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Loretta Napoleoni speaker

Loretta Napoleoni

London, UK

Expert macroeconomist

Leading analyst of the terror economy

Internationally best-selling author

Loretta Napoleoni is an Italian economist, journalist, political analyst and author of several internationally best-selling books. She is an expert on the financing of terrorism, and is credited with having calculated the size of the terror economy. Her recent work has focused on the global economy, the recent financial crises, and critiques of Western, Islamic and Chinese economies.

Loretta’s best-selling books Maonomics: “Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do” (2012), “Rogue Economics” (2011), and “Terror Incorporated” (2005) have been published in 12 languages. Her book, “Il Contagio”, was on the best-seller list in Italy for a month in the autumn of 2011. “Maonomics” won the Premio dell’Associazione per il Progresso Economico award in Italy, and the Singapore National Critics Choice Best Non-fiction Award.

As an economist Loretta has worked for both banks and international organisations in Europe and the United States. In the early 1980s she worked at the National Bank of Hungary on the convertibility of the Hungarian forint, which became the blueprint for the convertibility of the ruble a decade later.

As well as lecturing regularly on the financing of terrorism, Loretta advises several governments on counter-terrorism and international groups on global economic issues. As chairman of the counter-terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, she brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.

Our Comment

"In a time of crisis for the world economy, Loretta argues that inflexible ideological debates are a large part of the problem. We need to be more adaptable in our approaches if Capitalism is to survive. The Chinese have understood this, which gives them a great competitive advantage over the West."


On the funding of terrorism (2014)



"The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy" (2014)



TEDtalk: The intricate economics of terrorism (2009)


[youtube http://www.ted.com/talks/loretta_napoleoni_the_intricate_economics_of_terrorism?language=en]


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