Adair Turner Keynote Speaker
- Chairman, Energy Transitions Commission
- Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)
- Author, 'Between Debt and the Devil' (2015)
Adair Turner's Biography
Lord Adair Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C by 2040 while stimulating economic development and social progress.
He is a 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. He was Chairman of the Institute until January 2019. Lord Turner is Chairman of Chubb Europe and on the Advisory Board of Envision Energy, a Shanghai-based group focussed on renewable energy, batteries and digital systems.
From 2008-13, Lord Turner served as Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the regulatory body overseeing the financial services industry in the UK and played a leading role in the post crisis redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation.
Lord Turner has held high profile roles in public policy: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); chairman of the UK Low Pay Commission (2002-2006); chairman of the Pensions Commision (2003-2006); he was the first chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012) an independent body to advise the UK Government on tackling climate change. The recommendations set out in their first report ‘Building a low-carbon economy’ were adopted in 2009.
He became a cross bench member of the House of Lords in 2006.
Amongst his business roles, Lord Turner was at McKinsey&Co (1982-1995); was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006) and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008).
He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt) and a Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing).
Lord Turner regularly contributes to Project Syndicate and has written several books including ‘Between Debt and the Devil’ (2015), which focused on how to reform the global financial system after the crisis and was named Book of the Year by China Business News in 2016. He also authored ‘Economics after the Crisis – Objectives and Means’ (2012) and ‘Just Capital – The Liberal Economy’ (2001).
He is a Trustee Emeritus of the British Museum, honorary fellow of The Royal Society, and received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University in 2017.
- Climate change and energy issues
- macroeconomic trends and risk
- the future of the global financial system
- global monetary policy
- the UK economy
- the European economy
- risk in the Chinese financial system
- the US economy
- the Japanese economy