Amigos Museo Prado).

Conor  Davis

Conor Davis

Regional Head of Investor Sales for Markets and Securities Services, EMEA
Citi

Conor Davis is Regional Head of Investor Sales for Markets and Securities Services in EMEA at Citi. He runs the Salesforce and Relationship Management function across products in the region. 

Conor joined Citi in 2007 as Head of European Distressed and High Yield trading, subsequently moved from trading into running European Flow Credit Sales in 2009. Over the years his remit expanded to encompass all sub products in Flow, Structured, EM and Mortgage Credit, before moving to his current role in 2014. Conor began his career at Bank of America in its European HY and Distressed Trading Team before moving to Deutsche Bank and then Citi. 

Conor is an Economics graduate of Cambridge University. 

Auke Leenstra

Auke Leenstra

Citi Country Officer, Netherlands and Benelux Cluster Head
Citibank International

Auke Leenstra is Citi Country Officer (CCO) for the Netherlands and Cluster Head for the Benelux. He is also Head of Benelux Banking. From 2005 to 2011 he was Managing Director of Citi in Switzerland and responsible for a team of bankers working with blue chip Swiss multinationals. He acted as Senior Banker for a number of the largest global Swiss companies and assisted in deals including the US$10bn IPO of Glencore. He was also Head of EMEA Consumer and Healthcare Corporate Banking.

Mr Leenstra started with Citigroup in the US in 1992 and since then has held a number of corporate banking, credit, capital market and management positions with the firm in the UK, the Czech Republic and Morocco. From 2000 to 2004 he was Senior Banker for a number of Dutch multinationals in the Netherlands with a focus on consumer goods companies.

Mr Leenstra is a member of the Board of the Foreign Bankers Association (FBA) in the Netherlands and has been on the Board of Dutch charity Fonds 1818 since 2014.

He has a Master’s degrees in International Affairs from Columbia University in the US and a Doctorandus (Master’s) degree in Political Sciences from the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

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Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

World News Editor
Financial Times

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany was appointed World News Editor of the Financial Times, based in London, in September 2018. Previously, from January 2015, she was the FT’s Paris Bureau Chief, writing about politics and the economy. Prior to this role, she was the FT's Global Private Equity Correspondent. Before joining the FT in 2012, she worked for Bloomberg News and Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in Paris and London, reporting on mergers and acquisitions, energy and European financial institutions. A graduate of French business school HEC and a former associate at Paribas in Paris and New York, she won the ‘One to Watch’ award from The Work Foundation’s WorkWorld Media Awards in 2006 for ‘Heat builds on Mittal to improve safety and wages’ following a reporting trip to Kazakhstan. She is the co-author of Enron, la faillite qui ébranla l’Amérique, published in 2003.

George  Parker

George Parker

Political Editor
Financial Times

George Parker was appointed political editor for the Financial Times in September 2007. He has won acclaim for his coverage of the financial crisis and the political drama leading up to the formation of the coalition government.
George's career as a political journalist stretches back to 1990 when he became the Western Morning News political editor, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He joined the FT as a political correspondent in 1995.
In 2010 he was elected chairman of the parliamentary press gallery and was shortlisted for the UK Press Gazette awards as political journalist of the year. In a UKPG ranking of the top 50 political journalists, George was rated third in a survey of his peers. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and is a guest presenter of Radio 4's Week in Westminster and What the Papers Say
Apart from political journalism, he was the FT's bureau chief in Brussels from 2002-7 and he remains a close follower of European politics. He was the FT's UK news editor from 1999-2002.
George read geography at Queen Mary College, London and was born in 1966. He grew up in Guildford and on a farm in Devon. His interests include a deluded passion for Crystal Palace, cricket and cycling. He is married to Gabrielle, with three children, Jack, Ellie and Maddie.

Follow George on Twitter: @GeorgeParkerFT 

Peter Spiegel

Peter Spiegel

News Editor
Financial Times

Peter Spiegel has been the FT's News Editor since May, and was previously Brussels Bureau Chief. He returned to the FT in 2010 after spending five years covering foreign policy and national security issues from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined the FT in 1999 covering business regulation and corporate crime in its Washington bureau, before spending four years covering military affairs and the defence industry in London and Washington.

Michael Stothard

Michael Stothard

Madrid Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Michael Stothard is the Madrid Correspondent for the Financial Times, writing about Spanish business and politics. He was previously in Paris covering the rise of fall of François Hollande and the rise of Emmanuel Macron, and before that was writing about Nordic business from Stockholm. He started with the FT in New York and then London, writing about the capital markets. He graduated from Cambridge university with a first class degree in History.

Arthur Beesley

Arthur Beesley

Ireland Correspondent
Financial Times

Arthur Beesley is Dublin correspondent with the Financial Times, covering Irish politics, Brexit, business and the economy.

Previously he was European Diplomatic Correspondent, based in Brussels. Mr Beesley joined the FT in 2016 after 18 years with the Irish Times, where he covered politics, economics, business and Europe. He studied journalism at Dublin City University. 

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