Lord Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C by 2040 while stimulating economic development and social progress.
He also chairs the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and was more recently appointed Chairman of Chubb Europe. He is a non executive director of Prudential plc., and a Trustee at the British Museum. In December 2018 he joined the Advisory Board of Envision Energy, a Shanghai-based innovative group focussed on energy technology services.
From 2008-2013, Lord Turner chaired the UK’s Financial Services Authority, and played a leading role in the post crisis redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation.
Lord Turner has held high profile roles in public policy: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); chairman of the UK Low Pay Commission (2002-2006); chairman of the Pensions Commision (2003-2006). He was the first chairman of the UK Climate Change Committee (2008-2012) an independent body to advise the UK Government on tackling climate change. The recommendations set out in their first report “Building a low-carbon economy” were adopted in 2009.
He became a cross bench member of the House of Lords in 2006.
Amongst his business roles, Lord Turner was at McKinsey&Co (1982-1995); was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006) and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008).
He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt) and a Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He writes regularly for Project Syndicate, and has published “Between Debt and the Devil” (Princeton 2015), and Economics after the Crisis (MIT 2012).
He is an honorary fellow of The Royal Society, and received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University in 2017.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:35PM
Royal Lancaster London
In a world led by new technology, do we have the right economic system in place to help innovation thrive? Or does capitalism need an overhaul to focus on a tax and regulatory environment that fosters research and innovation for the long-term rather than short-term profiteering? And with the challenges caused by climate change, what risks are societies and cities facing? How is energy use impacting on them? How should we factor these issues within urban planning, especially in developing countries? Which actions can we take for a sustainable development?