BBC’S JOHN HUMPHRYS TO MODERATE
UK Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, will deliver the Keynote Address at the flagship LISW17 conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, on Thursday 14th September.
Dr Fox, who has held the post of Secretary of State for International Trade since July 2016, will speak about the future of international trade and its impact on the global shipping sector.
He held several Ministerial positions in John Major’s Government and served as Shadow Health Secretary, Party Chairman, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Defence Secretary between 1999 and 2010. In Government, he has served as Secretary of State for Defence and was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade upon the creation of the new department in July 2016, the first time since 1983 that the UK has a standalone Department for Trade.
His appearance coincides with news that BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys, revered by the British press as the ‘most ferocious and insightful interviewer of his generation’, ‘the most feared inquisitor in the land’, and the ‘outstanding radio interviewer of the past decade’, has agreed to moderate what is set to be one of the most provocative and exciting shipping conferences for years.
Humphrys has been a journalist for more than half a century: foreign correspondent, television newsreader, radio presenter, political interviewer, newspaper columnist, author and presenter of BBC’s Mastermind. He has won just about all the national broadcasting awards including the Sony Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, the industry’s ultimate Oscar. The citation read: ‘He has truly changed the face of radio and the nature of the radio interview for an entire generation.’
The LISW Conference theme, Tomorrow’s Maritime World, will be debated by some of the most current and sought-after specialists from industry, shipping and government to produce one of the most insightful, informative and thought-provoking conferences ever.
The LISW17 conference will be followed on the Thursday evening by the official LISW17 Gala Dinner, also to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Taking place from September 11 to 15, LISW17 will be the must-attend event of the global maritime calendar with more than 140 industry functions and unique networking opportunities. The events will be organised either by the industry at large through the various LISW17 Supporting Organisations or by Sponsoring Companies of LISW17.