A membership of ‘principals and experts’ – 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. A new chapter in Zurich is being built across 2020.
The membership of principals and experts 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.
FIVE MINUTES WITH FORUM
A weekly audio broadcast, with Forum speakers delivering ‘one idea’ in brief.
Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Business Group | International Media Group/Business Platform
“Emerging Market Musings”
Oliver joined the Oxford Business Group in 2005. He oversees the editorial development of all reports in the region, where he spends much of his professional life analysing the dynamics of rapidly changing markets, developing relationships with key players and identifying opportunities for investors.
Oliver regularly provides commentary on global media including the BBC, CNN and CNBC and participates in high level economic conferences around the world. He is a graduate in Arabic with Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Durham University
The value of Forum is the connectivity engendered between members, worldwide. From the outset, new Forum members are introduced to each other personally by the founder. Thereafter, a strategic programme of introductions is managed [on a personal level] for each member. Forum is a membership of principals and experts: a peer group. As such, trust abounds and discretion is absolute. Contacts are happily shared and significant business is written between the members. When travelling, members are connected to other Forum members in the cities they are visiting, where the latter are happy to host the former, sharing ideas and connections. Currently, an App is being created for members to connect with each other worldwide, instantaneously.
NEW EVENTS CALENDAR [through Covid-19]
To replace the planned events calendar for 2020, Forum now hosts for its membership: ‘Five Minutes with Forum’ – [a weekly podcast], and ‘Forum Fortnightly’ – a fortnightly video conference, the latter bringing together the membership and engendering discussion worldwide.
EVENTS CALENDAR [pre & post Covid-19]
Through the year, members also gather at private events hosted frequently in London, New York, Singapore, Vienna and Zurich. The calendar includes geo-political breakfasts, lunches and dinners [headed by keynote speakers], arts evenings and drinks parties. In total, forty events a year.
Forum’s membership will close at 300 members, by the end of 2020. Currently, there are 240 members. The remaining places will be offered to individuals through the recommendation of the club’s Advisory Board.