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Paddy learned to speak Mandarin and served in the SBS and Intelligence before entering Parliament and leading the Lib Dems for 11 years. He then served as the UN High Representative for Bosnia Herzegovina. In speeches he discusses the implications of a new multi-polar global power structure. As the first MP to have a computer in Westminster, he calls for faster, more responsive politics and the need to rebuild after May 7th.

Gerald worked in international finance in London, Hong Kong and Switzerland. He has since published The Tangled World and Two Speed World, exploring the impact of both explosive and gradual change. In presentations he shows how we misunderstand risks and have too narrow a view of models and decision making. With no perfect solutions and many ‘known unknowns’, we are often influenced by context and instinctive biases rather than rational analysis.

Attali has served as Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and chaired a Sarkozy commission examining the obstacles to French growth. He advocates deregulation, major investment in education and greater communication. Attali’s latest book, A Brief History of the Future, argues that by 2100 individual countries will have disappeared. What we need, as present crises in finance and climate show, are functioning world institutions and a global rule of law.

Before Aznar took office, Spain had low growth and widescale unemployment. He liberalised the market, privatised industry, increased GDP by 68% and made it the world’s eighth largest economy. Now, as many European countries struggle with sovereign debt, he shares strategies for revival. Aznar considers options for Europe, consequences for business and potential ramifications in the developing world – especially in those countries trying to build stability.

Sanjay lectures at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the Tata Management Training Centre. He’s also consulted for start-ups and held senior retail roles across the region. Sanjay paints a picture of the emerging economic superpower, where you can now compare the malls in festive season with the crowds at Kumbh Mela. He looks at consumer trends and the challenge for brands in a country with 12 million outlets and a rapidly growing, media-savvy middle class.

Nicholas applies cognitive and social psychology to understand why investors make the decisions the make, despite evidence often suggesting they shouldn’t. An acclaimed academic and expert in behavioural economics he has studied areas including the financial crisis and long-term decision-making.

Alongside his American academic appointment, the former MPC member is Economics Editor of the New Statesman. Danny has warned that opposition to austerity isn’t enough without an alternative policy: Labour needs to “get real, understand that markets work, and learn fast.” As a specialist in ‘the everyday economics of people’ Danny focuses on real data, instead of forecasts.

As the United Nations looked on, Hans Blix led the search for WMD in Iraq. The ex-head of the Atomic Energy Agency then chaired a commission studying paths to clear the world of both nuclear, biological and chemical arms. He does not consider it utopian to envisage life without nuclear weapons - by 2050. Mutual interdependence could provide alternative non-military leverage, reducing the dependence on weapons of mass destruction as bargaining chips.

The former BBC Business Correspondent and Head of Communications at the Bank of England crunches the figures from banking to the energy sector.

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