Showcase Event 2018 – Stanley Building

Warwick Congress is more than just a conference. The Showcase event at the Stanley Building in Pancras Square, King’s Cross in London will take place on Thursday, 19th October 2017. Our stand-alone London event helps to spread our message
amongst students and corporates alike. This event will feature an active discussion between our speakers and delegates to allow students to deepen their understanding of the greatest challenges of our generation.
Warwick Congress are delighted to be working alongside Warwick in London to host our debate and we look forward to expanding our presence in the London community at such an innovative location. Warwick in London brings the best of Warwick’s teaching and research activities to the vibrant capital city and provides a central HQ for all Warwick activity across the city.

Infrastructure and Environment: New problems call for new solutions

Concerns over the future of our planet are, put mildly, cardinal. America, the producer of 30% of the world’s waste and user of 25% of the world’s natural resources is “pulling out of” the Paris Climate Agreement. “Green growth” is now our focus following the effects of traditional industrial growth; global warming, pollution and acid rain are amongst the frightening lineup. The difficulty lies in achieving a balance; a balance of sovereign, national interests against global commitments, of profitability against sustainability and of incentivisation against taxation, as strive for ’eco-innovation’ and a circular economy.

The result of careful balancing should of course be traceable improvements in both what our infrastructure facilitates and environmental conditions. Governments and business alike are setting targets and thinking innovatively, supporting job creation and attracting investments. The major political issues concern the distributing burdens of international agreements, and doubts remain over the effectiveness of legislation to reduce the external costs of economic growth. The case for optimism remains however, as incredible progress has shown. In fact, enough energy comes from the sun every hour to sustain the world’s annual energy needs.

So the question is not “can we change”, rather “will we change”?

  It is rewarding to see a room full of interested and motivated people, who want to hear from practitioners. Moreover, every single member of the organizing team that I’ve met has been truly impressive – I can’t think of any details that didn’t get thought of.   Tom Spreutels

Managing Director - Head of UK Financial Institutions and EMEA Insurance & Asset Management - Corporate Banking , Citi Bank


Noel Gordon


Chairman of NHS Digital

Formerly an economist and a banker, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2012 including, for the last 16 years, with Accenture where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry Practice. He has extensive practical experience of driving fundamental innovations in transforming industries, and of big data, analytics, mobile and digital technologies.

Noel is Chairman of NHS Digital, Chairman of Healthcare UK Advisory Board, a non-executive director of NHS England and Chair of its Specialised Commissioning Committee. He is a member of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board of the Department of Health, a non-executive director of the Payments Systems Regulator, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of Warwick , a member of the Development Board of Age UK, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of

Alina Averchenkova


Principal Research Fellow, Lead for Governance and Legislation, LSE

Alina Averchenkova has been Lead for Governance and Legislation and a Principal Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE, since April 2013.

Alina’s professional experience includes working as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, working for the Environmental Defence Fund in Washington DC and for the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Prior to her current role, Alina was Global Director for Climate Change and Carbon at KPMG.

Alina graduated from the University of Bath with a PhD in Economics and International Development.

Julie Meyer, MBE


Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital

Julie Meyer, MBE is an American businesswoman, entrepreneur and
author. She is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, a venture capital
firm, and is a Managing Partner at the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs
(ACE) Fund, Ariadne Ecosystem Economics(tm) Fund and is founder of

Julie obtained her MBA in 1997 at INSEAD, the leading European business school where she now sits on the Board of Directors and was named one of their top 50 alumni. She built the first social network for Internet entrepreneurs in 1998-2000, First Tuesday, which she sold for $50 million in July 2000, and many credited with igniting the Internet
generation in Europe.

Julie was the co-founder of the networking club First Tuesday
(1998-2000). In 2009, she appeared as a Dragon on the online version of
BBC’s Dragons’ Den. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the
University of Warwick in 2014.

Roberto Casoni


Partner and Portfolio manager at Otus Capital

Roberto Chiarion Casoni is a portfolio manager and partner at Otus Capital since 2007. The hedge Fund strategy is Long/Short European Mid/Small Cap Equity.
Roberto has over 20 years of investment experience, with Citigroup, where from 2003 until 2006 he was a Managing Director and Head of the European Small/Mid Cap research team, with Schroders where he was head of the Italian Equity research. Roberto was consistently voted one of the best analysts in Italy in both Extel and Institutional Investor Surveys, including best analyst in Italy in 2004 and 2006 by Institutional Investor2 and best analyst in the Italian Small/Mid Caps in 2004 and 2005 by Extel.

Moderator Siobhan Benita


Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London

Siobhan is the Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London (WiL) and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab at the University of Warwick. Before starting her current role of Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London, on 1st August 2016, Siobhan was the Chief Policy and Strategy Officer of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick for just under three years. Previous to that, Siobhan was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ government experience and worked in many of the major departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government as well as spending several years at the heart of Government with senior roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

She resigned in January 2012 to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election, where she secured around 250,000 votes which was a remarkable achievement for a previously unknown independent with no party machine. Siobhan has broad experience of TV and radio commentary and speaks regularly on issues, including public policy and gender equality.