Each year GGI invites someone who in the past year has taken thinking, practice or both in good governance forward to address leaders across all sectors at the annual lecture.

Previous keynote speakers include Professor Mervyn King, Rob Whiteman CBE, Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan.

This year's keynote speaker is Jaideep Prabhu. Jaideep is Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He teaches business and enterprise at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and directs the Centre for India & Global Business (CIGB).

He has published in leading academic journals and his work has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, and The Times.

He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation, and Frugal Innovation, which won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016.

For over a century, the most pressing question in political thought has been about the size and capacity of the state. Now, with a world transformed by Covid-19 and a revolution unfolding in the technologies of organisation, a great upheaval is coming in the essential business of government.

Join Jaideep Prabhu for the keynote address at this year's festival as he discusses his much-acclaimed new book, How should a government be? You’ll hear about government initiatives across the globe and explore new levers of state power, as we discuss what the future of government might look like, and how governments can better deliver for their citizens.

You can read more about all of our previous keynote speakers below.

Rob Whiteman CBE

Our keynote speaker in 2020 was Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Lord Patel of Bradford

Our keynote speaker in 2019 was Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, chair of Social Work England and previously chair of the Mental Health Act Commission.

Rt Hon Jacqui Smith

Our keynote speaker in 2018 was the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan

The festival keynote speaker in 2017 was our very own Chief Executive, Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan.

Caroline Clarke

One of our keynote speakers in 2016 was Caroline Clarke, group chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Lord Bob Kerslake

One of our keynote speakers in 2016 was Lord Bob Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service and Chair of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Judge Mervyn King

The keynote speaker at our first festival back in 2015 was Professor Judge Mervyn King, author of the King code of governance and Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.