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Hamish McRae  

One of the Leading Speakers in Europe on Future Trends and the Outlook for the Global Economy

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

As a speaker, Hamish is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalization, 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 C"apital 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 an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

As an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent.

Among 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.

Speech Topics

The World in 2020 – Power, Culture, and Prosperity.

Can we talk sensibly about the future when so many predictions have proved wildly inaccurate? Yes, we can because it is possible to identify forces that will change the world over the next generation. Hamish McRae shows audiences what the world will look like in 2020 and shares what the implications will be for the business world.

What Works

In a talk based on his book What Works: Success in Stressful Times, Hamish McRae share stories and case studies about the several common ingredients shared by successful organizations in all sectors the world over. Drawing life lessons from great ideas found on every continent—from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia, he explores questions like, Why do some initiatives take off while others flounder? How have some communities managed to achieve so much while others struggle? What distinguishes the good companies from the bad? While there is no surefire recipe for success, McRae proves that there is a lot to learn from the world’s high performers, and he leaves audiences with practical insights they can apply to their own organizations.

What’s Happening in the World Economy?

Hamish McRae offers audiences insights on the current economic environment and the two big issues that will shape the global economic future –the global recession and the structural shift in power away from the old world to the new (emerging marketing like China and India). He outlines how these issues affect each other (the downturn speeds the shift in power) and our status in our recovery (we are still in the early stages of recovery but the factors that contributed to the fall are being corrected). McRae also looks specifically at China and India, discussing how improving their economies is good for business across the globe and how people in different countries can thrive by focusing on what they’re good at, be it innovation (like in the U.S.), manufacturing, financial services, or the like. He also looks at other economic issues like trade and intellectual property rights. One of the UK’s most-respected economic and financial journalists, McRae leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the issues that will affect the global economy in the years to come.

Energy Markets and Resources



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The Rise of the Asian Economies

The Global Economy

The World in 2020

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