Speaker Presentations

Videos of most conference sessions are posted below. For more information about each speaker, click on their name.


Privatised gains and socialised losses

In this session we asked speakers how we might avoid a repeat pattern of asset price bubbles, debt crises and costly publicly funded bailouts of private financial institutions.


Thierry Philopponnat, Secretary General of Finance Watch


Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University

The slides from Stephany’s presentation are available to download here, whilst a short article written by Stephany especially for Transforming Finance is available to download here.


Professor Richard Werner, Director of the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development at Southampton University. His 2005 book New Paradigm in Macroeconomics correctly predicted the collapse of the UK banking system and property market.

The slides for Richard Werner’s presentation are available to download here.


Thomas Keidel, Director of Financial Market Relations at the German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband)

The slides for Thomas’ presentation are available to download here.


Socially Useful Investment: making money work for people and planet

In this session we asked four speakers what we could do to ensure that our financial institutions create long term social and environmental value.


Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey and author of Prosperity Without Growth

Slides from Tim’s presentation are available to download here.


James Vacarro, Head of Market and Corporate Development at Triodos Bank


Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex


Catherine Howarth, CEO of ShareAction (formerly Fair Pensions)


Increasing the diversity of UK banking institutions

The UK banking system is highly unusual in consisting of a small number of very large banks listed on the stock-market. In this session we asked speakers to reflect on the experience of other countries which have a more diverse range of financial institutions in their economies. The central message was that a more decentralised, diverse and localised banking model could help to deliver greater resilience, access to finance for SMEs and financial inclusion.


David Green, Chief Executive of Civitas


Tony Greenham, Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation


Fiona Brownsell, Co-Founder and CEO of Tusmor


Professor Gary Dymski, Chair in Applied Economics, Leeds University Business School

Slides from Gary’s presentation are available to download here.


Richard Paton, Occupy



Where do our savings go? Capital markets and accountability

In this parallel session we asked four speakers how to ensure that our pensions and insurance savings serve people and planet rather than fuelling speculative bubbles and climate disaster. Moving our money is relatively easy with banks, but much harder when it comes to pensions and insurance savings.  Is the burden on us to become more active and engaged economic citizens, demanding more of those who manage our money? Does government need to fundamentally change the rules by which pension providers compete? Or should we cut out the mainstream middle men altogether and seek radically new ways of investing our money?


Paul Woolley, Founder of the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality, LSE


Christine Berry, Head of Policy and Research, ShareAction


Hannah Griffiths, Head of Campaigns and Policy at the World Development Movement

Slides from Hannah’s presentation are available to download here.


James Featherby, author of Of Markets and Men, and Chair of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group


Bruce Davis, Cofounder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance


Fresh thinking on debt and recovery

The mainstream debate about how to end the recession pits austerity against more public and private borrowing. In this parallel session speakers were invited to question whether these the only options. What about redirecting Quantitative Easing into the real economy, as advocated by Lord Turner? Or a modern day Debt Jubilee? How do we manage debt-cancellation now that there are complicated chains of debt between different players? Could some debts be written off as part of a transition to a new monetary system, one which is based on governments spending money into circulation debt-free, rather than banks lending money into existence as debt? And how do we prevent unpayable debts building up in future?


Professor Costas LapavitsasProfessor of Economics at SOAS


Nick DeardenDirector of the Jubilee Debt Campaign


Ben DysonFounder of Positive Money


Professor Victoria ChickEmeritus Professor of Economics at UCL

Slides from Victoria’s presentation are available to download here, and the paper she presented at the conference is available to download here.


Rehumanising Money: Innovative and ‘Bottom up’ solutions for getting finance into the right places

Much of the regulatory and policy recommendations have focused on reforming financial institutions which caused the crisis. But this fails to account for the resurgence of co-operative models of economic and financial collaboration, and peer to peer models which connect people to each other rather than via financial intermediaries. Timebanks and community exchanges allow people to trade freely and unleash underused resources. Community shares and bonds, crowd-funding and social investment platforms provide new ways of raising finance for popular projects. Could these innovative models ‘disrupt’ the system so that there is a tipping point where consumers demand greater transparency, autonomy and demonstrable social return?

Emanuela Vartolomei, Founder and Managing Director of All Street

Slides from Emma’s presentation are available to download here.

Becky Booth, Co-Founder of Spice

Louis Brooke, Co-Founder of Move Your Money, and Communications Manager for London Rebuilding Society

Michael Norton, Co-Founder and Chairman of Buzzbnk

Slides from Michael’s presentation are available for download here.

Simon Dixon, Bank to the Future

Due to technical failure videos from this session are not available.



Final Panel Discussion

Nicola SmithHead of the TUC’s Economic and Social Affairs Department


Ann Pettifor,  Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation


Sony KapoorManaging Director at financial think tank Re-Define & Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE


Steve WaygoodChief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva

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