A ‘membership of principals’ – across the world – inter-connecting, hosting one another, exchanging ideas, sharing connections, writing business. Forum is a global network, started in London in 2010. All members are personally invited to join by the club’s Advisory Board. There are five chapters: London; New York; Singapore, Vienna and Dubai, with additional members residing in further cities worldwide.
The membership of principals is deliberately eclectic in its mix – a peer group [male & female] drawn from the senior échelons of the business community and family offices with journalists, economists, politicians, public speakers, academics, designers, writers and those working in the arts also included within the number.
Forum is about Conversation and Connectivity
Conversation is the life-blood of Forum. Across a range of private events hosted in London, New York, Singapore and Vienna, members come together to exchange ideas. The calendar includes geo-political breakfasts, lunches and dinners [headed by keynote speakers], arts evenings and drinks parties. In total, forty events a year.
Recent speakers at Forum include: Adrian Wooldridge [Political Editor, The Economist]; Chris Wilkins [Director of Strategy to Theresa May]; Elizabeth Linder [Founder, Facebook’s Politics and Government Division]; Gina Miller [Activist]; Jamie Metzl [Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council]; John Micklethwait [Editor in Chief, Bloomberg]; Mark Thompson [CEO, New York Times Group]; Matt Frei [Channel 4 News]; Merryn Somerset Webb [FT Columnist] Oliver Shah [Business Editor, Sunday Times]; Parag Khanna [Author/Economist]; Zanny Minton Beddoes [Editor in Chief, The Economist].
From the outset, new Forum members are introduced to each other personally by the founder. Forum is a membership of principals; a peer group. As such, trust abounds and discretion is absolute. Contacts are happily shared and significant business is written between the members, worldwide. When travelling, members are connected to other Forum members in the cities they are visiting, where the latter are happy to host the former for a lunch or a supper, to share ideas and connections. An online Membership Directory is used by the members to request introductions to one another.
Forum: An exclusive invitation
Forum’s membership will close at 300 members, by the end of 2019. With 200 members already established, the final prospective 100 members are now being short-listed and invited to join by the club’s Advisory Board.
Geography: The 300 membership will reside across 30 cities:
Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Miami; Toronto; Montreal; Vancouver; Bermuda [+ New York chapter]
Dublin; Berlin; Munich; Geneva; Paris; Vienna; Zurich [+ London and Vienna chapters]
Kuala Lumpur; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Manila; Jakarta; Sydney, Delhi and Mumbai [+ Singapore chapter]
Abu Dhabi; Muscat [+ Dubai chapter]