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FW de Klerk among speakers at International Festival for Business

Former South African president FW de Klerk confirmed for Blue Skies series of talks at event in Liverpool in June

Pictured: FW de Klerk

Former South African president FW de Klerk is among the speakers confirmed for the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016)

De Klerk will speak as part of the Blue Skies series of talks at the festival, taking place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool in June.

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neil and Severn Trent Water chief executive Liv Garfield are among the other speakers announced for the series of talks, which will take place at the end of each day at the Festival.

Jude Kelly OBE, creative director of IFB2016 said: “The Blue Skies series is an exceptional addition to the 2016 Festival. The opportunity to hear from a group of the most fascinating global figures is a huge draw for Festival attendees. I am delighted to welcome FW De Klerk, Lord O’Neil and Liv Garfield as the first of our speakers and look forward to learn who else will be taking part.”

FW de Klerk’s time as South African president coincided with the end of apartheid and the creation of the first fully democratic Republic of South Africa. Since leaving politics his work has included establishing Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), a non-profit organisation that promotes peace, democracy and development in countries across the world.

Following the initial three, further Blue Skies thinkers will be announced over the coming weeks and in addition, IFB2016 is launching a search for further Blue Skies thinkers that Festival attendees would like to hear from. The #searchforblueskies Twitter campaign is being launched to gather suggestions for figures to attend the series.

IFB2016 is the world’s biggest business festival and will bring together thousands of global businesses, providing a platform for companies to connect and conduct international commerce. This summer’s festival follows the success of the inaugural IFB in 2014, also in Liverpool, which produced more than £200 million of new investment deals and export sales totalling more than £80m as a direct result of the event.

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