Brexit, U.S. Election To Highlight GFLC

At a Glance

  • The Global Financial Leadership Conference is in its 9th year
  • Boehner, Blair and Brown assess 2016's politics

2016 has delivered two major political upsets, first with the Brexit vote in June and this week with the election of Donald Trump in the United States. Former political leaders from the U.K. and U.S. will assess the political and economic fallout of these seismic events on the same stage next week at the ninth Global Financial Leadership Conference.

For the first time, former U.K. Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will appear together to discuss Brexit and its implications on global markets. They will speak to the audience of leaders from some of the world’s top financial firms in a discussion moderated by Gillian Tett of the Financial Times.

Before that takes place, there is plenty of time carved out for analysis of the U.S. election. Former House Speaker John Boehner opens the conference Monday with a timely discussion about building trust between the American people and Washington. Exit polling of the Presidential election by ABC News revealed that the ability to bring change to Washington was the quality that mattered most to a plurality of voters. Analysis from former Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod and former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes will follow Boehner in helping answer whether the next President can bring change, and what to expect in Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Both Brexit and the U.S. election reveal much about the uneasiness over global economic security, and several presenters at the conference are set to address that uneasiness. Gary Cohn, President and COO of Goldman Sachs will provide an investment outlook amid the uncertainty, followed by a discussion on global economic risks and opportunities from recently departed Reserve Bank of India Chairman Rhaguram Rajan, who will making his second appearance at GFLC.

Larry Summers, former Obama economic adviser and Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton will look at rebalancing the global marketplace in the wake of economic shocks and political upheaval.

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, will receive the Melamed-Arditti award for innovation, and later participate on a panel about the future of financial technology, moderated by Aneesh Chopra, former Chief Technology Officer for the Obama administration.

See the full conference agenda for GFLC here, and follow OpenMarkets next week for full coverage of the conference. Follow the happenings on Twitter with the hashtag #GFLC16.

Evan Peterson is director of corporate marketing at CME Group and managing editor of OpenMarkets.

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