Hamish McRae

One of Europe’s foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, business and society.


Good lecture, useful statements and an inspiring way of storytelling based on facts. Very nice sense of humour in a story with a serious impact.
Twynstra Gudde
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Hamish McRae Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London and Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and a columnist for the London Evening Standard.  He is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity.  Following its publication he became a sought-after speaker on trends in the economy, technology and business.

As a speaker, Hamish McRae is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies shape the economy and influence business strategy.  He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society.

Secrets of the World’s Best Organizations. In his most recent book, What Works, Hamish McRae demonstrates that although there is no surefire recipe for success, there are several common key ingredients. Drawing life lessons from great ideas found on every continent from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia, the book explores questions like, Why do some initiatives take off while others flounder? How have some communities managed to achieve so much while others struggle? What distinguishes the good companies from the bad? He leaves readers with practical insights they can apply to their own organizations.

Hamish McRae’s other books include Capital City – London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, and Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae. and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research

As an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor ofThe Guardian before moving to The Independent.

Amongst his awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards.


•The World in 2020

•The Global Economy

•The Rise of the Asian Economies




•Energy Markets and Resources