The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010. Sir Vince Cable is the current MP for Twickenham.
Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.
From 1966 to 1968 he was Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service (1974-76). He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith, as a special advisor. From 1983 to 1990, Vince worked as special advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.
In 1990 he joined Shell International taking up the post of Chief Economist in 1995. He has also been head of the economics programme at Chatham House and is a former fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the LSE.
Vince served as a Labour councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat party. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.
Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the Financial Times, and gives his incisive take on UK politics in a weekly column. Previously, he was a political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a research fellow at Policy Exchange, the influential London think tank for two.
Mr Ganesh regularly appears on TV and radio, including a weekly slot on BBC 1′s Sunday Politics, and he is a frequent commentator on BBC 4′s Westminster Hour. His book George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor (2012), was the first published biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor. He also co authored Compassionate Conservatism with Jesse Norman MP (2006). In 2013, he was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards, Politics Journalist of the Year.
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.
Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994, and the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.
Mr Wolf is also the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.
Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.
Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn Somerset Webb is the editor in chief of MoneyWeek. After gaining a first class degree in history & economics at Cambridge, she moved to Japan in 1992 to continue her Japanese studies and to produce business programmes for NHK, Japan’s public TV station.
In 1993, she became an institutional broker for SBC Warburg. Returning to the UK in 1998, Merryn became a financial writer for The Week. Two years later, in 2000, MoneyWeek was launched and she took the job of editor.
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. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Roula Khalaf is the FT’s deputy editor. As deputy editor, she drives the FT’s agenda-setting journalism, working closely with the global editorial team. Prior to this role, Roula served as the FT’s foreign editor and assistant editor. She was responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, providing strategic direction for the FT's large global network of foreign correspondents.
Prior to this, she spent 13 years as the FT's Middle East editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading the coverage of the Arab spring. Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York. Her specialist areas are Iraq, where she has travelled extensively; the Gulf; North Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Khalaf holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.
Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of Messy and the million-selling The Undercover Economist, a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less and the iTunes-topping series Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy. He has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Mr Harford was named Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, and won the Society of Business Economists writing prize 2014-15, and the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and 2016.
Lucy Kellaway is the FT’s management columnist and associate editor. For the last decade, her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.
In her 20 years at the FT she has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series.
Ms Kellaway has won various prizes including the Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice) and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award. Her book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was published by FT Prentice Hall in 1999. Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry(TM) was published in July 2005 by Penguin. She was named columnist of the year at the 2006 British Press Awards.
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.
He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), The Football Men (2011) and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.
Ben Okri has published many books including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991, The Age of Magic, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia, and Astonishing the Gods. He has published ten novels, three books of short stories, two collections of essays, and three volumes of poems, the latest being Wild. His works have been translated into 26 languages. He has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was awarded an OBE.
Ben Okri's books have won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour Prize. The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is a vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding. He also wrote the film script for the film ' N: The Madness of Reason.' He is an honorary fellow of Mansfieldcollege, Oxford. He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London.
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. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
Evan Davis is a well-known broadcaster, presenting the current affairs programme Newsnight, on BBC 2; The Bottom Line on Radio 4 and Dragons’ Den on BBC 2. Mr Davis was a presenter on Radio 4s The Today programme for six years and prior to Today he was the Economics Editor of the BBC.
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 Notebook slot and another for the FT Magazine. In 2013 Mr Shrimsley was instrumental in overseeing the launch of fastFT, a new digital product providing market-moving news and views, 24-hours a day. Before that he also led the editorial team in the development of the FT web app. He is a member of the FT.com executive and product council teams, which set the direction and provide oversight on all FT product initiatives.
Mr Shrimsley joined the FT as Chief Political Correspondent in 2000 and was the News Editor before taking up his current job in 2009. Between 1989-2000, he worked at the Daily Telegraph, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent. His first role in national newspapers was as a general reporter at the Sunday Telegraph. He started his career on local papers, working on the Darlington Evening Despatch and Kentish Times. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 1985.
Janine Gibson is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed UK, running the news team in London and overseeing all editorial content since September 2015.
Prior to BuzzFeed, Gibson worked at The Guardian for 17 years, most notably launching The Guardian US in 2013 and overseeing its Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting of the Edward Snowden leaks. Her other roles at The Guardian included media editor, launching and editing the mediaguardian.co.uk website and editor of theguardian.com
Mehreen Khan is Brussels correspondent at the FT. She writes about the economics, technology, and the eurozone.
Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, and Sunday Times bestseller Vote Leave. His latest book is What Next: How to get the best from Brexit.
Brooke Masters was appointed Companies Editor for the Financial Times in September 2013 and she became an Assistant Editor in March 2016. Previously she was the Chief Regulation Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the UK Financial Services Authority and working with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white-collar crime cases. Prior to this posting she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business. From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education, and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Robert Armstrong is the Financial Times’ Chief Editorial Writer as of November 2016. Previously, he was head of the FT’s esteemed Lex Column, as well as a Lexcolumnist based in New York, providing insight on US technology, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Armstrong was a senior columnist at Dow Jones Investment Banker, covering health care and technology. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal in the US and Europe and in Barron's. Prior to this, he served as an equity securities analyst at Seminole Capital Partners. Mr Armstrong earned his PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, where he taught undergraduates, and a BA, also in Philosophy, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is a CFA charter holder.
David McWilliams is an economist, author, journalist and broadcaster. He is adjunct Professor of Global Economics at Trinity College Dublin and presents a weekly current affairs programme on Irish TV. He founded the world’s only economic and comedy festival Kilkenomics and Ireland’s leading literary and ideas shindig, the Dalkey Book Festival. FT Weekend is media partner for both festivals. In the UK money world, he advises Neil Woodford of the Woodford Funds. The WEF at Davos made him a Young Global Leader in 2007.
He has devoted his entire professional life to the objective of making economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms and to as many people as possible –and having a laugh doing it.
As well as writing a weekly economic column in the Irish press, he is active on social media and was named Ireland’s “most influential Twitter user”. Punk Economics and a new venture with the FT, Punk FT, uses cartoons to make economics digestible for normal, non-nerdy punters.
He has written four bestsellers, one of which, The Pope’s Children, remains Ireland’s best-selling, non-fiction book of the past two decades.
Once upon a time, David had a few real jobs, working extensively in the public and private sectors. He was an economist in the Irish Central Bank; European Economist at UBS, Europe’s largest bank; and Head of Emerging Markets Research at Banque Nationale de Paris.
Richard Rogers is a pre-eminent architect of his generation, whose approach to buildings is infused with his enthusiasm for modernism, love of life and strong sense of social justice. He is responsible for some of the most radical designs of the 20th Century, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris, to the Millennium Dome and the Lloyds Building in the City of London, to 3 World Trade Center - a project currently under construction as part of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York City - and airports, cancer care centres and low-cost homes, his buildings blend private use, public space and civic value.