Hamish McRae is one of Europe's foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, business and society. He is 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. The is in 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, McRae is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies that shape the economy and influence business strategy. He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society. McRae's other books include Capital City - London as a Financial Center, 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 in Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. 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.