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Exclusive speaker, The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP has served in senior Cabinet positions in Labour governments from 1997 through to 2010. As one of the most experienced British and European politicians, he has taken a leading part in many momentous poli
Dr Liam Fox has worked on healthcare, defence and foreign affairs. He became an MP in 1992 and was a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 until the 1997 General Election. He served as Shadow Secretary of State for Heath, Shadow F
Mark Lewis found himself in the headlines after uncovering the phone-hacking by News International, and brought the very first case against the paper in 2007. Since then he has represented over 120 victims of phone-hacking scandal and has given evide
Exclusive speaker Stephen Murphy succeeded Founder Sir Richard Branson as Group Chief Executive of Virgin; he re-shaped the group and increased its diversification and reach before stepping down at the end of 2011. A speaker with a unique perspective
Toby Young is one of Britain's most controversial broadcasters and journalists. The author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and The Sound of No Hands Clapping - He is an associate editor of the Spectator, where he has written a weekly colum
Steve Richards is a leading Political commentator, columnist and broadcaster. He is Chief Political Columnist for the Independent, Contributing Editor of the New Statesman and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster. For several years he pre
Andrew Garner is the man who has helped a generation of leaders navigate themselves and their companies through the turbulence that erupts when their established industry maps and models no longer work. From manic global expansion, to boardroom coup,
As Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Amir Dossal has blazed a trail for new investments in hundreds of programmes for children’s health, women’s issues, climate change and biodiversity. . He has also spearheaded th
Exclusive speaker Graham Bishop is a leading technical analyst and architect of economic and structural developments in the financial markets of Europe. His work is widely respected and his opinion influences the attitudes of major institutional inve
Exclusive speaker Phillip Blond leads the award winning think tank ResPublica as a nationally and internationally recognised thinker whose work is having considerable policy and practical impact across the UK political spectrum and beyond.
Jane Wilson is the former CEO of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Europe's largest network of PR professionals. Jane is a Fellow of the RSA and is a regular commentator on PR and communications issues, women in the workplace and is a comm
One of the most globally respected commentators and consultants in the field of geopolitical risk. He is head of business research at Oxford Economics and former Director of Research at Oxford Analytica, and Director of Marvin Zonis & Associates. Top
Rain Newton-Smith is Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics. She analyses developments in China and rapidly growing markets, including developing global risk scenarios and the impact of a banking-sector crisis in China. Formerly an advisor to t
Alex Edmans is a Professor of Finance at London Business School and an expert in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, investment/growth/innovation), corporate social responsibility, behavioural fi
Tim Montgomerie is Comment Editor for The Times and the founder and former editor of ConservativeHome. He writes for The Spectator and regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and Financial Times. Formerly chief of staff
Former Director General of the CBI, Chairman of Kingfisher Group, National Power, NatWest Bank, Whitbread and Johnson Matthey Plc among others. Banham's vast achievements in British industry and on various government commissions are amongst the most
John Willman is a former Editor of the Financial Times. In an 18-year career with the FT, he held a series of senior roles, including Chief Leader-Writer, Banking Editor, Consumer Industries Editor and latterly UK Business Editor. Currently Specialis
Exclusive speaker. A respected global entrepreneur, philanthropist, academic, former paratrooper and adviser to a number of world leaders. Azeem Ibrahim is the youngest person on both the Sunday Times Scots’ Rich List and Carter Anderson’s UK Pow
Mark Borkowski is a renowned PR guru, master media manipulator and publicist. An authority on the future shape of PR and the art of product and event promotion. His clients include major Hollywood movie studios and global corporate brands. Often
Eleanor Mills is Associate Editor of The Sunday Times and one of Britain’s most high profile commentators. Her weekly columns in The Sunday Times are a must-read for her pithy, no-nonsense take on social affairs and she is particularly loved for he
Maria Kempinska foresaw the future of comedy back in 1993 and founded the UK's best known comedy calling card, Jongleurs. A renowned entrepreneur and businesswoman, she speaks on issues including branding, business leadership and what they don't teac
Professor Roger Steare is a leading practitioner in the development and delivery of Leadership, Culture and Ethics programs globally. He helps people develop good thinking, positive dialogue and ethical behaviour and to do the right thing. His book <
Chris Chapman is an award winning technology innovator, creative and entrepreneur. During his career he has worked on projects ranging from special effects for Damien Hirst, using his technical knowledge to develop medical products and world leading
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is one of the longest serving and most respected broadcasters in the world. A household name throughout France and Europe. “PPDA”, writes daily commentary for France Soir newspaper and comments on European, world, and Fre
Jonathan Tait-Harris has been face to face with Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali and played a key role in bringing them and many other international criminals to justice. Despite the dark nature of his experiences, his talks include many amusing stori
Iain is one of Britain’s leading political and current affairs commentators, on Radio, online and through his regular columns in the press. He won Radio Presenter of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards for his evening show on LBC in July
Sir Michael Arthur was born in Canada although he grew up in UK. He was educated at Oxford where he read Politics and Economics. Michael’s career as a British diplomat started in 1972, with an immediate posting to the UN in New York. His career
Paris based Rachel Marsden is a political and international affairs commentator, analyst, journalist and broadcaster. She has presented for Fox News and as a weekly columnist with Sun Media, and the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Washington
Exclusive speaker Gaby Hinsliff is a writer, blogger and former political editor of The Observer. Over 12 years of covering politics, first for the Daily Mail and then for the Observer, she has developed an inside track on the exercise of power and t
Hailed as the ‘new rival to Robert Peston’, Louise Cooper is highly regarded for her well informed, lively and often brilliant analysis of economics and financial markets in a way which is insightful and easy to understand. A former stockbroker f
Her career is seen by many as a brilliant example of how exemplary women attain powerful positions and influence through talent, integrity and virtue across both public and private sector.
Liz Mackean was best known on Newsnight for her coverage of Northern Ireland issues. She also won the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigation for a series of exclusive reports on toxic dumping in Ivory Coast. Then the BBC decid
Irishman William Crawley is a BBC broadcaster, journalist and blogger. His many programmes broadcast across the UK and investigate contemporary moral debates and Irish culture and society.
Respected BBC documentary maker Michael Cockerell has interviewed 8 Prime Ministers, including Tony Blair just prior to the invasion of Iraq. Michael has won numerous broadcasting awards and written two books about British political leaders and their
Shane Greer is a political writer, commentator, the editor of the political magazine Total Politics and an advocate of small state and low tax.
Professor Peter Sommer is a globally recognised expert in the field of cybersecurity, cyberwar, cybercrime, hacking, Internet futures, risk analysis and computer forensics. He is a well-established expert on computer security advising stock exchanges
Steve Gold is an internationally renown expert and commentator in the field of IT crime and cyber terrorism. His career began as a senior internal auditor/fraud investigator in the National Health Service, as a journalist and investigator he has been
Michael has served the British Government overseas in Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Poland and Pakistan and has worked on global issues, the Middle East, proliferation, terrorism and security in London in the course of his 30 year career.
Charles Crawford is a former British Ambassador whose unconventional honesty “has no place in modern government”. Charles draws on vivid episodes from successive diplomatic hot-spots to illustrate the folly of much of today’s official policy pr
Jane Cordell lost her hearing as a young adult but rose to a senior position in the Foreign Office. She is on the Board of Disability Rights UK and a Trustee of Manchester Deaf Centre. Described as ‘gloriously inspirational’ and ‘particularly g
Stephan Shakespeare is the charismatic founder of YouGov, PoliticsHome and the world’s first political internet TV station and an inspiring innovator and businessman. One of the most influential personalities in modern political media and communica
Eamonn Butler - Director and founder of think tank, the Adam Smith Institute. Eamonn is a broadcaster and writer on issues of economy and social policy. He was major force behind privatisation policy during the Thatcher era, is a respected author and
Tarique Ghaffur spent over three decades in UK policing diligently and passionately working towards making communities safe within Greater Manchester, Leicestershire and London. He found it a personal honour to lead thousands of dedicated and skille
Sir Ivor Roberts is one of the most experienced and highly respected British diplomats alive today. He first entered Her Majesty's diplomatic service in the West African Department in 1968. Since then he has traversed the globe through postings in Mi
Dai Davies is one of the world’s foremost experts in Security and Investigation, a Former Head of Royal Protection and Chief Superintendent (Divisional Commander) Metropolitan Police Service.
David Pritchard is known to many as the creator of TV chefs Keith Floyd and Rick Stein. An excellent speaker and raconteur, his book, 'Shooting the Cook' describes his often hilarious experiences in the starter, main and desert courses of his life in
Dubbed in the press as “The HBOS Whistleblower”, Paul Moore was the only senior risk and compliance executive in UK banking sector to speak out publicly in the aftermath of the financial crisis about what he saw from the inside of a bank.
Gary Duncan is the former Times Economics Editor and one of the UK's leading financial commentators. During his career he has been Economics Editor for The Scotsman, covering UK and Scottish economic affairs and spent five years as a Westminster lobb
Stephen Mason is a internationally respected barrister, mediator, author and consultant specialising in the complex field of electronic law and compliance. As a former bomb disposal expert his experiences atre both real and virtual.
Sir William is one of the world’s leading experts on the Middle East after frontline diplomatic postings in Sudan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and finally Afghanistan. He advises businesses working in the Middle East, in particular the oil and gas sector, f
A distinguished and outspoken Parliamentary expert on the UK banking system. In 2010 he was created a life peer as Baron McFall of Alcluith of Dumbarton on Dumbartonshire. He has remained at the forefront of financial matters. After taking London's
Nigel Waterson is a former lawyer, Member for Parliament and Shadow Pensions Minister. He is a recognised expert on pensions and issues relating to ageing; as well as financial services more generally.
Olaf Storbeck is a leading European economist and the International Economics Correspondent with Handelsblatt based in London. His bestselling book Economics 2.0 has become a handbook for modern economic thinking in light of the evolution of global f
Atul Pathak is one of the UK’s most successful franchise entrepreneurs. His success is founded on sound business sense, managed risk and a very steep learning curve. The advice he imparts through speaking has proven vital to many to many businesses
John Buck is a former UK Ambassador and an experienced and capable facilitator between business and governments, particularly in the international oil and gas industry. He was Principal Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Ministers and Director f
Sir David Madden's career has included leading negotiations on a Cyprus settlement and EU accession. As British Ambassador to Greece 1999-2004, he helped the Greek government achieve a break-through against the 17 November terrorist movement after th
Jonathan Gabay is a highly respected creative branding, PR and reputational management authority. Author of 14 best selling titles, his work is endorsed by most influential commercial and academic bodies in their field. He takes a psycho-sociologica
Becky Walsh is a leading authority on intuition. She is the author of the bestselling book ‘You DO Know – Learning to act on intuition instantly’ and has hosted and produced her own award winning show on LBC 97.3 in London as well as d
World-leading expert on inspiring and building people’s creativity and innovation capacity and embracing pessimism and flexible thinking. He is author of eight bestselling books and is the creator of ‘Tubespiration!’ creative training sessions
Jens Hagendorff is a Professor of Finance & Investment at The University of Edinburgh, a leading expert on banking, central banking, executive compensation, investment strategies and bank risk. He worked with Spanish central bank (Banco de Espana) in
Dinesh Dhamija is the founder, former Chairman and CEO of Ebookers.com, one of Europe’s most successful internet travel agencies. Ebookers became one of the largest travel agencies in Europe. Sales went from $23 million in 1999 to $1 billion in 2004. In 1980, Dinesh and his wife Tani started selling travel tickets from a kiosk at Earls Court tube station which was so successful that in 1983 he founded Flightbookers Ltd and became the first travel agent to launch an interactive travel website in the UK. The outcome of this launch was Ebookers which revolutionised travel booking market.
Dr Marcel Steward is one of the first environmental consultants and the first specialist environmental insurance broker in Europe. He is Environmental Practice Leader for three of the Four Major International Insurance Broking Houses. Marcel has an extensive knowledge of financial impact management of environmental risk within the investment, merger and acquisition and the corporate Balance Sheet and has contributed to the environmental legal framework in Europe
Fraser Doherty, founder of SuperJam, has a decade of business experience under his belt and over twenty awards to his company’s name – all by the age of 24! Having seen his first entrepreneurial foray, into the world of chicken farming, curtailed by a fox he started selling jam to family and friends for pocket [...]
Dr Liam Fox has worked on healthcare, defence and foreign affairs. He became an MP in 1992 and was a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 until the 1997 General Election. He served as Shadow Secretary of State for Heath, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence from 2005 to May 2010. In 2010 he became Secretary of State for Defence from May 2010 to October 2011. While Defence Secretary, Liam chaired the 2011 Strategic Defence and Security Review and directed the UK’s involvement in the NATO intervention in Libya, as well as negotiating the UK-France Defence Co-operation Treaty. His book “Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era”, looks at the threats facing the modern world in the era of globalisation and the suggestions for treatment.
Jens Hagendorff is a Professor of Finance & Investment at The University of Edinburgh, a leading expert on banking, central banking, executive compensation, investment strategies and bank risk. He worked with Spanish central bank (Banco de Espana) in Madrid as an economist. In Madrid with the Financial Stability department with responsibilities for stress testing and advising on the role of takeovers to strengthen banks’ safety and soundness. He maintains close links to a number of central banks and regulatory agencies.
Alex Edmans is a Professor of Finance at London Business School and an expert in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, investment/growth/innovation), corporate social responsibility, behavioural finance, and practical investment strategies. The MIT Sloan Fulbright Scholar has worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking and been a finance professor at Wharton Business School.
Chris Chapman is an award winning technology innovator, creative and entrepreneur. During his career he has worked on projects ranging from special effects for Damien Hirst, using his technical knowledge to develop medical products and world leading interface technologies. He has won an International IDEA Gold Award and has 3 items in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His vast experience gives him clear insight for new opportunities in convergent media, and the idea behind his latest venture, HEADCASTLAB™