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Comparing the current challenges relating to pension provision internationally

Thursday 10 December 2009

  • Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus
  • Per Eckefeldt
  • Marc T. Hommel
Seminar outline

Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Per Eckefeldt and Marc T. Hommel compare the current challenges relating to pension provision internationally and the different solutions being implemented across a range of countries.

Speaker presentation slides
  • Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus - Varieties of Pension Governance: The Regulation of Private Pensions in Europe (PDF 451KB)
  • Per Eckefeldt - Prospects for pensions in the EU (PDF 229KB)
  • Marc Hommel - Challenges in Workplace Pensions Provision (Employer Perspective) (PDF 50KB)
Speaker biographies

Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus holds the Chair in Macrosociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim and is Director of the Mannheim Centre of European Social Research (MZES). His interests include the commonalities and particularities of the European "social models" in an international comparative perspective, the role of the social partners within the reform of European welfare states, the institutional transformation of the pension systems, societal acceptance of the welfare state, changes in European trade unions and the long-term development of European societies.

Mr Per Eckefeldt is an economist in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission in Brussels. He is currently Head of Sector in the Unit 'Labour markets and welfare systems' in the Directorate dealing with structural policy issues, where he has worked since 1997. Per has worked on the economic and budgetary impact of an ageing population, including carrying out long-term economic and budgetary projections for the 27 EU Member States, reported, in part, in the European Commission's 2009 Aging Report.

Mr Marc T Hommel is a partner at PwC where he leads their UK pension consulting practice. He also sits on the global reward and retirement consulting leadership team. Marc has been at PwC for eight years, having previously been CEO of Liberty Pensions, Liberty Pensions Services and Hermes Liberty Pensions. He has advised on pension aspects of several major transactions. Marc is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a frequent media spokesperson.


The changing landscape of public sector pension provision

Wednesday 17 June 2009

  • Ross Altman
  • Chris Curry
Seminar outline

A seminar on the changing landscape of public sector pension provision with Ros Altmann, Robin Blackburn and Chris Curry. Over the recent past, debate on this issue has highlighted the perceived generosity of provision in the public sector relative to that in the private sector. The seminar will examine this and related aspects of public pension provision, providing a platform to examine current challenges and opportunities. The seminar will take place on 17th June at 5.30 pm and will be followed by a reception.

Speaker presentation slides
  • Ros Altman - Public sector pensions aristocracy (PDF 60KB)
  • Chris Curry - Public sector pensions: Where are we now? (PDF 682KB)
Speaker biographies

Ros Altmann is an independent expert on pensions policy, investment banking, savings and retirement. Ros is an economist by training and has extensive experience of all areas of pensions, from state pension policy to investment management of pension funds. She successfully spearheaded a campaign, lasting over 5 years, to force the UK Government to compensate 150,000 workers who lost their final salary company pensions after being falsely assured by the Government that their pensions were completely safe. Ros has a PhD in Economics from LSE and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard. She is a Non-Executive Director and a Governor of LSE and Chair of its Investment Committee.

Robin Blackburn is Professor of Sociology at University of Essex and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Robin has published Banking on Death: Or Investing for Life (Verso 2002) and Age Shock (Verso 2006) and more generally on financialization. Robin has also published extensively on the history of slavery and on social theory.

Chris Curry joined the PPI in July 2002, from the Association of British Insurers where he had been Senior Economist. Prior to this, Chris was an Economic Adviser at the Department of Social Security. Work at the DSS included analytical support for the Pension Provision Group, and working on the subsequent Pensions Green Paper published in December 1998. After working as part of the Poverty and Social Exclusion Team, Chris joined the ABI in August 2000, where his pension background led to work on the analysis of stakeholder pensions, the Pension Credit and annuities.


The future of pension provision

Wednesday 25 March 2009

  • Bill Galvin
    Technical Director, Pensions Regulator
  • Adrian Gallop
    Actuary, Government Actuary's Department
  • John H. Fitzpatrick
    Partner, Pension Corporation
Seminar outline

The event will discuss the future of pension provision from a variety of differing perspectives in the light of rapid increases in life expectancy. Continued and potentially even accelerating increases in life expectancy will have profound effects on societies over the coming decades and pose major challenges and opportunities for governments, businesses and individuals alike long after the current economic problems have worked their way through the system.

Speaker presentation slides
  • Bill Galvin - Impact of Increased Longevity (163KB)
  • Adrian Gallop - UK Mortality (Past, present and future) (PDF 173KB)
  • John H. Fitzpatrick - Increasing Longevity (Effects on the Pension System and Potential Actions today to improve the System (PDF 268KB)


Pensions Tomorrow launch seminar

Monday 3 November 2008

  • Howard Davies
    Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Edmund Truell
    CEO and Founder of Pension Corporation
Seminar outline

Howard and Edmund will discuss the economic landscape of pensions and debate some of the increasingly important issues around the topic. The seminar marks the launch of the Pensions Tomorrow Initiative in the Department of Management at LSE and has kindly been supported by funding from Pension Insurance Corporation.

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Speaker biographies

Howard Davies has been Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2003. Prior to this position he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority for five years. Other posts in his illustrious career include Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Howard is a non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley (since 2004) and Paternoster (since 2006).

Edmund Truell is the CEO and Founder of Pension Corporation, which was set up in 2006 to provide a wide range of options to pension funds based around the insurance of their liabilities. Edmund has twenty two years experience in private equity and the debt markets. He led the 1998 buyout and formation of Duke Street Capital ("DSC"), having been Chief Executive since 1994. Edmund was also responsible in 2000 for creating and building Duke Street Capital Debt Management, one of Europe's largest and most successful CDO managers. He was Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association 2001-2002 and is a Trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.