Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper Keynote Speaker

  • Award-winning columnist, Financial Times
  • Commentator on globalisation, cities, politics and football
  • Prize-winning author, "Soccernomics" (2009), "Barca: The Rise and Fall of the Club that Invented Modern Football" (2021) and "Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK" (2022)

Simon Kuper's Biography

Simon Kuper is a leading columnist and speaker on urban life, globalisation, Europe and football.  He has been writing for the Financial Times for nearly 30 years. His column in the weekend magazine has won multiple awards and is read by tens of thousands of people around the world.

Although he is now best known for his analyses of modern life, from the future of offices to Brexit, Simon is also well-known for his insights into sport – whether the topic is sports stars, the sports business, or the interactions between sport, politics, economics and culture. His expertise into sports people and athletes allows him to draw leadership and wider lessons, for use in the business sphere.

His book “Barca”, written with inside access to FC Barcelona, was published in Summer 2021 in the UK, US and several other countries. It won the Sunday Times award for Football Book of the Year. Previously, his book ‘Football Against the Enemy’ (1994), which won the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year that year, focused on how different cultures shape the way different nations played the game. A collection of his profiles of footballers and football managers, ‘The Football Men’, appeared in 2011. His book “Soccernomics” (2012), co-authored with Stefan Szymanski, examines how insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business can help us understand success and failure in football. It is much read by owners and executives of football clubs.

He is also the author of “The Happy Traitor”, a biography of the British KGB double agent George Blake, published in 2021.

In 2022, “Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK” was published, which is due to be followed in summer 2024 with a further book focusing on elitism in UK politics.

As well as being a prolific writer, Simon Kuper often appears on television as a sport and cultural commentator. An expert in urbanisation and modern cities, Simon shares his views on what the future will look like.

Simon now writes on a wide variety of topics, from observations on city life, to global politics and demographics. His articles are peppered with humour and insightful anthropological observations. This has been only enhanced by his nomadic lifestyle, having lived in a number of different countries and speaking several languages. He now lives in Paris.

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Videos of Simon Kuper

Good Governance in Sport (2011)
Good Governance in Sport (2011)
Speech to data analysts working in football on the use of statistics (2012)
Speech to data analysts working in football on the use of statistics (2012)
Author, FT Columnist Simon Kuper on the game we love
Author, FT Columnist Simon Kuper on the game we love
Berlin Keynote - 2018
Berlin Keynote - 2018

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Simon Kuper

Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK (2022)
Simon Kuper
The Happy Traitor Spies, Lies and Exile in Russia - The Extraordinary Story of George Blake
Soccernomics (2012)
The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game (2012)
Football Against The Enemy (2003)

Comments & Testimonials

Simon was brilliant! He brought a uniquely cerebral view to analyzing football and because of this the observations he made were not only fascinating but of relevance in many other areas
Adrian Gore CEO Discovery Group
Kuper provides a different and valuable perspective, humane and informative
John Le Carré
Simon Kuper’s columns for the Financial Times are a breath of fresh air.
Irish Examiner

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