Annual Conference: 15 September 2017 9.00am - 2.00pm

Challenge and Change - The UK, Euro Area and Global Economic Outlook

Venue: 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ

To discuss the UK, Euro area and global outlook, and the risks around that outlook, we have an exceptional line-up of speakers at this year’s SBE Annual Conference.

Dr Pablo Hernández de Cos, Director General for Economics, Statistics and Research, Banco de  España and Alternate Governor on the ECB Governing Council will discuss the prospects for the Euro area economy and ECB monetary policy.

Dr Gertjan Vlieghe, Member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee will talk about the outlook for the UK economy and monetary policy.

Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC, will discuss the prospects for globalization and the global economy.

Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times will set out his views on economics, politics and markets.

Dr Diane Coyle OBE, Director, Enlightenment Economics, will talk about the challenge of measuring output in the modern economy.

The conference will be chaired by BBC presenter Evan Davis.

The conference will be held on Friday 15 September 2017, 9am-1pm (followed by a networking lunch), at 15 Hatfields Conference Centre, 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ. Apart from informative discussions from expert speakers, the Conference also provides a great opportunity for members and non-members alike to network over lunch with other industry professionals.


08.30    Registration

09.00    Chairman’s Introduction
              Evan Davis, BBC


09.10    Euro area monetary policy: Issues and outlook
              Dr Pablo Hernández de Cos
              Director General for Economics, Statistics & Research
              Banco de España

09.40    Q&A session

09.50    UK monetary policy: Issues and outlook
              Dr Gertjan Vlieghe, Member, Bank of England’s MPC

10.20    Q&A session

10.30    Coffee


11.00    Grave New World: The end of globalization and return of history
              Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC

11.30    Q&A session

11.40    Economics, politics and markets
              Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

12.10    Q&A session

12.20    Measuring the modern economy
              Dr Diane Coyle OBE, Director, Enlightenment Economics

12.50    Q&A session

13.00    Lunch

Meet our speakers

Evan Davis is a presenter of the BBC2 current affairs programme Newsnight, a role he began in September 2014. From April 2008 up to then he was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. He is also well known as the presenter of the BBC2 business reality show Dragons Den and on Radio 4, he hosts a weekly business discussion programme, The Bottom Line. Prior to the Today programme Evan was the Economics Editor of the BBC, promoted to that role after working as an economics correspondent for BBC news and as economics editor of the Newsnight programme on BBC2 in the 1990s.

Dr Pablo Hernández de Cos is currently Director General for Economics, Statistics and Research, a member of the Executive Commission of the Banco de España and Alternate to the Governor on the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. He is also a member of the Consejo Superior de Estadística (Spanish Higher Statistics Board) and of the Board of Trustees of CEMFI and FEDEA, sitting in this latter case on this Foundation’s Executive Board. Since 2016, he is a member of the Board of the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB).

Dr Gertjan Vlieghe joined the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England on 1 September 2015.  Prior to his appointment he had been a partner and senior economist at Brevan Howard Asset Management, researching global macroeconomic trends and their interaction with asset prices. From 2005 to 2007 he was a bond strategist at Deutsche Bank. From 1998 to 2005 he held a number of posts at the Bank of England, including the post of Economic Assistant to Governor Mervyn King.

Dr Vlieghe’s published research has largely focused on the importance of money, balance sheets and asset prices in the economy. He holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics.

Stephen King is HSBC’s Senior Economic Adviser and a successful author. In 2014, Stephen became a member of the Financial Times “Exchange” which, in the FT’s words, offers “agenda-setting commentary from leading policymakers, academics and writers around the world”.  He writes regularly for a number of leading newspapers worldwide and frequently appears on television and radio.  In 2015, Stephen was appointed as special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee.  Stephen’s career began at HM Treasury, where he was an economic adviser within the UK civil service. In his new book, Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History (Yale), Stephen argues that globalization, often thought to be the best route towards economic prosperity, is by no means inevitable. 

Chris Giles is a columnist at the Financial Times and has been its Economics Editor since 2004. Based in London he has a particular focus on trends in the world economy and in the UK. Previously at the Financial Times, he was the economics editorial writer. He won the prestigious Wincott Award for journalism in 2014 and the British Journalism Award’s business journalist of the year prize in the 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society prize for excellence in journalism in both 2008 and 2012.

Before joining the FT in 2000, Chris was an economics correspondent at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. 

Dr Diane Coyle OBE is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. She founded the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She is a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics and researcher in the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence; and also a member of the Natural Capital Committee. She specialises in the economics of new technologies, markets and competition, and public policy, and has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. Her books include the bestselling GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). Diane was a BBC Trustee for over eight years, and was formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and also worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard. Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009.

How to register

It costs only £100 + VAT (£120) for members to attend if booked before 30 June 2017 (£150 + VAT thereafter).

Non-members £300 + VAT (£360).

Follow the link below to book places for the conference.