Liam Halligan is a seasoned public speaker and conference convenor. He has given key-note addresses to numerous high-level audiences, headlining at events run by Euromoney, the CFA Institute, Investment Week, Adam Smith Conferences and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. He has hosted an array of conferences across the world, often on complex economic and financial issues, for clients ranging from the Financial Services Authority and the Association of British Insurers to Thomson Reuters and the OECD 50th Anniversary Forum. His proven ability to combine economic analysis with political insight means he has also, for many years, been a highly-sought key-note speaker, including at numerous “fringe” events at the annual conferences of all the UK’s main political parties. Combining genuine economic expertise with political insight, wit and accessibility, Liam Halligan’s combination of analytical acumen, high-level contacts and broadcasting experience make him a top-class speaker across a range of topics.

Some Recent Testimonials:

Everything went really well at our conference and Liam was very very good. We’re so pleased he could join us. I found Liam really helpful before the event, advising us on how to get the best from the panel session. He’s a really nice person and easy to deal with.

Ann Cantillon, Development Director, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, November 2018

Thanks a lot for your input to our conference – exactly what were were looking for. Your keynote opening presentation generated a lot of conversation throughout the rest of our event – everyone really enjoyed it.

Tom Wright, Managing Director, Hawkins Wright, November 2018

Liam was a brilliant, stimulating speaker whose wide range of ideas and comments both challenged and entertained our guests in equal measure. We would definitely use him again and he comes highly recommended

Georgina Walters, Investment Week, June 2018

Thank you for your contribution to our recent Supplier Conference at Celtic Manor. I have received many complimentary remarks on your presentation – both from our Suppliers and our Wholesale members. Thanks again and hopefully we will see you again for an update in 2019!

Nick Redford, Managing Director, Caterforce, November 2017

“I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for speaking at our event last week. I know lots of the delegates enjoyed your presentation and thought it was very insightful. I’m grateful you travelled to Newport and thank you also for staying for dinner, and carrying on the discussion with our delegates throughout the evening.

Lucy Allen, Group Marketing Manager, Caterforce, November 2017

“On behalf of the CFA Institute, I would like to thank you very much for helping to make the 2016 European Investment Conference such a successful programme. Your contribution to the panel discussion on Brexit was much appreciated and helped get the conference off to an engaging start.”

Delme Thompson, Director, Conferences, EMEA, CFA Institute, November 2016

“We are very thankful that you came to speak to us. You gave an erudite and entertaining presentation which was wholly in keeping with the event and location and was very well received. I very much enjoyed your company and hope that you too found the lunch entertaining”

Edward Haygarth, Partner, Grant Thornton and Vice-President London Society of Chartered Accountants, ICAEW & LSCA Annual Mansion House Lunch, October 2016

I am writing to thank you for chairing our recent Question and Answer event with George Freeman MP, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s policy board, at this year’s Conservative Party Conference. You were a great chair and there’s been so much good feedback about the event. We were delighted that you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to join us. We felt this event went really well and hope that you did too.

Emran Mian, Director, Social Market Foundation, October 2016

“Liam Halligan’s presentation to CFA Los Angeles was well-argued, timely, and insightful. He presented at two venues and held both audiences in rapture as he described why the UK voted for Brexit. His speech was prescient and showed deep economic and political insight. It was a fantastic performance – and we received nothing but positive feedback from our delegates. Liam is one to watch and, more importantly, one whose opinions matter”

James Fenkner and Falko Hoernicke, Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, Los Angeles, California, USA, September 2016

“The Finnish-British Trade Association had the privilege of hosting Liam Halligan as the keynote speaker at a Brexit seminar held in Helsinki. Liam’s presentation, delivered with great eloquence and wit, impressed with its acumen on a wide range of issues ranging from political tactics and the behaviour of British voters to EU regulation, economic trends and international trade. His clear analysis combined with well-articulated and convincing opinions left everyone in the audience feeling their understanding of Brexit, its reasons and its implications, had been greatly enhanced”

Alexander Bargum, Chairman of the Finnish-British Trade Association, Finland, September 2016

“We had some misgivings about addressing the likelihood of Brexit and the tensions in the EU in Milan six weeks before the vote. We needed the right speaker to explain how the UK got to this situation, and the faultlines in the EU structure driving the process, but with enough empathy and understanding to carry the audience with him rather than leave a bitter taste with the attendees. Liam was able to take this difficult brief and use it to explore the situation with clarity and humour, and keep a professional and informed audience with him for well past the normal departure time, and then have the energy for a prolonged Q & A session. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Liam and hope to benefit from his expertise and enthusiasm again”

Richard Haw, Partner, Riverfield Partners LLP, Milan, April 2016

“Thank you very much indeed for moderating the opening “Economists head-to-head” panel. My colleagues and I thought that your session was excellent and an extremely interesting and fitting way to start the conference and to set the scene for the strategy-specific sessions which followed. A number of delegates on the day told me how much they enjoyed your panel in particular”

Emma Summers, Senior Conference Producer, HedgeFund Intelligence, Paris, April 2015

“On behalf of us all at DLA Piper, many thanks for giving us a hugely enjoyable evening. Inspiring company. From the lateness of the hour when we turned off the lights, and the level of interaction throughout the dinner, I know all our guests felt the same. Thank you very much indeed”

Alex Tamlyn, Senior Partner, DLA Piper, City of London, March 2015

“Thank you for taking the time to come along to the Ridgeway Managers Conference. Your presentation hit the spot and I was delighted with the feedback we received. Some big issues were delivered in an entertaining and engaging manner – just right for the audience you were presenting to!”

John O’Hanlon, CEO, Ridgeway, Reading February 2015

“We really appreciated your company at our Christmas lunch and many thanks from The Guild Team for an excellent, highly-entertaining and thought-provoking address. You certainly rattled some pre-conceptions about the future of the domestic and global economy – and we appreciate you giving up your valuable time to join us”

Nigel Bishop, Chief Executive, The Guild of Travel and Tourism, December 2014

“Thank you so much Liam. You did a really great job for us. The panel format we attempted was ambitious and complex. I’m really glad you were there to make it all work so well”

Arina Tverintina, Speakers’ Convenor, St Petersburg International Economic Forum, June 2014

“Thank you for giving our after-dinner speech. Although it was entertaining and fun, there were also some fascinating insights. Speaking to delegates afterwards, they certainly found your thoughts on the Eurozone/EU and Russia/Ukraine interesting and useful. Overall, the speech was an impressive combination of humour and genuine substance and I’m delighted we asked you”

Debbie Berkovitch, Practical Law, London, March 2014

“I’d like to thank you for the very good job you did in handling such a complicated subject as banking regulations in the Eurozone and making it a lively and, yet, still technical conference. It was quite a challenge and you were certainly up to it!”

Jerome Legras, Partner, Axiom Alternative Investments, February 2014

“Economics presentations usually fall into two camps: terminally dull, or painfully dull. Liam’s presentation on economic lessons we should have learnt from the past was neither. A well-evidence, pithily presented swish through current economic issues, contrasted with global and historic parallels that captivated our audience of experts and non-experts alike. We were entertained, educated and challenged on our thinking and planning for the future”

Mark Henderson, North-East Entrepreneurs’ Forum, December 2013

“I wanted to thank you for your participation in the Legal Executive Briefing in Pebble Beach. Your talk was extremely well-received by both our clients and our Thomson Reuters colleagues – the survey results show it was among the highest-rated of the week”

Mike Abbott, Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters, May 2013

“Everyone that I have spoken to much appreciated your analysis of the current situation – and also the entertaining manner in which you expressed your views. You presented very clearly the dose of reality necessary for anyone in our industry to enable them to stand back from the market noise and make objective decisions on behalf of their investors”

Francis Brook, Chief Investment Office, Troy Asset Management, February 2010

“Liam did everything we asked of him – a thought-provoking, well-argued and controversial presentation pitched at the right level and which held the audience throughout. He was particularly impressive in the Q&A session. Most importantly he left the guests wanting more”

Star Reefers, June 2009

“Your input, both in your opening remarks and then in question-time, was knowledgeable, interesting, clear – and it was delivered with a passion which acted as a catalyst for others. The resulting discussion was very useful and enjoyable and we have much to thank you for. We all felt it has been a real pleasure to have worked with you”

Capt Robert Guy, Executive Director, Hong Kong Association, February 2009

“Thank you so much, Liam, for your participation and terrific contribution to last night’s discussion. I do hope our paths cross again and you might be persuaded to give a talk at one of our future events”

Philippa Foster Back, Director, Institute of Business Ethics, July 2008

“Liam was asked to lead a challenging conference agenda and encourage delegate participation, which he did with good humour, aplomb and a rare insight into the political and economic drivers facing the industry. His engagement and ability to draw stimulating contributions from conference panellists and audience members was particularly well received. Panellists did not escape lightly, and delegates left the event well satisfied by the quality and rigour of debate”

Association of British Insurers Conference, October 2007

“Thanks so much for chairing our event at the Labour party conference. I was really pleased – we certainly had a lively and interesting debate between the panel members – and that was largely thanks to your charing”

Mona Patel, Head of Communications, Investment Management Association, September 2007

“Thank you so much for chairing our conference – we’ve received considerable positive feedback – and I’m delighted with this. That the conference was a success was due, in no small part, to your chairmanship. Thank you for taking the time to brief yourself in advance, for introducing the conference so well and for keeping the discussion going so thoughtfully and inclusively. All this was much appreciated”

Sarah Wilson, Director & Insurance Sector Leader, Financial Services Authority, November 2006

“I’m most grateful to you for once again taking part in our ever-popular economics panel at our Annual Non-Executive Directors’ conference. We have already received some tremendous feedback and your contribution was a key ingredient”

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Asset Management, September 2006

“Thank you very much for your participation. You went down a storm – I really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to the event. I hope that we can work together in the future”

Infusion Event Management, June 2006

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