The IGD Leaders' Forum

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For the leaders of today and
the leaders of tomorrow

Food and grocery is facing three disruptors that threaten the future of your business

Paul Mills-Hicks
Food Commercial Director

Leendert den Hollander
Vice President & General Manager

Programme

18 October 2017

08.30 | Registration and refreshments

09.15 | Setting the scene

The host’s opening thoughts on the day and the agenda. 

 

09.25 | The Brexit Workout

James Walton, IGD’s Chief Economist, will unveil the results from a new member survey about Brexit. 

What are retailers and manufacturers most concerned about? How are their preparations progressing and how confident are they that their trading partners will be ready in time? Despite the uncertainty about exactly what Brexit will entail, James will argue that companies can’t afford to sit and wait until clarity emerges. They can and must assess their biggest risks and start putting countermeasures in place now. 

Through the IGD Brexit Workout, he will explain how they can get started.

09.55 | Reshaping governments

We have entered a new age of political extremism.

  • How should the business world now engage in politics? 
  • Are businesses part of the problem, causing disaffection with ‘the establishment’? 
  • Do businesses need to step up and fill a void? 
  • Can business be a bigger force for good in society? 
 

 

Three leading experts will outline their thoughts and debate these issues alongside industry leaders. There will be an opportunity for audience voting, questions and recommendations for action.

Mary Ann Sieghart, Chair, Social Market Foundation 
Ed Balls, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London 
Fiona Dawson, Global President Food, Drinks and Multisales, Mars
Andrew Higginson, Chairman, Morrisons
David Goodhart, Author of ‘The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics’

11.10 | Networking refreshment break

 

11.40 | The new rules for trade

International trade agreements are now in a state of flux.

 
  • What will be the consequences for business?
  • Why is free trade apparently so unpopular? 
  • Is globalisation moving into reverse?
  • How likely is a damaging trade war? How can companies speak up for the benefits of trade?
  • Can the UK offset any new trade barriers in Europe with new deals elsewhere in the world?

 

Three leading experts will outline their thoughts and debate these issues alongside industry leaders. There will be an opportunity for audience voting, questions and recommendations for action.

Mats Persson, Head of International Trade, EY

Professor L Alan Winters, Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, Sussex University

Amanda Sourry, President Foods, Unilever

Meurig Raymond, President, NFU

Lord Digby Jones, Author of ‘Fixing Britain’ and previous Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment

Paul Mills Hicks, Food Commercial Director, Sainsbury’s

12.55 | Networking lunch

13.45 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Automation is accelerating in food and grocery. Will this promote productivity and prosperity or will it feed the fires of discontent and rebellion?

 
  • Is AI about to transform the business world?
  • Is it any different to previous waves of technology?
  • What ethical challenges will it present?
  • Will there be a sudden and massive displacement of jobs?
  • How can we ensure the benefits of AI are shared equitably?
 

 

Three leading experts will outline their thoughts and debate these issues alongside industry leaders. There will be an opportunity for audience voting, questions and recommendations for action.

Robert Colvile, Author of "The Great Acceleration," Editor, CapX

Christopher Barnatt, Futurist and Author, ExplainingtheFuture.com

Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics, The University of Edinburgh

Leendert den Hollander, Vice President & General Manager, Great Britain, Coca-Cola European Partners

Charles Wilson, Chief Executive, Booker

Doug Gurr, Country Manager, Amazon UK

15.05 | Networking refreshment break

15.30 | Industry action plan

An opportunity to assess and debate the industry response to the topics covered.

16.10 | Wrap up

Closing thoughts on the day and next steps to instigating change.

16.15 | Close

 


The IGD
Leaders' Forum

Pricing

IGD Members

£750 | €900

Non-members

£995 | €1195

Prices displayed ex-VAT. 

Christopher Barnatt

The Brexit workout

Answer 6 questions about your business to find out how Brexit will disrupt your profits.

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Christopher Barnatt

60 seconds with Christopher Barnatt

Chris Barnatt, author and futurist, tells us how technology is transforming retail, food and grocery and the political landscape.

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60 seconds with Robert Colvile

Read what one of our topic experts has to say on the rise of Artificial Intelligence and technology’s impact on global business ahead of the event…

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Professor L Alan Winters

60 seconds with Prof. L Alan Winters, Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory

The Director of the independent advisory to the UK government amidst Brexit negotiations reveals his expectations of how international trade will change.

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Lord Digby Jones

60 seconds with Lord Digby Jones

Honest and to the point, Lord Digby Jones spoke with us ahead of his involvement in the panel for the Leaders’ Forum.

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The official event brochure

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Four Brexit trade scenarios

Read our synopsis of the 4 most likely post-Brexit scenarios that will affect the way you do business internationally.

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