2017 Thought Leadership Events

London Business School is a place of ideas and our events provide a unique platform to showcase them.

11 December 2017, Dubai

In Conversation with His Excellency Dr Ahmad Belhoul

With His Excellency Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, UAE
Chaired by Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School


More than 200 students, alumni, and friends of London Business School celebrated the School’s 10th year anniversary in Dubai with His Excellency Dr Ahmad Belhoul. He is Chairman of the UAE Space Agency and Minister of State, responsible for developing higher education and advanced skills.

When speaking with Professor Andrew Scott, H.E. Dr Belhoul shared his insights into the UAE's journey towards a diversified sustainable economy – including the launch of the Hope Mars Mission and the approval of the Higher Education Strategy. He also talked about his role in ensuring the region develops a pool of talent that can tackle tomorrow's challenges.

23 November 2017, London

In Conversation – Monitoring Financial Stability along Active Monetary Policies

With François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor, Bank of France

Chaired by Richard Portes, Professor of Economics, London Business School


Moving away from an overly-strict separation principle, today, central banks are called to play an active role in both monetary policy and macroprudential regulation.

François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Bank of France and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, discussed with Professor Portes how central bankers and regulators can monitor both price and financial stability – in the current context of weak inflation and economic and financial recovery in the euro area.


31 October 2017, London

In Conversation with Doug Gurr, Amazon

With Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon

Chaired by Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean (Programmes), London Business School



Technology is changing the way people communicate and enjoy life experiences. It’s also changing the way they shop for products and services. That’s why it’s always been ‘day one’ for Amazon.

At this event, Amazon's UK country manager Doug Gurr discussed the company’s unbound growth, customer-obsessed innovation and day-one culture with Professor Birkinshaw.

22 June 2017, London

Leading Minds – Failure to Launch: The Challenges to Raising Interest Rates

With Kristin Forbes, Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England
Chaired by Hélène Rey, Lord Bagri Professor of Economics, London Business School


Professor Kristin Forbes delivered her last public speech as a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, before returning full-time to her faculty post at MIT. One of the more hawkish members of the rate setting committee, she was the first to vote in favour of a 25 basis point hike in March 2017.

In her speech, she discussed the challenges faced by countries around the world in raising interest rates. Why are they still at – or below – the emergency levels adopted in response to the 2008 crisis? Why have so few countries been able to “launch” a series of interest rate hikes?

20 June 2017, London

Leading Minds – Post-GE, Back to Brexit: What Happens Next?

With Sir Martin Donnelly, Former Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade
Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times
L. Alan Winters, Professor of Economics, University of Sussex and Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory
Chaired by Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School


A panel of experts met to discuss how Brexit negotiations will likely unfold against the backdrop of the extraordinary General Election result. The event took place one year on from the EU referendum and the day after David Davis and Michel Barnier formally launched Brexit talks in Brussels.

25 May 2017, London

In Conversation – Moving Forward: Driving a Global Infrastructure Business

With Rafael del Pino, Chairman, Ferrovial
In conversation with Karl Lins, Visiting Professor, London Business School and Professor of Finance, University of Utah


Rafael del Pino, Chairman of the global infrastructure conglomerate responsible for building the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Crossrail, shared his experience in driving the evolution and internationalisation of an infrastructure management business.

During his career at Ferrovial, Rafael transformed the company from a mostly domestic construction business to one of the world’s leading infrastructure operators and municipal services providers. Today, the US$11 billion conglomerate manages major transport infrastructures around the world including London's Heathrow Airport, the 407 ETR toll highway in Toronto, and the LBJ and NTE highways in Texas.

11 April 2017, London

Leading Minds – Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future

With Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean (Programmes), London Business School
Jonas Ridderstråle, Visiting Professor, Ashridge Business School
Chaired by Jeff Skinner, Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School


The leading companies of the past 20 years have all harnessed the power of information to gain competitive advantage. But as access to big data becomes ubiquitous, it can no longer guarantee a leg up. Whereas the industrial age saw the rise of bureaucracy and the information age has been described as a meritocracy, we are witnessing the rise of adhocracy.

Discussing the ideas behind their new book, Professor Birkinshaw and business thinker and co-author Jonas Ridderstråle uncovered the emergence of adhocracy as a new way of working, showing how decisive action and emotional conviction are the hallmarks of successful companies in today's fast-changing business world.

28 March 2017, London

In Conversation – Rethinking Leadership: The Story from Sky

With Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky
In conversation with Randall S. Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute, London Business School


The chief executive of the media giant responsible for broadcasting the Premier League and Game of Thrones discussed how to lead in an age of uncertainty.

Sky, established as an industry disruptor, operated a successful pay-TV model driven by sports rights – until shifting consumer behaviours and the rise of on-demand entertainment options led the broadcaster to renew and reinvent its business and brand.

Under Jeremy Darroch, a former Procter & Gamble executive, Sky broadened the breadth and depth of its operations by investing in original drama production, creating new brands and products, and expanding internationally – to evolve into the FTSE30 entertainment and communications company it is today.

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