Speakers in the news 8th February

1) JIM O’NEILL

  • Jim O’Neill stepped down from Government, having been Commercial Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until September 2016. During that time, and since Spring 2014, Lord O’Neill had chaired a formal Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance) reporting its final recommendations in May 2016, and contributed to high-level agreement at the UN in September.
  • This week Lord Jim O’Neill, former Goldman Sachs economist and BRICS man, was interviewed by the Economist for ‘Money Talks’. Lord Jim said”I don’t think Brexit is as important an issue for the UK as so many people think. In my opinion, the productivity challenge, the regional productivity mismatch, the regional inequality mismatch, the generational inequality issues – these are way bigger issues than whether we’re in the EU or not. And I like to think of it in the following way: We’ve been in the EU for 46 plus years? That hasn’t stopped our productivity performance seemingly deteriorating relative to others, so as obviously good being in the EU seems, it’s not helping us deal with even bigger challenges. And a weird part of me sometimes thinks if the gravity of leaving causes people to focus on this bigger stuff then maybe it’s not the worst thing to have happened.”
  • As the global markets see a sharp fall on back on rising Bond yields, noted Jim spoke to ET NOW on market correction, US policy & re-introduction of LTCG Tax in India.  Jim said there is no major bear market, but stocks stay a bit choppy.

2) ADAIR TURNER

  • Lord Adair Turner is a world-renowned expert on global economic trends, global finance, macroprudential regulation and the Chinese financial system. Since 2013 he has served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), a new think tank founded by George Soros dedicated to re-thinking the field of economics in the wake of the financial crisis. Since 2015 he has served as Chair of the Governing Board.
  • Lord Adair wrote a piece Writing for Project Syndicate, on whether we should continue to invest in Bitcoin, Lord Adair said that over the next year, the Bitcoin price could double, soar tenfold, or collapse by 95% or more, and no economic analysis can help predict where in that range it will lie. Like other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin serves no useful economic purpose, though in macroeconomic terms, such currencies probably also do little harm.

3) KEYU JIN

  • Dr. Keyu Jin is a Professor in the Economics Department at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London, and an advisor to the Chinese Government’s National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC) in Beijing.Keyu specialises in international macroeconomics, international finance, and the Chinese economy, and focuses her research on global imbalances and global asset prices, as well as international trade and growth. This research is tightly linked to examining various economic issues in China, with a particular interest in patterns of savings across different generations of consumers.
  • Keyu Jin was listed as one of two women who caught The Independent’s eye at Davos 2018. They wrote, At the Annual Meeting, Jin participated in the panel “The Global Impact of America First”, where she discussed the effects of Trump’s “America First” trade policies, particularly on China. She also joined IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin in a separate panel “The Remaking of Global Finance”.

4) LAURENCE KEMBALL-COOK

  • Laurence Kemball-Cook is the award-winning founder and CEO of Pavegen Systems, an innovative clean technology company. Pavegen is a flooring technology that instantly converts kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable off-grid energy.This technology has been used across the world and installed in over 150 projects in more than 30 countries. Laurence has partnered with figures such as solar entrpreneur and artist Akon, football legend Pele and will.i.am to promote his clean-tech vision. He has also worked with some of the world’s largest companies including Shell, Adidas, Heathrow and Europe’s largest shopping centre, Westfield.
  • Pavegen, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global engineering and technology company, Siemens, to bring its technology to smart city projects around the world. UKsed Pavegen produces an interactive flooring technology which converts the kinetic energy of footfall into off-grid electricity, data and rewards. It has delivered more than 200 installations around the world which include at transport hubs such as Heathrow and a leading Middle Eastern airport (launching this March), at schools in the US and UK, in corporate HQs and sports facilities in cities including London, Rio and Seoul.

5) JANET MOCK

  • Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate whose memoir, Redefining Realness, broke ground as the first biography written from the perspective of a trans girl. It debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. Her second book, Surpassing Certainty, a memoir about her twenties, was released in June, 2017 with Atria Books. She is a sought-after speaker who gave a rousing speech at the history-making Women’s March on Washington; an advocate for trans women who founded #GirlsLikeUs and #TransBookDrive; the host of the interview podcast, Never Before, with Lenny Letter; and a contributing editor at Allure, where she writes the column, “Beauty Beyond Binaries.”
  • In an interview with Quartz, this week, Janet explained why we all ought to identify as “multiplicities,” the importance of complicating feminist conversations, and the Michelle Obama refrain that drives her.
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