General Sir Rupert Smith
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO (1998-2001)
Commanded over 35,000 men and women in the first Gulf War (1990-1991)
Acclaimed author of The Utility of Force, (Allen Lane, 2005)
General Sir Rupert Smith is one of the finest soldiers of his generation. In October 1990, as Major-General, he commanded the 1st Armoured Division during the first Gulf War (1990-1991). This was the largest British armoured force deployed in action since World War II, consisting of over 35,000 men and women.
In January 1995, he was appointed Commander UNPROFOR in Sarajevo as a Lieutenant-General. In this role he led and was responsible for breaking the siege of the city by using the UN Rapid Reaction Force, which he had created, in conjunction with the NATO air forces. This created the conditions in which the war was ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace accords.
Between 1996 and 1998 he was General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland. Promoted to General, his final assignment was as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1998-2001), covering NATO’s Operation Allied Force during the Kosovo war, and the development of the European Security and Defence Identity.
Since retiring from the army in 2002, he has established himself as an advisor to the academic, NGO and commercial sectors. In 2005 his controversial book, The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, was published to widespread acclaim. He has also served as an advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross and other NGOs in the field of conflict prevention and resolution. In addition, he has advised a variety of commercial enterprises on their international strategies.
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SYDNEY, 2-3 April 2012
Let's not lose the decade - Stepping up to the investment challenge
Mercer's 2012 Global Investment Forums will explore what positive actions can be pursued in order to grasp opportunities and constrain risk over the coming period ahead. The Forum also provides the opportunity to exchange ideas and debate current issues facing the investment industry with key Mercer investment professionals and colleagues.
Sydney is the second Forum in our series. The event is being held on 2 and 3 April, with a welcome drinks reception the evening of 2 April.
Highlights of the one and-a-half day program in Sydney include:
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The Forums are designed for trustees, fiduciaries, other institutional investors, wealth management organisations and fund managers who want to be at the forefront of the latest trends and practices, as well as hear about new innovative ideas and solutions.
We hope you will join us to take advantage of the knowledge being shared, as well as to contribute your thoughts throughout the conference.
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