SHLOMO BENARTZI is a professor and co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He is the author of Save More Tomorrow and Thinking Smarter and has extensive experience applying behavioural economic insights in the real world, having increased the saving rates of millions of Americans through his work with Richard Thaler (author of Nudge) on Save More Tomorrow, and has advised many government agencies and businesses.
Greg Clydesdale lectures in the Department of Business Management at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the author of three books: Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Human Nature, and Waves of Prosperity. His articles have been published in a wide range of academic journals such as Prometheus, Creativity Research Journal, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
Evan Davis was born in 1962 in Surrey. He is the highly respected presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, as well as presenting BBC Two business reality show Dragons' Den.
Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.
Harris Irfan is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at European Islamic Investment Bank plc. He is also the founder of Islamic finance advisory firm Cordoba Capital, an EIIB group company. He is a front office investment banker with 20 years experience in London and the Middle East, including 11 years at Deutsche Bank where he co-founded the world leading Islamic finance team, and most recently at Barclays where he was global head of Islamic finance across the group. Harris has been an official spokesman on the subject of Islamic finance for the institutions he has represented, and regularly speaks with the BBC, Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Financial Times. He has competed in motor racing and has 35 podium finishes and championship wins at national level in karting, touring cars and GTs. He is a former race school instructor at Yas Marina F1 Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome and was a freelance motorsports writer for the Middle East editions of CAR and evo magazines, as well as Crank & Piston. He is married with three children and lives in Surrey.
John Kampfner is one of the UK's most respected and iconoclastic authors, broadcasters and commentators, and has been a well-known public voice on politics, international affairs and civil liberties for the past two decades. From 2005 to 2008 he was Editor of the New Statesman, and he contributes regularly to the Guardian, Independent, Financial Times and other newspapers. His books include The Rich, Freedom for Sale and Blair's Wars. He lives in London.
Stephen Leeb is the President of Leeb Capital Management. An academic prodigy and Ph.D. with degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Psychology from the Wharton School of Business and the University of Illinois, he has authored four previous books. His wife and longtime collaborator, Donna Leeb, has a diversified background in business and journalism.
JONAH LEHRER is a science writer living in Los Angeles.
Edward Luce is a graduate from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as a speech writer for the treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, worked as the South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times and is based in Washington DC as the Financial Times Washington columnist and commentator.
Charles R. Morris
Charles R. Morris has written fifteen books, including The Coming Global Boom, a New York Times Notable Book; The Tycoons, a Barron's Best Book of 2005; and The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, winner of the Gerald Loeb Award and a New York Times bestseller. His recent book, The Dawn of Innovation, was named a Wall Street Journal Best Business Book of 2012. A lawyer and former banker, Morris's articles and reviews have appeared in many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Maya Rao is a staff writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Awl, Philadelphia Inquirer, Longreads, and more. She currently lives in Minneapolis but wanders the Dakotas, Wisconsin, and rural Minnesota searching for stories on the Upper Midwest.
Erik S. Reinert
Erik S. Reinert, author of Globalization, Economic Development and Inequality: An Alternative Perspective (2004), is Professor of Technology, Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and President of The Other Canon Foundation, Norway. He is one of the world's leading heterodox development economists and is based in Norway.
Andrew Simms is the author of several books including the bestselling Tescopoly. He is a Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation), trained at the London School of Economics and was described by New Scientist magazine as, 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking.' He is also one of the UK's leading campaigners who coined the term 'Clone Towns,' co-authored the groundbreaking Green New Deal, was one of the original organisers of the campaign to cancel poor country debt, and devised how to mark the day in the year when the world enters 'ecological debt.' Andrew witnessed first hand for more than twenty years failed international efforts to solve critical economic and environmental problems, from extreme poverty to climate change.Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and a board member of Greenpeace UK. He is the author of Tescopoly and writes on various issues including climate change and globalisation.
John R. Talbott
John R. Talbott is a bestselling author and a visiting scholar at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He was formerly an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and his previous book, The Coming Crash in the Housing Market, was an amazon.com and Business Week bestseller that accurately predicted the financial and management problems that developed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the USA's largest mortgage providers.