Fireside Chat with Dr. Gillian Tett, OBE

26th of January 2024 @ 17:30 GMT
The Provost's Lodge
King's College Cambridge

Dr. Gillian Tett, OBE

King's College Cambridge
Columnist & Editorial Board Member
Financial Times

Dr. Gillian Tett, OBE is a columnist and member of the editorial board for the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on Friday, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. She also serves as Provost of King’s College, Cambridge.

Previously, she chaired the FT editorial board, ran Moral Money, the FT’s sustainability newsletter which she co-founded, and wrote two columns a week. Gillian’s earlier roles included US managing editor for the FT; assistant editor; capital markets editor; deputy editor of the Lex column; Tokyo bureau chief; reporter in Russia and Brussels.

She has been named Columnist of the Year (2014), Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) in the British Press Awards, and received three awards from America’s Society of Business and Economic Writers Awards. She is a best-selling and award-winning author of four books, and received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award and the American Anthropological Association President Medal for her work in social science. She has received honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon, Miami and Baruch universities in America, and Exeter, Lancaster, Goldsmith’s, London in the UK. Read More

Dr. Armen V. Papazian

The Space Value of Money
Founder and Director
Space Value Foundation

Armen is a financial economist, author, consultant and innovator with a track record in global finance and more than 20 years’ experience in sustainable finance, capital markets, and analytics. Armen is a Doctor of Financial Economics from Cambridge University and couples extensive advisory experience for financial institutions and markets with research into both the academic and practical aspects of sustainable finance challenges. 

He is the author of Hardwiring Sustainability into Financial Mathematics and The Space Value of Money: Rethinking Finance Beyond Risk and Time (2022) and a founder of the Space Value Foundation, which campaigns to embed sustainability into the very core equations of finance, allowing a global transition in business and industry.

The Space Value Foundation takes its name from the principle and model proposed by Armen in his recently published book. Read More

An stimulating fireside chat with Dr. Gillian Tett, OBE, Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and columnist and member of the editorial board for the Financial Times, and Dr. Armen V. Papazian, author of Hardwiring Sustainability into Financial Mathematics and The Space Value of Money.
Kings College Cambridge

About the Book: The Space Value of Money

A fresh and innovative perspective on sustainability and finance, the book proposes a change in the logic of the value of money to account for risk, time, and space parameters, and offers an approach through which we can meet the challenges of the Net Zero transition and facilitate long term transformations in human productivity.

The Space Value of Money introduces multidimensional thinking in financial valuation and optimisation, expanding our risk- and time-focused value paradigm in finance. It complements the existing principles, i.e. time value of money and risk and return, by factoring in space and our responsibility for impact on space. The proposed principle and metrics entrench responsibility and sustainability into the core principles and equations of value in finance, making finance inherently sustainable, and acting as a theoretical bridge between core finance theory and the growing field of sustainable finance or ESG integration.

The space value of money principle introduces the necessity and associated metrics to quantify the aggregate space impact of investments, and the methodology to integrate them into our value equations and investment selection process. The framework facilitates the creation and deployment of sustainable finance algorithms in the future and offers alternative solutions to the funding challenges of the transition when applied to our monetary architecture.

The Space Value of Money Book Launch Event on the 2nd of November 2022 - Keynes' Lecture Theatre King’s College Cambridge - In partnership with  Cambridge Judge Business School

CJBS Announcement

The Cambridge Judge Business School has recently published a news announcement regarding the forthcoming release of the book and this launch event – Hardwiring Sustainability.

CISI Article

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment has recently published an article by Dr. Armen V. Papazian that summarises the key arguments of his recent book – Sustainability and a space-adjusted mathematics of value and return.

About the Book: Hardwiring Sustainability

A ground-breaking work that addresses a crucial challenge facing our planet and the finance discipline, this book discusses key omissions in finance theory, principles, and equations, and explores recent developments in sustainable finance/ESG integration. It reveals a spaceless analytical framework and a sustainability debate that avoids the very logic of money creation. A theoretical treatise on sustainability in finance, the book makes the case for the hardwiring of sustainability into financial mathematics, offering a complementary principle and new equations for the purpose, while also discussing the implications of such a transformation for money mechanics.

Book Reviews

“Dr. Papazian’s Space Value of Money concept addresses sustainability in microeconomics and
macroeconomics—it critically updates and accounts for the additional dimension. This should be compulsory reading for all students of finance and investing.”
—Eoin Murray, Head of Investment, Federated Hermes Limited

“At a time when the climate crisis drives home the point for urgent action, and ESG measurements have come under intense scrutiny, one can hardly overstate the importance of this book. Rigorous and comprehensive, it offers an investment impact measurement methodology and answers the key financial question of our times: how can we fund the transition to a sustainable world? A finance handbook for the future.”
—Dr. Matteo Cominetta, Head of Macroeconomic Research, Barings LLC

“In the bewildering and ever-swelling sea of acronyms that now covers the world of sustainable finance, Dr. Armen Papazian’s laser-like focus on the financial mathematics of investment value and return is a most welcome addition to the profession’s navigation skills.”
—George Littlejohn, Senior Adviser, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

“This is a brave book—it highlights inconvenient truths about the financial mathematics of investment that guides the global flow of capital and offers thought through solutions. It is a must read for anyone concerned with planetary sustainability.”
—Adrian Webb, Founder & Director, Space Value Foundation

Book Launch Event
Chartered Accountants Hall - 7th of December 2023

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