Professor Noreena Hertz

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Thought Leader, Economist & Author

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Former ITV Economics Editor, Noreena is a leading economist and international bestselling author. Her work focuses on the socioeconomic implications of artificial intelligence, the lack of trust and existential threat felt by ‘Generation K’ and its connection to populism. With a track record of predicting national and global trends, Noreena has a profound understanding of the geopolitical and economic climate, examining the effects of the rise of populism on globalisation and business.


Noreena Hertz is an internationally renowned thought leader, economist, writer and campaigner, known for her ability to predict financial, business and global trends. Formerly ITV’s Economics Editor, Noreena advises political leaders and the world’s top CEOs on business strategy, economic and geopolitical risk, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and its socioeconomic impact, millennials and post-millennials.

After graduating from university at just 19 and finishing her MBA at Wharton two years later, by the age of 23 Noreena was advising the Russian government on its post-Communist economic reforms. She moved to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and studied for her PhD in economics and business (specialising in Russian business and reform) before working with the governments of Israel, Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan on the Middle East Peace Process. She has been cited as a leading voice on global economics and geopolitics, and a source of new ideas in these areas.

Noreena is the bestselling author of IOU: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It, The Silent Takeover and Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World. Her third book Eyes Wide Open examines decision-making amid a maelstrom of data and information, incorporating modern leadership, disruption and artificial intelligence along the way. Formerly a member of RWE’s Digital Transformation Board, Noreena’s research on digitalisation has specifically examined post-millennials or ‘Generation K’ (after Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen). She looks at how coming of age during the 2008 recession has shaped Generation K’s financial anxiety and cynicism, which is exacerbated by a constant exposure to global disasters, climate change and political dishonesty. Noreena advises corporations on how to work and engage with a generation that lacks trust, and looks at the implications of AI and fast data on the future of business.

A regular opinion writer in print globally, Noreen’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, the Financial Times and The Washington Post to name a few. She has also hosted her own show MegaHertz on SiriusXM and has appeared on BBC’s Question Time, China’s CWTV and CBS’s This Morning. She has spoken for Google Zeitgeist, TED and the World Economic Forum. She has also worked on the RED and Make Poverty History campaigns, led the Mayday for Nurses campaign, and was a Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research.

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