The author of Eyes Wide Open: How to make smart decisions in a confusing world and IOU: The Debt Threat believes we are witnessing the ‘death of a paradigm’, though there will be denial and resistance from the defenders of the old faith. The former ITV Economics Editor sees the theory that gave markets more power than states as flawed. Individual countries have to have the freedom to determine policies to meet their own needs, and the smartest politicians will be those who remake the world-view rather than recreate the facts. She also looks beyond the purely economic to a world of disruption and uncertainty from tech businesses to the coming-of-age of Generation K.
Noreena Hertz is an internationally renown thought leader, economist, writer and campaigner. Formerly ITV’s Economics Editor, her writing and other work encompasses decision-making, strategy, markets, globalisation, democracy and the next generation of employees. A best-selling author, she has advised some of the world’s top CEOs and national leaders on economic, geopolitical, strategy and business decisions.
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 at part of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). 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 sustainability, a source of new ideas in these areas, and as an inspiring figure.
Noreena’s books have been published in over 20 countries. Her first, IOU: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It looked at development economics and politics in developing countries whilst also pre-empting the 2008 financial crisis. In The Silent Takeover, she anticipated that unregulated markets and massive financial institutions would have serious global repercussions. Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World takes a broader view, examining decision making amid a maelstrom of data and information, incorporating modern leadership, disruption and artificial intelligence along the way. Exploring further the key issues business and policy makers have to deal with, Noreena has also considered the world of ‘Generation K’ (after Hunger Games heroine Katiss Everdeen) and the unique pressures and expectations of those who are younger than Google and are coming of age as consumers and employees.
Now the host of her own show, MegaHertz, on US radio station SiriusXM, before joining ITV Noreena regularly contributed to media from the BBC and CNN to the FT and WSJ and from Nature to Wired. She has spoken for Google Zeitgiest, TED (on when and when not to listen to experts) and the World Economic Forum. She serves on the board of Warner Music Group and on the Digital Transformation Board of German energy giant RWE. She has also worked on the RED and Make Poverty History campaigns, led the Mayday for Nurses campaign, was a Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research.
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Conference Speaker Noreena Hertz