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.
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. Prior to this, Denis served as White House deputy national security adviser from September 2010 to February 2013. In this position, he chaired the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, leading a multiagency team to address complex national security challenges, including crisis management as well as policy decisions related to the Iran nuclear negotiations and the United States re-balance to Asia. Denis is a visiting senior fellow in Carnegie’s Technology and International Affairs Program. He is also a senior principal at the Markle Foundation. In this role, he is working to address the skills gap, particularly in light of the looming artificial intelligence revolution. Denis also serves as an executive fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs, teaching a global policy seminar for graduate and undergraduate students.
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.
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.
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.