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  • The CBI's Annual Conference is going virtual!

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  • Prime Minister

    Hear from expert speakers: from political leaders...

  • CEOs

    ...to CEOs at leading brands.

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Confirmed speakers include:


Conference programme

  • 10:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    Opening address

    With Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 10:20

    Political keynote address and Q&A

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

  • 11:00
    Multiple speakers
    Multiple speakers

    Panel discussion: the Future of the UK economy

    Earlier this year, the UK economy took an unprecedented pummelling from the essential public health measures put in place to contain COVID-19. With people’s movement restricted, it was unsurprising that sectors like hospitality, arts, and entertainment felt the full brunt of lockdown.

    Encouragingly, the economy grew in the early summer months, indicating that the early stages of recovery are underway. Yet cashflow constraints are biting hard for businesses, and with the pandemic not going away anytime soon, a sustained recovery is by no means assured.

    Through this discussion, we will seek to understand some of the longer-term economic effects of COVID-19, and address how businesses can plan for the possibility of future pandemics. 

    We will also discuss what’s needed to ensure the UK economic recovery is powered by achieving net-zero carbon emissions, accelerating business innovation and retaining high-value investment for the UK.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Alan Jope
      Alan Jope Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
    • Sue Garfitt
      Sue Garfitt CEO, Alpro
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 14:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    Political keynote address and Q&A

    Hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, President, CBI.

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 15:00
    Multiple speakers
    Multiple speakers

    Panel discussion: how the B7 can shape an ambitious agenda for the G7 UK Presidency

    Hear key insights on:

    • The top lessons learned from different countries' approach to tackling COVID-19
    • How we can work together to combat protectionism
    • The areas we should work together on in the run-up to next year’s B7.

     

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Marcella Panucci
      Marcella Panucci Director-General, Confindustria, Italy
    • Markus Beyrer
      Markus Beyrer Director-General, BusinessEurope, EU
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In conversation with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 10:00
    Multiple speakers
    Multiple speakers

    Panel discussion: the UK leading on the world stage

    Gain insight into:

    • What the UK must prioritise in its plan for economic recovery
    • The move beyond traditional measures of economic growth when approaching economic decision-making
    • How the UK can establish itself as a global trading powerhouse
    • How the UK can lead the world combining environmental, social and governance priorities.
    Speakers
    • Stephanie Flanders
      Stephanie Flanders Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics
    • Michelle Scrimgeour
      Michelle Scrimgeour CEO, Legal & General Investment Management
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 11:00
    Multiple speakers
    Multiple speakers

    Panel discussion: how business can help build back a fairer, more equal society

    Hear key insights on:

    • How can change be achieved following the light shone by COVID-19 on long-standing inequalities in the UK
    • How business can help address racial inequality
    • How to place fairness and inclusion at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery plan.

     

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 14:00
    Multiple speakers
    Multiple speakers

    Panel discussion: building back better – can your business be trusted?

    Gain insight into:

    • How to create a new normal for business behaviour as we work to build back a better economy
    • What it means to be a responsible employer
    • Reputational lessons businesses can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Ben Page
      Ben Page CEO, Ipsos MORI
    • Frances O’Grady
      Frances O’Grady General Secretary, TUC
    • Julian Richer
      Julian Richer Founder, Richer Sounds
    • Josh Hardie
      Josh Hardie Deputy Director-General, Policy and Campaigns, CBI
  • 15:00
    Pascal Soriot
    Pascal Soriot

    In conversation with...

    With guest speaker Pascal Soriot (CEO, AstraZeneca) and hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn (Director-General, CBI).

    Speakers
    • Pascal Soriot
      Pascal Soriot Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Astrazeneca
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In conversation with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
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