2018 Thought Leadership Events

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

28 November 2018, London

Globalisation: Is Consensus Breaking Down?

With Jean Boivin, Managing Director and Global Head of Research, BlackRock
Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist, European Commission
Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Ian Stewart, Partner and Chief Economist, Deloitte UK
Chaired by Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School


The consensus behind the free flow of trade, people and capital around the world is seemingly breaking down. But have we reached a turning point?

A panel of leading international experts unpacked the challenges of globalisation, the crisis facing it, and some possible solutions.

30 October 2018, London

Responsible Leadership: The Business of Sustainability

With Michael Beutler, Director of Sustainability Operations, Kering
Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition
Daniel Klier, Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, UK & IE, IKEA
Chaired by Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School


How, and why, has business embraced responsibility?


A panel of sustainability experts from across sectors discussed how they're showing the way in responsible leadership and what it means to be a responsible leader today - not only for businesses but also customers, investors, and the company's bottom line.

27 June 2018, London

In Conversation with H.E. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece

With H.E. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic
Chaired by Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics, London Business School27-June-2018Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke at London Business School’s Sammy Ofer Centre about Greece’s economy, the need for a united Europe, and reforming the EU.

25 June 2018, London

Brexit, Phase Two: The Business View

With Jeremy Browne, Special Representative for the City to the EU, City of London Corporation
Jeegar Kakkad, Chief Economist & Director of Policy, ADS Group
Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Chaired by Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School


A panel of experts representing key business sectors discussed how firms are planning for Brexit, the main issues they’re facing, and what they're expecting from a final deal.

7 June 2018, London

Leading through Crisis: In Conversation with Mark Rowley

Mark Rowley, Former Head of National Counter Terrorism Policing, Metropolitan Police
Chaired by Richard Hytner, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, London Business School



Mark Rowley, former London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and UK national lead for counter-terrorism, retired from policing in 2018 after more than 30 years in the service.

For the first time since his retirement from policing, Mark reflected on what it takes to lead in the toughest of contexts – from personal resilience to the application of organisational purpose in action.

25 April 2018, London

AI in White Collar: Will intelligent machines take on knowledge workers?

With Christine Foster, Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute
David Poole, Founder and CEO, Symphony Ventures
Gideon Smith, Europe Chief Investment Officer, AXA Rosenberg Investment Management
Chaired by Michael G Jacobides, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School


As attention shifts from factory floors to knowledge-based, highly specialised occupations, a panel of experts discussed the impact of AI on financial and professional services.


11 April 2018, London

The Great Economists Debate: How can their ideas help us today?

With John Kay CBE, FRSE, FBA, FAcSS, Fellow in Economics, St John's College, Oxford
Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School
Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School



A panel explored how the ideas of history's greatest economists can help us answer the most important questions of our time. Linda Yueh explored the issues discussed in her latest book, The Great Economists, with John Kay, one of Britain's leading economists, and The 100-Year Life co-author, Professor Andrew Scott.

20 March 2018, New York

Alive at Work – An Evening with Dan Cable and John Simons in New York

With Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Chaired by John Simons, Deputy Bureau Chief for Management and Careers, The Wall Street Journal



Poor employee engagement is accepted as a major constraint for organisations. But why is the workforce so widely disengaged and unmotivated? And how can we fix the problem?

In conversation with John Simons, Professor Dan Cable discussed key concepts from his latest book, Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do.

17 January 2018, London

Breaking Bad Habits: Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business

With Freek Vermeulen, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Chaired by David Champion, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review


We all know of longstanding ‘best practices’ that hinder innovation after outliving their usefulness. Yet these bad habits spread like viruses and persist unchecked, because managers don’t question their purpose or measure their effectiveness.

Discussing key concepts from his latest book, Breaking Bad Habits, Freek Vermeulen explained how businesses can identify and eliminate bad practices – and create new sources of innovation and growth by out-thinking their competitors.

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