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Creating The Future 2021

Creating The Future (CTF) is a pioneering event intended to stimulate discussion about the important issues that will affect future generations. Our line-up of world-renowned influential speakers explored some of the most challenging and exciting issues across business, health and wellbeing, and the environment.

2020 brought unique challenges both socially and economically which will shape our lives forever. The COVID-19 pandemic is considered to have accelerated innovation trends in several sectors and, as the central player in managing the crisis, healthcare stands near the top of the list.

On the one hand, the world has leveraged technology and its lasting impact will without doubt shape the future, but on the other, education and many other key priorities have suffered.

While the way we currently work and live may look very different, many of the other important challenges we face have remained the same, including the looming climate crisis, which we simply cannot afford to ignore.

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Speaking at our third Creating The Future (CTF) event, renowned climate change experts issue stark warnings that talking net zero is no longer enough – urgent tangible progress must be made by 2030 to prevent a catastrophic planetary and humanitarian disaster.


What you missed this year

Creating The Future 2021 took place on 12th May from 9am - 1pm.  The morning of insights from leading minds from across the world, gave us the opportunity to not only listen but also raise our concerns and join the debate.

Topics under the spotlight included:

  • What businesses and governments should do to enable a sustainable future.
  • How pioneering technology will transform the future of healthcare.
  • What the future of food looks like and its potential impact on our society and cultural behaviours.
  • A future information landscape in which fake information is impossible to distinguish from the truth. 

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is taking place in the UK so you can be assured that we will be including some lively discussions around climate change. We also cannot ignore the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health, especially on the younger generation, and this featured in our agenda as well.

The speakers

Creating The Future brought together thought leaders in government, industry, multinational organisations, science and society who discussed the issues that will affect us now and in the future.

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion

Nigel Topping is a member of the leadership team for COP26 in Glasgow this autumn to strengthen collaboration and drive action on climate change and coordinate this work with governments and others signed up to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Tom Rivett-Carnac, Founding Partner, Global Optimism Ltd

Tom Rivett-Carnac is a political strategist who was instrumental in securing the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. He co-founded Global Optimism which advises some of the world’s most influential leaders on delivering climate ambition.

Paul Polman,
Founder & Chair, IMAGINE

Paul Polman is a multi-award winning businessman who was CEO of Unilever for a decade. Now Chair of IMAGINE, a social venture he co-founded in 2019, he will outline his vision for businesses and financial markets to build back better post COVID-19.

Dr Morgaine Gaye,
Food Futurologist

Dr Morgaine Gaye is a Food Futurologist and looks at food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding, and geo-political perspective. She works with global brands from Mondalez to Mars and Unilever to Nestlé.

Professor Shafi Ahmed, Surgeon

Professor Shafi Ahmed, dubbed the ‘Virtual Surgeon’, is a multi-award-winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur: one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation.

Tabitha Goldstaub,
Chair of AI Council

Tabitha Goldstaub is the chair of the UK government's AI Council and a member of the TechUK board. She is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of CogX, a platform to enable meaningful and interactive virtual conversations.

Carl Miller,
Research Director

For the last 9 years, Carl Miller has been the founding Research Director at The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, the UK’s leading cross-party political think tank. He also presents programmes for the BBC's flagship technology show, Click.

Mark Stevenson, Reluctant Futurist

Best-selling author, Mark Stevenson, is a strategic adviser to governments, NGOs and corporates. Though branded a ‘futurist’ by others Mark is more, as one client puts it, ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker’.

Oli Barrett MBE, Host, Creating The Future

Oli Barrett is a serial co-founder and his initiatives include Clean and Cool to help the world’s most innovative cleantech companies to forge global connections and Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge.

Roger Weatherby, CEO

Creating the Future is a trailblazing conference and the brainchild of Weatherbys Private Bank’s CEO, Roger Weatherby. “Creating the Future typifies what the Bank stands for.  We are about being a trusted adviser to our clients, helping to stimulate discussion and debate about important issues that will affect them and future generations of their families."

Previous events

Now in its third year, Creating The Future will continue exploring some of the world’s most challenging and exciting issues including  the ever more urgent need to create radical change to protect our planet. Please click here to find out more about previous events.

Creating The Future Partner: Sarasin & Partners

Sarasin & Partners are proud sponsors of Creating the Future 2021. They believe that sustainable investing has the power to grow and protect wealth in a way that benefits society and helps investors to secure tomorrow.
The value of investments can fluctuate and you may not get back the amount originally invested.

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Creating The Future Partner: American Express

American Express® International Currency Cards is a unique division of American Express specialising in charge Cards available in US Dollar, Euro and Sterling. These are designed to support your lifestyle, wherever you are in the world.

"We are delighted for American Express to be the preferred Card provider for Weatherbys Private Bank."

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