THE LONG FINANCE AUTUMN CONFERENCE
This Long Finance conference will focus on the subject of market bubbles and their effects on efforts to ensure sustainability. During the course of the afternoon, two presentations and two panels will explore the dangers of exponential functions, the origins of bubbles, how bubbles impede sustainable investment, whether better information might help prevent bubbles and even whether 'green' thinking is itself a bubble. The overarching goals of Long Finance are to expand frontiers, change systems, deliver services and build communities.
Sponsored and hosted by HSBC. Supported by the City of London Corporation, Gresham College, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Tomorrow's Company, UKSIF - the Sustainable Investment and Finance Association and Z/Yen Group.
For more information about future Long Finance and London Accord conferences please contact the website www.longfinance.net
Mark Nicholls is editorial director at Environmental Finance Publications, which publishes newsletters and magazines covering growing relevance of environmental and social issues to the financial community and its corporate clients.
Launched in 1999, the flagship magazine Environmental Finance specialises in coverage of environmental markets – such as those for greenhouse gas emissions allowances and renewable energy certificates. It also covers responsible investment, environmental risk management, corporate social responsibility, renewables financing and weather risk management. He also helps oversee Carbon Finance, a specialist newsletter focusing on carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions management, and the impact of climate policies on business and finance.
Over the last 12 years, Mark has developed a particular specialty in business and policy responses to climate change, specifically in the emerging carbon markets created by, or linked to, the Kyoto Protocol. In 2000, he was named Socially Responsible Investment Journalist of the Year (trade press), in an award sponsored by Friends Provident.
Prior to co-founding Environmental Finance, Mark was the Hong Kong-based Asia editor for Risk magazine, which is the leading financial derivatives and risk management publication. He has a degree in Politics from Durham University and a masters degree in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics.
Bob has spoken at numerous industry events and conferences, including Worldwide Exchanges Conference, Sibos and GARP. He has frequently appeared in the press, including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN, and pens a regular column for The Economic Times of India.
Bob’s previous experience includes a Senior Consulting analyst role at Aite Group, where he focused broadly on trading issues in the European marketplace, as they apply not only to those within the capital markets sector, but also within wholesale banking. He covered all asset classes, risk issues and compliance with European regulation, most significantly Basel II, Basel III and MiFID. Before this Bob was a research director at TowerGroup, focusing on the European financial services industry. He is a director and shareholder in Ubicap Group Ltd, a private equity broking and investment company based in Guernsey; and, through UbiCap, an advisor to Alderney Renewable Energy.
Based in the UK’s Channel Islands, Bob holds a law degree (LLB Hons) from University College London, University of London. He is fluent in French and he speaks Russian and Spanish.
James Leaton has been the Project Director of The Carbon Tracker Initiative since September 2010. He has led the research and analysis of listed fossil fuel reserves and is the lead author of the ground-breaking report: ‘Unburnable Carbon: are the world’s capital markets carrying a carbon bubble’. James is responsible for developing the work programme at Carbon Tracker and partnering with other organisations to further our objectives.
James was previously a sustainability and climate change consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on the financial sector, advising blue chip clients on risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement and contributing to international development. James spent five years at WWF as a senior policy advisor, concentrating on the links between energy and finance. James led work for WWF on the Sakhalin II oil & gas project finance, and initiated work on tarsands finance in the UK, partnering with the Co-operative Bank. He authored the report ‘Unconventional Oils: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel’, which acts as a reference point on tarsands. James started his career as a governance and responsible investment analyst at PIRC and other research providers.
James has worked in Canada, Russia, Nepal, West and East Africa, and Europe with companies, governments and communities to improve natural resources management. James has an MSc in Environmental Technology and has completed the International Business Leaders Forum Partnership Brokering Level 1 accreditation.
Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans, also Co-founder of SustainAbility (1987) and of ENDS (1978), John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.”
In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”
In August 2001, John was named among the ‘100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders for 2011’ by ABC Carbon and the Sustain Ability Showcase Asia, based on nominations and recommendations received from around the globe.
In terms of other hats, John sits on an A-Z of strategic advisory boards and committees, from the Aflatoun Impact and Policy Analysis Steering Group, to a Cleantech Fund developed by zouk Ventures.
He has written or co-authored 17 books, including 1988’s million-selling Green Consumer Guide, 1997’s Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, the book which brought his triple bottom line concept and agenda to a wider audience, and 2008’s The Power of Unreasonable People.
John is currently working on his latest book, The Zeronauts, due for publication in Spring 2012. The Zeronauts spotlights a new breed of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers who are pushing towards zero targets.
John is a columnist for publications in USA, UK, China, Brazil, Denmark and Japan and writes a weekly column for the Guardian Sustainable Business website. As a public speaker, he has addressed over 500 conferences all over the world. He was a Faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008.
Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. His first degree was in Government from Harvard, followed by mathematics and engineering studies at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics in chaotic systems, where he was also a Visiting Professor.
Professor Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. A qualified accountant (FCCA), securities professional (FCSI), computer specialist (FBCS) and management consultant (FIC), Michael began his career as a research scientist in aerospace (rockets) and computing (architecture & mapping). He later became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting projects. During the 1990s he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as Corporate Development Director for Europe’s then largest R&D firm, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency leading to two privatisations. Career highlights include directing Z/Yen’s Long Finance initiative with Gresham College and the City of London Corporation asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” as well as creating the Global Financial Centres Index, Global Intellectual Property Index, London Accord and Farsight Award. Michael also conceived and produced the first complete digital map of the world in 1983, Mundocart (a 1980’s Google Earth), and the $20 million Geodat consortium cartography project.
Michael is non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UK’s national body for standards and laboratories), AIM-listed Sirius Minerals plc (potash mining), AIM-listed Wishbone Gold Plc; Alderman for Broad Street Ward (elected) at the City of London Corporation; Almoner for Christ’s Hospital School; Trustee of International Fund for Animal Welfare. Michael has held numerous advisory posts, for example with Hitachi UK, City University and HM Treasury. Michael won a 1996 UK Foresight Challenge award for the Financial Laboratory, 2003 UK Smart Award for prediction software, 2005 British Computer Society Director of the Year, 2011 Technology Strategy Board Challenge Award for financial avatars, and was awarded Gentiluomo of the Associazione Cavalieri di San Silvestro in 2011. Michael is a Liveryman, Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman, Watermen & Lightermen, and represents the Financial Services Group of Livery Companies.
Michael has published over 40 journal articles, 150 commercial articles and four books. Michael’s humorous risk/reward management novel, Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen, written with Ian Harris, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week in 2000; Accountancy Age described it as “surprisingly funny considering it is written by a couple of accountants”. Their third co-authored book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, based on his Gresham lectures, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. Michael plays bagpipes, loves skiing and sailing and, with his wife, Elisabeth, he races and restores the 1923 Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne and sits on the world’s oldest sailing racing body, the Thames Match Committee. With an international family, Michael speaks English, German, French and Italian poorly, but even worse Spanish and Chinese.
To access all of Professor Mainelli's previous Gresham College lectures, please click here.
Keith Wade is Chief Economist at Schroders, based in London. He is responsible for the economics team and the house view of the world economy. Keith reports to CIO and is a Member of the Group Asset Allocation Committee. His investment career commenced when he joined Schroders in 1988 as UK economist and in 1992 he became Schroders’ senior economist responsible for international economic forecasting. Prior to joining Schroders he was a researcher at the London Business School's Centre for Economic Forecasting.
Keith is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP) and the Society of Business Economists. He holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a trustee and member of the investment committee for Addenbrookes hospital Trust in Cambridge. Keith is a regular contributor to the press and has co-authored a book on macro-economics for MBA students. He has an MSc and BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Jon Danielsson has a Ph.D. in the economics of financial markets and is a reader in finance at the London School of Economics. His research interests include financial stability, systemic risk, extreme market movements, market liquidity and financial crisis.
He has published his research extensively in both academic journals and the mainstream media, and has presented his work in a number of universities and institutions.
John Redwood has been a Director of NM Rothschilds, Chairman of a major listed industrial UK group, Chairman of Concentric PLC, a global engineering business, and Director of a hedge fund, of an Investment Trust and of a family investment company. He has set up an Investment Management business, now Evercore Pan Asset. John is the author of www.johnredwood.com, and several books on markets, the financial system and the Euro. His latest book was “After the Credit Crunch”. He is a distinguished fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an MP and a former Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Minister.