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Bill EmmottFormer Chief Editor, The Economist

Bill Emmott is an independent writer and consultant on international affairs. He was Editor of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business, from 1993 until 2006, having worked for that publication since 1980. The author of 13 books, on Japan, Asia, Italy and the 20th century, his latest have been “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea”, published in 2017; and “Japan’s Far More Female Future”, which was published first in Japanese by Nikkei in July 2019 and was published in English by Oxford University Press in September 2020. Now he is an Ushioda Fellow at Tokyo College, University of Tokyo as well as a member of UTokyo’s Global Advisory Board; chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute; chairman of the Japan Society of the UK; chairman of the trustees of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; chairman of Trade Advisers Ltd, an Irish consultancy and provider of education and training; and a member of the Comitato Scientifico of the Centro Einaudi in Turin. He is the co-founder and co-director, with Berel Rodal, of the Global Commission for Post- Pandemic Policy, an independent, non-partisan, high-level group dedicated to making recommendations about how societies can be made more resilient in the wake of the pandemic-related crises that began in 2020. In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.