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Cass stages inaugural Chairmen's Forum

Think-tank brings together business and academia in debate on world economy

A new think-tank bringing together influential figures from across business and academia, including two Nobel Laureates, met for the first time today.

More than 80 corporate chairmen, chief executives, policymakers, investors, financiers and academics convened at Cass Business School for the inaugural Chairmen's Forum.

The invitation only forum is the brainchild of Professor Costas Grammenos, Chairman of Cass's Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. 

He said: "The Chairmen's Forum is intended to stimulate greater discussion between business and academia. It brings together a range of individuals with the power to influence global events, from FTSE chairman to Nobel Laureates. By promoting engagement between the corporate and academic worlds, I hope the forum can encourage a deeper understanding of important issues facing the global economy."

The forum featured a series of 15-minute lectures by high-profile speakers followed by an open room debate.

Among the speakers was the Chairman of Lloyd's Banking Group, Sir Winfried Bischoff, who gave a lecture on banking and trust.

He was followed by world renowned economist, Professor Stephen Ross of the US Sloan School of Management at Michigan Institute of Technology, who delivered a talk on accounting.

There was a lecture on the state of the global economy led by Richard Cookson, Global Chief Investment Officer of Citi Private Bank.

Hon Apurv Bagri, Managing Director of Metdist, gave a lecture titled 'From tragedy to hope: the birth of a new manufacturing age' while Cass Professor Alessandro Beber talked about the future value of the euro.

There were also lectures on pensions from Professor David Blake, Director of Cass's Pensions Institute on 'Population ageing and its consequences'; on 'The new ECB bond purchase programme' from Trifon Natsis, Founding Partner of Brevan Howard Asset Management; and on 'Shipping strategic challenges 2012' from Dr Martin Stopford, President of Clarksons Research.

In the lively discussions that followed the lectures, extensive views were expressed by, among others, Nobel Laureates Professor Robert Merton and Professor Myron Scholes; Lord Sterling; President of the Onassis Foundation, Dr. A.Papadimitriou; Former Executive Chairman of Barclays Group, Andrew Buxton; Deputy Governor of the Central Bank
of Greece, Professor E.Louri; shipowners, Dr N. Tsakos, G.Prokopiou, N.Busch; and INSEAD Professor S. Makridakis.

The event was introduced by Professor Grammenos, Cass Dean Richard Gillingwater and Vice-Chancellor of City University London, Professor Paul Curran.  It was co-chaired by the Dean and Professor Grammenos.

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