Ben Thompson

BBC Business Reporter & Presenter, BBC


Ben Thompson is a BBC business reporter and presenter. He hosts BBC World’s flagship business daily BBC Business Live, and also covers business matters every Friday on BBC Breakfast.

Covering everything from the latest stock market and economic news to the breaking business developments around the world, Ben also interviews leading figures and entrepreneurs. He looks at new tech start-ups, multi-national company results, and the outlook for individuals, nations and businesses around the world.

Ben lived and reported from New York and Dubai serving as North America Business Correspondent and Middle East Business Correspondent. Prior to working in front of the camera he was a BBC business producer.

Session Details

Opening Keynote: 2020 Vision: Where To From Here?

Astor Suite: 9.45am - 10.15am

In a potentially transformational year for the UK, Europe and the rest of the World, Ben Thompson’s opening keynote will share his unique perspective on the short, medium and long-term prospects for British businesses and their ability to meet the challenges of widespread social and economic change.

With a new government in place and some major hurdles due to be cleared over the next six months, there should finally be some much-needed clarity on the UK’s future relationship with Europe, enabling business of all shapes and sizes to start planning ahead with more certainty for what the 2020s might hold. 

Want an even more frank and uncensored view on what the future might hold for UK business in a post-Brexit world? Ben Thompson will be doing an exclusive Q&A immediately after his keynote, 10.15 - 11.00. Operating under Chatham House Rules to ensure an honest and free-flowing discussion, this is an unmissable opportunity to ask specific questions within a more intimate environment than the main keynote room. Click here to apply for your place



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