Bill Emmott

Journalist, Former Editor & Chairman, The Wake Up Foundation

Biography

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.

Related speakers

Lord (Paul) Boateng

Peer & Former Cabinet Minister

Sir Peter Wall

CEO Amicus, and formerly Head of the British Army

Baroness (Lola) Young

Independent Life Peer & Consultant

Efa Gruffudd-Jones

Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Patrick Drake

Co-founder & Head Chef, Hello Fresh

Dr. Tim Grant

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics