On-demand webinar: Globalization, hyper connectivity and markets after the pandemic

Coronavirus – and the economic crisis it has provoked – lays bare how vulnerable our hyper-connected societies and markets now are to events thousands of miles away. In a panel debate with leading thinkers on the epoch-shifting impact of this pandemic, we take the long view to examine:  

  • Whether coronavirus represents the high-water mark for globalization
  • The ways coronavirus will change how we work and how markets operate
  • What role the state will now play in markets and wider society
  • How this experience will alter our approach to systemic challenges such as climate change


David Craig CEO, Refinitiv

David Craig is the founding CEO and board member of Refinitiv, the global leader in financial markets data and infrastructure. Refinitiv connects the worldwide financial ecosystem across 40,000 institutions in 190 countries.

Under David’s leadership, Refinitiv was carved out from Thomson Reuters in late 2018 and acquired by a consortium of Blackstone, GIC, and CPP - the largest LBO since the financial crisis and largest Fintech carve out in history.

David sits on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Digital Disruption Innovation Group and the WEF AI and Automation in Financial Services steering committee, presenting at Davos the last five years. He is on the Advisory Council of TheCityUK and the CityUK China Markets Advisory Group (Chairing the Fintech group). He is an advisor and investor in several start-ups in financial technology.  David has authored white papers on global regulation, fintech, FX, RMB and Artificial Intelligence.

Before leading Refinitiv, David was President of the Financial and Risk business division of Thomson Reuters from 2012 and successfully turned around growth in the business whilst increasing margins by 1000bp. He joined Reuters Plc Executive in 2007, serving first as Chief Strategy Officer and Integration Manager of Thomson Reuters and then founding the high growth compliance and risk (GRC) business. Previously David was a partner at McKinsey, focusing on technology, media and banking, and prior to this was a trading and risk software developer at AMS (American Management Systems) where amongst other projects led the AMS development team for SwapClear at the London Clearing House, awarded the Queen’s award for Innovation in 2003.

David holds a degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering and spent three years training as a cadet pilot for the RAF. He has lived and worked in the US, Sweden, Netherlands and is now based in the UK, London. He is a keen sailor, skier, mountaineer. He is an ambassador for Urban Synergy, a supporter of several charities and a Trustee for Great Ormond Street Charity.


Axel Threlfall Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. Alongside his editorial duties, he hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news show in Davos. He was previously Lead Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent five years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Axel is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Ian Goldin Professor, Globalisation and Development, Oxford University

Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Ian previously was Vice President of the World Bank and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian has served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and the Director of the Trade and Sustainable Growth Programmes at the OECD Development Centre. He has a MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and received numerous awards. He has published twenty-two books, with his Penguin book Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years forthcoming. His previous books include Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance and The Butterfly Defect, in which he predicted that a pandemic was the most likely cause of the next financial crisis. He has authored and presented two BBC Documentary Series After The Crash and Will AI Kill Development? and has been featured on BBCHardTalk and all major media outlets.  He lectures at Oxford, Tsinghua and Harvard and provides advisory and consultancy services to the IMF, UN, EU, OECD and a wide range of governments and leading global companies, and has been a non-executive Director on numerous listed and private companies, including as the Senior Independent Director. He is Chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics, and is an honorary trustee of Comic Relief and other charities. His website is https://iangoldin.org/ and twitter address @ian_goldin.

John Llewellyn Partner, Llewellyn Consulting

Before co-founding Llewellyn Consulting, John was Global Chief Economist and then Senior Economic Policy Advisor at Lehman Brothers. This followed almost twenty years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where variously he was Head of International Forecasting and Policy Analysis, Editor of the OECD Economic Outlook, Deputy Director for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education, and finally Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General. Prior to that he spent nearly ten years at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, and he was also a Fellow of St. John’s College.

 John earned his undergraduate degree at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. He has published widely. 

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