Can Finance Save the World? Bertrand Badré in Dialogue with Gordon Brown

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Bertrand Badré

Bertrand Badré

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Sabine Syfuss-Arnaud

Sabine Syfuss-Arnaud



Professor Iain Begg

Professor Iain Begg

Former World Bank Group CFO Bertrand Badré discusses his recently published book Can Finance Save the World? with former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Together they will reflect on the destructive role finance played in the global crisis of 2007-2008 and how finance might be transformed into a force for good.

Bertrand Badré (@BertrandBadre) is former Managing Director and CFO of the World Bank Group.

Gordon Brown (@OfficeGSBrown) is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He served as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history.

Sabine Syfuss-Arnaud (@SSyfussArnaud) is the World Editor of Challenges, a leading business weekly in France. She has been working as a journalist for the past 20 years, focusing on European and international affairs. She began her career at the United Nations working as a press officer alternatively in New York and in Geneva.

Iain Begg (@IainBeggLSE) is a Professorial Research Fellow at LSE’s European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS. 

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.

This event is part of the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS. The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint initiative between LSE and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, funded by Stiftung Mercator and honouring the legacy of former LSE Director Ralf Dahrendorf.

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