Hamish McRae is one of Europe's foremost speakers on future trends in economics, business and society.
He is the Associate Editor of The Independent in London and Chief Economic Commentator The Independent and The Independent on Sunday newspapers. He is also the author of the acclaimed work on the future, "The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity". 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.
As an economic journalist, he was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent. His most recent awards are; Best Communicator in the 2007 Business Journalist of the Year Awards; Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards; and the David Watt Prize for political and economic journalism in 2005.
Hamish has a masters degree in economics and political science from Trinity College, Dublin. And is a visiting Professor at the School of Management at Lancaster University and a council member of the Royal Economic Society.
He is married to Frances Cairncross, rector of Exeter College, Oxford. They have two grown-up daughters.