Keynote Speaker

Gillian Tett
Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

Award-winning journalist Gillian Tett is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on capital markets and the role they play in the global financial crisis. She is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press.

Beginning in 2004, three years before anyone else, she began building a team at the Financial Times (FT) to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry growing uncommonly fast. By 2007, a year ahead of the curve, she began issuing her newsbreaking alarms of a looming financial crisis.

In recognition of this work, she won several awards including the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year 2012, Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008 and the Wincott prize in 2007.

Tett is the author of Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of JP Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe, the story of how the world of ‘shadow banking’ was created and then spun out of control. Fool’s Gold is a vital contribution to our understanding of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. She also wrote Saving the Sun, about Japan’s financial collapse in the 1990s. She was Japan bureau chief for the FT during the ‘lost decade’.

Tett is an assistant editor and columnist at the Financial Times. In her previous role at FT, she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets. She writes a regular column for FT. She has a doctorate in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French and Russian and has studied Japanese and Tajik.