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EVENT OVERVIEW

Every year the Financial Times sends some of its top journalists to cover the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, where they have direct access to some of the most influential decision-makers and thought leaders, from governments, businesses, financial institutions and academia.

On January 29, in two exclusive, invitation-only events, senior FT commentators will share first- hand accounts of the 2020 meeting -- who made waves, what was achieved, and what this all means for the year ahead -- at the third FT & 12 Hay Hill Davos Debrief, organised in partnership with 12 Hay Hill, the private members’ business club in Mayfair.

They will be joined by a number of high-level guest speakers across thought-provoking and interactive morning and afternoon sessions, covering geopolitics, global economics and markets, finance and business.

AGENDA

MORNING SESSION

9:10 am Registration and coffee

9:50 am Welcome remarks

10:00 am The View from the World Economic Forum

Adrian Monck

Managing Director, Head of Public and Social Engagement, World Economic Forum

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Adrian Monck

Managing Director, Head of Public and Social Engagement, World Economic Forum

Adrian Monck is an award-winning journalist and, currently, member of the World Economic Forum's Managing Board, leading Public Engagement & Foundations. Previously, he headed the Department of Journalism at City University London, where he was also a professor. As a journalist, Adrian spent his career with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. He is also a published author.

10:10 am Panel: Geopolitics – the US-China trade war and other major disruptions

Leading analysts discuss the US relationship with China, the turmoil in Hong Kong, the populism that is shifting the goalposts in Europe, the US presidential election, tensions in the Middle East and other major issues in geopolitics, drawing on the discussions in Davos for the latest developments.

George Parker

Polical Editor, Financial Times

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George Parker

Polical 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. Follow George on Twitter: @GeorgeParkerFT

Tina Fordham

Partner and Head of Global Polical Strategy, Avonhurst

Jeremy Shapiro

European Council on Foreign Relations

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Jeremy Shapiro

European Council on Foreign Relations

Jeremy Shapiro is the Director of Research at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. Prior to ECFR, he was a Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the US State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs. Before joining the State Department, Mr Shapiro was Director of Research at the Center of the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution and a fellow in foreign policy studies from 2002-2009. He has been an adjunct professor at both Columbia University and Georgetown University and an advisor to the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He also has published several books and monographs including, with Nick Witney, Towards a Post-American Europe: A Power Audit of US-EU Relations (ECFR, 2009), with Michael O’Hanlon, Protecting the Homeland 2006/7 (Brookings Press, 2006) and with Philip Gordon, Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq (McGraw-Hill, 2004).

Ngaire Woods

Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

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Ngaire Woods

Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organisations, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. Previously, she founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme.

Professor Woods serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and as a Rhodes Trustee. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. She serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC). Previously, she served as a Non-Executive Director on the Arup Global Group Board and on the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the African Development Bank, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She has presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio and TV.

Professor Woods’ books include The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006), Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), and Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007). She has previously published The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan, 2000), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell: Oxford University Press, 1999), Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1986), and numerous articles on international institutions, globalisation and governance.

She was educated at Auckland University (BA in Economics, LLB Hons in Law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil in International Relations. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford and academic roles at Oxford University.

Professor Woods was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year's Honours for services to Higher Education and Public Policy.

11:00 am Networking Break

11:30 am Panel: Profit with Purpose – a Changing Approach to Business

While many companies have embraced responsible business practices, something new is on the corporate horizon: increasing calls for the redefining of capitalism itself. Leaders in all sectors are coming around to the notion that looking beyond the financial bottom line to include the needs of society and the planet in decision-making also benefits the business and its shareholders. What operational and strategic shifts can make the biggest impact, and how can companies transform business models to move away from a short-termist approach?

Chair:

Brooke Masters

Opinion and Analysis Editor, Financial Times

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Brooke Masters

Opinion and Analysis Editor, Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

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Jessica Fries

Executive Chairman Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

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Jessica Fries

Executive Chairman Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

Jessica Fries is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2004. She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyse a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change. While at A4S, Jessica has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets programme.

Previously, Jessica held a number of roles at PwC advising a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organisations. She has written extensively on ways to integrate sustainability into business and finance, and has been a member of a number of International, European and UK Government committees, including the UK Treasury’s Sustainability Reporting Steering Committee, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Non-Financial Disclosure and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Advisory Group. She is currently a member of the IIRC Governance and Nominations Committee, the Smith School Global Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, and the UN Global Assessment Report Advisory Council.

Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

David Harris

Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group, and Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

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David Harris

Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group, and Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

David Harris is responsible for sustainability and green finance integration into services across London Stock Exchange Group. He is also Head of Sustainable Investment at FTSE Russell which includes oversight across ESG Ratings, FTSE4Good, Green Revenues and FTSE Environmental Markets. He has held industry positions, including Vice-Chair of UKSIF, serving on Advisory Committees for the PRI and EuroSIF, City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, and chairing the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange's Working Group developing Model ESG Reporting Guidance. He was also a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, whose recommendations formed the basis of the EC Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, and contributed to the UK Green Finance Taskforce. David has worked in sustainable investment for almost 20 years. His career started with ADL’s Environment & Risk Practice, and with PwC's climate change consulting business. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University.

Anna Turrell

Head of Sustainability Nestlé UK & Ireland<

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Anna Turrell

Head of Sustainability Nestlé UK & Ireland

Anna Turrell is Head of Sustainability at Nestlé UK & Ireland, where she is responsible for managing the company's sustainability agenda. Anna is also the global lead for communications and advocacy on plastics and packaging, and was previously responsible for managing Nestlé’s global human rights due diligence programme. Prior to joining Nestlé, Anna worked in sustainability consultancy in Europe and Asia. In these roles, she worked with multi-national and regional businesses, government agencies and NGOs to help them develop their sustainability strategies and engagement approaches.

12:20 pm Keynote

12:40 pm Closing remarks

12:45 pm Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

1:50 pm Registration

2:20 pm Welcome remarks

2:30 pm The View from the World Economic Forum

Adrian Monck

Managing Director, Head of Public and Social Engagement, World Economic Forum

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Adrian Monck

Managing Director, Head of Public and Social Engagement, World Economic Forum

Adrian Monck is an award-winning journalist and, currently, member of the World Economic Forum's Managing Board, leading Public Engagement & Foundations. Previously, he headed the Department of Journalism at City University London, where he was also a professor. As a journalist, Adrian spent his career with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. He is also a published author.

2:40 pm Keynote

3:00 pm Panel: Economics and Markets – Navigating a weak outlook

Economists are downgrading their outlook for the global economy as the US- China trade war adds to concerns over low productivity, a large debt overhang and the impact of populist movements on economic and social stability. Financial markets are reflecting these concerns amid increasing volatility across all asset classes and uncertainty over how to navigate a low interest rate environment. Our expert panel will discuss the most effective policy responses and how investors can find opportunity despite intensifying risks.

Chair:

Chris Giles

Economics Editor, Financial Times

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Chris Giles

Economics Editor, Financial Times

Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. He leads the reporting of economics in the newspaper and on FT.com, and has been Economics Editor since 2004.

He reports on international economic trends and the British economy, and contributes comment to FT.com’s premium blog, dedicated to central banking and money supply. He was previously the FT’s leader writer on economic affairs.

Mr Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society’s prize for excellence in journalism in 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the 2014 advisory board of the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Before becoming Economics Editor, he spent a year at the communications regulator, Ofcom, writing reports about digital switchover and public service broadcasting.

Prior to joining the Financial Times in 2000, Mr Giles was an economics reporter at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has a wide publications record. At the IFS he led or worked on projects for clients including the Treasury, the OECD and the European Commission.

Mr Giles is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

In conversation with:

Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

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Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. 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 also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, 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 has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2019, he received the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished business and financial journalism. He has also won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.

His most recent publications are 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). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.

Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Cambridge University

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Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Cambridge University

Professor Diane Coyle co-directs the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She is heading research in the fields of public policy economics, technology, industrial strategy and global inequality.

Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and has held a number of public service roles including Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (2006-2014), member of the Competition Commission (2001-2009), and member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2009-2014). She is currently a member of the Natural Capital Committee, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Her latest book, Markets, State, and People: Economics for Public Policy, is published by Princeton University Press in January 2020.

Gavyn Davies

Chairman, Fulcrum Asset Management

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Gavyn Davies

Chairman, Fulcrum Asset Management

Gavyn Davies has been Chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management since 2004. He is a founding partner of Active Private Equity and Anthos Capital. He is a Senior Adviser to Prisma Capital, a subsidiary of KKR.

Mr Davies joined the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street as an Economist in 1974 and was an Economic Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1976-79.

He then pursued a career as a City economist, first with Phillips and Drew (1979-81), then with Simon and Coates (1981-86). He joined Goldman Sachs International in April 1986 and was a Partner or Managing Director from 1988 to 2001. He was also the firm’s Chief Economist over that period and Chairman of the Global Investment Research Department. From 1979 to 2001, he was repeatedly ranked as the City's top UK, European or global economist in surveys of institutional investors. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of HM Treasury's Independent Forecasting Panel.

In 1999, he chaired a UK government inquiry into 'The Future Funding of the BBC'. He was appointed Chairman of the BBC in October 2001 and resigned his position in January 2004.

He has been an Economic Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Mr Davies graduated in Economics from St John's College, Cambridge, followed by two years of research at Balliol College, Oxford. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Science (social sciences) from the University of Southampton, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Nottingham University, a Fellowship of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Fellowship of Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, and an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.

3:50 pm Networking Break

4:20 pm Panel: Investor Insights – Spotlight on Private Equity

The prospect of a global economic downtown and the rising availability of distressed assets presents significant opportunities for the Private Equity industry. But in a period of high liquidity, volatility and fierce competition for assets, reserves of unspent capital continue to grow. Which sectors and regions offer high-growth opportunities in the year ahead? What new opportunities will the fourth industrial revolution create both in relation to operational improvements and new acquisition targets? Looking ahead, how can investors accelerate positive social and environmental change by integrating SDGs into their investment strategy? To what extent do these considerations mirror the rising expectations and demands of LP investors?

Chair:

Arash Massoudi

Corporate Finance and Deals Editor, Financial Times

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Arash Massoudi

Corporate Finance and Deals Editor, Financial Times

Arash Massoudi is Corporate Finance and Deals Editor at the Financial Times based in London, where he has worked since 2014. Prior to that, he was capital markets reporter in the FT's New York bureau. He joined the FT in London in 2011 from the US government where he served in the Commerce department. Along with James Fontanella-Khan, he is the co-creator of the FT’s premium corporate finance briefing called Due Diligence.

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Roni Elchahal

Managing Director, General Atlantic

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Roni Elchahal

Managing Director, General Atlantic

Roni Elchahal is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s capital partnering efforts in EMEA. Roni joined General Atlantic in 2007, focusing on investments in the firm’s Technology sector. He also previously worked at CI Capital Partners, where he helped source and execute middle market investments across various sectors, and at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on strategic and operational projects across a variety of industries. Roni earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He earned a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in History from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

Alexandra Hess

Partner and Head of Investor Relations, Cinven Partners

Therése Lennehag

Head of Sustainability, EQT

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Therése Lennehag

Head of Sustainability, EQT

Therése Lennehag is Head of Sustainability at EQT since 2014. Since joining EQT Partners in 2009, she has worked closely with the organisation on integrating responsible investment and ownership practices to capture the investment and business opportunities the sustainability agenda offers. Therése has been involved in Invest Europe’s Professional Standards Committee (2011–2014), contributing to the development of the Invest Europe Professional Standards Handbook, and she is a member of Invest Europe’s Responsible Investment Roundtable (Chair 2013–2014). Therése is also a member of the board of directors of EPER, the large private equity platform of Invest Europe. Other experience, prior to joining EQT Partners, includes investment banking at Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley in London. Therése holds a M.S.c. in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Robin Marshall

Managing Director- Private Equity, Bain Capital

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Robin Marshall

Managing Director- Private Equity, Bain Capital

Robin Marshall joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2009. He is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the European Private Equity team. Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity, Mr. Marshall was a Partner at 3i. He was the founding partner of 3i’s US Private Equity business and prior to that was a Managing Director of 3i’s UK business. Previously, he was with McKinsey & Company and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Marshall received his Master’s Degree from the University of Glasgow. He was also a post-graduate Thouron Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

5:10 pm Closing remarks

5:15 pm Cocktail reception

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