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Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott

speaker location icon Dublin, Ireland

Former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist

Independent writer and consultant on international affairs

Awarded with "Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon"

Bill Emmott is an independent writer and consultant on international affairs. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business, from 1993 until 2006, having worked for that publication since 1980. The author of 13 books, on Japan, Asia, Italy and the 20th century, his latest was “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea”, published in 2017. His next will be “Japan’s Far More Female Future”, to be published first in Japanese by Nikkei in May 2019.

Now he is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to using film and journalism to foster understanding of the challenges facing about the decline of western societies which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras; chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute; chairman of the Japan Society of the UK; and chairman of the trustees of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Bill is now a member of the advisory board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; a member of Swiss Re’s Panel of Advisors; a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of Tokyo; a member of the senior advisory panel of Critical Resource, a consultancy; a board director of EU Observer; a board director of Referendum Facts, which publishes the InFacts website; and a consultant to Lansdowne Partners.

He has honorary degrees from Warwick and City universities in Britain and Northwestern University in America, and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a Visiting Fellow in Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford in 2015-17 and was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 2017-18.

In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.

Japan’s Far More Female Future


Until now, Japan’s politics, economy and society have been dominated by men. The future promises to be different, as demographic realities and the growing number of women graduating from higher education since the early 1990s steadily change organisational structures and culture. How well the country adapts to this will determine whether in the 2020s, 30s and beyond it will be strong or weak, prosperous or struggling.

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