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Vijay Vaitheeswaran Speaker

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Shanghai, China

Senior Correspondent, The Economist

China Business Editor and Shanghai Bureau Chief, The Economist

Advisor on sustainability and innovation, World Economic Forum

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning senior correspondent for The Economist. He joined the editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent, and later opened the magazine’s first bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

In 2012, Vijay opened the newspaper’s first Shanghai bureau and currently serves as the China Business Editor and Shanghai Bureau Chief. In this role he covers the key trends and personalities shaping the Chinese business landscape, and has written several acclaimed Special Reports for the magazine covering the Chinese economic outlook.

His most recent book is “Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems” (Harper Collins, 2012). Kirkus Reviews declared it to be the “perfect primer to the post-industrial age.” He previously co-authored “ZOOM”, with Iain Carson, and “Power to the People”, two award-winning books about the future of cars and energy.

Vijay is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our Comment

"Vijay is a superb analyst offering highly detailed insights into China's economic future. Very well-connected in China's business community, he offers an insider's view of the dynamics shaping the business landscape of the world's most important growth market."

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