Journalist, Former Editor & Chairman, The Wake Up Foundation
I am an independent writer and consultant on international affairs, write columns for La Stampa in Italy and Nikkei Business in Japan, am chairman of the London Library and was narrator and co-author, with the director Annalisa Piras, of a documentary film about Italy’s 20-year decline, Girlfriend in a Coma, which was shown on BBC Four and other European TV channels in 2013.
Later that year Annalisa Piras and I established The Wake Up Foundation, an educational charity dedicated to raising public awareness through all forms of media, but especially film, of the dangerous trends currently under way in our affluent western societies.
From 1993 until 2006 I was editor of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly on international current affairs, a publication for which I had worked since 1980 in Brussels, Tokyo and London.
Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum
Professor of Journalism
Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council
President of Murray Edwards College