IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Hall A, Level 1

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Opening Ceremony
Hall A, Level 1
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We look forward to starting the IBA Annual Conference week together with all our delegates, panellists, dignitaries and the global legal community. 

Keynote Speaker - Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber was the Editor of the Financial Times (2005-2020) and is a writer, broadcaster, popular keynote speaker and a superb moderator on a range of topics including geopolitics, technology and business. He is now an investor and senior advisor of a newspaper called the New European.

Barber’s career in journalism began in 1978, working as a reporter for the Scotsman. He went on to work for the Sunday Times before joining the Financial Times in 1985 as a business reporter. He progressed through the organisation, advancing to roles including Washington correspondent, Brussels chief bureau, news editor, lead of the continental European edition and US managing editor.

As Editor, Barber transformed the Financial Times and solidified its legacy as one of the world’s leading business news organisations with a digital-first operation, renowned for its integrity and accuracy. Barber led the publication to surpass the milestone of over a million paying readers and to achieve over 75% digital subscribers.

Under his editorship, the Financial Times won several prestigious awards for its world-class journalism, including being named ‘Newspaper of the Year’ three times, the British Journalism Awards, Gerald Loeb, Overseas Press Club, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Society of Publishers in Asia.

Lionel Barber published his memoirs in November 2020, titled ‘The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times‘. He is an experienced commentator and Co-Author of several books, including ‘Price of Truth: Story of the Reuters Millions’, which explores the history of Reuters news agency.

He is highly sought-after for his insights and has spoken to audiences around the world on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, international economic policy, business matters and Europe. Lionel Barber makes regular appearances on TV and Radio and has interviewed several high-profile individuals including US President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

Please note that the exact time of the opening ceremony are subject to change.

Keynote Speakers

Lionel Barber Former Editor of the Financial Times , London, England