Birmingham Forward has announced the launch of a new annual lecture series in memory of its founder Roger Dickens.
Sir Michael Lyons has agreed to present the inaugural lecture on November 8 at the International Convention Centre.
Diane Benussi, chairman of Birmingham Forward, said: "Roger was not only an astute businessman, but an inspiration and mentor to a number of business people across the city.
"The fact that we have secured the services of such a respected and eminent leader as Sir Michael to present the first lecture is testimony to the esteem in which Roger was held throughout the community.
"Both men have been tireless advocates for the city over the past 20 years and we hope that, through this new lecture series, Roger's influence will live on."
Born in the Black Country, Mr Dickens formed Birmingham Forward - then known as City 2000 - in 1990.
He led the floatation of technology form iSoft, became chairman of West Bromwich Building Society and held positions on the boards of the NEC, Carillion and Headlam Group.
Sir Michael Lyons enjoyed seven years at the helm of Birmingham City Council and was knighted for services to local government in 2000.
He recently published the findings of his inquiry into the relocation of public sector jobs away from the South-east.