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10th Risk Summit

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Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG

Standard ticket: £250
Student ticket: £30


To mark the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, our annual risk summit considers how risk will change over the next decade, exploring the potential for emerging risks and the changing nature of strategic risk for businesses.

We will explore the changing future landscape across the six classes of risk defined in the Cambridge Business Risk Taxonomy. The taxonomy of business risks was one of the earliest risk outputs of the Centre for Risk Studies, and each year for the past five years, we have published the Cambridge Global Risk Index under these risk classes.

Financial & Economic Risks

What are the chances and potential triggers of further financial crises and economic recession in the next decade? What national sovereign difficulties, commodity price shocks, or regional crises could occur? Can the current threat of trade wars and retreat from globalisation persist? How might the nature of finance itself change, with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, and what risks might these hold?

Geopolitical & Security Risks

How should businesses plan for regional disruptions arising from future geopolitical risks? Which areas of the world are most likely to flare up in the next decade? Is there potential for an upsurge in global terrorism or social unrest, and how might political regimes change unexpectedly? What might conflicts of the future look like? How should businesses ensure that their supply chains and regional operations are resilient against geopolitical risks?

Technology Risks

The digital revolution will continue to play out across many industries, with disruptive entrants and technology-driven change. How might businesses anticipate and react to these changes over the next ten years? What might the future hold for cyber risk, trends in surveillance capitalism, use of ever-growing volumes of data, and advances in artificial intelligence? This track explores the issues of preparing businesses for the risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Environmental & Natural Hazard Risks

Anticipating the forthcoming decade of weather-related trends, natural disasters and environmental risks is a growing business challenge. What signals of climate change can we expect within the next 10 years and how will this reshape the patterns of business risk? How might consumers change their buying preferences and investors change their portfolios as a result of climate change issues? How will the landscapes of environmental risks change, and what are the implications for international businesses and their global supply chains?

Societal & Sustainability Risks

Changing demographics and social behaviour will shape the risk landscape over the next 10 years. How will ageing populations and the ethics and preferences of the younger generation shape consumerism and cause disruptive change in buying habits and business practice? How might issues such as sustainability and environmentalism radically change purchasing patterns and investor trading strategies? How can businesses mange the risk of future emerging infectious diseases causing operational disruption? How will the increasing pensioner population put strains on healthcare, public services, and pension financing?

Governance & Regulatory Risks

Risk management practice is changing at a faster pace than ever, with increasing board-level scrutiny, shareholder pressure, and regulatory focus. In this track we explore how risk management best practice may evolve over the next decade, and the issues that could drive changes in governance management. How might the regulatory landscape change? Which issues are likely to be drivers of new changes in shareholder activism and consumer pressure? How might the litigation landscape change the management of liability risk in organisations?

Business executives need to plan for multi-year investments, returns on capital, and longer-term assessments of risks to their business strategies.

At our 10th Annual Risk Summit, we challenge business risk managers to consider how the risk could be very different over a 10-year horizon, particularly the potential paradigm shifts that could provide strategic shock, and how enterprise risk management strategies can be developed to cope with the uncertain future.

We invite presentations and attendance from a wide variety of specialists and business managers, including threat specialists, academics, practitioners and advisors.

The conference will be held at Cambridge Judge Business School. On 20 June the conference will be followed by a black-tie gala dinner at Christ's College, University of Cambridge. The dinner speaker will be Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton, Former Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, who has served under UK Prime Ministers and for 10 years served as Chairman of the UK's oldest private bank.


In partnership with Hilton Cambridge, attendees are offered rooms at a discounted rate.

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Day 1: Thursday 20 June 2019

09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30-11:30 Keynote presentations
11:30-13:00 Breakout sessions - three tracks:

  • Financial and economic risks
  • Geopolitical and security risks
  • Technology risks
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Breakout sessions - three tracks:

  • Environmental and natural hazard risks
  • Societal and sustainability risks
  • Governance and regulatory risks
16:00-17:00 Plenary Session - reporters
17:00-17:45 Panel discussion
17:45-18:00 Wrap up
18:00-19:00 Networking reception
19:00-22:00 Black tie dinner

The dinner speaker will be Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton, Former Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, who has served under UK Prime Ministers and for 10 years served as Chairman of the UK's oldest private bank.

Day 2: Friday 21 June 2019

10:30-11:00 Registration and coffee
11:00-13:00 Business Leaders Plenary Session

  • Keynote & Moderator: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times
  • Co-chaired by Professor Daniel Ralph and Dr Michelle Tuveson
13:00-14:00 Networking lunch

Note: Programme subject to change

Andrew Hill

Management Editor, Financial Times

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Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth.

He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Andrew is a trustee and chair of The Blueprint Trust, the charity behind Blueprint for Better Business, which supports and challenges business to be a force for good. He is also a trustee of The Ruskin Foundation, responsible for the UK’s largest archive of material relating to the life and work of John Ruskin, the Victorian art and social critic.

Andrew lives in St Albans with his wife and children.

Richard Wilson

Lord Wilson, Dinton GCB

Read more about Richard

Richard Wilson entered the Civil Service in 1966 and served in several departments including the Department of Energy where he dealt with energy policy, nuclear power and privatising Britoil. He worked for Mrs Thatcher from 1987-90 as Head of the Domestic and Economic Secretariat of the Cabinet Office. After a spell in the Treasury, he became Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment in 1992 and Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office in 1994. He was promoted to Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service in January 1998, serving under Mr Blair for nearly five years. After retirement in 2002 he became Master of Emmanuel College for ten years and has been a non-executive in various private sector and charitable bodies including ten years as chairman of C Hoare & Co, the UK’s oldest private bank. He is married to Caroline and they have two children and two grandchildren.