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here is a snapshot of some recent client events, featuring a range of speakers sourced by SiP.

An optimists look at AI

On 29 February, Sophie Hackford spoke at the WisdomTree Investment Showcase at the NoMad in London. Sophie took the audience on a journey through the AI landscape exploring the idea that technological progress is not just about digitising today’s processes, it is about entirely new possibilities. Sophie energised the audience with a fascinating presentation, describing herself as an optimist about the future and the opportunities presented by new technologies and AI.

Tim Marshall on geopolitics

Tim Marshall took to the stage on 28 February at the Jupiter Sales Conference 2024, drawing from his insights into international relations to predict future affairs and crises. Tim spoke about how geography influences the ways states behave and interact with one another. looking at real world examples such as Russian and Ukraine, China and Taiwan and the Middle East.

A conversation with Ed Balls

Last week the MiP were on-site at the annual Franklin Templeton UK Investment Conference at the May Fair. Ed Balls joined us for a fireside chat with Martyn Gilby, where they discussed the upcoming UK and US elections, rising inflation fears, and the global macro-economic outlook for 2024.

Schroders Minds

Gareth Thomas, one of the most iconic and respected figures in world rugby, gave a powerful speech at the Schroders Minds event last week. His session raised awareness around some key issues, in particular LGBTQ+ equality, mental health and tackling stigma around HIV.

Tim Marshall

After a short Christmas break, SiP was delighted to start the New Year at the Janus Henderson Investors UK Investment Conference 2024 on the 11th January. SiP favourite, Tim Marshall, was back in action, providing a geopolitical update on China & Taiwan, the USA, the Middle-East, Russia & Ukraine, and more.

Schroders Insurance Asset Management Conference

Lord Kim Darroch, former British Ambassador to the USA, joined Dan Hunter for a fireside chat at this year’s conference. Dan and Lord Darroch discussed a number of topics including the Covid enquiry, the upcoming US election, Ukraine, and the Gaza and Israel conflict.

Lunch with Lord Daniel Finkelstein

Rounding off day two of the conference was Lord Daniel Finkelstein. A Times columnist and Conservative peer, Daniel spoke on some of the key domestic issues in the headlines at the moment and Britain’s wider global footprint.

RBC Brewin Dolphin Investment Training Conference

Last week the MiP team were on-site at the annual RBC Brewin Dolphin Investment Training Conference in Edinburgh. Tim Bradshaw joined us for dinner to discuss his life as a spy, political intrigue, and insights from the corridors of power.


A busy day for SiP – across town we joined Henry Curr in a fireside chat at the annual AXA IM Future of Investing Conference. The youngest ever Economics Editor at The Economist, Henry joined a discussion focusing on the macro-economic outlook. Key topics included inflation, interest rates, China’s slow-down and the transition to a post-globalisation era.

The Future is Here: How AI is Transforming Industries and Investors

Later on at the SIC, Joseph Twigg joined a panel discussion entitled, The Future is Here: How AI is Transforming Industries and Investors. As CEO of Aveni, Joseph shared his thoughts on how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the financial services sector and radically changing how we invest.

Caspar Berry

This morning we attended day two of the bi-annual Schroders Investment Conference. The opening address was provided by SiP favourite Caspar Berry, who shared his insights into managing risk and dealing with uncertainty, based on his experience as a former professional poker player in Las Vegas.

Schroders Women in Finance Roundtable
Schroders Women in Finance Roundtable

Rounding off our September events is the Schroders Women in Finance Roundtable. Leading today’s discussion was Sana Khareghani, AI specialist and formerly the UK’s Head of the Office for AI, a joint unit between the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Sana shared her thoughts on how AI is revolutionizing key industries (including the financial sector), along with the need for effective regulation, and how artificial intelligence is already helping to solve some of the challenges associated with running a modern business.

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