Online symposium using interactive Zoom.
Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, UK time
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Executive summary; scroll down for the programme
World Values Day is a major international initiative designed to encourage people to think about the importance of values.
This year’s theme is Values in Action, which is all about identifying a value that is most important to you and putting it into action.
The Transparency Task Force has been working hard over the last few years to create a “framework for finance reform”. The purpose of this is to create the means by which we can collectively drive the positive, progressive and purposeful reform of the financial services sector.
The framework is built around the 12 finance development goals, each of which deals with an important facet that needs attention. They cover topics that include culture, leadership, transparency and purposefulness.
The overall aims and objects of the Transparency Task Force and our desire to improve the way the financial services sector works are closely aligned with World Values Day.
We are therefore very happy to be running this very special event on World Values Day to help mark and celebrate the importance that values have in helping to drive the change that we wish to see.
In essence we believe that much of the financial services sector has lost its sense of purpose, integrity and values and we are therefore seizing this opportunity to shine a bright light on the importance of remembering why we do what we do and how we should go about doing it.
Please do join us for what promises to be an interesting, engaging and thought-provoking event.
We’ll also be touching on a range of insights, ideas and initiatives that are referenced in our new book, entitled
Please get involved and be part of the solution.
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Who should participate?
This online event will be of particular interest to individuals and organisations that authentically align with the idea that the financial services sector is important and that there is scope for improvement in how it works.
You can expect to be amongst progressively minded and collaboratively minded people.
On the basis that “progress begins with realism” we’ll be running the event as a forum to enable everybody to “say it as they see it.” We will be facilitating the kind of candid yet constructive discussion that is needed to help move matters forward.
We don’t think any one person or organisation has all the answers; and we also think that all answers are worth listening to, so if you’ve got a point of view that you’d like to share, and are keen to hear the views of others, this is definitely an event for you.
This symposium will cover important topics that will be of particular interest to:
- Think Tanks and Civil Society Groups with an interest in the financial ecosystem
- Industry Observers, Commentators; the Media in General
- Politicians interested in the financial services sector
- Market Conduct Professionals
- Sustainaility experts
- Bankers and representatives of Banking organisations
- Risk Management Professionals
- Compliance Professionals
- Pension Professionals
- Financial Planners
- Financial Services Trade Bodies and Professional Associations
- Academics and researchers in governance, stewardship, ethics, conduct and compliance throughout the financial services sector.
We will be using Zoom.
We will be structuring the event in such a way that it will be as engaging and as interactive as we can possibly make it. We’ll be working hard to create as “life-like” an event as possible, with every opportunity taken to create interaction and engagement.
There will be several presentations with Q&A sessions and an open discussion and debate session towards the end.
Here’s the programme and timings, so far*
Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; plus “Why we must rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; and how we can do it” by
Andy Agathangelou FTTF FRSA
Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair of the Secretariat Committee for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pension Scams; former Founding Chair, Friends of Automatic Enrolment; former Founding Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees
A pre-recorded video introduction to World Values Day by:
Chair, World Values Day/UK Values Alliance
For over 30 years Charles was involved in international asset management, for much of that time as a manager of funds invested in Asian and emerging stock-markets. He managed the largest closed-end fund investing in Asia at the time, together with other closed-ended and open-ended funds. He also helped set up a number of specialist direct investment and private equity management companies in the region. He later became Co-Chair of Govett Investments and, after they were bought out, set up and led a listed boutique investment management business.
During his long career in investment he became keenly aware of the need for greater transparency in retail investment products and advisory services, and the urgent need for a cultural shift in attitudes and behaviours in the financial services industry as a whole.
Since 2003 Charles has been the Chair of an educational charity, the Human Values Foundation, which helps children’s social and emotional development through learning about and practising values. For the last three years has been a member of the Steering Group of the UK Values Alliance which aims to place values at the heart of society. He is the main co-ordinator of the World Values Day, an annual campaign which raises awareness of the fundamental importance of values in addressing the many serious individual, organisational and societal problems in the world today.
Presentation #1, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion, by
Peter Neville Lewis CMIRM
Director, Risk Coalition Research Company Ltd
Peter is a highly experienced Business Adviser to Boards and senior management teams with over 30 years’ practical delivery at Managing Director level himself,
specialising in principled leadership, governance, culture, strategic and conduct risk.
Director of the Risk Coalition Research Company Ltd. Chartered Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM). Honorary Research Fellow at Brunel University London.
Founder of Principled Consulting, a practical think tank for behavioural change and values based decision-making, supported by executive coaching and mentoring.
Peter’s longstanding connections within the City and various political, academic and economic institutions, together with his wide range of cultural interests provide clients with a rich source of intellect, expertise and pragmatism.
Peter’s slides can be downloaded below:
Presentation #2, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion, by
Andy has worked in financial services for 40 years, initially trading credit, over the last 20 years he has been innovative in the use of collaborative techniques to build high performing teams in the context of rapid change.
By building capability and capacity in the teams he has worked with, he has enabled enduring change.
Short leg-stretch and comfort break, for 10 minutes
Presentation #3, for 5 minutes + Q&A with facilitated discussion by
Professor Rory Ridley-Duff began working life as a director of the worker co-operative Computercraft Ltd.
After 12 years, he developed a research interest in the way democratic relations develop when alternative approaches to social entrepreneurship and cooperative governance are practised. He is now Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship within the FairShares Institute at Sheffield Business School. In addition to lead authorship of Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice, he catalysed a new sub-field with the publication of The Case for FairShares (see www.fairshares.coop, www.fsi.coop and www.fairsharesplatform.eu).
His research on workplace democracy, social enterprise and the FairShares Model has been published in: Human Relations; Corporate Governance: An International Review; Industrial Relations Journal; Journal of Business Ethics; European Sport Management Quarterly; Public Management Review; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research; Action Research Journal; Social Enterprise Journal; Japanese Journal of Human Welfare Studies and the Journal of Co-operative Studies. He has received best paper awards from Emerald Publishing, the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the International Social Innovation Research Conference.
His academic leadership roles include: Associate Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship; Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Social Enterprise Journal; Trustee of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies; Group leader for Education and Dissemination, EMPOWER-SE COST Action coordinated by the EMES International Research Network. He remains connected to practice through directorships at Social Enterprise International Ltd, FairShares Association Ltd and SEi (FairShares) Ltd.
Presentation #4, for 5 minutes + Q&A with facilitated discussion by
Founder, Chairman & CIO, Rayliant Global Advisors
Jason is founder, chairman and CIO of Rayliant Global Advisors (RGA), a global investment management group with more than US$29 billion in assets managed using its strategies, as of Dec 31, 2019. Rayliant applies quantitative methods to access behavioral-based alpha prevalent in inefficient markets like China.
Jason also co-founded Research Affiliates, a smart beta and asset allocation leader with over US$180 billion in assets managed using its strategies.
Jason sits on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Investment Management, the Journal of Investment Consulting and the Journal of Index Investing.
He is an adjunct professor of finance at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University (China), Kyoto University (Japan) and National Chengchi University (Taiwan).
Jason has published more than 40 journal articles and is a contributing author to nine handbooks in finance and economics. He has won two Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards; one Graham and Dodd Reader’s Choice Award; one Graham and Dodd most prestigious award, three Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacob Levy Awards; and three William F. Sharpe Awards.
He also co-invented the Fundamental Index, awarded best index by Global Pensions magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Jason received his Ph.D. in finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
He received his M.S. from Stanford University and B.S. from the California Institute of Technology.
Presentation #5, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion by
Publisher, Pippa Rann Books
For 15 years, Prabhu ran Think Tanks for what was then the largest bank in the world, focusing on major challenges and opportunities arising from latest developments in politics, economics, society and technology.
He is now a Publisher (Pippa Rann Books), and a Consultant to Company Boards
Prabhu’s slides can be donwloaded below:
The “Just a Minute” Round
Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium.
But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!
Open discussion & debate, 10 minutes
7:55pm BST until 8:00pm BST
Final conclusions; suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings.
However, for those that want it…
8:00pm BST until 8:30pm BST
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