Guernsey Funds Forum
Rohit Talwar is an authority on the future of financial services, money, and the crypto economy. He has worked with leaders and management teams in hundreds of corporations and government agencies in over 70 countries on six continents. Rohit helps them understand and respond to the key forces of change to create business advantage and enhance performance. He has a talent for helping leaders and managers to understand emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain and explaining how to leverage them to deliver real business benefits.
Rohit is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. He works work with leaders in global corporations, investment firms, NGOs, and governments. He has a particular focus on how we can advance business, society, and individual lives by harnessing the power of new thinking, innovation, and disruptive developments such as AI, blockchain technology, and the rise of FinTech.
Rohit uses cross-disciplinary insights to work with clients to address challenges such as driving performance, envisaging the future of business in a "designed for digital" world, and strategic innovation, through to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, building system-wide resilience, and adapting to the crypto economy. He has a deep interest in how we can create a very human future by putting people at the centre of the agenda.
His new book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating The Next Horizon is published on September 28th, 2021.
His clients include ABN AMRO, American Express, Bank ABC (Bahrain), Barclays, Citibank, DeutscheBank, European Banking Association, HSBC, ING Group, Invesco, Investcorp, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Shawbrook Bank, The World Bank / IFC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC.
Rohit is the co-author of seven books which explore the role of AI in business and society. Designing Your Future, and lead editor and a contributing author for The Future of Business; Beyond Genuine Stupidity—Ensuring AI Serves Humanity; The Future Reinvented—Reimagining Life, Society, and Business; A Very Human Future—Enriching Humanity in a Digitized World; The Opportunity at the Edge—Change, Challenge, and Transformation on the Path to 2025; and Aftershocks and Opportunities—Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future.
Presenter -READ BIO
Daisy McAndrew has 25+ years’ experience covering politics, business & royal stories on tv and radio. She is NBC News’ Royal Commentator, co-presents the Times Radio Sunday politics show T&G with Tom Newton-Dunn, and is a regular contributor on TalkRadio, the BBC, ITV/ITN, Sky News and contributes to numerous documentaries on the Royals on Channel 5, Discovery and Yahoo TV. Recently she has presented election coverage for London Live and had her own weekly business show on LBC.
She left ITV News to go freelance in 2013 after a very successful seven years during which time she was their most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent.
As well as reporting for ITV News she also presented their Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV’s Moral of the Story.
Before joining ITV she presented (as Daisy Sampson) the BBC’s Daily Politics, was BBC Breakfast News’ Political Correspondent and the presenter of LBC’s drive-time show.
Session 1: How can we invest for tomorrow?
Partner - 1818 Venture CapitalREAD BIO
Partner - 1818 Venture Capital
1818 Venture Capital invests in portfolios of early-stage tech startups that aim to create wealth for our investors and do good in the world.
Marc is a lead Partner at 1818 Venture Capital and spearheads their investment process, from origination through to deal execution. He and his team meet over five hundred founders a year to ensure only the best opportunities are included in the 1818 VC portfolio. This process underlies 1818's exceptional track record.
Before joining 1818, Marc built AI-driven fully algorithmic trading systems. Marc has extensive personal trading and investing experience as well as AI expertise garnered over a 25-year career.
Marc has Masters degrees in Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence from the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex.
Co-Founder & CEO - CapdeskREAD BIO
Co-Founder & CEO - Capdesk
Christian is an equity visionary and innovator, dedicating his career to helping companies unlock the value of their equity through information and technology. He created Capdesk in order to democratise wealth in the private sector and have a positive impact on the world of business finance. He wants to change finance for good with a vision where equity is a core component of the employee experience in unlisted companies, better utilised by employers and better understood by workers.
Chief Cross Asset Strategist - BNP ParibasREAD BIO
Chief Cross Asset Strategist - BNP Paribas
Robert McAdie is Chief Cross Asset Strategist at BNP Paribas, where he is globally responsible for the Interest Rates, FX, Credit, Equities & Derivatives, Commodity Derivatives and Emerging Market strategy and views.
Dr. McAdie joined the firm in August 2010 from Barclays Capital where he was Global Head of Credit Strategy and Research, Equity Derivative and Convertible Bond Research, responsible for cash and derivative products as well as quantitative strategy spanning the credit and equity markets.
Before Barclays Capital, he was at Lehman Brothers where he was Executive Director and European Head of Credit Strategy and Salomon Brothers where he was involved in the quantitative emerging market and interest rate derivative research.
Managing Partner - Gyrus CapitalREAD BIO
Managing Partner - Gyrus Capital
Guy Semmens is Managing Partner of Gyrus Capital, a Swiss-based healthcare and sustainability-focused investment firm. Founded in 2018, Gyrus aims to make two or three transformational investments per year in businesses which address a structural need and provide efficiency to payers, improved access to end users, and a net benefit to society. Having raised €430 million for its debut investment program, the firm plans to launch fund II in 2022.
Until 2018, Guy was Managing Partner of Argos Soditic, a mid-market European buy-out firm. Guy joined Argos in 1996 and was head of the Swiss operations, as well as having overall responsibility for the management, fund raising, investor relations and back office of the firm. During this time, Guy raised four funds with commitments of approx. €1.5 billion. Guy’s investment track record includes three of the four most successful returns in Argos’s history. Guy was part of the Argos investment committee, and Argos completed more than 50 primary buy-outs and a similar number of add-ons during his tenure. Before joining Argos, Guy was a solicitor with Clifford Chance, the international law firm, where he was part of the firm's management buy-out group.
Session 2: How will the funds sector develop in the future?
Partner, International Tax - BDOREAD BIO
Partner, International Tax - BDO
Damon is the lead practitioner for BDO's London based US tax practice. His areas of practice cover all forms of asset management with a particular focus on transaction support, structuring, compliance and withholding from a US tax perspective. He has operated in the London market for 18 years working with a number of private equity, venture capital, traditional, hedge, real asset and debt institutions.
Partner - Carey OlsenREAD BIO
Partner - Carey Olsen
Tom is a partner in the corporate and finance group. He advises clients both locally and internationally on a wide variety of corporate transactions including private equity, investment funds and restructurings.
Tom acts for asset managers, banks and fund promoters on the structuring and establishment of closed-ended and open-ended collective investment schemes. He also advises on corporate transactions including insolvency and restructuring as well as banking and real estate finance. He specialises in permanent capital vehicles, CISE, AIM and Main Market listings as well as all aspects of private equity.
Tom is consistently listed in the International Who’s Who Legal of Private Funds Lawyers.
Tom began his career with a training contract at Norton Rose in 1998-2000. He qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in October 2000 and then joined the corporate finance team at Norton Rose in 2000-2002. He was in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited from 2002 to 2004. He joined Carey Olsen in 2004 and was made partner in 2008. Tom was appointed as a non-voting member of the Board of Commerce and Employment within the States of Guernsey in 2012.
Tom is Deputy Batonnier of the Guernsey Bar Council.
Tom was elected as a member of the States Complaints Panel and Independent Review Board.
Chief Executive - TheCityUKREAD BIO
Chief Executive - TheCityUK
Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer of TheCityUK and has held this position since September 2016. He is also a member of the Department for International Trade Advisory Groups on Financial Services and Professional Advisory Services, a board member of UK Finance and a board member of the Financial Services Skills Commission. Miles began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms.
In 2007, Miles joined HSBC’s policy function to lead political engagement. He was part of the team that led the bank’s response to the global banking crisis. Miles moved to Prudential in 2009 as Director of Group Public Affairs & Policy and became Director of Group Strategic Communications in 2013. He was a member of Prudential’s Group Leadership Team.
Head of Policy Research - Pensions Policy InstituteREAD BIO
Head of Policy Research - Pensions Policy Institute
Daniela is Head of Policy Research at the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) and leads the Policy Research team. She has a wealth of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research into all aspects of state and private pensions policy, writing articles for journals and national press, and presenting to a variety of domestic and international audiences, including radio and television appearances.
Daniela originally joined the PPI in 2008 and took a short break in 2012 to work as a Committee Specialist for the Work and Pensions Select Committee.