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Dame Clara Furse DBE

Former Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange (2001-2009)

Dame Clara Furse is the former chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange, making her the first female heading the London Bourse. In April 2013 she joined the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee and is also a non-executive Director of Nomura Holdings Inc., Vodafone Group Plc, Amadeus IT Holdings SA and the UK's Department for Work and Pensions. She is a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to Chatham House, a member of Bocconi University's International Advisory Council and in 2012; she chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government's Office for Science Foresight Project on the future of computer trading in financial markets.

In 2007, Furse was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World

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In detail

Dame Clara was educated at schools in Colombia, Denmark and Britain, graduating from the LSE. Her career has spanned a broad range of global financial markets. Starting as a broker, joining Phillips & Drew in 1983 she became MD in 1995 and Global Head of Futures in 1996. In addition, she served as a board member and Deputy Chairman of LIFFE (1991-1999). In 2005 Clara Furse was ranked 19th in Fortune magazine's most powerful women in business list.

What she offers you

Having held such a senior position at the heart of the global financial market ("one of the hardest in the City"), Clara Furse delivers fascinating insights from an ideal and unique perspective. With her gutsy leadership, she has been credited with leading the transition of the Exchange from a mutual organization to a commercially driven, public company, increasing revenue by over 80 percent in the process. Her highly sought-after presentations shed new light on global economic issues.

How she presents

No-one interested in the realities of governing our financial institutions in times of unrivalled turmoil will wish to miss an incredibly insightful presentation from Clara Furse, one of the UK's top players in the world of high finance.


She presents in English (she speaks several European languages).

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  • The Global Economic Landscape
  • How Market Upheavals Affect Global Trading
  • The Impact of Technology and Globalisation on the Exchanges Sector
  • Leadership in the World of Finance
  • Futures and Trading

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