John Andrews


John Andrews is a veteran political journalist and author. He is a senior editor for Project Syndicate and a contributing editor for The Economist, the prestigious weekly newspaper. In his role as conference chairman for a variety of international conferences and the TV interviewer for the annual World Policy Conference, he regularly interacts with prominent figures in politics, business, and economics; e.g. Jean-Claude Trichet, former governor of the European Central Bank; Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency; Lionel Zinsou, prime minister of Benin; Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire; Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy; and Elisabeth Guigou, president of the foreign affairs commission of France’s Assemblé e Nationale.


He is the author of a new book entitled The World in Conflict: understanding the world’s trouble spots, a comprehensive and penetrating analysis of present-day war and terrorism published by Profile Books under The Economist imprint. He is also the co-editor of Megachange: The World in 2050, which examines the key developments that will determine our future.


As well as being, for many years, one of The Economist’s most experienced foreign correspondents, he co-edited its annual forward-looking magazine, The World in the magazine. Throughout his 25-year career with The Economist, he has been Deputy Editor of The World-in, West Coast Editor in the USA, Paris Bureau Chief, Washington Correspondent, EU Correspondent, Asia Editor, China Editor, Southeast Asia Editor, and Industry Editor, making him one of The Economist’s most respected names. John has covered the world’s emerging markets, including China, Hong Kong, and SouthEast–Asia and therefore written and commented on a host of key events that have unfolded over the years, bearing witness to the rise of the Asian economies and key events in the Asian region, like the tragic events of Tiananmen Square. Before The Economist, he was a journalist with The Guardian and based in Beirut with NBC covering the Middle East region.


John Andrews speaks at a range of business conferences and economic gatherings. These have included The Milken Institute Global Conference, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) as well as numerous events run by Economist Conferences. He graduated in Classical and Modern Arabic from Cambridge University and speaks fluent Arabic and French and is based in the United Kingdom and France.