Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

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Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

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Zanny worked for the IMF on Africa and Eastern Europe, before joining The Economist in London as emerging markets correspondent. She was also responsible for the US edition’s global economics coverage. Zanny analyses whether the US is likely to remain the world’s dynamo, or whether today's recovery is built on an unsustainable pile of debt. She offers up-to-the minute insight on anything from job creation to the deficit's effect on global interest rates and potential financial regulation.


Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, the first woman to hold the position in the 170+ year history of the influential magazine. Well established as a leading expert on global markets and finance, she previously served as the US edition’s Economics Editor and was a key commentator and documenter of the banking crisis and its effects.

Zanny moved to Washington after working at the magazine's London base as emerging markets correspondent. Prior to The Economist she worked at the IMF on African macroeconomics and the transition of the former Soviet bloc economies. Before the IMF she was an adviser to the Polish finance minister.

A respected commentator on a range of global financial issues, Zanny has extensively covered areas including the future of the IMF, EU enlargement, foreign policy and economic reform within emerging economies. She edited the book Emerging Asia, gave evidence to Congress on the Euro and on financial services, and has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos. Her expertise covers developed and emerging economies, global finance, and the intersection of economic policy and politics.

Zanny’s work on the American economy and international financial policy earned her two of the highest honours in business journalism, the Gerald Loeb Award and the Wincott Foundation prize. A frequent contributor to US business and news media Zanny has appeared on CNN, NBC, CNBC and to the BBC in the UK and the World Service.

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