Wednesday, 14 November 2012 at 2:30PM
University College London

Measures Beyond Money: The Long Finance Autumn Conference

Presented by Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli


The conference combines elements of both the Long Finance and Grand Challenges agendas to focus on how to address development challenges in straitened economic times. It draws particularly on the themes of the Green Growth and Global Health challenges. The event provides a platform for informed and robust discussion to highlight the most important issues and to offer possible solutions that can have an impact at a policy level.

We consider how the challenge of achieving sustainable global prosperity impacts on developing nations, extending the discussion around sustainable growth beyond the economic issues of GDP and a low-carbon economy and engaging with some of the fundamental questions concerning societal infrastructure, what prosperity means and how we can evaluate and measure wellbeing in a meaningful way.

Sponsored by University College London. Supported by the City of London Corporation, Gresham College, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Tomorrow's Company, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association and Z/Yen Group.

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Conference speakers

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.

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Paul Ekins PhD, MSc (Econ), MPhil (Peace Studies), BSc (Eng) has a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, and a BSc in electrical engineering from Imperial College (both University of London). He is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems theme, and also leads UCL’s involvement in large research consortia on Bioenergy and Hydrogen. He is also Chairman of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the UK’s most effective initiative at promoting resource efficiency in industry, and the Director of the UK Green Fiscal Commission, which is exploring the prospects for and implications of large-scale environmental tax reform in the UK. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008 and, from 2003-2007, was on the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations.In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, with a special focus on energy and climate policy, and the modelling of the energy system; on innovation; on the role of economic instruments such as environmental taxes; on sustainability assessment; and on environment and trade. He is the author of numerous books, papers and articles on environmental taxation and other sustainable development issues, including Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000).

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Denis White is a geographer recently retired from the US Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon, where he worked from 1988 until 2011. He currently holds a courtesy appointment in the geography program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. While at the EPA he worked on designing global grid systems for environmental monitoring and other applications, developing methods for and analysing biodiversity data, programming fish assemblage simulation models, developing a modeling framework for ecosystem services, developing alternative futures projects for EPA, and visualising energy system analyses.

Before moving to Corvallis Denis worked at the Harvard University Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis for 13 years. He worked in a small group in his early years there developing one of the first vector-based geographic information systems including contributions to overlay analysis, topological encoding, memory management and map projection utilities, and a functional language for analysis of attributes of spatial objects. In later years at Harvard he continued software development work but also taught computer graphics and GIS, and worked extensively with landscape planners on alternative futures projects in US national parks. Before Harvard Denis had research positions at the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at MIT and at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin.

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Conference lectures
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Part One: Measures Beyond Money - An Introduction

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 2:30PM
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Part Two: Energy and Emergy - Measuring Well-Being Among Nations

Denis White
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 3:00PM
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Part Three: Green Growth - The What, Why and How

Professor Paul Ekins
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 3:30PM