FT Future Forum

An authoritative space for business leaders to share ideas, build relationships and develop solutions to future challenges.


Membership benefits



An intellectual sanctuary which offers senior executives a break from the blinkers of operational focus and allows space to develop a wider strategic business mindset through exclusive insights focusing on the big issues facing businesses.


An opportuity to build a highly influential network of senior leaders from across the business spectrum through structured networking sessions that encourage practical cross-sector knowledge share.


Members have access to tailored reports and resources summarising the events and encapsulating key take-outs, enabling them to be thought leaders in their businesses.


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“The topics reflect the diversity of business and leadership we face today. Combined with high quality speakers provides attendees with thought provoking insights relevant to our organizations and individuals careers.”
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“Effective and time efficient way to step outside of your day to day working habits and look at things from a different angle.”
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upcoming events


What Big Business can Learn from Startups

John Thornhill, FT Innovation Editor with Allan Leighton, Chairman of the Co-operative Group and Sahar Hashemi OBE, Co-founder of Coffee Republic and Author of Switched On.

10 October 2019

Geopolitics: Forecasting the World in 2020

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, FT World News Editor with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government Edward Luce, FT US National Editor.

21 November 2019

US-China Trade War

Gideon Rachman, FT Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator with Dr Yu Jie, Senior Research Fellow on China, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

28 January 2020

World class speakers

Bill Gates
Kofi Annan
Ana Botin DBE
Mark Carney
Jimmy Wales
Ginni Rometty
Demis Hassabis

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About the Future Forum


Following consultation with influential business leaders, the FT saw a need to challenge senior executives by providing a wider understanding of the political, economic, social and technological developments that will affect businesses in years to come. 

Members take part in a monthly events programme, designed and curated by senior FT editors and commentators, which feature world-class speakers. Supporting reports and guides can be shared across members’ businesses. The events and supporting materials are designed to equip senior executives with a sharper strategic outlook to face challenges of the future.

In 2020, the Future Forum will launch a business Think Tank to explore undercurrents and emerging trends seek to define, explore and solve the biggest challenges businesses will face in years to come.  

The Future Forum think tank will invite experts from member companies to contribute in workshops and consultations. This will feed into reports, and will be shared throughout the global leadership community.