Our events bring together world-class business leaders, policymakers, NGOs, academics, practitioners and government officials to share successes and find new solutions to address some of the world’s most intractable development challenges.
Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland joined Kamalini Ramdas, Professor of Management Science and Operations and Deloitte Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School to discuss innovative solutions to healthcare challenges in developing countries and the economic case for global vaccinations. Moderated by Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and co-Academic Director at the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. Read the article
A conversation moderated by Eliana La Ferrara with Nicholas Hughes and Leonard Wantchekon spanning economic growth, infrastructure, politics, education and the future of business in Africa. Hosted by Elias Papaioannou of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School and Nicola Gennaioli of Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research at Università Bocconi. Read the article
Professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee – who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty – discuss findings from their latest book “Good Economics for Hard Times” with Professor Elias Papaioannou, Co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development and Professor of Economics at London Business School. This is the third event in the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development’s flagship Rethinking Capitalism series. Read the article
Webinar: Rethinking Capitalism series
How are shifts in market power impacting competition and the nature of capitalism? Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics at London Business School, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, Joseba Martinez, Professor of Economics at London Business School, were joined in conversation with Thomas Philippon, Professor of Finance at New York University, Stern School of Business, to discuss competitive trends in Western economies, how China is influencing capitalism and the potential impact of Covid-19.
Workshop: Geospatial Analytics for Business
This non-for credit workshop introduced LBS degree programme students to Geographic Information System (GIS) methods and its application in business. The workshop placed emphasis on “doing GIS” for business – i.e., to capture and analyse any spatial data to inform business decision; visualize spatial pattern with big data; and optimize decision making with real-time solution and location-based insights.
A collaboration between the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development and London Business School's Tech and Media Club.
Workshop: Introduction to GIS Methods in Business Research
When: 16-18 March 2020 / 16:00 - 20:00
Location: Zoom lecture
Open to: LBS PhD students and faculty
This non-for credit three-day course introduced researchers in Economics and related disciplines to Geographic Information System (GIS) methods. A highly demanded annual series, this course was the Wheeler Institute’s first ever teaching session on zoom that connected LBS PhD students and faculty with the University of Montevideo and data scientists in Stockholm.
The course placed emphasis on “doing GIS” for business research – i.e., turning geographic data, such as satellite images on light density at night, google-data, and road networks into datasets that can be analysed with economists’ statistical and econometric techniques.
The last GIS workshop took place in Mai 2019 at Sammy Ofer Centre, London Business School.
December 2019: Launch of the Africa List Business Barometer
In the largest survey of its kind, The Africa List Business Barometer reveals a high degree of confidence in the business environment across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, despite ongoing challenges.
Produced by The Africa List, a membership community of Africa’s rising private sector leaders, and developed in partnership with The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School, The Africa List Business Barometer aims to shed light on five economies that often go under-reported in global and African private sector studies. The report includes insights from over 350 members of The Africa List.
On 03 December 2019, The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development in collaboration with the Africa List and CDC Group hosted the launch of The Africa List Business Barometer. At this event, an expert panel shared their findings of the report and the implications they have for doing business on the continent today and in the near future.
AI for Sustainable Development – In Conversation with Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform our lives – in areas such as education, health, transport, communication and energy. But it is also fuelling anxieties and ethical concerns, Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, told at an event organised by the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development.
“To realise the full potential of this promising technology, we need one critical ingredient. That critical ingredient is trust. And to build trust we need human-centred artificial intelligence that fosters sustainable development and inclusive human progress – and I stress the word inclusive,” he said.
Ángel Gurría who was speaking on the topic "AI for Sustainable Development" has been the Secretary-General of the OECD since 2006. Under his leadership, the OECD’s reach, impact and relevance has expanded in many policy areas, delivering on the OECD’s mandate to design, develop and deliver better policies for better lives.
In Conversation with Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia
The Balkans are used to disruption, and Serbia is no exception. But the huge upheavals that the current state of Serbia has seen over decades – and indeed centuries – could actually be to the country’s advantage, said Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić at a gathering hosted by the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development on 17 June 2019.
Speaking at the event “Winning in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, Brnabić said: “We are used to disruption… We have been living for decades with disruption.” The fourth industrial revolution – robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and much more besides – is bound to cause disruption in economies, societies and employment, she said. “Institutions are being questioned… Processes are going to be rethought completely.”
Ana Brnabić has served as Prime Minister of Serbia since 2017 and is President of the Serbian government’s Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technologies. She holds an MBA from the University of Hull and has worked for more than ten years with international organisations, foreign investors, local governments and the public sector in Serbia.
This event was moderated by Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development.
One of the Best Investments a Country Can Make: Educate Girls
India holds the largest share of the global out-of-school girl population. In the last ten years, Educate Girls has designed a sustainable and scalable approach to finding and enrolling girls, and then ensuring they stay in school and learn. To date, with deep community engagement and advanced analytics, they have enabled 380,000 girls to enter the classroom and pursue an education. Educate Girls now has an audacious plan to find and enrol 1.6 million of India’s girls in just 5 years.
On 14 May 2019, the Wheeler Institute hosted Safeena Husain, founder of Indian NGO Educate Girls, in conversation with Professor Rajesh Chandy to learn about the challenges and opportunities of education for all children, especially young girls in India.
Masterclass: Introduction to GIS Methods in Economics
This three-day course organised by the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development introduced researchers in Economics and related disciplines to Geographic Information System (GIS) methods.
The course placed emphasis on “doing GIS” for economics – i.e., turning geographic data, such as satellite images on light density at night, google-data, and road networks into datasets that can be analysed with economists’ statistical and econometric techniques.
Landmine Contamination and Clearance – Policy and The Way Forward
On April 9th 2019, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development hosted a conference on Landmine Contamination and Clearance – Policy and the Way Forward. The event, held at London Business School, brought together a range of distinguished speakers from the United Nations Mine Action Service, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, leading NGO’s involved in humanitarian demining, and academic institutions.
The speakers and the audience that included policy makers, students, journalists, and business leaders discussed problems, successes, challenges and proposals to better deal with an issue that blights the lives of millions of people in scores of countries. Industrially-produced mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance continue to kill and maim.
IEDs are currently used en masse in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Previously valuable land and transport links are rendered useless when they have been contaminated by mines or communities fear that they may be contaminated: that hampers efforts to restore livelihoods and spur development.
Building Sustainable Enterprises- Yangon Global Business Experience
As part of the Yangon Global Business Experience (GBE), the Wheeler Institute accompanied 80 MBA students from London Business School on a weeklong experiential course that gave them a first-hand glimpse into the opportunities and challenges that arise when launching a new venture in a frontier market.
This session was an opportunity for the faculty leaders of the Yangon GBE to share with those supporting the programme and LBS insights from their own professional experiences and academic research about how to build a sustainable venture. Drawing on the faculty leaders’ individual areas of expertise and current areas of interest, the speakers and guests looked at sustainability both from a business perspective and from an impact perspective.
Book launch Dance of the Trillions: Developing Countries and Global Finance by David Lubin
International capital flows have played a major role in shaping the fortunes of developing countries. What makes money flow from high-income countries to lower-income ones, and what makes it flow out again? How do developing countries protect themselves from the volatility of these flows, and how is the rise of China affecting this market?
On 15 November 2018, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development hosted a book launch with David Lubin at Sammy Ofer Centre, followed by a panel discussion with Professors Hélène Reyand Elias Papaioannou, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute.
Lubin’s Dance of the Trillions: Developing Countries and Global Finance traces the evolution of ‘emerging markets’ as an organising concept in international financial markets and analyses the relationship between developing countries and global finance – which currently appears to be moving from one governed by the ‘Washington Consensus’ to one more likely to be shaped by Beijing.
Entrepreneurial Leaders of Tomorrow: Ways to Make a Change
Africa’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership. On 14 November 2018, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development and the LBS student-run initiative The Africa Club hosted a recruitment event featuring the African Leadership Academy (ALA) to give entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to learn more about ALA and to explore ways how to make a change.
The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is the foremost pan-African leadership development institution and a unique potential employer to LBS students. Through a world-class program centred on entrepreneurial leadership, the Academy has trained nearly a thousand young people from 47 African countries in their flagship pre-university Diploma Program and now sits at the forefront of developing impactful young leaders with the mind-set, skills, and networks to have wide-scale social impact across the world.
Business and Fragile States
State fragility drives some of the biggest problems in our world today: extreme poverty, mass migration, terrorism, trafficking, and more. Why are some countries ‘fragile’, chronically affected by insecurity and political and economic instability? How can private initiatives contribute to better outcomes?
On 8 and 9 October, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development provided a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this complex topic by dedicating a two-day conference to the role of business in the context of conflict or substantial political instability, in post-conflict environments, and in weakly institutionalised regions of otherwise stable countries.
High-profile business leaders, acclaimed academics and representatives of influential NGOs and policy organisations came together to involve in action-oriented discussions on the importance of business and good governance in fragile contexts.
Read more about the conference and our outstanding speakers on our event website Business and Fragile States 2018.
Automation in Emerging Markets: Killing Jobs before They're Born?
The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development had the pleasure to welcome Daron Acemoglu, MIT Professor of Economics and best-selling author of “Why nations fail”, to the Sammy Ofer Centre where he shared his ground-breaking research on the social impact of technological change with a captivated audience. How will automation change work and economic opportunities in the world? Acemoglu’s insights were followed by a high-profil panel discussion including:
PhD Conference with Daron Acemoglu, MIT Professor of Economics
The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was delighted to host a doctoral conference to honour MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu who is an expert in political economy and the author of "Why Nations Fail”, an influential best-selling book on the role that institutions play in shaping nations' economic outcomes. 10 selected LBS PhD students from different school departments were given the rare opportunity to present their research and receive invaluable feedback by Daron Acemoglu.
In conversation with Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Rajesh Chandy, Academic Director, Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, joined Hisham Ezz El Arab, Chairman and Managing Director, Islam Zerkry, Chief Data Officer from CIB, Egypt’s leading private bank, and Professor Randall S Peterson, Academic Director of the Leadership Institute (LBS), to discuss how they implemented major transformation in the middle of huge economic and political turbulence. This event has been organised in partnership with LBS’s Leadership Institute.
Equality of Opportunity—and What Business Can Do About It
On Wednesday 6 June, 2018 the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, in collaboration with the LBS Economics Subject Area and the LBS Business & Government Club, was pleased to host world-leading economist Raj Chetty to present on the pressing issue of social mobility and equality of opportunity.
Raj Chetty was discussing his path-breaking research on inequality and intergenerational mobility, widely featured by prestigious journals such as The Economist and the Financial Times. He has been awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal for the best American economist under age 40. His work challenges the narrative of the American Dream and shows important restrictions on social mobility in the US, due to factors such as education, race, and parent's income. His results show that US social mobility fell by more than 70 per cent in the past half-century. How do these conditions affect business? And while a response is most often expected from a public policy perspective, what can business contribute to address this challenge?