FT Alpine Forum 2018

Financial Times Alpine Forum 2018 – Where is the world heading in 2018?

Friday 2nd February 2018
20:00 W Hotel Monumental Staircase

The W Hotel Monumental Staircase played host to the 2018 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.

2018 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.

Chemmy Alcott

Olympic Athlete

Chemmy Alcott, a 4 Time Winter Olympian and the only female British skier to win a run in a world cup.

Having retired now shares her time between her ski team, CDC Performance, helping to host BBC Ski Sunday and newly honoured President of the Ski Club of GB. (Also 3 time Guinness world record holder haha).

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.

Graham Bell


Graham Bell is a British Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist who, along with his brother Martin, was of the finest downhill skiers the UK has ever produced.

The five time Olympian, sporting enthusiast and television personality has remained at the forefront of British sport, commentating on the Winter Olympics, fronting the popular and iconic BBC primetime series ‘Ski Sunday’ and working with a range of organisations and events to support the development of both winter sports. Graham has worked presenting and commentating on a number of summer sports, including sailing, fencing, triathlon and cycling.

He uses his experience as a TV presenter and a cameraman to enable him to cover extreme sporting events. Graham was also the Performance Director of Channel 4’s popular show The Jump, teaching celebrities various winter sport disciplines.

Graham is always on the look out for new personal challenges, since he retired from ski racing, he has competed in various challenges like the Marathon des Sables, Henley Ironman, The Arctic Circle cross-country ski race, Arctic-Man snowmobile/ski race, The Clipper Round the World sailing race, and recently set a Guinness World Record with Jaguar for the fastest towed skiing at 117mph.