FT Alpine Forum 2023

Financial Times Alpine Forum 2023

Friday 3 February 2023

We are delighted to welcome Frank Gardner, BBC Correspondent, and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.


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 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.

2023 FT Alpine Forum Panellists

Frank Gardner

BBC Security Correspondent

As the BBC’s Security Correspondent, Gardner is a leading authority on some of the issues at the top of the global news agenda, from terrorism and so-called Islamic State to espionage and the Middle East.

Inspired to travel to remote places from an early age after a chance meeting with the veteran explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, Gardner developed a fascination for the Arab world and was determined to read Arabic at university. After living with an Egyptian family in the backstreets of Cairo, he graduated from Exeter University and started a nine-year career in banking as an investment banker with Saudi International Bank and then Robert Fleming Bank from 1986 until 1995 before taking the plunge into journalism, working initially for BBC World.

In 2004, Gardner was shot six times at close range while on assignment in Saudi Arabia, leaving him severely wounded and dependant on a wheelchair.

He has since written three best-selling books: ‘Blood and Sand’, a memoir of life in the Middle East; ‘Far Horizons’ describing unusual journeys to unusual places; and ‘Crisis’, his widely-acclaimed debut novel.

Gardner has been awarded numerous titles and doctorates. In 2005, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Journalism, McWhirter Award for Bravery and voted Person of the Year by UK Press Gazette. In 2010, he was winner of BBC Celebrity Mastermind, and in 2011 he was elected President of The Ski Club of GB.

Marcus Brigstocke


Co founder of Taking the Piste and snowboarding demon Marcus Brigstocke is part of the Alpine furniture (but gladly not made of pine). We know him as a regular on TV and radio shows such as The Now Show, Live at the Apollo, Have I got News for You and countless others. Marcus has recently forayed into the theatre playing leading roles in the Monty Python musical Spamalot and Olivier award winning production of the Railway Children. If that wasn’t enough, Marcus is now a published author of the his theological book The God Collar.
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He is committed to non-violence and is an active campaigner for environmental awareness and action as well as his ongoing involvement with Cape Farewell, War on Want and the ‘Campaign Against Arms Trade’.