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LSE's ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and The Economist co-host a public debate on risk management on Thursday 14 October at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

In the past decade, banks, investors and company bosses have invented ever more clever ways to deal with risky markets. This has given rise to a new class of corporate technocrats: risk managers. But with risk managers at the centre of corporate disasters, from Barings to Metallgesellschaft to Enron, have the practitioners of risk management done more harm than good?

Speakers are:

  • Reg Hinkley, commercial director of Integrated Supply and Trading, BP
  • Professor Avinash Persaud, investment director of GAM London Ltd.
  • Mike Power, PD Leake Professor of Accounting and co-director of CARR at LSE.
  • Theierry Van Santen, corporate risk manager of Group Danone.

LSE Director Howard Davies will chair this debate.

Are risk managers dangerous? is on Thursday 14 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE. The debate is free and open to all but a ticket is required. 

All public tickets have now been allocated. 


  • Members of the public: all tickets have now been allocated. For information on the returns queue, click here
  • Members of the press: To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk


This debate is organised by LSE's ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and The Economist.

The ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at LSE. Our core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices. For more information, see Analysis of risk and regulation|

Press cuttings

Evening Standard (15 Oct)
Perils that lie in risk management 
Reference to LSE hosted event chaired by Howard Davies, director of LSE, Are Risk Managers Dangerous?

7 October 2004