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. Dates for which rooms have been booked 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.

In addition to the Open Meetings and dates listed below, 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


Although the normal ICEA programme is suspended until further notice, see immediately below,
the association is pleased to announce that we have arranged an online meeting via ZOOM

Wednesday July 15th 2020 at 18:30

Economic Forecasting—Why nobody knows anything

to be presented by

Ron Smith

What better time to re-examine budgeting! Is there any budget for a government or company for 2020 that has any value. Ron will discuss the methods used to make predictions and explain why they are so often wrong and why nobody knows anything.

There is no charge for this talk, which will be transmitted live via Zoom

Individuals will need to register with Zoom to be able to receive and participate in the conference

To join the meeting click on the following meeting link:

Meeting ID: 81251258743 Password: 903139

The site will open half an hour before the talk and participants should allow 5 mins to process joining the Zoom meeting

NOTE: the meeting last 1¼-1½ hours with an initial presentation by the speaker followed by questions and contributions from the audience.


ICEA Programme Suspended until Further Notice

The International Consulting Economists’ Association must regrettably confirm that its meeting programme is suspended until further notice.

The March meeting was postponed when it became evident that optional travel into London was becoming inadvisable. Following this postponement we had speakers in place for the four meetings from April to July before our venue, the AWG, confirmed that it would not reopen before July 2020.

Speakers and topics for these now postponed meetings were as follows, more details of the content and the speaker’s biographies will be circulated once the presentations have been rearranged:

· April 15th – Paul Le Blond, formerly BAA plc:
Past and Present Airports Policy for London and the South East

· May 20th – James Morton, Independent Development Economist and ICEA member:
Measuring the Impact of Impact Investing

· June 17th (already rearranged from March 2020) – Professor Ron Smith, Birkbeck College:
Economic Forecasting – Why Nobody Knows Anything

Our bookings with the AWG for July and later remain in place at present but we must await confirmation of when the venue will reopen. We will be consulting our prospective speakers to reschedule their contributions according to their availability once we can restart our meetings programme. This may well result in changes to the sequence in which the topics are addressed. Assuming a timely reopening we expect to resume as follows:

· July 15th – Malcolm Summerfield, Independent Consultant and ICEA Member:
St Helena: Now the Airport is Open!
Malcolm has been an independent economic and financial consultant for many years, working on behalf of many international and bilateral agencies. In recent years, he has been closely involved in reviewing the development and growth prospects of a number of small islands. This has involved visits to islands that are very isolated and only accessible by ship, which is unique in modern-day consultancy.

We also have bookings for later in 2020 as follows:

· Wednesday October 21st 2020

· Wednesday November 18th 2020

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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