Bill Emmott Former Chief Editor The Economist
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Bill Emmott is an independent writer and consultant, and chairs a charity he co-founded, The Wake Up Foundation, which is dedicated to education and communication about the sources of and solutions to Western decline. His newest book "The Fate of the West – The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea" was published in the spring of 2017.
He spent 26 years at The Economist, which he joined in 1980, working as a correspondent and editor in Brussels, Tokyo and London. In 1993, he was appointed Editor in Chief, a post he held for 13 years before stepping down in March 2006. In that period, The Economist’s worldwide circulation more than doubled, from 500 000 copies a week to 1.2 million.
He has written twelve books, including "The Sun Also Sets" (on Japan, 1989), "20:21 Vision" (on challenges for the 21st century, 2003), "Rivals" (on China, India and Japan, 2008) and "Good Italy, Bad Italy" (2012). He was narrator and co-author of a documentary based on that Italian book, "Girlfriend in a Coma" (2013), and then executive producer of a documentary about the European Union, "The Great European Disaster Movie" (2015), both of which are now being used by the Wake Up Foundation for educational purposes.
Bill Emmott was born in 1956 in London and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1975 to 1978, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics. He has honorary degrees from Warwick, City and Northwestern Universities and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College. He is a visiting professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan and a visiting fellow at All Souls College in Oxford. He was chairman of the London Library from 2009 to 2015, and is a council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He writes for many publications, contributing regularly to La Stampa in Italy, Nikkei Business in Japan, the Financial Times, Prospect, and Project Syndicate.