ThinkFM: Globally renowned economist Vicky Pryce confirmed as keynote speaker
27-02-18 9:22 BIFM
Renowned economist and former Joint Head of the United Kingdom's Government Economic Service, Vicky Pryce has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s ThinkFM.
The prominent economics expert will open the flagship conference on 1 May 2018 and will host the first session of day, titled ‘The age of uncertainty and the commercial world of FM’ which will reflect on the macro economic shocks that FM professionals will be facing in the coming years, including potential major changes to outsourcing and PFIs. Drawing on her broad experience of economic policy, including six years at the top of the profession at the heart of Government, Vicky will provide valuable insights on changes facing FM and how they can be dealt with advantageously.
In a career spanning four decades, Vicky Pryce has been Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting; she was the first female Director General for Economics at the DTI, a predecessor to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); and Joint Head of the UK Government Economics Service where, as head of profession, she was jointly responsible for evidence-based policy making and for encouraging measures that promoted greater productivity in the UK economy. She has previously been Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG and earlier held chief economist positions in banking and the oil sector. In addition to this she co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility. Since 2015 she has been a board member of world finance and economics policy The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).
The Greek-born economist is also a renowned commentator and author, and in her latest edition of Greekonomics she explores the history of the eurozone, lays bare the causes of the crisis that almost led to “Grexit”; and suggests solutions.
BIFM’s Commercial Director Jacqueline Balian said: “I am enormously pleased that we will have Vicky Price, the eminent economist and commentator to provide the keynote. Drawing from her vast experience she will be talking about the ‘dark art’ of economic forecasting and whether we should believe what the pundits say; and taking a fresh look at Brexit and the re-balancing of the economy - financial services vs manufacturing, north vs south.”
Vicky will be joined by other industry leaders exploring topics around: PFI, outsourcing, Big Data, AI, automation and FM expertise from an international angle.
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More details on speakers and the programme will be released on the ThinkFM website over the coming weeks.