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FT convenes global experts for digital debates to help business leaders navigate economic uncertainty

31 March 2020: The Financial Times is launching a series of webinars that will convene the FT’s global network of journalists and experts to discuss the key issues facing economies, businesses and society, including the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Titled FT Digital Dialogues, the series is being launched by FT Live, the conferences and events arm of the Financial Times.

The free online video conversations will be led by FT journalists and will feature interviews and talks with leading analysts, strategists, and economic and business leaders on the current economic crisis and how it compares to past global upheavals. The events will explore what policy makers can do to ensure the optimal conditions for recovery, and how businesses and individuals can prepare for a post-Covid-19 world. Following each conversation, the video will be available online in an on-demand format for four weeks. 

“FT Live has an important role to play in helping our readers and clients understand these uncertain times,” said Orson Francescone, managing director of FT Live. “With our extraordinary coverage of the crisis and unmatched convening power, the FT is uniquely positioned to respond to this moment by connecting audiences with experts in engaging new formats. We’re proud to be launching this new service now.”

The first FT Digital Dialogue event, titled The Global Economic Emergency will be held on 1 April at 16:00 BST (GMT+1). Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor, will moderate a virtual panel with: 

  • Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times
  • Lord Adair Turner, senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority
  • Rain Newton-Smith, chief economist at the Confederation of British Industry

The agenda will cover: what policy makers should do to avert a depression and ensure a relatively rapid recovery; what can be learned from previous economic and financial upheavals; the long-term impact on supply chains; trade and globalisation; and to what extent the crisis will affect capitalism itself. The live one-hour session will include live polling and audience Q&A.  

Those interested in attending The Global Economic Emergency can sign up for the session here. A link will be shared with registrants. 

Additional events will be announced in the coming weeks on live.ft.com.

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of more than one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

For more information, please contact: Katrina Fedczuk / katrina.fedczuk@ft.com