Policymakers to debate in Adam Smith’s Panmure House  

In the spirit of Adam Smith - and in the recently restored Panmure House, where he lived and worked over two centuries ago - leading policymakers, academics and business leaders will come together for a major international event, The New Enlightenment conference. 

The conference, organised by Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Research Group (BRG) and Munich-based FWU, will take place from 1-2 July in Edinburgh.
The event will reflect Smith’s holistic view of capitalism and global competition, while some of the world’s top economists explore the way forward from the many challenges that liberal democracies face.

David Teece, Professor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Chairman of Berkeley Research Group, and the initiator and organiser of the conference, said:

“The conference aims to address the many perplexing management, policy and global governance issues that go to the heart of sustaining the prosperity, vitality and perhaps even the very viability of liberal democracies in the coming decades. 

“We hope to begin important conversations that will shape critical policy and management decisions long into the future.”

Speakers at The New Enlightenment will include former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the historian Niall Ferguson, the economist John Kay, Weijian Shan, chairman and CEO of the Hong Kong–based private equity firm PAG Group and William Lazonick, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, among others.

Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, said:

“We have rebuilt Panmure House to bring the world to Scotland, just as Adam Smith took Scotland to the world. This exceptional gathering will ensure that the ideas debated at Panmure go on to make a practical impact in the world beyond Edinburgh, exactly as they did in Smith’s time.”

Smith’s final home, Panmure House, has been rescued and restored by Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. Panmure will now be reliving its heyday as a seat of the Scottish Enlightenment, having formally reopened in November 2018 as a modern hub of economic debate and scholarship.

“This is a very special venue for an uncommonly talented and committed group of global citizens and thought leaders,” said Teece, Panmure House’s inaugural Adam Smith scholar-in-residence.

In addition to Teece, speakers from UC Berkeley include Professor Ann Harrison, Dean of the Haas School of Business, and Professor Barry Eichengreen of the Economics Department.