Renowned Economists to Discuss the Future of the Financial Market and Digital Money at Imperial College Business School’s Global Business Vision Event

Franklin Allen, Incoming Executive Director of Imperial’s Brevan Howard Centre, Will Deliver Keynote Speech

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A leading economist and head of a new global institute that will look at how to make financial markets more stable will be in New York to deliver a public lecture on finance.

Professor Franklin Allen, incoming Executive Director of the recently launched Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College Business School and the current Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver his keynote speech at “The Future of the Financial Market and Digital Money” event.

The event is part of Imperial College Business School’s Global Business Vision series, which are a global line-up of talks exploring the challenges facing businesses in a worldwide economy.

The Event – held at Citi, New York on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 – will bring together leading economists, business executives, academics and alumni to discuss the future of the financial markets. They will also explore the key challenges faced by today's global businesses.

Imperial and Citi will present the jointly developed Digital Money Readiness Index, a scale created to help better understand readiness for digital money adoption across 90 countries.

Professor G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School, says: “We are very excited to continue our international series and present the diverse financial thought leaders participating in our New York event, as well as unveil our Digital Money Readiness Index. I’m particularly pleased to welcome Professor Franklin Allen to his inaugural event with Imperial College Business School.”

The event will also investigate the possibilities for the future of the financial market through three distinct speaker sessions. The first session will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the lecture “Getting Ready for Digital Money,” introducing the Digital Money Readiness Index.

The second program, “Virtual Currencies: Fad or Future,” from 6:30-7:15 p.m., will be a panel discussion mediated by Professor David Gann CBE, Vice President (Development and Innovation), Imperial College London, with panelists John Clippinger, ID3 Executive Director/CEO and MIT Media Lab, MIT; Steven Englander, Managing Director – Head of G10 FX Strategy, Citi; Barry Silbert, CEO, Second Market/Creator of Bitcoin Investment Trust; and Llewellyn Thomas, Associate Researcher, Imperial College Business School. The panelists will debate the benefits and pitfalls of virtual currencies.

The keynote speech, “Is Finance a Force for Progress?” at 7:15 p.m., will be delivered by Professor Franklin Allen. Here, the recent financial crisis will be used as a frame to examine whether finance is the problem rather than a force for progress.

Prior to the speaker series, informational sessions on Imperial’s Executive Education and Master’s programs will be offered, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

  • Executive Education Taster Session – Professor David Gann CBE will share insights in to the research, education and translation of Imperial College, and describe Imperial’s unique Executive Education offering during this interactive session. Executive Education at Imperial College Business School is driven by custom programs delivered by the world-class Finance Group and high-profile external participants. Our Executive Education team works with clients to analyze challenges being faced which lead to the design and delivery of highly impactful and innovative programs, providing intellectual stimuli and meaningful outcomes to high-performing executives. Across topics in finance, programs have included residential ‘Summer Schools’; multi-channel modular programs split over multiple groups; highly immersive one-day courses and stand-alone two/three day programs.
  • Imperial Master’s Programs Information Session – Prospective students will find out more about studying in London and at Imperial College Business School. Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programs, will give an overview of the school and its world class suite of Master’s programs including MSc Finance, a challenging one-year program, designed to prepare recent graduates for a wide range of careers in finance. There will also be an opportunity to network with school alumni.

About Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable sources of energy and address security challenges.

In 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre. This unique partnership aims to improve the quality of life of patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies as quickly as possible.

About Imperial College Business School

Established in 2003, Imperial College Business School is one of the world's fastest growing business schools with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and translation.

The Business School is a constituent faculty of Imperial College London, and fully integrated with the College's cutting-edge work in science, engineering and medicine. It offers MBA, EMBA, MSc and PhD executive education programmes.

In 2013 Imperial College Business School announced that it will found the Brevan Howard School of Finance, a new research centre for financial market behaviour, with a £20.1 million donation from Brevan Howard.

For Imperial College Business School
Audrey Sahl, 646-561-8508


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