New Panelists Announced!
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New Panelists Announced!

"London is Open" Speakers Series September 16th , 2016

These leaders in business and policy will join Mayor Sadiq Khan at the BABC Chicago Panel Discussion "London Is Open - And the Opportunities for Business are GREAT" September 16th 2016 (top left to right).

The panel discussion will focus on post-Brexit reassurance for business interests in London with emphasis from the Mayor that the city is still open for international business. It shall feature a number of other speakers (to be confirmed) from a range of business and academic sectors who will provide unique insights and experiences from their relative areas.


Rick Waddell CEO, Northern Trust 

Frederick H. Waddell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust, one of the world's leading asset management, asset servicing, fund administration, fiduciary and banking services firms. Serving successful individuals, families and institutions worldwide, the Chicago-based,126-year-old financial institution had $6.2 trillion in assets under custody and $900 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2016.

Sheila Penrose Chairman, JLL

Sheila Penrose has served on five corporate boards and chaired a number of different board committees over the last 15 years across a variety of industries, all brand leaders in their fields.  She is currently a Director of three companies: McDonald's, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle), where she has been Chairman of the Board since 2005, and Entrust Datacard.

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Fellow, Mansfield College

Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Fellow at Mansfield College, University of Oxford and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously been appointed an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a World Fellow at Yale University.

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Vendeline von Bredow Midwest Correspondent, The Economist

Vendeline von Bredow is Midwest Correspondent of The Economist, based in Chicago. Until her move to the Midwest in October 2014, she was Deputy Europe Editor and Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent, based in London. She also looked after the Europe coverage online. Before June 2012 she was one of The Economist's Business Correspondents covering consumer goods, advertising and brands.