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RCL Club meeting with Speaker Professor Michael Mainelli
January 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Intersects & The City – Musings On London’s Post-Pandemic Prospects
The covid-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the economic proposition of large cities, i.e. increasing returns to scale due to density and intensity. London faces some tough decisions about its economic future, none of which are clear-cut. Professor Michael Mainelli has researched urban planning since the 1970’s and his firm, Z/Yen, runs longitudinal research of cities worldwide based on its Global Financial Centres, Global Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices. He will explore some of the early, tentative ideas that he and other researchers are exploring, and conclude with some thoughts on the strategic decisions London, particularly the City of London, faces today.
Professor Dr Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
Michael is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin with his PhD from LSE. Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), he became a senior partner of accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn and a director of UK Ministry of Defence research. During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology. Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices. Michael is a Fellow of Goodenough College, Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, Visiting Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School, and Alderman of the City of London for Broad Street. He was Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021. His third book, written with Ian Harris, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.