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The London Conference 2014

3 June 2014 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Lancaster House, London






Venue and Hotel Information

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World economic and political power is shifting, from West to East and North to South.

Bringing together around 150 senior decision-makers from the policy, business and academic worlds, the London Conference will generate high-level ideas to enhance cooperation and overcome divergences between governments and other actors navigating this shift.

Designed for impact

The London Conference is structured as an interactive dialogue, with an agenda designed by Chatham House and with input from our wider policy network. Full agenda.

Participants will not simply discuss the challenges that accompany the rebalancing of world order, but also ‘how’ and ‘by whom’ they should be addressed.

At the heart of globalization

The London Conference will offer a distinctive, neutral venue, in a city which serves as a global hub for international diplomacy, business and finance, education, communications, and the international NGO community, as well as hosting extensive and active diasporas.

Inclusive and broad in scope

The London Conference will be geographically diverse, with special focus on the emerging powers. Panels will feature active and former ministers, business leaders, academics, directors of international organizations, senior policy-makers and representatives of civil society from around the world. List of speakers.

A distinctive venue

With the support of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the London Conference will be held in the historic Lancaster House in central London and counts on the support and participation of the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague. Venue and hotel information.



09:00 – 10:00

  • What is different about globalization in 2014 compared to 1914?
  • Is world order now influenced more by economic interdependence than by geopolitical competition and military power?  Or is conflict as great a risk as ever?
  • Is the rise of the middle class in the emerging economies the most significant global geo-economic shift of our time? How will it affect the global balance of political power?
  • What steps can existing and emerging world powers take to focus on the pursuit of opportunities rather than on the defence of national interests? 

Confirmed panellists:

Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland
Harold James, Professor of History, Princeton University
Ruan Zongze, Vice President, China Institute of International Studies
Sam Walsh, CEO, Rio Tinto
Moderator: Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House



10:00 – 11:15

  • How can national social contracts be adapted to the changing international division of labour, evolving production networks and trade trends in the developed and emerging economies? 
  • How can the trade agenda be advanced to encourage well-functioning global markets that support prosperity and reduce inequality? Can regional trade blocs be leveraged to enhance this agenda?
  • What could reduce the tension between transnational forces and national politics to help populations adapt to the forces of globalization? To what extent can migration provide a solution?
  • How can the systems upon which economic integration relies – international transport, open digital communications, well-regulated financial markets and international law – be reinforced and guarded?

Confirmed panellists:

Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, Former Interim Deputy Prime Minister, Egypt
Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, Open Society Foundations
Leo Puri, Managing Director, UTI Asset Management Co
Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT Group
Moderator: Jim O’Neill, Economist

11:15 – 11:45    Refreshments 



11:45 – 13:00

  • Can the principle of open and equal access to the internet survive commercial and political pressures for control?
  • How can governments shape their use of the internet to enhance good governance and citizenship?
  • What is needed to ensure that innovation remains a defining feature of digital life in the face of increasing moves for control?
  • What are the best governance models for the internet? 

Confirmed panellists:

Hu Yong, Associate Professor, Peking University School of Journalism and Communication
Marietje Schaake MEP
Mark Spelman, Managing Director, Accenture
Emily Taylor, Founder and CEO, Guard UK
Moderator: Nik Gowing, Television Journalist

13:00 – 14:15    Lunch



14:15 – 15:30

  • How can governments and companies best reduce counterproductive competition over access to critical resources?
  • What is the right balance between government-led and market-driven solutions to current resource insecurity?
  • What can be done to accelerate the global deployment of resource-efficient, clean technology and resource price reform? 
  • What forums could be created to act as a counterweight to resource nationalism, strengthen sustainable resource management and mitigate the global effects of their increased consumption? Who should take part in such forums?

Confirmed panellists:

Suresh Prabhu, Chairman of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India
Norbert Röttgen
, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
Dev Sanyal
, Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff, BP plc
Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Chatham House
Moderator: Bernice Lee, Director Climate Change, World Economic Forum and Associate Fellow, Chatham House

15:30 – 15:50    Refreshments

15:50    In conversation with Rt Hon William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary; Moderator: Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House



16:30 – 17:45

  • How might current multilateral structures such as the UN and the World Bank adapt to deal successfully with global challenges such as climate change, nuclear proliferation and international trade?
  • What other structures could emerge to deal successfully with these challenges? How formal and all-inclusive do they need to be?
  • To what extent will non-state actors become better able than states and international organizations to develop a new form of international collaboration? Will they need the legitimization of states to be effective?

Confirmed panellists:

R Nicholas Burns, Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
John Kufuor, Former President, Ghana and UN Special Representative on Climate Change
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister, Australia
Moderator: Ngaire Woods, Professor of Global Economic Governance, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

19:00    Gala Dinner at the British Museum, Sponsored by Bloomberg LP


Dr Ziad Bahaa-Eldin

Dr Ziad Bahaa-Eldin

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Egypt
Alyson Bailes

Alyson JK Bailes

Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland
Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Jan Eliasson

Jan Eliasson

UN Deputy Secretary General
Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili

Senior Economic Adviser, Open Society Foundations
Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing

Presenter, BBC World News
William Hague

Rt Hon William Hague

UK Foreign Secretary
Professor Hu Yong

Professor Hu Yong

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University
Professor Harold James

Professor Harold James

Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University
John Kufuor

John Kufuor

UN Special Envoy on Climate Change; Former President of Ghana
Bernice Lee OBE to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change

Bernice Lee OBE

Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for the Sustainable Resource Economy
Dr Robin Niblett to speak at Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood conference 2017

Dr Robin Niblett CMG

Director, Chatham House
Lord Jim O’Neill to speak at the Chatham House Belt and Road 2017 conference

Lord Jim O’Neill

Chairman, City Growth Commission, and Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (2015 -16)
Suresh Prabhu

Suresh Prabhu

Former Minister for Industry, Environment and Forests, and Power, India
Leo Puri

Leo Puri

Managing Director, UTI Asset Management Co Ltd
Sir Michael Rake

Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, BT Group plc
Norbert Röttgen

Dr Norbert Röttgen

Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
Dr Ruan Zongze

Dr Ruan Zongze

Vice President and Senior Fellow, China Institute of International Studies
Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Senior Fellow, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Dev Sanyal

Dev Sanyal

Executive Vice-President, BP plc
Marietje Schaake MEP

Marietje Schaake MEP

Member of the European Parliament, Dutch Democratic Party
Mark Spelman

Mark Spelman

Managing Director, Accenture
Professor Paul Stevens

Professor Paul Stevens

Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Founder and CEO, Guard UK
Sam Walsh AO

Sam Walsh AO

Chief Executive, Rio Tinto
Professor Ngaire Woods

Professor Ngaire Woods

Inaugural Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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Venue Information

Lancaster House
Stable Yard
St James’s


Hotel Information

Flemings Mayfair
7-12 Half Moon Street
Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 0000

Book at the conference rate of £240 per night + VAT


The Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
Whitcomb Street
Trafalgar Square

Booking info: Please email [email protected] to reserve at the conference rate of £230 per night, including VAT and breakfast.


The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
St James's

Booking info: Please call the hotel on +44 (0)20 7930 2111 to reserve your accommodation. Mention Chatham House at the time of booking to ensure you receive the conference rate of £205 per night + VAT.


Conference rates apply on the nights of Monday 2 June and Tuesday 3 June only.