Volatility... Yet Opportunities Ahead

Karen O'Donnell
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Twelve months ago, we were deploying Covid vaccines, paying reasonable energy prices, interest rates were low and there was no open war in Ukraine. There was no talk of global recession and the exchange rates for the major currencies were largely unchanged.

What a difference a year makes.

What will we be saying this time next year? What are the emerging forces we need to understand now to prepare for 2023?

While no one has perfect foresight, Chartwell works with many experts who assess global events and identify emerging trends to share their predictions for the next year.

Some of our geopolitical speakers include:

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Tina Fordham

First ‘Chief Global Political Analyst’ on Wall Street, focusing on geopolitics and financial markets.

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical analyst and author of ‘The Accidental Superpower‘ and more recently in 2022, The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

Bilahari Kausikan

Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-current) and Singaporean Ambassador to the UN (1995-1998).

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs commentator at the Financial Times. Author of The Age of the Strongman’ (2022) helping to understand the present and future of authoritarian leaders.

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Mauro Guillen

Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School and expert on global market trends. His upcoming book will analyse how technology and demography will change how we learn, shop and work.

Zanny Minton

Zanny Minton-Beddoes

Editor-In-Chief of The Economist, and the first woman to hold the prestigious position. 

Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Editor at the Financial Times. Martin’s next book, ‘The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism’ will be released in 2023.

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Basim Al-Ahmadi

Political risk consultant and Co-Founder of Global Risk Insights (GRI), one of the world’s leading publications providing risk analysis.


Radek Sikorski

MEP and Chair of the EU-US delegation at European Parliament and Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. Previously, he was Poland’s former Minister of Defence and Foreign Minister.

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Merryn Somerset Webb

Expert on personal and consumer finance and Author of ‘Share Power’.

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Kurt Volker

US Ambassador to NATO (2008-2009) and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations (2017-2019).

Bruno Maçães

Geopolitical strategist and author of Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order and most recently, Geopolitics for the End Time’.