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.
As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and business woman, Prue Leith has played a key role in the revolution of Britain's eating habits since the 1960s. She is a judge on Channel 4's Great British Bake Off. After a long break from food writing, Prue has returned to writing cookery books alongside her fiction. She is the author of seven romantic novels as well as a memoir, Relish. All Prue's fiction and her memoir are in print with Quercus. She lives in Oxfordshire. Follow her on Twitter @PrueLeith
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.
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.
Mark Haddon one of our most imaginative storytellers, whose work has been read and enjoyed by millions.
In his most recent book, The Pier Falls (‘Superbly gripping’, Sunday Times), he reworked two mythical legends – Ariadne on Naxos and Gawain and the Green Knight – and turned them into startling contemporary stories. In The Porpoise he takes on the epic tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, to stunning dramatic effect. His worldwide bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award, and is now an acclaimed stage play.
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.
Janan 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. Janan also co authored Compassionate Conservatism with Jesse Norman MP (2006). In 2013, Janan was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards, Politics Journalist of the Year.
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.
In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.
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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. Her awards include the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and Wincott Senior Financial Journalist. She sits in the House of Lords as an independent peer.
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 Lucy has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series.
She 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.
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.
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.
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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.
Sarah O’Connor is the Financial Times employment correspondent. She covers global labour market issues such as technology, demographics, corporate surveillance and the future of work. She also writes a weekly column on employment.
Ms O’Connor joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee and took on the employment correspondent role at the start of 2015. She was Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards, and her project on wearable technology in the workplace won the Digital Innovation Award in the 2016 British Press Awards.
Grace Blakeley is the economic commentator for the New Statesman and an economist at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She has recently competed a book ‘Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation’, which tells the story of the rise of global finance, focusing on how this change has affected the structures of the British and American economies. Grace is a prominent voice in the media and has recently appeared on shows such as BBC’s Question Time, Politics Live and ITV’s Good Morning Britain
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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.
Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, "The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while he also writes op-eds, interviews and long feature articles for the FT.
Tim’s first book, The Undercover Economist has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. He is also the author of The Logic of Life, Dear Undercover Economist, Adapt and most recently The Undercover Economist Strikes Back.
Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House and is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, most famously More or Less on Radio 4. His new Radio 4 series, which launched early in 2013, is called Pop Up Ideas.
He is Economics Commentator of the Year, 2014.
Mark Beaumont has become a household name through his documentaries about ultra endurance and adventure. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. His epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, also surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic. A career like this is not possible without building dedicated teams and a business to support. Mark has taken this experience and works with a portfolio of corporates as an ambassador and mentor. Outside of sports, media and business, Mark’s interest is within education where he dedicates his pro bono work to being Rector of the University of Dundee, Honorary President of Scottish Student Sport and Patron for the Saltire Foundation.
Alice Lascelles is an award-winning journalist, author and drinks expert. She writes The Goblet drinks column for FT How to Spend It magazine and is a regular contributor to FT Weekend. Her articles have appeared in Monocle, Prospect, The Economist, jancisrobinson.com, Noble Rot, Evening Standard and many specialist and trade titles. She also makes frequent appearances on Radio 4. In 2019 she was named Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year.
Claer Barrett is the Financial Times’ Personal Finance editor, as well as the editor of FT Money and FT Thrift. Prior to this, Claer 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.
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Luke Edward Hall is a London-based artist and designer. He established his studio in the autumn of 2015 and since then has worked on a broad range of art and design commissions and projects and has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Christie’s and the Royal Academy of Arts. His colourful aesthetic is informed by a love of history, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of playfulness.
Frederick Studemann is Literary Editor of the Financial Times. He writes a regular Notebook column, mostly focused on UK and Europe.
He joined the FT in 1996 as Berlin correspondent, having also served as assistant news editor, UK correspondent, European news editor, Analysis editor and most recently as Comment & Analysis editor . He was a founding member of FT Deutschland where he ran the features and weekend section.
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
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
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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.
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.
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 started her career in Tokyo at public broadcaster NHK before becoming a Japanese equity broker at what was then Warburgs. She went on to work at SBC and then UBS without moving from her desk in Kamiyacho (it was the age of mergers).
After five years in Japan she returned to work in the UK at Paribas. This soon became BNP Paribas. Again no desk move was required. On leaving the City, Merryn helped The Week magazine with its City pages before becoming the launch editor of MoneyWeek in 2000.
16 years on, MoneyWeek is the best-selling financial magazine in the UK and Merryn remains as its editor-in-chief. Merryn also has a weekly column in the FT and a monthly column in Saga. She is a regular TV/radio commentator and speaker on financial matters and contributes to publications from the Spectator and Prospect to Woman & Home and Libertine (a magazine for the thoughtful woman).
She is a trustee of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation (which kindly financed her initial Japanese language education and sponsored her at NHK) and is a director of two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust.
Merryn has a first class degree in history and economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration from BBP University. She took and passed (with distinction) the Private Client Investment and Investment Management exam (which qualifies her to Level 6) in 2013.
Shane Connolly is the Founder and Artistic Director of Shane Connolly & Company. He has a lifelong interest in horticulture and has decorated some of the UK’s most prestigious venues for an eclectic range of private and corporate clients including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Mr Connolly was asked by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to design her bouquet and flower arrangements for her marriage to HRH Prince of Wales and the service of dedication in Windsor Castle in 2005. In recognition of this, he was awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales in 2006. In 2011, Mr Connolly was appointed as the Artistic Director for the wedding of TRH’s The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He was awarded a second Royal Warrant of Appointment, to HM The Queen in 2015.
Mr Connolly’s carer began under the influence of Michael Goulding OBE, one the great British floral designers. He trained at London’s Pulbrook & Gould and subsequently started his own business in 1989. He has become famous for his quirky, unpretentious style and has been heralded for its elegance and originality.
Nilanjana S Roy is the author of two fantasy novels (the award-winning The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness), a collection of essays on reading (The Girl Who Ate Books), and has edited two anthologies, on food writing and on Indian nationalist writing. She writes about books and the reading life for the FT's Life & Arts section, was a contributing opinion writer on gender and other subjects for the New York Times, and has written extensively for the BBC, the Business Standard and other places. She helped to set up the Indian publishing house, Westland Books, as its first chief editor, is a founder member of PEN Delhi, and has served on several literary juries, festival boards, gender and literacy trusts.
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. 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.
William Dalrymple is one of Britain’s great historians and the bestselling author of the highly acclaimed In Xanadu, the Wolfson Prize-winning White Mughals and the Hemingway Prize-winning Return of a King. A frequent broadcaster, he has written and presented three television series, one of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious President’s Medal by The British Academy for his outstanding literary achievement and for founding the Jaipur Literature Festival. William lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.
Venki Ramakrishnan is President of the Royal Society a Group Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. He grew up in India where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics before moving to the USA in 1971. On obtaining his Ph.D. in physics in 1976, he switched to molecular biology and after a long career in the USA he moved to Cambridge in 1999 to work at the LMB. He is best known for his work on ribosomes, the large molecules in all cells that read genetic information to make proteins. Ramakrishnan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences) and a Foreign Member of the Indian National Science Academy. He received the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine in 2007 and shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009.
Captain Louis Rudd MBE served for 34 years in the military, joining at the age of 16 as a soldier and rising through the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) before commissioning as an Officer. As well as serving in Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan he has completed multiple cold weather tours in Norway and the Arctic circle. While serving he completed a Masters Degree (MSc) in Security & Risk Management. In 2018/19 he undertook the ‘Spirit of Endurance’ expedition which was a 56 day, 920 mile solo unsupported (no kites or resupply) crossing of the Antarctic land mass, becoming the first Briton and second in the world to complete this journey. He is the first person to traverse Antarctica twice on foot. Post expedition he completed a 5 month schools programme on behalf of the Army lecturing on his military career and life of adventure. He was honoured to receive the Scientific Exploration Society’s ‘Explorer of the Year 2019’ award.
Unable to find customised spectacles that suited the wearer's needs and facial features, British eyewear designer Tom Davies launched his eponymous eyewear brand in London in 2002 that built on the made to measure principles of couture. Tom has since been on a mission to create perfectly designed and fitted individual eyewear using the highest quality materials and artisanal techniques available. With now five boutiques, a factory in London and over 1000 optical retailers worldwide, Tom has built an impressive customer base of stylish celebrities, sports personalities and discerning individuals, such as singer Ed Sheeran and chef Heston Blumenthal. Tom Davies is known for the skill of its designs and refined handmade artistry. All of the frames are produced by hand, so every step of the process is meticulously controlled. This ensures flawless quality and the highest level of craftsmanship.