“I first came to the Battle of Ideas three years ago and I really didn’t know quite what to expect. I was intrigued and captivated by the concept. It was billed as a two-day festival of high-level thought-provoking debate and that is exactly what it did. It was a festival and it celebrated debate and it made me challenge my own thinking. For me, it espoused the spirit of debate. Many of the topics covered will shape the context in which we as an organisation operate and have a direct bearing on our clients and on our people as well as being at the heart of the communities we operate in. The importance of looking at things from a different perspective was one of several factors that inspired me to get PwC involved with the Battle of Ideas. I am hopeful and confident that this year’s Battle of Ideas will deliver once again on the promise of providing high-level, thought-provoking debate.”
Oriana Pound, Director, Market Insight and Thought Leadership at PwC
"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University