Niall Ferguson keynote speaker

Historian, Professor and Author
  • Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest
  • Energy Independence: The Global Implications of the Shale Gas Revolution
  • Is This the Chinese Century?
  • Networks versus Hierarchies: the Tech Revolution in Historical Perspective
  • Political Risk and the Global Business Environment
  • The Geopolitical Taper: The Waning of American Power
  • The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
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Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, he has published twelve books, including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (also an International Emmy Award-winning PBS/Channel 4 documentary series), The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die and Civilization: The West and the Rest.

He is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic.

A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Niall is a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV. In 2003 he wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK terrestrial broadcaster.

The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since 2011 he has been a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television and a columnist for Newsweek.

Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was aired on PBS in 2007.

An accomplished speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and their analytical clarity.

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