Our advisory board provides strategic and expert guidance on how we position our events. Our editorial stance does not represent their personal views. 


Professor Tony Travers

Tony is an academic and journalist, specialising in issues affecting local government. He is the Director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics. From 2012-2013 he chaired the London Finance Commission. He has been a member of the Audit Commission and a Senior Associate of the King's Fund, and has advised the House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee and the Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He was also a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance.

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James Crabtree

James heads up the Mumbai bureau of the Financial Times as well as being a Trustee for MySociety.org. In his role at the FT, James leads the paper's coverage of corporate India, previously having worked as Comment Editor on the op-ed pages. Prior to this he was Deputy Editor of Prospect as well as a policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. James was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and spent a number of years living in the USA.


Joris Luyendijk

Joris is a Dutch non-fiction author, journalist, news correspondent and talk show host. A former Middle East correspondent, he writes the experimental Guardian Banking Blog, which looks at the world of finance from an anthropological perspective. In September 2010 he was asked to shadow the Dutch Parliament and government in the Hague for a month, resulting in a book on Dutch politics, titled ‘Je hebt het niet van mij, maar...' ("It’s not coming from me, but…').


Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli

Chairman of Z/Yen, a commercial think-tank he co-founded in 1994, Michael is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Commerce and a Fellow at Gresham College, London. He is an Alderman for the City of London Corporation, a position to which he was elected in 2013. Educated at Harvard University, Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics, Michael’s early research in rocket science and computer graphics led him to start companies in seismology, cartography and energy information. He spent seven years as a senior partner and board member of the then-leading accountancy firm, BDO Binder Hamlyn. Michael served as a Director of Europe’s largest R&D organisation (DERA) leading to two privatisations. He is the creator of the Long Finance Initiative, the Global Financial Centres Index, London Accord, Global Intellectual Property Index and the Farsight Award

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Oliver Rivers

Oliver is an angel investor and strategic advisor to early-stage businesses. He is an investor in and Finance Director of the drinks company Kamm & Sons; is an investor and strategic advisor to DesignMyNight, and is Finance Director to BRITDOC Foundation. He is a Trustee of Legal Action Group. Oliver holds an Executive MBA from London Business School.