28 and 29 November 2017

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh


Thank you for those that joined us at JIC Autumn 2017, we hope you enjoyed the mix of boardroom sessions and topical external speakers. Please find links below where you can download all the presentation used on the day. Should you require anything further please don’t hesitate to contact us at jic@mipagency.com.


Our sponsors are working together to ensure we present a wide range of pertinent topics, with no overlap or repetition. Our line up of sponsors include:


Beyond Brexit

You may feel “Brexited-out” by now, so our breakouts look a bit further out. What happens when these thorny issues are resolved and what’s on the minds of the political classes. You’ll get the inside track in our “no holds barred” breakouts.

Sarah Smith is the new host of Sunday Politics, taking over from Andrew Neil. She was formerly Scotland Editor of the BBC from 2015 to 2017, covering Scottish news, politics and current events for BBC TV news and radio. Prior to working for the BBC, Sarah worked for Channel 4 News from 1998 until 2014, where she covered a range of international stories including US presidential elections, the Haiti earthquake, Madrid bombings and Fukushima disaster. Sarah is the eldest daughter of late Labour leader John Smith.

Liam Halligan is an economist, writer and broadcaster, best known for his weekly Economics Agenda column in The Sunday Telegraph. Liam is also Editor-at-Large and columnist at Business New Europe – a leading source of English-language business, economics and political news and analysis covering 30 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management, the world's largest Russia/CIS-focused asset manager, controlling investments worth over $4bn for a range of institutional clients. He has just co-authored, with Gerard Lyons, 'Clean Brexit - How to make a success of leaving the EU'.

External speakers

Greg is a globally recognised expert in applied decision science, behavioural finance, and financial wellbeing – turning academic insight into practical solutions. Greg started, and for a decade built and led, the banking world's first behavioural finance team as Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance at Barclays. He was the architect of Barclays' behavioural profiling tools and Wealth Philosophy; and designed Barclays' innovative behavioural approach to impact investing and philanthropy. In 2016 he founded Centapse, a firm dedicated to applying sophisticated behavioural insight to design, develop, and deploy solutions across industry to help people and organisations, make better decisions.

He holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; is an Associate Fellow at Oxford's Saïd Business School; a lecturer at Imperial College London; and author of Behavioral Investment Management. Greg is also the creator of Open Outcry, a 'reality opera' premiered in London in 2012, creating live performance from a functioning trading floor.

David started his career in the oil exploration business. Since then he has spent the past 25 years in the world of financial markets. He joined JP Morgan in 1986, where he traded the FX, Bonds, equities and commodities on JPM's first European Prop desk. In 1991, he founded and managed JPM's highly successful European Market Analysis Group, developing new behavioural investment techniques.

In 1993 David founded Apollo Asset Management. He then co-founded Emergent Asset Management in 1997, serving as CIO until 2011. He founded Emvest, Emergent's African land fund in 2008, and acted as its Chairman until its sale from the group in 2011. He took full control of Emergent in 2011, combining his management of the Geomacro fund with the role of Chief Executive Officer.

In January 2012, together with two partners, David set up Spartent Global Solutions, an independent security consultancy company providing a comprehensive range of security services. Additionally, David is the author of Breaking the Code of History, published in 2011. The book highlights the key factors in today's changing world, as power shifts from the West to the East.


JIC Autumn is this year moving to the beautiful Balmoral Hotel on Princes St, Edinburgh. This centrally located hotel is 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh airport and a 2-minute walk from Waverely station.

Transfers can be provided from Edinburgh airport. There are a limited number of parking spaces at the hotel, please let us know if you would like us to reserve one of them for you.

Accommodation is provided on the Tuesday night. If you are travelling from further afield and would prefer to arrive on Monday, we would be delighted to provide a room for you.


JIC Spring 2018

24 – 25 April