Welcome to a webinar with The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy bringing together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy. During this event the Secretary of State will comment on how his department is:
developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business;
ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean;
ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation;
and tackling climate change.
The conversation with the Secretary of State will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics & Head of Bloomberg Economics and other leading commentators.
The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
- Kwasi Kwarteng was appointed Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January 2021.
- He was previously Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
- Kwasi was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 24 July 2019.
- Kwasi read classics and history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship. He earned a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge in 2000.
- Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Kwasi worked as an analyst in financial services.
- Kwasi was elected the Conservative MP for Spelthorne in 2010. From 2010 until 2013 he was a member of the Transport Select Committee, and in 2013 he joined the Work and Pensions Select Committee where he was a member until 2015.
- In October 2016 Kwasi joined the Public Accounts Committee, where he was a member until May 2017.
- In 2015 Kwasi was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords, and in 2017 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Kwasi’s passions include history, music and languages. He has lived in and around London for most of his life. He has authored several books, including Ghosts of Empire, War and Gold and Thatcher’s Trial.
Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics, Bloomberg
Stephanie Flanders is Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and head of Bloomberg Economics. She was Chief Market Strategist for Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management in London (2013-17) and BBC Economics Editor (2008-13). She has also been Senior Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (1997-2001), editorial-writer for the Financial Times and an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and London Business School.
Mark Mardell, Former Radio 4 Presenter & BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent & North America Editor
Mark Mardell joined the BBC in 1989 as a political correspondent for the Six O’Clock News. He covered Westminster for 19 years, working as Political Editor on Newsnight and serving as the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent. In 2005 Mark moved to Brussels, taking up the newly created role of Europe Editor for BBC News. He reported from all over the EU and beyond, drinking Slivovitz with Montenegrin farmers on the eve of independence, patrolling the Polish border with guards on snowmobiles, and accompanying Nigel Farage round Romanian food markets. As the BBC’s North America Editor (2009-2014) Mark eschewed the courtship of politicians in DC, choosing instead to travel beyond the beltway and understand American politics at its roots. During this time he covered the start of the Obama era and unearthed nascent anti-globalist Trumpism in the form of the Tea Party. Mark arrived back in the UK in 2015 just in time for Brexit, a phenomenon he has covered extensively, including in the 28 episode BBC series, Brexit: A Love Story? For the past five years, Mark has presented The World This Weekend and The World at One, bringing Radio 4 listeners the latest news, award-winning journalism, and snippets of his eclectic music taste. Mark is now pursuing a career independent of the BBC and is working on several podcast ideas and writing projects.