Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers, topics and when provided by the speaker a link to download the presentation.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The open meetings programme resumes in October. Meeting dates for the coming months are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on mailing list approximately one month before the event.

For the time being we are holding virtual meetings by Zoom, but we hold bookings at our regular venue, the Art Workers Guild, for all of the dates below.

In addition to the confirmed meetings and future dates listed below, in normal times there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas party.

For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page.

Meetings and Dates


Our next online meeting by Zoom is given below

Wednesday January 20th 2021 at 18h30

Measuring the Impact of Impact Investing

presented by

James Morton, Independent Development Economist and ICEA Member

Impact Investing is very much the new thing. It has its own definition on Wikipedia – “Investments made with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return”. It has its own Impact Investing Institute supported by the great and good of the financial world – Blackrock et al – and, of course, by DFID, which has its own Impact Programme, with CDC a central component. It is reported that Impact Investors had $228 billion of assets under management in 2017.
Impact Investment, by its nature, aims to hit two targets at once – financial returns and development. And those who measure impact aim to deliver “deeper insights into social and environmental impact while bringing concrete business benefits to investees.”
James Morton’s talk presents a structured framework for measuring the Impact of Impact Investing. It highlights the assumptions underlying the belief that investment can hit two targets at the same time and the need to test each of those assumptions rigorously. The difficulties involved are both technical and to some extent political.

The meeting is open to both members of ICEA and non-members. There is no charge for this event, which will be transmitted live via Zoom
To join the meeting please click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 883 2524 0006 Passcode: 143645

Participants should allow at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting to join. It would be appreciated if members and guests use a recognisable user name when taking part in our online meetings.
NOTE: the meeting will last for 1¼-1½ hours with an initial presentation by the speaker followed by questions and contributions from the audience.


ICEA London Meetings Programme transferred to Zoom until further notice

The International Consulting Economists’ Association regrets that it will be unable to host its programme of London meetings until further notice.

Zoom meetings were held in May, July, October and November 2929, for which the presentations have now been loaded onto this website.

Further Zoom meetings have been arranged as follows:

· January 20th – James Morton, Independent Development Economist and ICEA member:

Recent years have seen $ billions committed to Impact Investing. This talk will present a framework for understanding the considerable challenges involved in measuring how much impact is actually achieved.

James is a long standing member of the ICEA with considerable experience in designing and evaluating international development projects.

February 17th – Mark Watson, Public Finance Management specialist and ICEA member
Dominica: Disaster and Recovery following Extreme Weather Events
Dominica was hit by Tropical Storm Erica in 2015 and then by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The IMF estimated damage of the latter at 226% of GDP. In response to these disasters the Government of Dominica has prioritized climate resilience. In 2020, Mark travelled to Dominica to evaluate the impact of recovery and resilience efforts. Mark will explore key issues arising and will draw parallels with the current Covid-19 pandemic.
March 17th – Nicholas Haslam, former Head of Syria Programmes at ASI
This talk will examine the evolution since 2011 of the Syrian opposition, formed as a response to the military escalation of the Syrian revolution, as well as the role that Western powers have played in shaping and undermining its efforts to reform Syria.
It will conclude with an outlook on the prospects for a resolution to the war and a political settlement.
Nicholas was based in Istanbul as Head of Syria Programmes at Adam Smith International between 2015 and 2019, and currently directs a Syria civil society and social cohesion project in partnership with Syrian NGOs.
Monthly meeting dates for the rest of the 2020-2021 season are as follows:

April 21st
May 18
June 16th
July 21st

We hope to offer a full programme of monthly presentations over this period and that it may be possible to return to our usual venue, the Art Workers’ Guild, as the year progresses.

Time and Place

Meetings are held at in the Gradidge Room at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, (, which is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

We meet at 6 for 6:30pm. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, with time split approximately equally between the speaker’s address and the subsequent discussion with questions, comment and observations from the floor.

Drinks are available both before and after the meeting. We aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm. There is sometimes an opportunity to take supper with speaker as guest. Those doing so leave earlier.

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

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