November 13, 2018
Political risk series: 'Super-fast politics, what it means for politics and the global economy'. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, professor of political communication at Oxford university and director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Roel Janssen, Dutch financial journalist, formerly of NRC Handelsblad, speak with Julian Frazer, OMFIF senior editor. They discuss government and public initiatives to combat disinformation and the proliferation of ‘fake news’, the responsibilities of technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter, the state of ‘post-truth’ politics and the importance of investigative journalism.
November 8, 2018
Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, speaks with Scott Morris, senior fellow and director of the US Development Policy Initiative at the Center for Global Development. They discuss China’s Belt and Road initiative, including its debt implications, lending structures and coordination, international ramifications and Washington’s approach to the infrastructure programme.
November 6, 2018
Political risk series: 'Cyber resilience and financial stability'. Martin Boer, director of regulatory affairs at the Institute of International Finance, joins James Cannings from OMFIF to discuss cyber resilience and financial stability. They discuss the threats to financial stability posed by cyber attacks, strategies to prevent them, the role of new technology, and how regulators should react to interconnectedness around the world and across different sectors.
October 30, 2018
Political risk series: 'Politics in the Middle East'. Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, speaks to Julia Demidova from OMFIF. They discuss the political structure and dynamics of the Gulf Co-operation Council states: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. They also discuss the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as the role of the Turkish military and expansion in the Middle East, the Gulf’s relationship with Iran, and the GCC’s preference for regional bilateralism over multilateralism.
October 25, 2018
Ahead of the European Central Bank governing council’s monetary policy meeting, Danae Kyriakopoulou, head of research and chief economist at OMFIF, spoke with Thomas Mayer, founding director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. They examine the euro area’s macroeconomic outlook and QE in a global context. They discuss the impact of monetary policy normalisation, ECB reinvestment policy and debt sustainability in Italy. They also look to the future of the monetary union.
October 23, 2018
Islamic finance series: ‘London as a hub for Islamic finance’. Stella Cox, managing director of DDCAP Group, speaks to Anton Varga from OMFIF. They discuss the origins of Islamic finance in the UK, why London is the ideal hub for Islamic financial services in Europe, and the opportunities that Islamic finance offers the UK post-Brexit.
October 16, 2018
Islamic finance series: ‘Risk management in Islamic finance’. Obiyathulla Bacha, professor of finance and head of the graduate studies department at the Kuala Lumpur-based International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, joins Rein de Loor, programmes manager at OMFIF. They discuss risk management in Islamic finance, the role of sukuk and the benefits of Islamic finance for investors. Taking into account the rules that govern Islamic banking, this episode assesses how financial institutions manage risk and conduct business.
October 11, 2018
Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, is joined by Jeffrey Frankel, James W Harpel professor of capital formation and growth at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. They discuss the dollar’s current status as international reserve currency, its potential future and the role of the International Monetary Fund.
October 9, 2018
OMFIF Focus Podcast – ESG series: ‘Developing the UAE as a centre of green finance’. Ivano Iannelli, chief executive officer of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, joins Anton Varga, programmer at OMFIF. They discuss the United Arab Emirates Green Agenda 2015-2030, the growth of the green energy market in the UAE, public-private co-operation, tackling greenwashing and international collaboration through the United Nations’ global development network.
October 4, 2018
David Marsh, OMFIF chairman, speaks with Fabio Natalucci, deputy director of the monetary and capital markets department at the International Monetary Fund, and Mark Sobel, OMFIF’s US chairman. They discuss the impact of quantitative easing in the light of the Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate rise and policy normalisation strategy. They also speak about The OMFIF Foundation’s New York seminar on 28 September, which reviewed a decade of unconventional monetary policy and the use of QE in the US, Europe and elsewhere.