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Lionel Barber            

Editor In Chief, Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Barber has helped to transform the FT from a newspaper publisher into a multi-channel global news organization. During his editorship the FT has won many international awards for its journalism.

Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations and economics. 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.

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman. He then moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent and joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. During his FT career, he has also served as Washington correspondent, Brussels bureau chief, news editor, European editor and US managing editor.

Barber is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991), a visiting scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley (1992), an Eliot-Winant fellowship to lecture in the U.S. (1994) and a visiting fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence (1996).

Barber was voted one of the 50 most influential people in Europe by European Voice magazine in 2001. In 1998, Le Nouvel Observateur in Paris selected him as one of the 101 most influential people in Europe.

Barber is the co-author of “The Price of Truth: the story of Reuter's Millions,” “the DeLorean Tapes” and “Not with Honor: the story of the Westland scandal.”

Barber serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University with a joint honours degree in German and Modern History and speaks fluent French and German.

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