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Steve published the world’s first comic book about pensions. A highly respected industry specialist, he’s also a hilarious, deadpan speaker. He pours scorn on some of the ludicrous and often arbitrary rules that affect us all – but he can’t help bemoaning the fact that he has devoted his life to the subject.

As Home Secretary David was in charge of security, immigration and policing. He is now Chairman of a multi-Academy Trust and an advisor to easyJet. As well as sharing insights on cyber-crime and crisis management, David considers how leaders can best engage with the public and counter the widespread sense of grievance. He argues for business to take a lead: “You are a part of our communities, not just employers of people with certain skills.” After dinner he takes a lighter look at a life in politics - both highs and lows – from The Queen offering to cut up his meal, to Sarkozy claiming to have intercepted his emails.

As well as serving under George Bush Sr, Todd has headed a $15bn hedge fund, lectured on economics at Harvard and co-produced a Broadway hit. He has also written about global upheaval in Market Shock. Todd looks at macro and geopolitical issues, like the crisis in Syria, and the impact they have on financial markets and business strategy.

Ken has served every Conservative Government from Heath to Cameron, laying foundations for growth as Chancellor under John Major. He argues that the big global problems are deficit and debt, which have to be addressed. In the meantime Eurozone prospects are good; the politics around cheap oil (and how we handle the various players) matter far more than the economics; and President Xi will stick to his five year plan – but China must lift restrictions to flourish.

Professor Greer has carved an entire career out of speaking her mind. Since priming a whole seventies generation with The Female Eunuch, Germaine has sparked debate on everything from aboriginal rights to male nudes. 40 years after the arrival of feminism she sees the female narrative disappearing from the media: “We should be angry, but women are put off by ‘the ugliness of rage.’” Her solution is to mobilise along the lines of a WI pressure group.

Sarah is a professor of gerontology, and a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. Her work focuses on the implications of our ageing populations, from the effect on resources to shifts in employment patterns and decreasing fertility. After studying health, social and economic programmes in Asia, she explores the challenges and opportunities that an ageing society presents for government, planners and for business. She also debunks a number of myths.

The ex-postman, union leader, Home Secretary and (for a brief period) Shadow Chancellor admits that politics was just a holding position until he became a rock’n’roll star. Alan remains a committed MP and has found further fame as an acclaimed author. After dinner he reveals how a last minute intervention saved the Prime Minister from an excruciatingly embarrassing acronym.

George is one of the City’s most respected voices. He explores how demographic change is affecting both the ageing West and youthful developing countries. In our case it means redrawing the line between our obligations and state entitlements – and getting to grips with income and intergenerational inequality. George argues that to avert societal and economic pressures, employers will need to hang on to talent and make us all more productive.

The former Newsnight reporter sums up his brief as ‘profit, people and planet.’ In presentations he sets out the risks facing business and policy makers, and the growing clash between network and hierarchy. Paul explores how economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have combined to create waves of activism – from online campaigns to the rise of populist parties across the UK and Europe. He sizes up the economic and social implications.

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