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21 July 2020 08:45




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mallowstreet Digital Indaba: Opportunities in a COVID-19 World

The world is not simply returning to 'normal’ even as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. The biggest economic setback since the 1930s, climate risk and growing geopolitical tensions make this a decade-defining moment. For pension funds, informed and timely decisions are therefore more important than ever. On 21st July mallowstreet will be hosting a new event: Opportunities in a COVID-19 World.

The Indaba is a chance for senior figures from the UK’s largest pension funds to meet and discuss key asset classes and investment opportunities for 2020 and beyond.

You will hear from a selection of keynote speakers and take part in three interactive Investment Masterclass breakout sessions.

The Indaba is available for CPD accreditation by the Pensions Management Institute and is exclusively for DB pension funds.


Time Description

Digital Registration and Technology Check


Welcome Address

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Co-founder of mallowstreet, provides an overview of the Digital Indaba, speakers and key themes.

Pandemic by Numbers: How We Got Here and What Happens Next Dr Hannah Fry

This is not the first time that a deadly virus has swept across the globe. But it is the first time that humans have been able to fight back. This is a battle where data and mathematics are among our most powerful weapons. In 2017, as part of a televised project with the BBC, a group of eminent mathematicians ran a simulation of what would happen if a flu-like epidemic swept through the UK. In this session Hannah will show just how eerily accurate the predictions were, and how the data collected from that gamified experiment has gone on to make a big difference to the current planning. She will also go through the most important data we have on the outbreak and highlight some of the subtle patterns that are easy to miss. By demonstrating how the modelling works in detail we will be able to see in numbers the impact (and knock-on effects) of various interventions, underlining in no uncertain terms the difficult choices we currently face. Followed by 10 minutes of interactive Q&A.

Session Transition


Investment Masterclass 1

Delegates split into three digital Investment Masterclass sessions.

Refreshment Break


Bottling the sense of Crisis Sally Bridgeland and Bart Heenk, Avida International

How can pension funds change their operating models to make more timely decisions and react more effectively in crises? Which of the opportunities presented by the COVID-19 ways of working should we strive to keep? Using a fictional case study of a trustee stuck in the old normal, we will discuss together how to improve strategic thinking, risk management, delegation and decision-making efficiency - in good times and bad.

Session Transition


Investment Masterclass II

Delegates split into three digital Investment Masterclass sessions.



Key Considerations - from the Consultant Corner Nick Self, Mercer


Session Transition


Investment Masterclass III

Delegates split into three digital Investment Masterclass sessions.

Refreshment Break


Expert Panel Discussion Chaired by Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Co-founder of mallowstreet


Closing Remarks Dawid Konotey-Ahulu