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.

Last year's keynote speaker was Jaideep Prabhu, 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.

Jaideep discussed 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.

This year's speaker will be announced soon.

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

Professor Jaideep Prabhu

Our keynote speaker in 2021 was 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).

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.