London Press Club: In Conversation with Gavin Serkin

Talk Tuesday 3 May 2016, 7:00 PM

The London Press Club and the Frontline Club are pleased to welcome award-winning journalist and author of Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow, Gavin Serkin, in conversation with deputy chairman of the London Press Club, David Selves.

The Panama Papers might be stirring trouble for world leaders, but revelations of illicit international money flows come as little surprise to Gavin Serkin. His book Frontier, acclaimed as a “must read” by the Financial Times, chronicles corruption and violence stretching from Africa to Asia and Latin America. This “gripping, powerful tale of the future flow of wealth,” as South Africa’s Business Day wrote in its review, is the topic for a high-flame grilling of the author by David Selves. Serkin recounts his police detention in one of the three most dangerous countries for journalists, and witnessing a beheading – while taking inspiration from breakthroughs that will make some of these places among the most important economies of tomorrow.

Gavin Serkin is a writer and journalist who previously headed Bloomberg’s Emerging Markets international desk. This year he created a news service dedicated to balancing prejudice from the financial industry against the developing world, along with a new radio show and hub to deliver powerful research to the international media. Serkin is the recipient of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers’ Best in Business Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club Award.

David Selves is deputy chairman of the London Press Club and an accomplished after-dinner speaker, charity auctioneer and thriller writer. He instigated the London Press Club’s Quarterly Grill, where he grills high profile guests with questions submitted to him by the audience

This event is the latest in a series of debates, talks and Q&As from the London Press Club, with previous speakers including William Dalrymple, Alan Rusbridger, Sarah Sands and India Knight. For more information visit

London Press Club members can reserve a free space by emailing [email protected] and can buy any additional tickets here.

All attendees are welcome to join the London Press Club for drinks in the clubroom before and after the talk, with first drinks (from 6.30pm) courtesy of Gorkana. The evenings are an opportunity for young and old, experienced and students, from all aspects of media to mingle with each other – and those from the world of PR and business.