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The Aspen UK podcast provides a weekly conversation with an illustrious lineup of speakers covering topics that matter, including climate change, feminism and diplomacy. With a diverse community of leaders committed to the greater good, each Aspen UK discussion sparks intellectual inquiry and exchange whilst hoping to inspire people to contribute to making a positive difference in their society.
 
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This conversation is in partnership with Credit Suisse Budgets vs biodiversity – how can we protect both as tensions rise in the crusade to defend our planet’s natural habitats? Simon Mundy, Moral Money editor at The Financial Times is joined by Sandra Guzman Luna, manager of the Climate Finance Programme at the Climate Policy Initiative; Jojo Meht…
 
Professor Philippe Sands and Frans Timmermans in conversation about our common future. The human rights lawyer and European Commission Executive Vice president for the European Green Deal talk with Penny Richards, managing director of the Aspen Institute in the UK. They discuss the plight of humanity in an age of climate and biodiversity crises, sh…
 
In this episode, John Kampfner, award-winning author, broadcaster, commentator and cultural leader guides this conversation on the future of UK-German relations with Jill Gallard, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; and the German Ambassador to the UK, Andreas Michaelis. They discuss the current state of Germany following t…
 
In February 2021, Myanmar's military seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government. The country’s population has since been living under a state of emergency. In this episode, Jonathan Head, South East Asia correspondent for the BBC has a conversation with Zin Mar Aung, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Gover…
 
In this special episode of the Aspen UK Podcast, Penny Richards is joined by Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital and SALT, host of Mooch FM and former head of communications at the White House. They talk about Penny’s unforgettable experiences while working as a foreign reporter at war zones across the world for the BBC. Penny talks ab…
 
In this special episode, Penny Richards, head of the Aspen Institute UK leads a conversation on the future of Britain after Brexit. She is joined by Lord Peter Ricketts, former British diplomat; Muddassar Ahmed, managing partner at Unitas Communications; and Ella Whelan, freelance journalist and commentator. The panel explore what life without the …
 
Anand Menon, Professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King's College London leads a discussion on the future of EU-UK relations. He is joined by Sophia Gaston, director of the British Foreign Policy Group; Alyn Smith MP, foreign affairs spokesperson for the SNP; Tom Tugendhat MP, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Ambassador J…
 
Jack Parsons, the UK’s chief youth officer leads a discussion about the future for Gen Z. He is joined by Astrid Persson, internal communications and engagement specialist at lululemon; Susan Reynolds, co-founder of LookUp.live; Robert Wigley, author of Born Digital: The Story of a Distracted Generation and chair of UK finance; and Aliyah York, fou…
 
Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield leads a discussion on the future of the House of Lords. He is joined by Charlotte Carew Pole, director of Daughters’ Rights and Women2Win; Baroness Frances D’Souza, life peer, and former convenor of the cross benches; Lord Timothy Kirkhope of Harrogate, lawyer and life peer; and…
 
In this conversation, Margaret Heffernan, one of the UK’s most highly regarded thought leaders talks with Gillian Tett, US editor-at-large and chair of the editorial board of the Financial Times about embracing uncertainty. They discuss whether an individual’s past experiences influence their ability to adapt to an uncertain future; reflect on the …
 
Jamal Majid, senior fashion lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University leads a conversation on the future of fashion. He is joined by Cathy Hackl, a leading tech futurist and global leader; Wayne Hemingway, designer and co-founder of the renowned label ‘Red or Dead’; and Safia Minney MBE, founder of People Tree and pioneer of sustainable fashio…
 
John Worne, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Linguists leads a conversation on the future of language. He is joined by Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages and the academic product director at Oxford University Press; Dr Kathrin Kunkel-Razum, editor-in-chief of The Duden Dictionary - the dictionary of the German Language; Professor Adit…
 
Professor Jim Livesey, vice-president for Research and Innovation at the National University of Ireland Galway leads a conversation on the future of Ireland. He is joined by Lord Paul Bew, professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Mary Favier, founding member of DoctorsForChoice and Covid-19 advisor at the Irish College of Gener…
 
Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist and head of Economist Radio leads a conversation on the democratisation of culture. She is joined by Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili, globally-renowned scholar, collector and pioneer of cultural philanthropy and Neil MacGregor, art historian, writer, broadcaster, and former director of the National Ga…
 
In this episode, Tarun Das, the Chairman of India’s Institute of Economic Growth leads a conversation on India-UK bilateral relations. He is joined by Chandrajit Banerjee, the Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry; Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer; Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterp…
 
In this episode, Lucy Crompton-Reid, chief executive of Wikimedia UK leads a conversation on the future of libraries. She is joined by Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library; Ayub Khan MBE, head of libraries and cultural services for Warwickshire County Council; Nick Poole, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Inf…
 
In this episode, Natalie Lue, writer for the website, Baggage Reclaim, one of the most-read dating and relationship websites in the UK, leads a conversation on the future of dating. She is joined by Paul Carrick Brunson, co-host of Married at First Sight UK and Celebs Go Dating; Monica Anderson, associate director of research at the Pew Research Ce…
 
What does the future hold for the Commonwealth, home to 2.4 billion people? Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Nondumiso Hlophe, a Queen’s Young Leader and Commonwealth Young Achiever; Rt. Hon. Sir Donald McKinnon, former secretary general of the Commonwealth, and one time New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister; and Professor Philip Mu…
 
Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and founding director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre and leads a conversation on the future of the Union. He is joined by John Lloyd, contributing editor at the Financial Times; Andrew Wilson, former Member of the Scottish Parliament, and founding partner at Charlotte Street Pa…
 
Since the pandemic started, many of us have become increasingly conscious of our work areas, living spaces and the world around us. In this episode, Amy Frearson, editor-at-large for Dezeen leads a discussion on the future of architecture. She is joined by Mark Dytham, co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture; Peter Exley, upcoming President of the …
 
Celia Ouellette, founder and CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) leads a conversation on the future of justice. She is joined by Chris Daw QC, lawyer, writer, broadcaster, and legal commentator; Abimbola Johnson, defence barrister and legal commentator; Ali Niaz, UK Advocacy Coordinator at RBIJ and co-founder of BPureSound…
 
A conversation with some of the world’s top experts on disinformation - how hate has been weaponized and fear spread. Arisha Michelle Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns at Color Of Change; Sasha Havlicek, founding CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Peter Pomerantsev, senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute and Co-Director of th…
 
Gordon Corera, the BBC’s Security Correspondent, leads a conversation on the future of intelligence and security with Sir John Scarlett, former Chief of MI6; Professor Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ; and Elisabeth Braw, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In this in-depth discussion, they question whether we should rethi…
 
Matthew Price, presenter and correspondent for NBC News leads a conversation on the future of journalism. He is joined by Polly Curtis, managing director for PA Media, the UK’s news agency; Lorna Hughes, editor of the Sunday Mail for the Scottish Daily Record; Anna Mallett, CEO of ITN; and Meera Selva, director of the journalism fellowship programm…
 
In this episode, Peter Jukes, author, dramatist and screenwriter leads a discussion on the future of data and democracy. He is joined by Carole Cadwalladr, author and investigative journalist; Damian Collins MP, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010; Kyle Taylor, founder and director of Fair Vote UK; and Alicia Wanless, co-director of…
 
Rachel Smolkin, executive editor of CNN Politics chairs a conversation on the future of women in US politics. She is joined by Samantha K. Dravis (R), attorney and public affairs consultant; Denise Gitsham Jones (R), attorney and public affairs consultant who served in President George W. Bush’s Administration; Johanna Maska (D), host of ‘Pod is a …
 
In this episode, Vanessa Griffiths, deputy director of Sustainable Business at the Environment Agency leads a conversation on the future of the countryside with Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union; Mark Bridgeman, President of the Country Land & Business Association; Beccy Speight, Chief Executive for the Royal Society for the …
 
In this episode, Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, actor and broadcaster leads a panel on the future of comedy. He is joined by fellow comedians Stephen K Amos, Simon Evans and Elf Lyons. Together they describe what the Government could be doing to support performers and their industry, discuss why they believe people’s attitudes towards the arts will b…
 
In this episode, Lord Richard Allan, former Director of Policy in Europe for Facebook; Dr Victoria Nash, deputy director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award talk to Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute about the future of online safety. Together they discuss the role of parents, teachers and c…
 
In this episode we discuss the future of ethical capitalism with Sir Ronald Cohen, a preeminent international philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator. He is joined by Gillian Tett, co-founder of the Financial Times’ Moral Money, Chair of the FT Editorial Board in the US, a columnist, author and philanthropi…
 
In this conversation, Angie Hobbs, professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and Mary Ann Sieghart, visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and former Assistant Editor at The Times discuss the ethical challenges of Covid-19. They explore the ethical frameworks that could have been used to decide how the…
 
In this episode, Michael Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company is in conversation with Alan Yentob, BBC TV executive, producer and presenter. They discuss the importance of technology and the impact it has had, and will continue to have, on our ability to communicate, Michael shares the advice he would give to a young person tr…
 
In this episode we discuss the future of feminism with Professor Rosie Campbell, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, Helen Lewis, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights and Philippa Thomas, presenter at BBC World News. Together they discuss whether…
 
Never has international cooperation been needed more but in an increasingly connected world are some foreign policies becoming less connected, and are some individual nations closing in on themselves? In this episode, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU Foreign Affairs Minister; Brett Bruen, president, Global Situation Room and Tom Fletcher, visit…
 
This episode is in collaboration with UK Youth How do young people think the future is going to plan out for them? In this episode, Ndidi Okezie, CEO of UK Youth leads a conversation on the future for youth. She is joined by Olivia Disley of Wigan Youth Zone, Ty Goddard, director of the Education Foundation, Jermain Jackman, singer, songwriter and …
 
With so much at stake in our world the future direction of our leading political party is crucial. Lord Daniel Finkelstein, journalist, politician and The Times columnist leads a conversation on the future of Conservatism. He is joined by Sir Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford & Woodford Green; Amber Rudd, former MP and Home Secretary, and Nick Ti…
 
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