Yanis Varoufakis to address IoD Annual Convention

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A photograph of Yanis Varoufakis

Maverick economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis joins line-up of speakers for Annual Convention…

Yanis Varoufakis, the outspoken former Greek finance minister, will be going head-to-head on Europe with former chancellor Norman Lamont at this year’s IoD Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall. During his time in office, Varoufakis was described as “the rock-star of Europe’s anti-austerity uprising”. He made headlines around the world with his forthright views on the global economy.

Varoufakis is no stranger to these shores. During the 1980s and 1990s he was an economics lecturer at the universities of Cambridge, East Anglia and Glasgow. He was appointed finance minister after the left-wing Syriza party swept to power in Greece in January 2015 but quit the role six months later despite successfully campaigning for Greeks to reject the terms of a bailout offer drawn up by creditors. His colourful career has seen him work as an adviser for video games company Valve, and he’s currently advising the Labour party on economic policy – “in some capacity”, according to leader Jeremy Corbyn.

This year’s line-up of guest speakers will also include Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. Previous speakers at the convention have included George Osborne, Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Spacey and Carolyn McCall.

In what will be the last Annual Convention hosted by IoD director general Simon Walker, the theme of this year’s event is 2016: The year the world changed?

The IoD Annual Convention takes place on 27 September at the Royal Albert Hall. Ticket prices cost from £345 plus VAT (members) and £414 plus VAT (non-members).

To find out more, visit iod.com/annualconvention

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Read about last year’s Annual Convention here

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Hannah Gresty

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Until she left the magazine in August 2019, Hannah Gresty was the assistant editor of Director. She previously worked on a local news website and at a fashion PR company before joining the Director team as editorial assistant in 2016.

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