IoD Convention to focus on new geopolitical risks

THE 2022 IoD Guernsey Convention will focus on how to navigate the ‘new order’ of geopolitical risk, protectionism and what this means for businesses and directors in Guernsey.

IoD chairwoman Wendy Dorey talking at last year's convention at Beau Sejour.  (Chris George Photography)
IoD chairwoman Wendy Dorey talking at last year's convention at Beau Sejour. (Chris George Photography)

The keynote speaker is Dr Wolfango Piccoli, co-founder and director of research at global CEO advisory firm Teneo.

Dr Piccoli is responsible for co-managing Teneo’s global political risk platform and leads the firm’s European analysis and advisory work. He has extensive experience helping financial institutions and corporations manage political risk in the UK and Europe. As a respected expert on international relations, Dr Piccoli is often invited to appear on major TV networks and is frequently quoted in the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Reuters.

‘Geopolitical risks, rising inflation and the urgent energy and food crisis present exceptional challenges for directors, who not only need to guide their organisations safely through these challenges, but also focus on growth,’ said Wendy Dorey, chairwoman of the IoD Guernsey branch. ‘I’m delighted to welcome Dr Piccoli as this year’s keynote speaker as we explore how Guernsey’s directors can navigate these risks, build resilience and future-proof their businesses.’

The event will also host a panel session to discuss how boards must adapt to meet these future demands. This will include how to look beyond the bottom line and the year ahead, how to break away from the mould of traditional decision-making, the importance of communication with key stakeholders, and how to create lasting change.

‘Many boards are often limited by the traditional rules and culture of business,’ she said. ‘Our panel will discuss the changes directors should make to their boards today to engage key people within their business, tackle the challenges that lie ahead and make the necessary decisions to future-proof their business – and the Bailiwick.

‘To help boards respond to the current challenges, we will also discuss youth activism and how directors need to nurture the next generation of leaders to help Guernsey secure its independence and resilience.’

As well as the keynote speaker, dinner and panel discussion, the evening’s schedule will also allow time for discussion and networking.

Russell Clark, managing partner of headline sponsor Carey Olsen, said the company was very pleased to support the IoD in hosting its annual convention.

‘Once again there will be a very interesting and pertinent topic to be tackled that could have many implications for the future of Guernsey,’ he said. ‘It promises to be a very insightful and thought-provoking event.’

The event will take place on Thursday 6 October in the David Ferguson Hall at Beau Sejour.

To register your interest in the event or book a table, email

The annual convention is sponsored by: headline sponsor – Carey Olsen; speaker sponsor – Teneo; panel sponsor – Deloitte; dinner sponsor – Credit Suisse; annual digital sponsor – JT.

  • More sponsorship opportunities are available. Email for further details.

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