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29
OCT
2020

Risky business - Do we understand uncertainty?

Vaughn Tan, author and Assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at University College London’s School of Management, joined Max Richardson for a conversation about the ‘Uncertainty Mindset‘, how we should distinguish uncertainty from risk and the opportunity that the pandemic has presented us with to build resilience through productive discomfort.

Drawing on years of unprecedented access to the best and most influential culinary R&D teams in the world, including Heston Blumenthal and his team at The Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen, some of the conversation is set in the context of the restaurant industry and sourdough bread-making which we suspect some of our listeners will have turned to during lockdown. Can baking a loaf of bread can help to improve our overall resilience and understanding of risk versus uncertainty?

Vaughn is a PhD from Harvard, he spent time as an infantry signals logistician in the Singapore Army, worked at Google and then briefly as a furniture maker before joining UCL. He is also author of ‘The Uncertainty Mindset – innovation insights from the frontiers of food'.

They cover a lot of ground and also talk about climate change, luck vs skill, quality and innovation as well as how to be more discerning about what we eat and how to farm more sustainably.

This conversation should be particularly useful for everyone who manages risk and uncertainty on a daily basis and particularly for portfolio managers and business owners.

Here is a link to Vaughn's book website: https://uncertaintymindset.org
His newsletter: https://uncertaintymindset.substack.com/about
Or Vaughn's own website: https://vaughntan.org
27
MAY
2020

David Flatman in conversation with Owen Farrell

In this latest video and podcast, sports presenter and former rugby union player David Flatman catches up with Investec ambassador Owen Farrell. They discuss life in lockdown, including how to practice kicking in your garden, what the return of rugby could look like and how it will feel playing without crowds.
03
FEB
2020

Combating illegal wildlife trade: Banks take up the challenge

Banks to use existing anti-money laundering architecture to clamp down on illegal wildlife trade, which up until now has been largely ignored as a financial crime. Valued at around $23-billion US, illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most profitable criminal trafficking enterprise worldwide.
06
DEC
2019

The Myth of Work-Life Balance | Episode 2

It’s a jungle gym, not a ladder

A Google search of ‘How to find balance in your life’ brings up over 332 million results. Listen to what our young professionals reveal when asked the same question. Is balance a journey or a finite goal?
14
OCT
2019

Part 1: Busting breast cancer myths

The first in a three-part women's health podcast series by Investec Life features experts including renowned Professors Carol Benn and Georgia Demetriou; clinical psychologist Grant Statham and Sinenhlanhla Nzama, Investec Life head product actuary, to talk about the medical, psychological and financial aspects of a diagnosis.
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23
AUG
2019

Fani Titi's improbable story

At the age of 12, Investec Joint CEO Fani Titi was about to drop out of school to become a farm labourer, until fate stepped in. He talks to Bruce Whitfield on 702's The Money Show about his remarkable journey.
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