World Bank president David Malpass to speak at Global Boardroom

Norway PM Erna Solberg has also confirmed for the event in May

World Bank president David Malpass to speak at Global Boardroom

The president of the World Bank David Malpass will join the Global Boardroom event in May for an interview with Gillian Tett, the FT’s US editor-at-large, in one of the latest speaker confirmations this week.

Malpass last month welcomed the new “spirit of international cooperation” by G7 nations and a greater commitment to boosting vaccine supplies in the developing world, but raised concerns about the lack of transparency of contracts and delivery schedules.

Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway, will also be interviewed live at the event. She joins a growing number of leading policymakers who will share their perspectives on how to build a resilient, sustainable post-pandemic recovery that supports future growth and competitiveness.

Lesetja Kganyago, the governor of South Africa's central bank, and Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s finance minister are also taking part.

The third edition of the Global Boardroom will take place virtually across May 4, 5 and 6, featuring live-streamed discussions and interviews on topics such as climate change, trade and geopolitics, and the future of tourism.

On the business side, Ron Hattrell, head of eBay Europe and James Bailey, executive director of Waitrose will join the FT’s retail correspondent Jonathan Eley to look at how the retail sector will survive following the pandemic, and whether the high street has a future.

Francesca McDonagh, group chief executive of Bank of Ireland, is taking part in a discussion about the future of Europe, with Pierre Gramegna and the FT’s Europe editor Ben Hall.

Kathleen Quirk, president and chief financial officer of US mining company Freeport-McMoRan will join the FT’s natural resources editor Neil Hume to assess the possibility of a new investment cycle in commodities.

More than 62,000 people tuned in from 142 countries to watch the second edition of the Global Boardroom in November, which featured speakers including Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England; Carmen Reinhart, Chief Economist of the World Bank; and John Williams, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Published March 11 2021