In this episode, Lionel Barber discusses the financial and political response of the EU following Brexit, the establishment of the EU Recovery Fund, whether China is playing divide and rule in Europe, information overload, and being one of the only journalists ever invited to interview Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Lionel Barber


Lionel Barber is a writer and broadcaster who was editor of the Financial Times from 2005-20. He is widely credited with transforming the FT from a newspaper into a multi-channel global news organization. During his editorship, the FT passed the milestone of 1m paying readers, winning many international awards and accolades for its journalism. 

As editor, Barber has interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Premiers Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang of China, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and Presidents Zuma and Ramaphosa of South Africa. He is Chairman of the Wincott foundation and a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. His book The Powerful and the Damned was published in 2020.


Further Reading:

The Powerful and the Damned  Private Diaries in Turbulent Times

David Furby, Chubb


David Furby is Chubb’s Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Furby has overall responsibility for the general management and business results for all Chubb operations in the region. He is also responsible for Chubb Global Markets, the company’s international wholesale business headquartered in London.

Mr. Furby has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. He was previously Vice President, Chubb Group and Division President, Commercial Property and Casualty, Overseas General Insurance. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Mr. Furby was Division President, Commercial Property & Casualty, ACE Overseas General. He was appointed Vice President, ACE Group, in March 2014.

Previously, Mr. Furby was Division President of ACE Tempest Re Group, where he oversaw ACE’s worldwide reinsurance operations. Mr. Furby joined ACE Group in 1996.

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