Leading economist and creator of the 'BRICs' acronym,
Jim O'Neill, will be the keynote speaker at this year's
Guernsey Funds Forum in London.
The annual event, which this year takes place at the Grange St
Paul's Hotel on Thursday 1 May, will see the recently retired
Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and best-selling
author of The Growth Map share his views on the future of the
financial markets with an expected audience of more than 400
The event will also, for the first time, feature two moderators:
Sarah Montague, host of BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme; and
Anchor, Alastair Stewart OBE. It will be the fifth successive year
Mr Stewart has moderated the Guernsey Funds Forum.
Fiona Le Poidevin, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance - the
promotional agency for the Island's finance industry, said:
"We are thrilled to be able to confirm Jim O'Neill as our
keynote speaker for the final session at this year's Guernsey
Funds Forum. He is an internationally respected economist and one
who is extremely forward-thinking in his outlook. His creation of
the BRIC acronym in 2001 to describe the burgeoning economies of
Brazil, Russia, India and China, captured that moment in time
perfectly and has gone on to become a mainstay of analysis relating
to the global economy.
"Mr O'Neill also recently coined the new acronym, MINT,
to group the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, as
he believes these four countries could be among the 10 largest
economies in the next 30 years. This year's Guernsey Funds
Forum therefore presents a great opportunity to hear the reasons
behind his confidence. The subject matter also ties in perfectly
with the wider theme of our event - how to raise capital and how to
spend it - that will include a focus on which markets are showing
the greatest potential, whether that be the BRICs, the MINTs, or
The main forum content will begin with the panel session,
'How to raise it', and examine today's challenges in
relation to investors' pursuit of capital, the selection of
fund managers and the impact of regulation on distribution lines.
The second session, 'How to spend it', will look at the
opportunities fund managers are seeing in relation to alternative
asset classes, risk appetite and market geography.
As well as the conference, there will also be an exhibition of
Guernsey service providers, including the Island's leading fund
administrators, custodians, multi-jurisdictional legal practices
and global accountancy firms.
Miss Le Poidevin added: "The Guernsey Funds Forum continues
to develop year on year and has become a must-attend event in the
calendar of many key investment fund decision makers in London.
Adding the influence and expertise of Sarah Montague as an
additional moderator, alongside Alastair Stewart, also gives the
event extra gravitas and will ensure that no question is left
The event, titled 'The pursuit of capital - art or
science?', is taking place from 1pm, starting with registration
and lunch and concluding with a networking drinks reception at
For more information about delegate, exhibition and sponsorship
opportunities visit www.guernseyfundsforum.com or contact Fiona
Murray by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone. +44 (0) 7781 123808. Latest news is available on
Twitter from @GuernseyFinance and updates about the event
specifically can be found using the hashtag #GFF2014.
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