Michael Skapinker

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Michael has worked for the FT for over thirty years, reporting from all over the world. He has served as Management Editor and editor of the FT Special Reports, as well as reporting in-depth on business and society, reputation, ethics, whistleblowing and CSR. Michael also hosts many of the FT’s global conferences.


Michael Skapinker is an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, an award winning journalist, and one of the paper’s most experienced writers. In three decades working for the business daily he has reported from all over the world, edited the FT Special Reports and the Weekend edition, and now writes a weekly Business and Society column.

Born and raised in South Africa, Michael’s first job in journalism was in Greece before settling in the UK where he became senior editor on the International Management Magazine. He joined the FT writing on management issues before taking on a range of briefs from aviation and air travel to electronics. He also served as Management Editor, as well as Editor of the FT Special Reports, occasional stand-alone sections of the paper covering specific aspects of business and finance from security to developing economies to the lessons from long-standing companies.

Michael’s current brief covers how business relates to people and society, looking at reputation and perception, whistleblowing, ethics and CSR. His column examines how companies can win, regain and keep people's trust, how to manage difficult employees (and bosses) and the ways in which the English language has conquered businesses around the world. He also retains a wide knowledge of the air transport industry as well as the future of cities and urban innovation, and the meeting of business, law and politics.

An accomplished live chair, Michael hosts many of the FT’s conferences and events around the world. He’s even written about the keys to successfully chairing a conference (including the necessity to make the day tell a story.)

The Work Foundation, the UK's leading think tank on employment issues, gave Michael its Members' Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life and named him Columnist of the Year in its WorkWorld Media Awards. He was named Business Commentator of the Year in the 2012 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.


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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


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Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

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We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


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