Robert Guest

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Foreign Editor, The Economist

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Robert’s reported from 90 countries, and lived in six. He has also served as Business Editor, and published The Shackled Continent and Borderless Economics – exploring how Africa could grow rich and what the world gains from migration. Robert speaks about the US and global economy, how America will be the most important driving force in the global economy, and the possibilities of emerging economies. He surveys the scene, and tells tales about hitching on a West African beer truck.


Robert Guest is The Economist’s Foreign Editor and has reported from more than 90 countries and lived in six. He was previously the US Editor, leading the magazine’s American coverage, and the Business Editor. He has also served as its Washington correspondent, "Lexington" columnist and Africa Editor.

A winner of numerous international awards, Robert constantly interviews political and business leaders and follows key developments in Washington, on Wall Street and on Main Street. He also draws on the expertise of The Economist's global network of correspondents to keep abreast of international political, economic and social issues from major market shifts and general elections to uprisings and house prices.

In speeches, Robert discusses his thoughts on US business and politics, illustrated with real-world examples, from the oil-town man-camps of North Dakota to the warehouses of Silicon Valley where start-ups thrive. Globally he also includes his first hand experiences such as hitchhiking on a beer truck in Cameroon and being stopped 47 times at police road blocks. He may also explain why Chinese food companies advertise products they don’t sell in the UK on London buses, and how Louisiana uses drone technology to cull wild pigs.

Before joining The Economist, Robert was the Tokyo correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and prior to that he was based in South Korea. He is the author of The Shackled Continent, a book that tries to explain how Africa could become richer; and Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism, which describes how migration makes the world brainier.

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The breadth of Robert's insight is so impressive. When I last saw him he pulled together anecdotes and analysis on the US, China and Russia – then related their economic policies to the situation in the UK. It made for some striking (and entertaining) contrasts. He takes big and contentious issues and explores their impact in a way that’s immediately relevant and engaging. JLA Agent Millie Thomas

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