The financial crisis: What went wrong and will it happen again?
A debate offering two contrasting perspectives – one from the world of finance the other from security and science
19 June 2012, The Møller Centre Lecture Theatre, Cambridge: 5:30 - 7:30pm including drinks
“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste”. Paul Romer’s statement at a 2004 venture capitalist conference has become a slogan increasingly cited since the onset of the financial crisis. Given the nature of that crisis it would indeed be a shame to waste the opportunity to learn. To do so requires greater understanding of:
- why the crisis happened;
- how it reaches such scales of impact;
- what is being done or not done in response; and
- whether the policies enacted can prevent it happening again.
Considering the range of factors involved, two contrasting perspectives – one from the world of finance the other from security and science – will aim to catalyse a productive debate.
Colm O’Shea, the Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of COMAC Capital LLP, one of the leading European-based global macro hedge fund managers with over $5bn of assets under management.
Dr JP MacIntosh, a research scientist at the MoD, Director of the Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS), Honorary Professor, University College London (UCL).
- 5.00pm Arrival & Tea (Tower lounge bar)
- 5.30pm Welcome & Introductions (Lecture Theatre)
- 5:40pm Chaired debate
- 6:20pm Discussion and Q&A
- 6:45pm Drinks reception (Tower lounge bar)
- 7.30pm Close
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