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FT Engage is an event series that offers readers the opportunity to engage directly with our journalists and editors in a conversation about the big issues, trending topics, people and places we cover. This includes everything from the consequences of Brexit, the rise of populism and investing through the uncertainty of a Trump administration, to football, start-ups and the generational divide.
Join us at our upcoming events, listed below, and the follow the conversation #FTEngage on Twitter.
Does America first mean America alone? Join Gideon Rachman, the FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator, and William J Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and formerly US deputy secretary of state, ambassador to Moscow and the diplomat who led the secret Iran nuclear talks, for an evening of frank conversation and Q&A about the world in the Trump era.
The global HIV epidemic has triggered remarkable progress in new models of innovation in drug development and treatment, access, and partnership between companies, governments and patients. It offers valuable lessons for other areas of medicine, while provoking continued debates around ethics and pricing. Join Andrew Jack and Deborah Waterhouse, chief executive of ViiV Healthcare and other guests to discuss these issues.
There will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the FT’s specialists including Sarah Neville, global pharmaceuticals editor; Clive Cookson, science editor; and Darren Dodd, author of the FT Health newsletter.
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Past 2017 events
What will we do when machines do everything? — 19 June — London
Come consider the human response to automation and what this means for the future world of work with John Thornhill, FT innovation editor, Robin Kwong, special projects editor at the FT, and Sarah O’Connor, FT employment correspondent. They will be joined by guests Margaret Heffernan, author of Willful Blindness and A Bigger Prize, and Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
21st Century Skills with Lucy Kellaway — 23 May 2017 — London
What are the biggest forces affecting people at work today? What skills do you need to succeed? Now more than ever, working life is like a marathon that has to be planned and prepared for. It will require job transitions and changes — some that you may choose to take on yourself, while others could be forced on you.
Join Lucy Kellaway, FT management columnist, for conversation and drinks about the new ways of doing business and how to navigate the ever-changing world of work.
The New Normal of Slower Growth — 26 April 2017 — Singapore
What can we expect politically and economically from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the coming years? The growing middle class has driven economic growth, but domestic consumption is signalling some weakness, which may require new policy and investment approaches.
In China, the government has indicated there will be slower growth and more reform in 2017. Yet the closer we get to China’s 19th Party Congress, held later this year, the more pressure there is for local officials to maintain stability, which in this case means growth.
Join Jamil Anderlini, FT Asia editor, Jeremy Grant, managing editor of FT Confidential Research, and Jeevan Vasagar, FT Singapore and Malaysia correspondent, for conversation and refreshments.
Closing The Gender Gap — 19 April 2017 — London
Women make up a majority of university graduates in the UK yet remain under-represented in management and leadership positions. Those women who do make it up the ladder, however, often earn less than men at the same level. At the current pace, closing the gender pay gap would take another 24 years.
Join Brooke Masters, FT companies editor, for a conversation about what companies are doing to attract, retain and promote women. What is working and what has not worked in the past? What is the difference between unequal pay and the gender pay gap, and how are companies approaching these challenges?
Investing Through Uncertainty — 20 March 2017 — London
Brexit. Trump. The French elections. What do these events mean for your investment portfolio?
These are uncertain times that require specific investment outlooks.
Join Mike Mackenzie, markets editor, Philip Stafford, editor of FT Trading Room, and Clare Woodman, chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Group, for conversation and refreshments about what we can expect from financial markets, how investors should be positioning their portfolios and what signals to watch for.
The Rise of the Right — 16 March 2017 — London
Ahead of elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany, the FT has launched a major series called the The Europopulists — combining in-depth interviews and unrivalled data analysis — to get to the root of the movement shaking the political establishment.
Join Roula Khalaf, deputy editor of the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist, Simon Kuper, FT columnist, and Catherine Fieschi, executive director of Counterpoint, as they speak about the rise of European rightwing nationalism and the recent outcome of the Dutch election.
Year of the Rooster — 24 January 2017 — London
Will China be a source of market stability or volatility in 2017? Will Xi Jinping’s priority be reform or growth this year? What will Donald Trump in the White House mean for Sino-US relations?
Join Stefania Palma, Asia editor at The Banker, David Wilder, China principal of FT Confidential Research, Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator, and James Kynge, emerging markets editor, for drinks and discussion. Hear and ask questions about the global macroeconomic outlook and the key risks and opportunities likely to face China in 2017.