Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition

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We at ThoughtLeaders4 are serious about providing opportunities to up-and-coming practitioners specialising in Asset Recovery, Fraud, Insolvency and Enforcement. We strongly believe that the next generation of practitioners should be writing, speaking at and attending events in order to build network and further their careers.

With this in mind, we are proud to present the 2nd Edition of our Future ThoughtLeaders Essay Competition.

Assessed by an illustriously experienced, senior and broad ranging panel of practitioners this is your chance to stick your head above the parapet and mark yourself as the one-to-watch. With the opportunity to attend and speak at the Global FIRE Starters Summit: Dublin as well as attend the FIRE International: Vilamoura event in Portugal we look forward to your submissions and to welcoming you to the FIRE Starters community.  

The Essay Topic:

Imagine it is the year 2033. What types of cases will the FIRE practitioner of the future be working on?

Applicants could address issues including, but not limited to:

  • Climate Change Fraud
  • AI Technology and its use in Asset Tracing
  • Crypto and Global Tracing Enforcement

This is not an exhaustive list. We invite you to be creative, opinionated, and tease out the crossovers between fraud, insolvency, asset recovery and economic change. We want your view on where you think the industry is headed; what will the bulk of your work be in 2033, if you had to guess?

We encourage applicants to discuss the way their work is changing, any legislative changes in the field, how their own toolkit for dealing with fraud claims is changing, and how practitioners of the future may respond to new global challenges.

Do cite specific examples and case law, and of course, follow the conventions of academic writing, but feel free to express your creative opinion in your submission.

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Illustrious Judging Panel

Jane Colston
Jane Colston Partner
Brown Rudnick
James Popperwell
James Popperwell Partner
Nicola Boulton
Nicola Boulton Partner
PCB Byrne
Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Mohammed Al Dahbashi Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)
Nathalie Ker Si Min
Nathalie Ker Si Min Partner
Lim Chee Wee Partnership (Malaysia)
Kevin Hellard
Kevin Hellard Practice Leader, Insolvency & Asset Recovery
Grant Thornton
Keith Han
Keith Han Partner
Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)
David Fairclough
David Fairclough Director
Grant Thornton

The Prizes:


  • Winner of the competition will have the opportunity to speak at the FIRE Starters Global Summit taking place in Dublin, 22nd – 24th February 2023.
  • Winner of the competition will win a free ticket to FIRE International: Vilamoura taking place in Portugal 17th - 19th May 2023.

Top 3

  • Top 3 entrants as chosen by the judging panel will win free tickets to attend FIRE Starters Global Summit 2023: Dublin.
  • The first runner-up will also win a free ticket to FIRE International: Vilamoura taking place in Portugal 17th - 19th May 2023.

All Entrants

  • All entrants will have their essays published in the ‘The Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition’ Suplement. This will be published digitally prior to FIRE Starters Global Summit 2023, along with a print run at the event.

Who can enter?

Must be a FIRE Starter (2-15 years qualified)

How to submit?

In 3 Easy Steps

Go to our submission form
Fill in the form with your details
Attach your essay as a word document and submit


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