Chairman, International Churchill Society; Chairman, Geller Capital Partners

Thought Leadership Platform

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2017 Transatlantic Conference

British-American

Business Council

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It is this backdrop of uncertainty and change that makes BABC’s Annual Transatlantic Conference so exceedingly important. With Thought Leadership as its underlying theme, the discussions will inform and identify the power and relevance of strategic partnerships

While we celebrate great thought leadership, the views expressed by Platform authors do not necessarily represent the views and positions of Britview, the BABC Chicago or sponsors.

The Times They Are a-Changin’The Times They Are a-Changin’

Bob Dylan’s prescient warning of 1964. Now, 53 years later, his words could not be more relevant as the new year ushers in a period of unprecedented global uncertainty, volatility, stress and perhaps even fear.

Populism is in the rise, simmering nationalism is bubbling up ever faster, new breeds of politicians globally have ever increasing sway, the likes of which could not have even been countenanced just 24 months ago, while the world’s largest democracy is inaugurating a President the likes of whom the nation has not before seen. Geo-political tensions are on the rise as thoughts of hegemony rise in despotic minds and opportunities for challenging the old order proliferate, while increasingly widespread and sickeningly commonplace perfidious acts of individual terror everywhere jeopardise the very definition of civilized society.

The orthodoxy of international trading is being harshly criticized and an endless stream of current and prospective trade deals are being fought against and overturned. Corporate tax laws are challenged and changing throughout the democracies as countries, cities and states jockey for their own power, growth and benefit.

Technology is changing our lives with ever increasing and mind boggling speed, challenging Moore’s 1965 Law prophesizing a double of processing capacity every year. While global mega corporations risk fading, new ones come and go with the relative speed of summer lightening, Globally, the increasingly influential corporate activists hungrily feast on the carcasses of public companies reluctantly facing the new order of things. Media delights in skewering corporate leaderships’ compensation and role in society, while feting the cult of instant celebrity and reality TV stars.

Brexit’s Sword of Damocles hangs over the UK and Europe, with uncertainty causing foundations to quiver, affecting not only the security relationship between the US and the UK but, crucially, the two nation’s vital future trading relationships.

It is this backdrop of uncertainty and change that makes BABC’s Annual Transatlantic Conference so exceedingly important. With Thought Leadership as its underlying theme, the discussions will not only inform, identify the power and relevance of strategic partnerships and, without a doubt, provide an important voice in the policy debates proliferating on both sides of the Atlantic.

Society is at a crossroads. We are all faced with a plethora of choices and paths to follow. We all realize that information is key and knowledge is power. This Conference is the place to find both amongst the company of our peers, attending should be a simple decision, for there is no choice if each of us is to take part in influencing change for the better.

As we look forward to welcoming you to Chicago for this truly important and meaningful event, we would remind you that “The Times, They Are A-Changin’ ”.