Programme Updates

Stifel Conversations: Ahead of the Curves

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Programmes for Stifel Europe – curated by Jericho Chambers


Over the past 18 months, Stifel Europe and President, Eithne O’Leary have hosted and supported three programmes among expert communities, exploring current status and future trends in key industry and service sectors.

  • Future of the Professions
  • Power in Technology
  • Ethics of Disruption

Each programme comprises a series of roundtable discussions, articles and podcasts – curated on behalf of Stifel Europe by London-based Jericho Chambers. Podcasts are hosted by award-winning journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter, Matthew Gwyther.

Over 400 people have been involved in the programmes so far – a mix of business leaders; politicians and policymakers; experts, academics and authors; campaigners and civil society players; media and commentators.

Programme 1: Future of the Professions
(launched Autumn 2018)

Topics covered included stability and fragility in professions and professional services; the war on talent; new business and equity models.

Alongside key Stifel personnel, expert contributors included Professor Laura Empson, Cass Business School; Paul Morrell, ex-HMG building czar; John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times; Nigel Jones, ex-Linklaters and now Chair of the City Mental Health Alliance; Catrin Griffiths, Editor, The Lawyer; Jane McCormick, Global Head of Tax, KPMG; Owen Boycott, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Guardian; Dena McCallum, Founding Partner, Eden McCallum; Adele Edwin-Lamerton, Chair, Junior Lawyers; Tabby Kinder, Professional Services Correspondent, The Times.

You can read more on the Future of the Professions series starting here, including reports from each of the discussion forums.

Programme 2:  Power in Technology
(launched Spring 2019)

Topics covered included challenges of equality and social justice; gender diversity and its implications; accountability of “Big Tech”; tax policy; and new regulatory frameworks.

Expert contributors, alongside key Stifel personnel, included author, Margaret Heffernan; Baroness Denise Kingsmill, former Deputy Chair of the UK Competition Commission and counsel in anti-trust matters to Microsoft; Sir John Hegarty, one of Britain’s most esteemed ad men and now early stage tech investor; Rachel Coldicott, CEO of the think tank doteveryone; John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times; Matt Painter, Research Director, IpsosMORI; and Damian Collins MP, then Chair of the Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

You can read more on the Power in Technology series starting here, including reports from each of the discussion forums.

Programme 3: Ethics of Disruption
(launched Spring 2020)

Ethics of Disruption brings renewed focus on the tech. sector, building on the success of the 2019 Stifel-led programme. In the first article and podcast in the series, it considers the challenges of ethics on the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Early expert contributors to the programme include: Professor Dominic Houlder, London Business School; Nikolas Kairinos, founder of, whose companies produce AI; and Professor Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics & Technology, Hertie School, Berlin. A series of discussion salons and webinars are scheduled for spring/ summer 2020.

The second in the series looks into Artificial Intelligence and disruptive change. The COVID crisis is giving many pause to consider disruption. Especially, that brought about by tech and AI. We all wonder about the direction in which it’s taking us.

Experts contributors included: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Master of Jesus College Oxford and the Open Data Institute; Mikael Down, Executive Director at the Banking Standards Board; Ivana Bartoletti, Technical Director at Deloitte and author of ‘An Artificial Revolution’; and Bruce Daisley, former EMEA Vice-President of Twitter and author of, Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller, ‘Eat. Sleep. Work. Repeat.’

Available here are the full-length interviews with Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Bruce Daisley.


For further information on Stifels Conversations: Ahead of the Curves, please get in touch with Becky Holloway, Programme Director at Jericho Chambers.

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