Andrew J Scott

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World’s Leading Expert on the Economics of Longevity; Award-Winning Author of Global Best Seller “The 100 Year Life;” Award-Winning Professor of Economics, London Business School; Experienced NED and Policy Advisor; Co-Founder, The Longevity Forum

Biography

Professor Andrew J Scott wants the world to recognise and seize the opportunities of what he considers to be humanity’s greatest achievement: The extraordinary gains in life expectancy that have occurred around the world over the last 100 years. Scott shows us how individuals, business and society can unlock the benefits that flow from this enormously important trend.

Scott brings a unique perspective as a global economist, professor and government advisor drawing on a range of disciplines. That mix has given him access to academia, industry, social pioneers and policymakers around the globe and helped shape his ground-breaking work on the impact longevity will have on all of us. Drawing on broad and deep knowledge and combining economics with the personal, he speaks with wit, wisdom and insight about the deep and profound changes that are underway.

We are living longer and better more than ever before. Each generation is living around 10 years or longer than past ones, and children born today face a plausible chance of living to 100. That changes everything.

It changes when we start and finish work, when we marry and have children, when we get educated, what we do with our finances and what we need in terms of our health. People of all ages are already changing their behaviour in response to longer life, but a lot more change is needed if we are to make the most of this gift of longevity. In Singapore, where he launched the Global Longevity Agenda, Scott stressed that “coming to terms with living longer than past generations is not just a global but a personal challenge”.

These insights about how we need to restructure life is behind the success of Professor Scott’s global bestseller – “The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity.” Translated into 15 languages and a winner of various accolades including, the book has helped shift the global narrative away from a focus on aging to thinking about how we seize the benefits of longevity. In Japan, a country leading the way in terms of longevity, the response was a Prime Ministerial commission to “Design a 100 Year Life.”

Scott knows how important this topic is to our future and how we all need to adjust now. That’s why he has established The Longevity Forum, bringing together the extraordinary potential of scientific research around anti-aging with the behavioural and economic responses needed in response to longer lives. What started as a day of bringing together the brightest minds in this space from all spectrums of industry has developed into London Longevity Week and a growing global agenda springing from a meeting of world experts sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Individuals, companies and government are waking up to the challenge. Failing to do so will leave too many individuals unprepared for the future and firm’s who will fail to benefit from what has been called ‘the largest emerging market’. Those who seize this longevity agenda will benefit from a key competitive advantage in the years ahead.

Scott’s interest in longevity is representative of the way he thinks. He loves big ideas and how understanding them provides insights into action today and in the future. Professor Scott likes to ‘join up the dots’ so that the big picture becomes clear. His eagerly awaited new book, “The New Long Life” (2020), provides clarity on how technological change and longevity together require us to live our life differently and what we all need to do to seize the advantage.

Andrew J Scott is currently Professor of Economics at London Business School and Fellow of All Souls, Oxford University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Having previously held positions at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. He advises corporations and governments and served as Non-Executive Director for the UK’s Financial Services Authority 2009-2013. Andrew is on the advisory board of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility, advisor to the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research, a member of the Cabinet Office Honours Committee (Science and Technology), the UK government’s Longevity Council and the WEF Council on Japan as well as Chairman of Encore, UK and Co-Founder of The Longevity Forum.

Andrew J Scott is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Professor Andrew J Scott wants the world to recognise and seize the opportunities of what he considers to be humanity’s greatest achievement: The extraordinary gains in life expectancy that have occurred around the world over the last 100 years. Scott shows us how individuals, business and society can unlock the benefits that flow from this enormously important trend.

Scott brings a unique perspective as a global economist, professor and government advisor drawing on a range of disciplines. That mix has given him access to academia, industry, social pioneers and policymakers around the globe and helped shape his ground-breaking work on the impact longevity will have on all of us. Drawing on broad and deep knowledge and combining economics with the personal, he speaks with wit, wisdom and insight about the deep and profound changes that are underway.

We are living longer and better more than ever before. Each generation is living around 10 years or longer than past ones, and children born today face a plausible chance of living to 100. That changes everything.

It changes when we start and finish work, when we marry and have children, when we get educated, what we do with our finances and what we need in terms of our health. People of all ages are already changing their behaviour in response to longer life, but a lot more change is needed if we are to make the most of this gift of longevity. In Singapore, where he launched the Global Longevity Agenda, Scott stressed that “coming to terms with living longer than past generations is not just a global but a personal challenge”.

These insights about how we need to restructure life is behind the success of Professor Scott’s global bestseller – “The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity.” Translated into 15 languages and a winner of various accolades including, the book has helped shift the global narrative away from a focus on aging to thinking about how we seize the benefits of longevity. In Japan, a country leading the way in terms of longevity, the response was a Prime Ministerial commission to “Design a 100 Year Life.”

Scott knows how important this topic is to our future and how we all need to adjust now. That’s why he has established The Longevity Forum, bringing together the extraordinary potential of scientific research around anti-aging with the behavioural and economic responses needed in response to longer lives. What started as a day of bringing together the brightest minds in this space from all spectrums of industry has developed into London Longevity Week and a growing global agenda springing from a meeting of world experts sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Individuals, companies and government are waking up to the challenge. Failing to do so will leave too many individuals unprepared for the future and firm’s who will fail to benefit from what has been called ‘the largest emerging market’. Those who seize this longevity agenda will benefit from a key competitive advantage in the years ahead.

Scott’s interest in longevity is representative of the way he thinks. He loves big ideas and how understanding them provides insights into action today and in the future. Professor Scott likes to ‘join up the dots’ so that the big picture becomes clear. His eagerly awaited new book, “The New Long Life” (2020), provides clarity on how technological change and longevity together require us to live our life differently and what we all need to do to seize the advantage.

Andrew J Scott is currently Professor of Economics at London Business School and Fellow of All Souls, Oxford University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Having previously held positions at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. He advises corporations and governments and served as Non-Executive Director for the UK’s Financial Services Authority 2009-2013. Andrew is on the advisory board of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility, advisor to the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research, a member of the Cabinet Office Honours Committee (Science and Technology), the UK government’s Longevity Council and the WEF Council on Japan as well as Chairman of Encore, UK and Co-Founder of The Longevity Forum.

Andrew J Scott is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity

Gains to life expectancy mean each generation is living around ten years longer than the previous. It is a mistake to think that these have occurred at the end of life – rather middle age has been extended. As a result, just as the twentieth century saw the invention of ‘teenagers’ and ‘pensioners’, individuals are currently creating a new course of life because these gains in life expectancy aren’t about end of life but all of life.

Based on Andrew J Scott’s global bestseller, The 100 Year Life, described by Academic and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson as “Brilliant, timely, original, well written and utterly terrifying,” this presentation outlines current life expectancy trends and what they mean for you and your career, health, relationships and education. Whatever your age, you have more future ahead of you than previous generations. How do you prepare for that future and what should you do?

Understanding this shift in behaviour is crucial not just for us as individuals, but also for firms if they are to understand the workforce of the future. Too many corporate decision-makers think about a multi-generational workforce, while what ties the workforce together is the need to reshape careers in response to longer working lives. As populations age, understanding the consumer and workforce trends will be central for seizing a competitive advantage. Adapting to longer lives requires fundamental social change which, in turn, means fundamental change to key markets and products.

Financing a Longer Future

One of the industries most affected by increased longevity is the financial sector. The asset management industry, pensions and insurance sector have all been developed around a three-stage life of education, work and retirement with clearly defined needs driven by age. However, this will change with life and working careers extending peoples’ financial needs.  Longer lives require more savings but also require new financial products and new patterns of behaviour. New risks are emerging requiring new insurance needs. Health and finance will become increasingly intertwined and the financial system will need to adapt to a world where individuals are redesigning the life course, doing different things at different ages and needing to shift money in different ways between different periods. With a more elderly population, firms providing the same set of existing products that supported a now out of date life plan will find themselves increasingly struggling. Technology is not the only threat to the financial sector. As longevity changes how we structure our lives, the financial system needs to respond with new products and services to deal with new risks and different ways of shifting assets across time. A financial system needs to develop to support 21st century lives.

The Longevity Dividend

The so-called ‘silver economy’ is estimated to be worth $15 trillion globally by this year –making it the world’s biggest emerging market. However, this market is poorly understood and too often represented by the label ’65 and over” (?). The focus is always on the increase in the number of elderly in every nation, but something else is also happening: How we are aging is changing. What people do, what they expect and what they want is shifting. There is a huge and growing segment of above average wealth consumers who are poorly served by lumping them together as a single ‘silver’ market based on out of date age stereotypes.

There is an emerging lucrative global market in supporting people toward realising healthy, fulfilling and productive lives with the potential to unleash a ‘longevity dividend’ both for the individual and the economy. Expect dramatic growth in longevity markets – from new health and finance products and age-tech through to the rise of a re-creation industry that drives our leisure opportunities. Due to demographic trends, firms will increasingly be reliant on the skills and engagement of older workers, and few have policies in place to support this. A longevity dividend is there to be seized by both individuals and firms, but new thinking and new practices need to be introduced if it is to be realised. Based on his research and findings, Andrew traces out in his presentation the implications and actions required for us as individuals, investors, companies and nations to seize this longevity dividend.

The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World

Based on Andrew J Scott’s eagerly awaited forthcoming 2020 book, this presentation asks the question: How will technology and longer lives – together and separately – change our world and how we live? How should we respond – as individuals, corporations and society – to prepare ourselves for this future and what steps should we take in order to flourish?

Powerful new technologies are rapidly developing and leading to fears that automation will lead to brutal job losses. An aging society is leading to fears that we cannot afford to grow old. But surely a super smart new technology, and longer healthier lives, should be an advantage for us all, right? So why do we fear these advances? Well, given how we currently structure work and life, these developments bring about problems. Our existing habits and behaviours are based on assumptions that are no longer valid. We need to think about how we restructure our practices to benefit from these pathbreaking developments that are set to transform our world. So much of our economic and social life was defined by the Industrial Revolution, and is set to be redefined by pathbreaking developments in technology and longevity.

In his presentation, Andrew provides analyses on what is happening and how it will impact business, the economy and society, offering steps to take now to prepare yourself for this future. In a world where machines become smarter and smarter, we need to realise the opportunities of smart new technologies and longer lives to become more human in all we do. Society faces many challenges from smart new tech and longer lives. It is up to us to find the path that makes us benefit from the wonderful potential these forces offer individually and jointly.

Education, Age and the Machine

Technology and longevity are set to transform what skills we need, when we learn them and who we learn them from. Longer lives will extend our working careers, which will become multi-staged as each of us experiences more career shifts and different roles with different motivations. At the same time, technology will lead to growth in new sectors and change our existing jobs requiring us to develop new skills.

This has fundamental implications for learning. Rather than be front-loaded in the first stage of a life sequenced as learn, earn and retire, learning will need to be spread out throughout life. This will require a change in what we learn early on, but also a growth at scale of adult education that is available to all of society.

The good news for the educational system is that the continued growth it has benefited from over the last 100 years looks set to continue as these forces should raise the return on education. The more challenging news is that this expansion will manifest itself as a shift into new areas which are currently poorly served – adult education, intergenerationally mixed courses, skills and employment based learning and shorter cumulative programs. A transformed educational system will see new players and new products emerge as individuals extend their learning over their life. This represents an issue of first order social importance, a vast investment opportunity and one that will be crucial to each of us individually benefiting from the wonders of new technology.

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Recommendations

“Professor Andrew Scott brought incredible insight to our discussions around longevity, productive aging and healthy living here in Singapore. His impactful delivery inspired our employees, customers and partners to reimagine the traditional three-stage life and embrace the possibilities of a 100-year life.”

— Wilf Blackburn, CEO, Prudential Singapore

“We were delighted to have Andrew Scott present at our conference last year as a co-author of a bestselling book on longevity. Andrew delivered an engaging and thought-provoking presentation to our audience!”

—  Maggie Zelinka, Marketing Executive, Citibank

“Andrew’s work on longevity and the profound implications of a 100-year life is one of the most thought-provoking topics for us to consider. His presentation to my senior most global leaders brought great insight to us, stimulating a fantastic debate into the implications for us all personally, professionally and for our own business of recruitment. Thoroughly engaging!”

— Alistair Cox, CEO, Hays

“Fujitsu has really benefited from Professor Andrew Scott’s deep insight into a diverse range of macro-economic topics including Sustainability and the 100-year life.  The purpose of the sessions has been to better equip our senior people to be able to have ‘non-agenda’ conversations with key clients to start to unlock and create extra value for our clients – and we are already seeing this investment paying dividends!”

— Rachel Rose, Head of Talent, Leadership and Engagement, Fujitsu

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