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Niall Ferguson Speaker

Niall Ferguson

speaker location icon Boston, USA

World-renowned financial historian

Best-selling author, "Kissinger" (2015)

Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and weekly columnist for Newsweek

Niall Ferguson is one of our most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. The wide range of his expertise underscores his ongoing importance as a keynote speaker.

A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, he has published fourteen books, including “The Pity of War: Explaining World War One“(1998), “The Cash Nexus“(2002), “Empire, Colossus“(2004), “The War of the World“(2007), “The Ascent of Money“(2009), “Civilization: The West and the Rest“(2012), “The Great Degeneration“(2014), is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—”Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist“—was published in 2015 to critical acclaim.

He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm.

A superb speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and their analytical clarity.

Some of his speech topics:

  • Populism and Globalization: Politics in the Age of Trump
  • Networks versus Hierarchies: Silicon Valley in Historical Perspective
  • The Descent of Money: Are We Stuck with Economic Stagnation or Can We Bounce Back?
  • The Geopolitical Taper: Can American Power Make a Comeback?
  • The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest
  • Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
  • Is This the Chinese Century?
  • Are Humans Redundant?

Our Comment

"A prolific writer and a talented controversialist, as well as being a mesmerising speaker, Niall brings a wealth of historical knowledge to bear on big questions, and does not shrink from definite conclusions."

Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: 1923-1968:  The Idealist by Niall Ferguson

In this remarkable new book, the first of two volumes, Niall Ferguson has created an extraordinary panorama of Kissinger’s world, and a paradigm-shifting reappraisal of the man. Only through knowledge of Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) can we understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism.

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call if what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that financial history is the back-story to all history. From the banking dynasty who funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that caused the French Revolution, this is the story of booms and busts as it’s never been told before.

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