When: Tuesday, 7 May 2024, 1.30pm until 3.30pm

Where: Basinghall Suite, Guildhall Art Gallery, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH

RSVP: PPlease register your attendance here by Wednesday, 1 May 2024

Dress: Business Attire

AERL members will have the opportunity to meet The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Michael Mainelli, who acts as the City’s spokesman and heads overseas business delegations to key international markets on behalf of the UK’s financial and professional services industry. Lord Mayor Mainelli will provide AERL members with an overview of how the City of London Corporation operates and the key objectives for his year in office. His presentation will also touch on the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. The Drinks Reception is kindly sponsored by Banca d’Italia.
Professor Michael Mainelli was originally a research scientist in aerospace and computing. He became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn and later Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. In 1994 he co-founded Z/Yen, the City’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology, renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance and Smart Centres indices. Professor Mainellli chairs Z/Yen Group, FS Club and Esop (employee share ownership) Centre. In November 2023 Prof Mainelli became the 695th Lord Mayor of the City of London.
Professor Mainelli has served as Alderman for Broad Street since 2013 and as Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021. Significant past posts have included Almoner of Christ’s Hospital, International Financial Advisor to the Taoiseach, London Waterways Commissioner, Trustee of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Trustee of Ocean Alliance.
The City of London Corporation is at the heart of the UK-based international financial and related services industry, and the City of London Corporation works to promote and enhance the City’s status and effectiveness as a world-leading global centre for finance and business. It aims to support the competitiveness and growth of City business, engaging closely with business and policy-makers on issues affecting the business environment, economic growth and the global competitiveness of UK-based financial, professional and related business services.


1.30pm  Registration and refreshments
1.55pm Welcome address by Marcus Rothen, Co-Chair AERL
2.00pm Presentation by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Mainelli
2.15pmQ&A moderated by Marcus Rothen, Co-Chair AERL
2.30pmNetworking reception