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100 days to kickstart Britain: what should the government's priorities be? | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes

Eshe Nelson

Eshe Nelson

Sam Richards

Sam Richards

Danny Sriskandarajah

Danny Sriskandarajah


Professor Richard Davies

Professor Richard Davies

The UK’s economy has waned in recent years - low growth and productivity have been coupled with rising inflation and poverty. How can Britain’s economic model be re-built to kickstart productivity and tackle the country’s challenges?

Meet our speakers and chair

Soumaya Keynes (@SoumayaKeynes) became economics columnist for the Financial Times after eight years at The Economist where she covered economics, trade and globalisation. Soumaya won an award for comment from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers. She also co-hosted The Economist's "Money Talks" podcast and co-founded the "Trade Talks" podcast.

Eshe Nelson (@eshelouise) is a reporter for The New York Times based in London, covering economics and business news. Her reporting focuses on how households and businesses are dealing with an economic environment that has been through major shocks in the past few years, including Brexit, the Covid pandemic, an energy crisis and high inflation. Before joining The New York Times, she was a global economics reporter for Quartz, a digital media startup focused on business and technology news and completed the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Sam Richards (@samrichardswebb) is campaign director and CEO of Britain Remade. He is a former special advisor at No.10 Downing Street, where until recently he worked on energy and the environment, and is a passionate advocate for clean growth across the UK.

Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah (@dhnnjyn) is Chief Executive of NEF. He was previously chief executive of Oxfam GB where he developed a bold new strategy, raised Oxfam’s profile, stabilised the organisation’s finances and reformed its business model and governance. Danny has extensive experience leading organisations across the civil society, intergovernmental and policy worlds at a national and international level. Prior to joining Oxfam, he was secretary general of the global civil society alliance CIVICUS, with members in more than 180 countries. Before that, he was the first non-British CEO of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the deputy director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, where he led its work on migration and inequalities.

Richard Davies (@RD_Economist) is an economist and author. He is Professor in Practice at the LSE School of Public Policy, serving as director of the Harvard-LSE Growth Co-Lab and the UK’s Economics Observatory. Before academia he worked in policy and journalism: he has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, an economist and speechwriter at the Bank of England, and economics editor of The Economist.

Update, Friday 7 June: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Ricardo Hausmann and Camilla Cavendish will no longer be speaking at this event.

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