Building a people-first economy

It’s been a notoriously difficult time for our economy — from unruly financial markets and split economic unions to staggering amounts of public debt. The question is: can we really ‘build back better’? We explore what awaits us in a post-pandemic, post-Brexit society, and uncover all the promising opportunities to lift our economy back on its feet.

With a wealth of wisdom and data-driven foresight, this stage welcomes top economists, academics, CEOs and high-ranking civil servants as we look back into recent history, see how the pandemic has reshaped our society, and set our sights on building a better future for us and the younger generations relying on the choices we make today.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here


Economic innovation

Explore all the clever ways economic innovation can help us tackle society’s
biggest problems.


Impact of Brexit

Dive deeper into the true impact of Brexit and the profound ways it has already affected the economy.


Sustainable society

Sharpen your understanding of unemployment for today’s youth and how we can work together to build a fairer, more sustainable society.


Responsible leadership

Get cues on responsible leadership from the luminaries of the world’s largest and most successful businesses.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How are we building a new social contract?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How does the UK measure up in AI and digitisation?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What are the keys for economic health?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Why are public development banks vital to boost growth?

Get answers to the biggest questions, including

How are we building a new social contract?

How does the UK measure up in AI and digitisation?

What are the keys for economic health?

Why are public development banks vital to boost growth?

Meet the speakers

Rémy Rioux

CEO, Agence Française de Développement and IDFC Chairperson France’s Public Development Bank Economy

Matt Reed

Global Director of Institutional Partnerships and CEO (UK) Aga Khan Foundation Economy

See the Agenda

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021 When private investment fears to tread: The role of public development banks

You can’t build a better future without taking risks. From financial and (geo)political leaps of faith to accepting that your return on investment might not be quick or even monetary — pushing...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021 Post-pandemic: Society and the economy

The pandemic has uprooted our society and economy in a way not seen for decades. To quote Churchill, ‘No crisis should go to waste’, so what have we learnt and how can it help us deal with the...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Digital Catapult and QuantumBlack
The New Normal, according to the latest research

The pandemic has accelerated changes in consumer preferences and sparked new trends in consumer behaviour. Now that the end of the pandemic is tantalisingly close, everyone is talking about...

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm 14th June 2021 What about China?

China is the world’s second largest economy and its second most important superpower. It has a grand strategy for itself and for the world that may just reshape the global economy. But far...

4:00 pm - 5:20 pm 14th June 2021 Using the power of Anthro-Vision to understand human behaviour and drive change

Anthropology, the scientific study of human behavioural patterns and underlying meaning, has found new domains of research in business and economy. Bestselling author and Anthropology PhD...

4:40 pm - 4:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021 New world, same humans: Three AI-fuelled trends for 2022 and beyond!

Powerful new trends in human behaviour, attitude and expectation emerge when new technologies collide with age-old human needs. In this fast-paced session, leading trend-watcher David Mattin...

5:04 pm - 5:09 pm 14th June 2021 MC

Our Partners

Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company

Lead Partner

Digital Catapult

Content Partner

Digital Catapult is the UK authority on advanced digital technology. Through collaboration and innovation, we accelerate industry adoption to drive growth and opportunity across the economy.

We bring together an expert and enterprising community of researchers, startups, scaleups and industry leaders to discover new ways to solve the big challenges limiting the UK’s future potential. Through our specialist programmes and experimental facilities, we make sure that innovation thrives and the right solutions make it to the real world.

Our goal is to accelerate new possibilities in everything we do and for every business we partner with on the journey – breaking down barriers, de-risking innovation, opening up markets and responsibly shaping the products, services and experiences of the future.

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— Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK