A panel debate on financial decision-making with former military professionals
Panellists, left to right: Greg Williams, Ken Hames, Greg B Davies, Chris Severson and Major Chris Hunt
Major Chris Hunter
Major Chris Hunter has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq, where he operated on a daily basis as the British army’s most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal expert. He joined the army at 16 and trained as a Russian linguist and intelligence operator before re-training as a bomb disposal expert. He became so successful at disabling insurgent bombs in Iraq that at one time the terrorists responsible for planting the devices had a price on his head. He subsequently joined the Ministry of Defence as its senior IED intelligence analyst and currently works as a counter-terrorism consultant for both the US Department of Defense and the UK government.
Former United States Marine Corps officer and TOPGUN F/A-18 pilot Chris Severson has an impressive track record when it comes to creating and executing plans under pressure, using strong analytical skills and an innate ability to manage people. Having successfully made the transition from the military to the investment banking sphere, he is now a director at Barclays Investment Bank, where he has coached leaders on how to have a different perspective on risk through his comparison of the investment banking operating environment with the Naval/Carrier Aviation environment: “Barclays and Naval/Carrier Aviation, Profits, Risk, and Safety”.
Ken Hames is an expedition leader and television producer, as well as one of the few British officers to have worn the red beret of the Parachute Brigade, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service since he joined the army at 16. His military experience includes nine tours of Northern Ireland, the liberation of Port Stanley during the Falklands War, the first Gulf War and commanding Britain’s anti-terrorist team. He has fronted adventure programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, CBBC, Sky and the Discovery Channel, and once led Princess Diana on a 500-mile journey into the heart of Africa. He is currently director of Farscape Development, a company that specialises in behavioural training.
Greg B Davies
Greg B Davies holds an MPhil in economics and a PhD in behavioural decision theory, both from Cambridge University. His PhD dissertation combined research into the psychology of decision-making with quantitative finance theory to gain specialised insight into the psychology of risk. He is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and lecturer at Imperial College London. His first (co-authored) book, “Behavioral Investment Management”, was published in 2012, in the same year that his co-created “reality opera”, Open Outcry, which turns the behaviour of a functioning trading floor into a musical performance, premièred in London.
Greg Williams has been a magazine editor in London and New York for more than 20 years. He is the cofounder of digital storytelling platform MyLondonStory. His latest novel, The Nero Decree, was published in October.