Angus Forbes hero

A former City of London banker who has become a leading international environmentalist will take to the stage at a special public talk at the University of Plymouth to call for a global authority to run the Earth’s biosphere.

Angus Forbes, founder of the charity Bankers without Boundaries, and the inaugural Project Director of the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project at Clarence House, will deliver his talk, Nessun Dorma, as part of the Sustainable Earth Institute’s public programme.

Using music, videos and sporting analogies, Nessun Dorma explores the issue of global governance of the Earth’s biosphere, and promotes the idea of a Global Planet Authority to oversee it.

"We have joined Mother Nature in the driving seat of running the biosphere,” 

Angus says. 

“We are the first species to do so and we are doing a terrible job. We will keep failing because we have no dedicated leadership, no global rules and no power to enforce it. Something has to change and thankfully, I believe we are moving closer to making that radical change." 

The son of an Australian diplomat, Angus worked in the City of London for 20 years, at stockbrokers James Capel and Merrill Lynch and subsequently at the hedge fund GLG Partners. There he ran the global consumer sector equity long short fund. 

Since leaving the City in 2007, Angus has worked as an investor and mentor in consumer start-ups, and is currently involved in six small companies, whose activities range from Mexican and Vietnamese food to surf wear. He also works with his wife Dame Darcey Bussell DBE on all her business and philanthropic interests. 

The event will be held on Wednesday 3 October at 18.30 at the Roland Levinsky Building, and will be followed by a Q&A session. It is free to attend, but registration is recommended via

Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, said: 

“Angus’ talks have inspired and entertained audiences around the country, and most importantly, he has engaged them with the concept of global governance for our environment. So the Sustainable Earth Institute is delighted to welcome him back to the University as part of our public programme and our commitment to creating impactful, thought-provoking events.”

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