The Economist Events to Host Inaugural Climate Risk Summit in London

Economist editors, policymakers, business leaders, scientists and investors gather to discuss how the world’s organisations can better assess and manage climate-related risks.

LONDON--()--Extreme weather is the most pressing threat facing our global economy in 2019. For corporate giants, this escalating risk means the need to future-proof is crucial now more than ever. With the reputation and profitability of their businesses at stake, CEOs can no longer afford to ignore climate change. The Economist Events is pleased to announce its inaugural Climate Risk Summit, to be held in London on July 2, 2019.

The one-day summit, which coincides with London’s first ever Climate Action Week, will examine the impact of climate-related risks on markets and the economy, as well as opportunities and challenges in the management of these risks. The event — which will take place at One Moorgate Place in London — will generate informative, actionable information on how to address the systemic risks posed by climate change, presented by business leaders, market analysts, investors, insurance firms and policymakers.

The event will include panel discussions, fireside chats, debates, interviews and personal stories from world-renowned organisations and leading institutions. Topics to be discussed include: How climate risk is being disclosed and reported, and what can be done to improve transparency; how investors can put pressure on companies to be more transparent; which models are available to inform corporations on their current and future risks; how prepared corporate giants in industries like energy and car-manufacturing are; the risk to global financial stability if companies don’t get better at managing and disclosing climate-related risk; and how this global risk can be managed and mitigated.

“The climate-change clock is ticking and the way businesses are run has to change as a result,” said Andrew Palmer, executive editor, The Economist. “Rhetoric about the environment will no longer cut it – investors and regulators want greater transparency about exposure to climate risks, clearer targets for reduced emissions and improved disclosure.”

Confirmed speakers at this year's event include:

  • Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of trade and industry, Norway
  • Harriett Baldwin, Minister of state for international development, U.K.
  • Sarah Tuneberg, Co-founder and chief executive, Geospiza
  • Steve Waygood, Chief responsible investment officer, Aviva
  • Sarah Breeden, Executive director, International Banking Supervision, Bank of England
  • Daniel Klier, Group head of strategy and global head of sustainable finance, HSBC
  • Alice Hill, Research fellow, Hoover Institute
  • Amelia Tan, Director, EMEA head of platform strategy and innovation, BlackRock Sustainable Investing
  • Todd Stern, Senior fellow, Brookings Institution; distinguished fellow, World Resources Institute
  • James Thornton, Founder and chief executive, ClientEarth
  • Nigel Brook, Global head of reinsurance, Clyde & Co
  • Cynthia McHale, Senior director, Insurance and Climate Action 100+ Investor Engagement, Ceres
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency
  • Rich Sorkin, CEO and co-founder, Jupiter Intelligence
  • Nancy Saich, Chief climate change expert, European Investment Bank
  • Christine Faure-Fedigan, Head of corporate climate policy, Engie
  • Jens Ulltveit-Moe, Chair, Center for International Climate Research (CICERO); chief executive, Umoe
  • Andrew Palmer, Executive editor, The Economist
  • Catherine Brahic, Environment editor, The Economist
  • Jan Piotrowski, Business editor, The Economist
  • Jay Koh, Founder and managing director, The Lightsmith Group
  • Hauke Engel, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Tony Clamp, Deputy director, private sector facility, Green Climate Fund
  • Kris Peters, Deputy prime minister, Belgium

For more information on the event or to register, please go to:

Additionally, you can view The Economist Events’ Climate Risk Summit blog page ( for more content including Q&As with a range of our panelists. Follow and join in commentary about the event on Twitter using hashtag #EconClimateRisk.


Climate-KIC is the event’s Bronze sponsor. The event PR agency is BackBay Communications.

Supporting associations include BSR, Eco-Business, BloombergNEF, The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Carbon Tracker.

Media registration:

The event is open to working members of the press. Please contact Amisha Mehta at BackBay Communications (information below) for media registration details.

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With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary.

The Economist Events brings the publication to life. As the leader of debate in the pursuit of progress, Economist Events tackles leading issues with an insightful, forward-looking and distinctly global perspective. It provides the necessary tools for business leaders, senior executives and policy makers to make informed decisions and to stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing world.


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The Economist Events brings together policymakers, business leaders, scientists and investors for inaugural Climate Risk Summit in London on July 2.


BackBay Communications
Amisha Mehta, +44 203-475-7551