Tom Burgis Keynote Speaker
- Award-winning investigative journalist, Financial Times
- Author of 'Kleptopia -How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World" (2020)
- Twice shortlisted at the British Press Awards, the British Journalism Awards and the European Press Prize.
Tom Burgis's Biography
Tom Burgis is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and author. Based now in London after years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Africa, he is a long-standing member of the Financial Times’ investigations team. He has exposed major corruption scandals, covered terrorist attacks, coups and forgotten conflicts, and traced dirty money from the Kremlin to Washington. His journalism has won awards in the US and Asia and twice been shortlisted at the British Press Awards, the British Journalism Awards and the European Press Prize.
His book ‘Kleptopia- How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World‘ was listed as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year and an Economist Book of the Year 2020 It exposes the hidden connections that link a massacre on the Kazakh steppe and a stolen election in Zimbabwe to the City of London and, ultimately, the White House. Burgis reveals how the world’s kleptocrats–those who rule through corruption–are uniting and threaten to overwhelm democracy.
His previous book ‘The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth‘ was a Financial Times book of Year in 2015. It revealed how the exploitation of Africa’s vast natural resources condemns the continent to corruption, conflict and poverty.
The New York Times called it a ‘brave, defiant book‘. It won the Overseas Press Club of America’s award for the year’s best book on international affairs.