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Leading economists, executives and investors gather with clients in Singapore to discuss how disruptions in technology, policy and human behaviour will shape the future.

Now in its 10th year, the Barclays Asia Forum is designed to tackle critical issues in business, politics and the global economy. This year’s event, held on 20 October in Singapore, provided Barclays clients with an exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas with local and international peers.

The exchange of ideas and perspectives amongst people who care deeply about the issues affecting all our businesses is what makes the Barclays Asia Forum such an important gathering.
Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Distinguished thought leaders tackled critical themes such as the global economy and volatility, the complexities of human behaviour, and the rise of disruptive technologies and business models.

Speakers at the 2016 Barclays Asia Forum:

Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group and Author, Superpower

Ian Bremmer is the President and Founder of Eurasia Group, which specialises in analysing global hazards for leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. He lectures on political risk at New York University and is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time magazine.
 

Ian Bremmer

John M. Coates

Neuroscientist and Author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

John Coates is a former Senior Research Fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. A former derivatives trader, Coates studies why biology matters in finance and why we need to think more about the interaction between our minds, bodies and the markets.
 

John M. Coates

Mohamed El-Erian

Chairman, President's Global Development Council; Chief Economic Adviser, Allianz & former CEO & Co-CIO, PIMCO

Mohamed El-Erian believes that within the next three years, the global economy will hit a T-junction. Policymakers will either watch helplessly as the world sinks into a mire of financial volatility and political collapse, or they'll find a way to unlock the piles of corporate cash sitting on the sidelines, reinvigorating growth.
 

Mohamed El-Erian

Niall Ferguson

Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University; Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University

Niall Ferguson has been called “the most talented British historian of his generation” and as we continue to fail to address the real issues facing global markets, he wants to see fundamental institutional reform and a restructuring of western society.
 

Niall Ferguson

Tim Harford

Senior Columnist, FT and Author, The Undercover Economist and Messy

Tim Harford’s long-running column, The Undercover Economist, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while he also writes op-eds, interviews and long feature articles for the FT. Harford’s book, The Undercover Economist, has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages.
 

Tim Harford

Leila Janah

Founder and CEO, Sama & LXMI

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She believes that the business world has overlooked the greatest natural resource available - the millions of people globally who are living in poverty.
 

Leila Janah

JB Straubel

Co-Founder, Tesla Motors

JB Straubel is part of the founding team of Tesla Motors. As well as managing the technical direction and engineering design of all Tesla products he is committed to finding a way to deal with the world’s energy woes.
 

JB Straubel

Andy Stumpf

Former Navy SEAL Team 6 Member

A veteran and decorated US Navy Lieutenant and SEAL operator, Andy Stumpf served 10 tours of duty and executed over 700 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stumpf believes the skills he deployed in the field have great relevance for money managers, traders and executives who face difficult split-second decisions.
 

Andy Stumpf

Richard Thaler

Professor of Behavioural Science, University of Chicago and Bestselling Author, Nudge and Misbehaving

Richard Thaler studies behavioural economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making. In coupling recent discoveries in human psychology with a practical understanding of incentives and market behaviour, he exposes the irrational tendencies in our thinking and shows us how to avoid making costly mistakes in life.
 

Richard Thaler
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Evolution. Disruption. Change.

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