Economist, futurist author, and a keynote speaker

Hamish  McRae is one of Europe’s foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, technology, business and society.

He is Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London and Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and a columnist for the London Evening Standard and the Daily Mail.  He is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity Following its publication he became a sought-after speaker on future trends. He is also the author of What Works – Success in Stressful Times.

As a speaker, Hamish is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies shape the economy and influence business strategy.  He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society.

Hamish’s other books include Capital City – London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, and Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae. and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010.

He is currently working on a new book on the future of the global economy.

Amongst his awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards.

As an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research


  • The World in 2020
  • The Global Economy
  • The Rise of the Asian Economies
  • Globalisation
  • Technology
  • Demography

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