Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.
Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning writer and broadcaster and former Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Harvard University Kennedy center.
Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and business columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. She has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment, and was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the Financial Times, and gives his incisive take on UK politics in a weekly column. Previously, Janan was a political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a research fellow at Policy Exchange, the influential London think tank for two.
Janine Gibson is editor, Special Projects at the Financial Times. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed UK, running the news team in London and overseeing all editorial content from September 2015 to January 2019.
Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum, The Fear Index, An Officer and A Spy, Dictator, Conclave and Munich. Several of his books have been adapted, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski and Imperium which was adapted by Mike Poulter for the RSC. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in west Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby and their children. His new book, The Second Sleep is due in August 2019.
Leslie Hook is the FT’s environment and clean energy correspondent. She reports from London on carbon, the environment and the renewable energy transition worldwide. Her previous roles at the FT include San Francisco correspondent, Lex writer and Beijing correspondent. Prior to that she was at the Wall Street Journal.
Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster, and founder and CEO of www.chinadialogue.net, an innovative, fully bilingual Chinese English website devoted to building a shared approach on climate change and environmental issues with China.
Mishal Husain is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s influential Today programme and the television news on BBC One. In twenty years in journalism she has worked on big international as well as British stories and become known for interviewing, presenting on location and for critically acclaimed documentaries.
Ma Jian was born in Qingdao, China. He is the author of seven novels, a travel memoir, three story collections and two essay collections. He has been translated into twenty-six languages. Since the publication of his first book in 1987, all his work has been banned in China. He now lives in exile in London
After more than 30 years as a journalist Lucy Kellaway decided to become a teacher. Finding the path to the profession somewhat tricky, she co-founded Now Teach with Katie Waldegrave.
HELENA KENNEDY QC is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers and public figures. She is a regular broadcaster, journalist and lecturer and throughout her career has focussed on giving voice to those who have least power in the system, championing civil liberties and civil rights. Her 1994 book Eve Was Framed led to a number of key reforms for women and was followed in 2004 by Just Law. She is the Master of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and was awarded a life peerage in 1997. Born in Glasgow, she lives in London.
Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs.
Simon Kuper is a columnist for the Financial Times. He was educated at Oxford University and Harvard and has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper.
John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. he has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Philips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the financial crisis and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitebread First Novel
Emily Maitlis is an RTS award winning journalist and broadcaster – and Newsnight’s lead presenter. She presents General Elections for the BBC – and covers US politics for the programme from across America. Maitlis has won plaudits for her longer form interviews for Newsnight - with politicians, presidents and key players internationally and at home. She spent six years reporting from the Far East – based in Hong Kong - speaks Spanish, French and Italian – and is the author of ‘Airhead’ the Imperfect Art of Making News.
Brooke Masters has been the FT’s Comment and Analysis Editor since 2018. She has previously served as Companies Editor, Chief Regulation Correspondent, City correspondent and as a contributor to the Lex column. She spent the first part of her career in the US covering a variety of beats including criminal justice, local politics and education for the Washington Post.
Denis McDonough is a Senior Advisor at Macro Advisory Partners. He served as White House chief of staff for President Obama’s second term. He provided strategic advice to the president on the most significant domestic policy, national security, and management issues facing the federal government. He planned and coordinated efforts to recruit and retain key talent—including an unprecedented expansion of technology experts, engineers, and content generators within the White House and across the federal government.
Nader is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Macro Advisory Partners. Nader has spent the past 20 years in leadership positions in global institutions at the intersection of geopolitics, policy and markets. From 2010-2013, Nader was Chief Executive of Oxford Analytica, a leading global analysis and advisory firm. Previously, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the Financial Industries M&A group in New York and in the Executive Office in London. Before entering the private sector, Nader served at the United Nations, first as a political officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and subsequently in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 1997-2003. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where he received his M.Phil. in International Relations from Christ Church College, Nader received his MBA as a Sloan Fellow at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nader is a widely published contributor of essays to The Financial Times, The New York Times and Foreign Policy. In 2012 Nader authored, with Kofi Annan, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, and is the editor of the Black Book of Bosnia, published in 1996. Nader is a member of the Global Board of Directors for the World Resources Institute, a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin and a Trustee of Somerset House. He is a Member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Geopolitics and was elected by the WEF as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.
Fraser Nelson is the Editor for The Spectator, a columnist for The Telegraph and an advisory board member for the Centre for Social Justice and the Social Mobility Foundation.
Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction.
Fintan O'Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg visiting lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. He is the winner of both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize for his work on Brexit. He is currently working on the official biography of Seamus Heaney.
Born in Dublin in 1958, he has been drama critic of In Dublin magazine, The Sunday Tribune, the New York Daily News, and The Irish Times and Literary Adviser to the Abbey Theatre. He edited Magill magazine and since 1988, has been a columnist with the Irish Times. He contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books and The Guardian.
His most recent book is Heroic Failure: Brexit and The Politics of Pain.
Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend. He was previously News Editor, Comment and Analysis Editor and World News Editor after stints as a foreign correspondent including in the Balkans and southern Africa. He has written three books, including “After Mandela”, an analysis of post-apartheid South Africa. Before joining the FT, he was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief.
Colin Salmon is one of Britain’s highly regarded actors.
Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, arts, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the BBC has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-party Emmy-winning Power of Art.
BOBBY SEAGULL is the author of THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NUMBERS, co-presenter of the GENIUS GUIDE television series on BBC2 this Autumn, compiler of Radio 4 puzzles, prolific public speaker and a maths teacher in East London.
Robert Shrimsley is the managing editor of FT.com and an assistant editor of the Financial Times. He oversees the FT’s digital content output and development including interactive, data, video and social media. He writes two weekly online and newspaper columns, one for the comment page Notebookslot and another for the FT Magazine.
Ed Smith is National Selector for England cricket. He has written four books, including What Sport Tells Us About Life (Penguin).
He co-founded the Institute of Sports Humanities which launches in October 2019 with the MA Leadership in Sport. He is Contributing Writer for the New Statesman. As a professional cricketer he played for England, Kent and captained Middlesex.
Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn Somerset Webb started her career at Japan’s public broadcaster NHK in Tokyo before moving to be an institutional broker for what was then SBC Warburg. Back in the UK she became launch editor of Moneyweek in 2000 and is now Editor in chief. She is also a non executive director of two investment trusts, Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon and Montanaro European Smaller Companies and of wealth management firm Netwealth.
Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.
Sid Venkataramakrishnan joined the the Financial Times as a leader writer in March. He was previously a public policy consultant with the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services.
Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.
FARHANA YAMIN is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert. She has advised leaders and countries for nearly 30 years.