By Daniel Hunter

World-leading experts are heading up an innovative Games-time business programme designed by Mayor Boris Johnson to showcase why the capital is the number one place in which to invest and grow a business.

A top line up of speakers - including Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia - will front a series of high profile debates called the 'London House Global Futures', to be hosted at City Hall converted to become 'London House', a business networking hub.

'London House Global Futures' will explore the key economic issues facing cities over the coming century including technology, environment/climate change, the rise of the BRIC economies and the role of cities in the world's economy.

Other top name speakers are Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and inventor of the phrase BRICs; Matt Ridley, a leading scientist and expert on the topic of climate change and sustainability; Professor Saskia Sassen at Columbia University, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the topic of cities and globalisation who coined the term 'global cities'.

In addition, participating in the debate led by Professor Sassen, the Mayor is delighted to welcome Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, representing the 2016 host city of the Games.

"I want this influential audience to be stimulated by a feast of all that's best about the capital, so when it comes to deciding their new HQ or expansion, it is London they opt for," the Mayor, Boris Johnson, said.

"This charm offensive will benefit Londoners for decades to come in the form of jobs and economic growth."

These thought-provoking, informative events form part of the Mayor’s ambitious business engagement programme for Games-time. This aim is to seize the huge opportunities presented by the 2012 Games to deliver jobs, growth and prosperity for generations to come. The programme will target the world’s key international investors and business people, through London House and its associated activities.

This includes hosting hundreds of international business leaders who have been invited by the Mayor to experience London’s business offer, including meeting UK leaders within the technology, creative, environmental and financial services sectors.

Participants in London House will include a raft of top name companies keen to learn more about growth and investment opportunities, including Disney, Paramount Pictures, Telefonica, Gamesa, Silicon Valley Bank , Wipro, LG (CNS), Tata Consultancy, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Time Warner, Banco Itau, Tsingtao Brewery and Iberdrola Engineering and Construction.

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