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Thank you for joining us at Spencer House in London and contributing to the launch of the Investment Institute at Investec Asset Management.  We hope that ideas and theories presented by our guest speakers, in conjunction with the discussions held amongst such a distinguished group of industry leaders, were both thought provoking and valuable to you. 

We have captured the key take-aways from the day including discussions with Ricardo Hausmann, Nassim Taleb and Ivan Glasbenberg in the following written summary  and short highlights video .

Several of you indicated your interest in learning more about the Economic Complexity research being conducted by Professor Hausmann and his team at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. The following link provides several sources of information about their work and we would also be happy to put you in touch directly with the team.

As expressed in my opening speech, we have designed the Investment Institute to be a collaborative endeavour between our firm, clients and thought partners. In the coming weeks, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas as to how we can best direct our future research, business innovation and engagement to support you and your organization. For more information on the Investment Institute please visit our new website.

Best regards
Katherine Tweedie
Investment Institute



Speakers on the day

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and Professor of Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. Ricardo is one of the foremost thinkers on how regions and countries can accelerate growth. His research includes issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. Professor Hausmann has advised governments in over 80 developing countries on creating effective growth strategies and development policies. Ricardo has published widely in leading economic journals including the Journal of Development Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Growth, and Science.

Nassim Taleb is a former derivatives trader turned scholar and researcher. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high-impact rare event – across economics, philosophy, political science, finance, engineering, and history. Nassim is currently a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University Polytechnic Institute. His current focus is on “antifragile” systems, those that gain from disorder. His books Antifragile, The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness have been published in 33 languages.

South African-born Ivan Glasenberg is CEO of the mining and trading giant Glencore Xstrata Plc. He joined Glencore in 1984 and his extensive knowledge of the coal business was gained working in its South African, Australian, Hong Kong and Beijing offices. In 1990, he was made responsible for Glencore’s worldwide coal business before being appointed as CEO in 2002. Ivan is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and is currently a director of US Rusal and JSC Zarubezhneft.