iConnections’ Global Alternatives Conference Announces Final Speaker Line-Up

Tristan Harris, Francine Lacqua and Anne McElvoy Confirmed as New Speakers

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iConnections, the industry-leading platform and community that seamlessly connects investment managers and allocators, today announced that Tristan Harris, President and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, Francine Lacqua, Anchor and Editor-at-Large at Bloomberg TV and Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist have joined the roster for the firm’s Global Alternatives Conference taking place virtually from January 21—29, 2021.

The speakers join a stellar line-up of 40 leading thinkers from the worlds of business, finance, science, media and academia, including Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, Gary Cohn, former Director of the United States National Economic Council, Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Stonybrook University, Tom Bosset, former White House advisor, Michael Novogratz, founder, CEO and Chairman of Galaxy Digital, and Mathieu Chabran, co–founder of Tikehau Capital.

The newly confirmed speakers will be featured on the following panels in partnership with leading media company, Intelligence Squared:

Tristan Harris, one of the world’s leading design ethicists and star of Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma,’ will be hosting a session, Designing an Ethical Future, in which he will discuss the enormous power technology has in steering human attention and behaviour.

Francine Lacqua, Anchor and Editor-at-Large at Bloomberg TV, will be featured on the Unprecedented Risks, Challenges and Opportunities of Our Times panel alongside the Financial Times’ US Editor-At-Large, Gillian Tett and Neuroscientist and Chief Scientist for Scientific, Professor Stephen Emmott.

Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist, will be chairing the panel Wake Up Call: Has China Won? to discuss whether China will become the world’s new superpower with John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief for Bloomberg News and Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.

Two new moderators have also joined the roster: Russell Barlow, Global Head of Alternative Investment Strategies at Aberdeen Standard Investments, who will moderate the A Macro Perspective: Bitcoin and the Digital Economy session with Michael Novogratz and Leslie Picker, Reporter for CNBC, who will moderate the fireside chat with Mathieu Chabran.

Ron Biscardi, co-founder and CEO of iConnections said, “Our latest speakers join an exceptional line-up of the brightest minds in business, finance, media, politics and academia to discuss some of the most pressing issues shaping our world today and in the future. By combining ideas with the dry powder of over 700 global managers and allocators, we have the potential to create a formidable platform for capital allocation in 2021 and beyond.”

The January 2021 conference is open to members of the iConnections platform and The Connections Investment Institute. For further information about the event, including the detailed agenda, please visit: https://iconnections.io/event/globalaltsconference/.

About iConnections

iConnections is a community that connects the investment management industry year-round. Our software platform seamlessly connects managers and allocators for virtual meetings, giving managers the ability to subscribe and share information with allocators who can efficiently select and meet managers all on one platform. Uniquely, purpose and philanthropy are embedded in the way iConnections works, with charitable initiatives and fundraising as a central pillar of the ecosystem. The scalable technology powering iConnections can be used for bespoke events by managers, allocators and service providers. In an environment where physical events and meetings are no longer the norm, we’ve reimagined how the investment industry connects. Visit https://www.iconnections.io/ to learn more about how iConnections helps people invest in progress.

At iConnections, we believe a better-connected investment community helps to advance the world.


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