FT Alpine Forum 2017

Financial Times Alpine Forum 2017 – What next? From big issues to personal journeys of transformation.

Friday 2nd February 2017
20:00 W Hotel Monumental Staircase

The W Hotel Monumental Staircase played host to the 2017 Financial Times Alpine Forum.

Created at the time of the move to Crans-Montana and the expansion of the event, the Financial Times Alpine Forum provides a tangible and growing business platform. Alongside the mental exercise of the competition comes the stimulation of the in-depth discussions regarding current affairs, trends, challenges and the future of our lives.

The Forum is composed of a discussion panel of leading journalists, executives, comedians and social commentators. The mix is intentionally eclectic, engendering deep, lively and above all entertaining discussions, cutting across a range of topics with a debate on current affairs, state of the markets and concluded with a Q&A session.

2017 FT Alpine Forum Panellists

Ravi Mattu

Moderator, FT.

Ravi Mattu is the deputy Asia news editor of the Financial Times and oversees the paper’s coverage of the region.

Since joining the FT in 2000, Ravi has held a number of senior positions including: Tech Editor; Editorial Director for FT2, the commercial content division of the Financial Times; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Damon Hill

F1 World Champion

Damon Hill OBE, is a British former racing driver and the 1996 Formula One World Champion with Williams/Renault. He started racing on motorbikes and became motorcycle champion of Brand Hatch in 1984. The Formula 1 champion has achieved 22 Grand Prix wins, 20 pole positions and 19 fastest laps.

After Hill retired from racing, he became President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club from 2006-2012. Since then he has worked as part of the Sky Sports F1 broadcasting team.

Colin Jackson

World Record Hurdler

Colin Jackson, CBE is a Welsh former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles stood for over a decade and he remains the 60 metres hurdles world record holder.[1]

After a period of sports management and coaching, he now works as a sports commentator for athletics and television presenter (predominantly for the BBC). He has appeared in Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, as well as a number of other entertainment and factual TV shows, and is a well known face on British television.

Victoria Pendleton

Olympic Gold Medalist

Victoria Pendleton, CBE is a British jockey and former track cyclist who specialised in the sprint, team sprint and keirin disciplines. She is a former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion. With two Olympic gold medals and one silver, Pendleton is one of Great Britain’s most successful female Olympians.

Pendleton represented Great Britain and England in international cycling competition, winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint, dominating the event between 2005 and 2012. In 2008 she won the sprint in the Beijing Olympics, and in 2012, she won the gold medal in the keirin at the London Olympics, as well as silver in the sprint.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling. As a gold medalist at European, World and Olympic level, Pendleton is also a member of the European Cycling Union Hall of Fame.

Greg Nieuwenhuys

CEO, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts