Yotam Ottolenghi is a cookery writer and chef-patron of the Ottolenghi delis and NOPI restaurant. He writes a weekly column in The Guardian’s Feast Magazine and a monthly column in The New York Times and has published six bestselling cookbooks: Plenty and Plenty More (his collection of vegetarian recipes); Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Jerusalem co-authored with Sami Tamimi; and NOPI: The Cookbook with Ramael Scully. Sweet, with Helen Goh, is his baking and desserts cookbook. Yotam has made two ‘Mediterranean Feasts’ series for More 4, along with a BBC 4 documentary, ‘Jerusalem on a Plate’.
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Leo Houlding is a world renowned climber and adventurer. He has climbed many of the highest and hardest faces on every continent most recently completing his ground breaking Spectre expedition,
travelling unsupported for over 1000 miles across Antarctica by kite ski to reach and climb the most remote mountain on Earth; the Spectre. The remarkable expedition was covered throughout by the FT with dispatches from the field. Leo will be sharing the tale with astounding imagery and video from the trip at FT festival.
Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, 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-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art.
Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.
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. Her work has taken her from Davos to Rohingya refugee camps and from interviewing Prime Ministers to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Mishal joined the BBC in 1998 as a producer and built her career at the international channel BBC World News. For a time she was based in BBC bureaux in Singapore and Washington and has been frequently sent on breaking news assignments around the world, including to Pakistan after the school massacre in 2014.
She was part of the BBC Election night team in 2017, co-presented the Wembley Arena EU referendum debate in 2016 and made four documentaries: ‘Malala – Shot for Going to School’; ‘How Facebook Changed the World'; on social media and the Arab uprisings, Gandhi on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Britain; Europe: The Immigration Question.
She is also the presenter of Radio 4’s monthly From Our Home Correspondent. Mishal has been named by the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in Britain and won several awards, including Broadcaster of the Year at the 2015 London Press Club Awards and Presenter of the Year at the 2015 Women in Film and TV Awards.
Born in the UK in 1973, she grew up in the Middle East and was later educated at Cambridge University, where she read law. She also has a Master’s in Law from the European University Institute in Florence.
Rebekah Robinson is a senior plant pathologist at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Rebekah is responsible for diagnostics and research into diseases of plants as well as the communication of plant health issues to the public and horticultural industry. Rebekah has a particular interest in Xylella fastidiosa – a bacterium rife in southern Europe that causes leaf scorch, wilt, dieback and eventual plant death - and is currently involved in the creation of a ‘plant health’ garden at the RHS Chatsworth flower show.
Gina Miller co-founded SCM Direct in 2009 as a disruptive modern investment manager offering low access to high end wealth management. In 2014 SCMDirect.com and MoneyShe.com were launched as direct to consumer online wealth management brands using technology as an enabler of efficiencies and dis-intermediation, as well as onboarding smaller clients. Ms Miller has worked in the UK retail financial services sector since 1996 and is passionate about transparency, accountability and consumer protection. She led the True and Fair Campaign in 2012, and the creation of the True and Fair Calculator a free online tool that helps users see their true investment costs. Her campaigning work resulted in influencing and drafting text for EU Directives – MiFID II, PRIPS, and the Shareholder Directive in 2014. Ms Miller launched SWAY Marketing in 2006 and prior to this worked for BMW’s events and marketing team in the UK. A philanthropist and conscious capitalist, she has funded and authored / co-authored reports on modern day slavery, social justice and the charity sector. She has studied Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management.
In 2016, Ms Miller was the lead claimant in an historic constitutional legal case against the UK Government seeking to preserve Parliamentary sovereignty by claiming that the Government could not bypass Parliament and trigger Article 50 without primary legislation.
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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.
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Paul A Young is a ground breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul’s passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity have won him numerous awards including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World two years running and led to him being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers. Paul now has three chocolateries in London including a flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho.
Paul has a reputation as an incredibly creative chocolatier, a flavour alchemist who often incorporates unusual flavours into his wonderful chocolates and develops flavour combinations that are original, experimental, sometimes daring, yet always perfectly balanced. Paul is passionate about seasonal ingredients, incorporating local, seasonal flavours throughout the year in a constantly changing array of chocolates – spring may well see a ‘ginger and rhubarb chocolate’ with winter flavours such as ‘spiced pumpkin’ appearing in the colder months.
Paul has won numerous awards for his book and for his wonderful chocolates. He has won Golds in the International Chocolate Awards for the past two years including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the world both years.
Paul is the only chocolatier in London working in a truly artisan way; he and his team make all their creations completely by hand, in small batches and at every stage using fresh ingredients, infusing into liquids, adding fresh spices, organic pure distilled essential oils and ripe fruits. They don’t use any compounds, concentrates, essences, preservatives or additives.
Paul is a trained chef and after graduating, quickly worked through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen to the position of head pastry chef for Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Criterion. He then moved into specialising in chocolate, opened his first shop in 2006 and has been creating products that have won awards, wowed customers and earned him the reputation he has today.
Paul’s first book ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ won the World’s Best Chocolate Book at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris shortly after publication and was included in the Independent’s Top 50 cookbooks. His second book was produced in partnership with Lakeland and his third, ‘Sensational Chocolate’ in aid of Children’s Air Ambulance is due out in October 2016. Paul has assembled a glittering array of his friends and colleagues who have all contributed recipes such as Marco Pierre White, Emma Thompson, Ollie Dabbous and Nigella.
Paul regularly appears on television including on This Morning, and Sunday Brunch and has appeared as an expert on Junior Masterchef, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, The Apprentice and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds. He also regularly headlines at consumer exhibitions including the Cake & Bake Show, Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live. In 2014, the International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier.
Paul’s dedication to his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his chocolates and through the style of his beautiful, indulgent boutique chocolateries.
Afua Hirsch is the author of Brit(ish), a 2018 Jonathan Cape publication that explores Britishness and identity, and their seismic social and political impact. Afua is a writer, journalist and broadcaster, who has worked as social affairs editor for Sky News and West Africa and legal affairs correspondent for The Guardian. She is a former barrister and has also worked in international development. In addition to reporting on issues ranging from politics and policy, terrorism, the War in Mali, and Africa’s tech revolution, she writes and speaks extensively about social issues around justice and identity around the world.
Jonny Bruce is a gardener and writer based in the Netherlands. After graduating from Girton College, Cambridge with a degree in Art History he turned his hand to horticulture. In 2014 he was awarded the Christopher Lloyd Scholarship to spend two years training at Great Dixter Gardens in East Sussex. Since completing his training he has worked at the specialist perennial nursery, De Hessenhof.
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.
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The Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015 and was a Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam for 12 years.
Prior to his entry into British politics, he served as a leading Member of the European Parliament on trade and industry affairs and as an international trade negotiator in the European Commission dealing with the accession of China and Russia into the World Trade Organisation.
As Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Nick occupied the second highest office in the country at a time when the United Kingdom was recovering from a deep recession following the banking crisis of 2008, and hugely controversial decisions were needed to restore stability to the public finances. During that time, he oversaw referenda on electoral reform and Scottish independence, and extensive reforms to the education, health and pensions systems. He was particularly associated with landmark changes to the funding of schools, early years’ education and the treatment of mental health within the NHS. His book, ‘Politics: Between the Extremes’, is a reflection on his time in Government and the place of liberalism in the current political landscape.
Sir Nick is one of the most high-profile pro-European voices in British politics, and has played an influential role in the debate leading up to and since the EU referendum in June 2016. His insight into the most senior levels of UK government, combined with an integral understanding and experience of European politics, contacts at the highest levels of government across the EU, and fluency in five European languages, mean that his views and analysis on the current Government’s Brexit negotiations continue to be in high demand. He published his second best-selling book - ‘How to Stop Brexit - and Make Britain Great Again’ - in October 2017.
As well as leading his small think tank, Open Reason, Sir Nick is a Global Commissioner for the Global Commission on Drugs Policy, Chairman of the Social Mobility Foundation and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE’s School of Public Policy.
He remains an outspoken advocate of civil liberties and centre ground politics, of radical measures to boost social mobility, and of an internationalist approach to world affairs. He received a knighthood in the 2018 New Years Honours list, for his political and public service.
Mr. Balls is PIMCO's CIO Global Fixed Income. Based in the London office, he oversees the firm’s European, Asia-Pacific, emerging markets and global specialist investment teams. He manages a range of global portfolios and is a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, he was head of European portfolio management, a global portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office and the firm’s global strategist. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, he was an economics correspondent and columnist for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington, DC. He has 19 years of investment and economics/financial markets experience and holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford and a master's degree from Harvard University. He was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford. Mr. Balls was nominated by Morningstar in 2013 for European Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year. He is a director of Room to Read, a nonprofit that promotes literacy and gender equality in education in low-income countries.
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.
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.
Alice Lascelles is an author, journalist and drinks expert. She’s been writing about drinks for the Financial Times for nearly ten years and is a contributing editor on FT How to Spend It, where she has a column called The Goblet covering wine, spirits and bar culture. Her columns and articles have also appearing in Prospect, Monocle, www.jancisrobinson.com, Noble Rot, The Times, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Vice and many specialist titles including Imbibe, the leading magazine for bartenders and sommeliers which she co-founded in 2007. She is also the author of Ten Cocktail: The Art of Convivial Drinking, a book distilling the stories, recipes and tips she’s picked up in a career travelling the world in pursuit of the mixed drink. In 2016 she was named International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year. A second life as a musician has also seen her release an album under the name Alice Gun and tour with the White Stripes. She lives in London.
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Gillian de Bono is the Editor of How To Spend It and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. Ms de Bono joined the Financial Times in 1994 to set up a magazine department following the success of a trial issue of How To Spend It for FT Weekend. Previously, she spent 13 years launching, relaunching and editing women’s glossy magazines.
Ms de Bono spent her formative journalist years at Consumers Association, publishers of Which? magazine where, as a writer, she won the first Rosemary Goodchild Award in 1986 for the year’s best article on women’s health.
She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.
Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site, The 2015 Drum Online Media 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.
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.
Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing and exploring the lives of working class women, she sent her fiction out to publishers. Thirty-five years later, she has published fifteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the UK's highest literary honour, the Booker Prize. She lives in Durham and her new novel, The Silence of the Girls, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in August 2018.
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Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University and has been President of the PEN American Center. Grandson of a British Chancellor of the Exchequer and nephew of a Ghanaian king, he spent his childhood in both countries, before studying Philosophy at Cambridge University. He is author of seminal works on philosophy and culture, including In My Father's House, The Honor Code and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism. He is chair of the judges for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. He lives with his husband in New York and New Jersey.
Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend. He has held this position since April 2016. Prior to this, he worked as: News Editor, Comment and Analysis Editor, World News Editor and the Johannesburg Bureau Chief. Before joining the FT, Mr Russell was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2006. He was also an assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.
Previously, he served as the Telegraph's Johannesburg Bureau Chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Mr Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq. His work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette award for coverage of the Iraq War. He was highly commended in the 1992 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Croatian war and the 1991 awards for his coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa. He is the author of Prejudice and Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).
Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, 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.
Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in November 2004. She joined the FT in 1999 as the literary editor. Previously, she was literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for eight years, and has written arts and literary journalism for fifteen years. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in publishing.
Jan has judged literary prizes including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread, the Hawthornden prize and the Encore Prize. Her latest book is Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, a study of the Black Hole of Calcutta, published by Penguin in 2006.
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.
Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.
An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.
Claer Barrett is the Financial Times’ Personal Finance editor, as well as the editor of FT Money and FT Thrift. Prior to this, she was the deputy UK news editor, specialising in UK retail and consumer stories, mid cap and non-food sectors. She joined the paper in January 2011 as retail correspondent from the Investors Chronicle magazine where she was associate editor, and edited its weekly property section.
Jane Owen is the FT Weekend’s deputy editor and has run the FT’s House & Home section for seven years. She is a Yale Poynter Fellow 2015, a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, and was awarded the FT’s NED Diploma earlier this year. Ms Owen has presented various prime time BBC and ITV TV series and written six books on gardens.
John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.
Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, Mr Thornhill has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.
Mr Thornhill founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He also hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology
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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.
In 2013 Robert 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.
Robert joined the FT as chief political correspondent in 2000 and was the news editor before taking up his current job in 2009. Between 1989 and 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.
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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.
After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon Singh joined the BBC’s Science Department and won a BAFTA for his documentary about Fermat’s Last Theorem. His book on the same topic became the first mathematics book to become a No.1 bestseller in the UK. After co-authoring “Trick or Treatment? Alternative medicine on trial” with Professor Edzard Ernst, Mr Singh was sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association, but he successfully defended his article criticising chiropractors and helped launch the Libel Reform Campaign, which resulted in the Defamation Act 2013.
Lucia van der Post
Lucia van der Post turned the How To Spend It pages of the Financial Times into cult Saturday reading and then oversaw its migration to glossy stock in 1994 as Founding Editor. Currently Associate Editor, her many awards include the Luxury Briefing Award for Excellence, the Walpole Medal of Excellence and several Jasmines for perfume features in How To Spend It.
Lukasz Kuncewicz is the Head of Data Science, Enigma Pattern.
Taught to code at the age of 7, Lukasz spent the last 30 years improving his algorithmic skills in the fields of data manipulation and business analysis. Lately, after deep learning has transformed both, he uses artificial intelligence for commercial purposes. He wrote and published a dozen books about NLP and mathematics. Privately, Lukasz dislikes sports.
Lukasz gained his amazing Machine Learning experience over the last decade working on global commercial implementations of enriched analytics. A main focus of his work has been helping customers profit by monetizing their data.
Lukasz strongly believes that artificial intelligence is changing the world around us with the force and speed never seen in the history of humankind. He feels lucky enough that two of his great passions – data and algorithms – allow him to work in this field.
Mike Gibbons is Chairman of the Board for Enigma Pattern in the UK. Originally trained at the University of Bath as an Engineer, Mike is fascinated by Big Data and all of its possibilities.
Mike has successfully founded, developed andmanaged global technology companies and so has a strong background in building teams, managing projects, and delivering high quality consultancy services.
As an owner or CEO his experience and leadership helped companies to grow and succeed into industry leading organizations.
Prior to Enigma Pattern, Mike has directed companies such as Teleca, Mobica and Intechnia. Mike still serves as a Board Advisor at Intechnica. He has a 30-year track record in providing software consultancy services to the telecommunications, mobile and associated industries. Mike has established, built and managed a number of leading-edge technology consulting companies throughout Europe. His most recent executive role was as CEO of Mobica Ltd building the company across four countries to over 800 development staff.
In his spare time, Mike is an avid cyclist and a marathon runner.