Opening General Session
Current State of Trade & Investment
Baron Mark Price
Former Minister of State for Trade & Investment
Dubbed “one of the nation’s favourite businessmen” by the Independent, Lord Mark Price joined the UK government as the Minister of State for Trade and Investment at the invitation of David Cameron in April 2016. He was made a life peer in February 2016 to become The Lord Price CVO and Baron Price of Sturminster Newton. Mark was reappointed by Theresa May to her post-Referendum Government, with specific responsibility for negotiating the UKs future trade deals.
Mark began his career at The John Lewis Partnership as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the company for 33 years.
Closing General Session
Understanding the Future
Futurologist and Lecturer within Business Intelligence and Trends
Magnus Lindkvist is a trendspotting futurologist and author who weaves together important current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look like in the future. His recent book Minifesto (2016) tells us why small ideas matter in the world of grand narratives. By sharing a vision of the future we can strive to surround ourselves with as many strange, conflicting ideas that we can in order to immerse ourselves in future possibilities and possible futures.