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Keynote Speakers | In the News (Oct 7th)

Happy Friday! In the news this week, our top keynote speakers are writing and making headlines in respected and international media. For booking enquiries, or more about these talented thought-leaders, send us a quick email for their speaking topics, expertise and latest availability. We’re here to help!

Here are the top stories we recommend this week:


Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Nick Greenwood on the pros and cons of investment trusts

MoneyWeek | Nick Greenwood: the three things to buy now



Daniel Hannan tells The Drum that “the British pound was ‘long overdue’ for a crash”

The Drum | Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan claims that EU was ‘very bad’ for British business and that Brexit will aid the country’s economy


Lanhee Chen stresses the importance of non-sterile understanding in town-hall debate


Sydney Morning Herald | For Donald Trump, settling scores may be exactly the wrong approach in town-hall debate


Jim O’Neill superbug report not tough enough to fix misuse of antibiotics

The Conversation | Superbugs 1, the world 0


Lewis Pugh invited to inspect Lake Baikal by the Russian government


Lewis Pugh Blog | Environmental Glasnot: More than pretty words


Joschka Fischer says the tectonic plates of the Western world have started to slip


The New Times | The West on the brink


Mark Pollock hopes that the ‘Run in the Dark’ will inspire people in the search for a paralysis cure

Mark Pollock

The Irish News | Mark Pollock still running against the odds with search to find paralysis ‘cure’



Joseph Stiglitz blames the euro and German austerity policies for Europe’s economic problems


Reuters | Nobel laureate Stiglitz sees Italy, others leaving euro zone in coming years










Economist Jim O’Neill presents final international recommendations to defeat superbugs

A global review on antimicrobial resistance, led by economist Lord Jim O’Neill, has set out its final recommendations, providing a comprehensive action plan for the world toJim O’Neill speaker prevent drug-resistant infections and defeat the rising threat of superbugs – estimated to save the global health bill $100tn a year by the year 2050, if the problem is left to rise unchecked.

International recommendations offered by the report are greater global awareness, the end of antibiotics use in animals – or better labelling so consumers are made aware of the risks – and dedicated funding supplied by pharmaceutical companies in developing new drugs to replace existing ones that are no longer effective. The report’s release met with strong objections claiming that it fails to show how treating such a global health problem should be collaborative and not left to pharma companies to fund and solve alone.

Lastly, it asserts that GPs need better tools to diagnose patients faster and more accurately to distinguish bacterial from viral infections, before they can prescribe antibiotics. No tests currently exist to tell if symptoms are caused by bacteria rather than a virus, often meaning that antibiotics are administered inappropriately.

Read more in an article published in The Guardian today: ‘No antibiotics without a test, says report on rising antimicrobial resistance’

Listen to economist Jim O’Neill on devolution and the future of England’s cities

Listen to economist Jim O’Neill on devolution and the future of England’s cities

Jim O'NeillIn a new programme for BBC Radio 4, “The Devolutionaries: Powering Up England’s Cities”, BBC Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern explores proposals to devolve more powers to England’s cities.

There are growing calls for devolving more powers to England’s cities in the wake of the Scottish referendum. Proponents argue that devolving more power to cities, enabling them to take decisions about taxes and spending, could be the key to making them grow. Compared with other countries, the UK is highly centralised and the devolutionaries believe it is holding back cities outside London from growing.

Steph looks at these arguments, hearing from economist Jim O’Neill, who has chaired a year-long investigation into the subject, the City Growth Commission, which publishes its final report later this month. She finds out why Jim believes it is important for cities outside London to be able to grow into metro regions, in the way that American cities like Boston have been able to recover from deindustrialisation. Steph also meets civic leaders in Manchester and hears about their innovative “earnback” scheme for investing in new infrastructure, finds out how proposals for fiscal devolution might work and how such plans will require new forms of accountability, such as proposals for city mayors.

The show kicks off tonight (Monday 13 October) from 20.00-20.30. Click here for more information.

For more information on how to book Jim O’Neill as a speaker for your conference or client event, please contact Alex Hickman at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.

Expert speaker Jim O’Neill leads panel on antibiotic resistance

Jim O'NeillBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a review into antibiotic resistance, following his concerns over why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years.

Mr Cameron warned that the world could soon be “cast back into the dark ages of medicine” unless action is taken to tackle the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics. He has appointed Jim O’Neill to lead a panel including experts from science, finance, industry, and global health, which will set out plans for encouraging the development of new antibiotics. The panel will be analysing three key issues:

  1. The increase in drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
  2. The “market failure” which has seen no new classes of antibiotics for more than 25 years.
  3. The over-use of antibiotics globally.

Although Jim, a high-profile economist and creator of the BRICs acronym, is not an expert on antibiotics or microbes,  Mr Cameron told the BBC it was important to have an economist heading the review: “There is a market failure; the pharmaceutical industry hasn’t been developing new classes of antibiotics, so we need to create incentives.”

Click here to read on.

To find out more about Jim O’Neill, or to book him as a speakerplease contact Alex Hickman at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.

Our urban future, as seen by economics speaker Jim O’Neill

Jim O'NeillWriting for City A.M., Jim O’Neill, the well-known economist, discusses our urban future by analysing how regional cities can match London’s success.

Jim argues that there is a job to do in generating stronger growth across urban Britain. He points out that chiefly we need a better infrastructure – developing connectivity across the UK and, critically, with international market. Jim believes this can be brought about in three ways:

  1. Improved connectivity between the midlands and northern cities.
  2. Recognise our existing assets – for example, at our universities talent and innovation are diversely spread.
  3. Find ways to incentivise universities to retain talent after graduation.

Jim goes on to say that like London, the “UK’s regional cites have talent and capital. In many cases the assets are there and ready to be realised. What is missing is the boldness to unlock this latent potential.”

Click here to read the full article.

For information on Jim’s speaking availability, please contact our Co-founder, Alex Hickman, at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004

Watch Jim O’Neill and Jean-Claude Trichet at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Lippo Group,  a major Indonesian conglomerate, and Jakarta Globe, a daily English language newspaper in Indonesia, organised a lunch dialogue produced by our new partner, Salween Group, which examined the new realities and challenges facing emerging markets. The program was filmed in Davos at the World Economic Forum earlier this year.

The program featured Jim O’Neill, Former Chairman Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the ECB (2003-11), Mahendra Siregar, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, and Gita Wirjawan, Former Trade Minister of Indonesia and current Presidential Candidate.

Click here for the full program.

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