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Economic horizons: macro trends uncovered

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Rob Elder, Bank of England Agent for London
Helene Panzarino, CSFI Director, LIBF
James Sproule, UK Chief Economist, Handelsbanken

Explore the future of the UK economy at our exclusive CSFI event. Keynote speakers include James Sproule, UK Chief Economist at Handelsbanken and Rob Elder, Bank of England Agent for London with International Monetary Fund experience. The event will be moderated by Helene Panzarino, CSFI Director, LIBF.

Join us as we explore the UK's economic landscape.

  • UK economic outlook: gain insights into post-pandemic scenario, election implications and a focus on macro risk contexts and fiscal sustainability.
  • Navigating financial frontiers: understand the impact of inflation, lending, and credit on UK economic growth and productivity.
  • Assessing macro risks: delve into broader geopolitical risks influencing the UK economy.

Secure your spot for an evening of focused discussions, valuable insights, and networking opportunities. Stay ahead in the dynamic world of UK macroeconomic trends with our distinguished speakers.

Who will be speaking?
Rob Elder, Bank of England Agent for London
Helene Panzarino, CSFI Director, LIBF
James Sproule, UK Chief Economist, Handelsbanken

Rob joined the Bank of England 1998, and for twelve years supported the Monetary Policy Committee as an economist and then senior manager. Between 2010 and 2012 he represented the UK on the board of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. When he returned he worked in the Bank of England press office, and most recently, supported their Financial Policy Committee by running a team monitoring developments in the UK banking sector.

Between 1990 and 1998 Rob worked as an economist and forecaster at HM Treasury, British Telecom and Manchester University. He also taught English in Japan for a year. Rob studied economics at Manchester University (first degree) and Warwick University (master's degree). He was born in Northampton, grew up in Birmingham, and now lives in Hackney in north east London.

Helene, a former commercial banker, now CSFI Director, brings a wealth of fintech experience. As a program director, exited entrepreneur, educator, and author, she's led groundbreaking initiatives, including the FinTech Scale Programme and the Inaugural Programme for Innovate Finance.¿¿

Helene holds key roles in UK RegTech Kalgera, UK Digital Bank Pennyworth, and serves on the ICAEW Financial Services Faculty Board. Recognised on influential lists like CW 100 Women in Tech, Innovate Finance Women in FinTech, and Fintech Magazine's 100 Women in Fintech, she's been a driving force in initiatives like the FCA 2020 Data Sprint and CapGemini Global FinTech Report.¿

Her co-authored book, 'Reinventing Banking & Finance,' named #1 by Investopedia, cements her impact on global fintech innovation. Helene is a dynamic leader shaping the future of finance.

James Sproule was appointed as Chief Economist of Handelsbanken UK in May 2020. He has since developed a trusted adviser relationship with a wide range of the bank's clients and been an integral part of the bank's broader risk management team. For much of 2019 he was a Senior Business Adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson prior to which he worked with several think tanks. Between 2014-2017 he was the Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors. Before the IoD he was Head of UK Research with Accenture. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist, eventually helping to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company.

James started his working life as a signals officer in the Royal Navy and remains an honorary Captain. He has sat on the European advisory board for the strategic consultancy L.E.K.; he stood for Parliament at the 2005 general election; and was for seven years a visiting fellow in the Department of Management Economics at the London School of Economics.


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