Gilbert will offer insight into range of key issues at SCDI lecture

Martin Gilbert.
Martin Gilbert.

The impact of globalisation, Brexit and the prospects of the next financial crash will all be discussed at one of the most prestigious events in the north-east business calendar.

Martin Gilbert, co-chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, will deliver the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) annual lecture to an audience of 300 guests.

Since its inception in 2004 the event, sponsored by the Press and Journal, has proved ever popular.

In a wide-ranging address and Q&A session, Mr Gilbert will cover a broad spectrum of important and topical subjects.

These include the rationale behind the Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management merger and the organisation’s ambitions; the positive and negative impacts of globalisation on the world and local economy; and reflections on three decades as a CEO.

Also covered will be the future of the north-east of Scotland and what more needs to be done by the private and public sectors to deliver a more diversified economy; observations on emerging talk that the seeds of the next global financial crash have already been sown; and views on the impact of the emerging Brexit deal.

Mr Gilbert said: “The SCDI annual lecture is one of the most prestigious events in the north-east business calendar and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.

“Whilst the session will focus on a range of issues affecting global markets, I’m particularly keen to discuss the future of the north-east of Scotland and what more needs to be done by both private and public sectors to deliver a more diversified economy.

“Aberdeen Standard Investments is proud of our roots here and we remain a dedicated employer in the city.”
SCDI regional director Ian Armstrong added: “We are delighted to have attracted Martin to deliver the 15th SCDI annual lecture.

“As an experienced leader of major businesses with a strong global presence, we’re delighted to have attracted him ‘back home’ to deliver his thoughts on many of the key issues affecting the domestic, UK and international business environment.

“I know he is going to lead and deliver a fascinating discussion session and lecture which will interest our members from across the country.”

The SCDI aims to engage civic Scotland.

It is an independent membership network representing a cross-section of the private, public and social economy sectors in Scotland and influences the agenda to ensure long-term sustainable economic growth and flourishing communities everywhere in Scotland.

Previous speakers have included Paul Walsh, chief executive, Diageo; Peter Robertson, vice-chairman of Chevron Corporation; and Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of SSE and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Meanwhile, the 2018 lecture was given by Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood.

The event will be held on Thursday, January 17.

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