The Economist's Foreign Editor
Robert Guest Bio
Robert Guest is the Foreign Editor of The Economist, arguably the most influential news magazine in the world. He travels constantly around the world and speaks regularly to CEOs and entrepreneurs in all industries. He is a witty and entertaining speaker, who simplifies complex subjects and spices up his presentations with jokes and first-hand anecdotes.
He is regularly asked to chair conferences or give keynote speeches. Few other speakers can give such a vivid, up-to-date or global perspective on business and politics. Mr Guest has reported from more than 80 countries and lived in six. He has won numerous awards.
As The Economist's Foreign Editor, Robert oversees the magazine's global coverage. His previous roles include United States Editor and Business Editor. He has also written the Lexington column on American news and politics, and covered Africa for seven years, based in London and Johannesburg. Before joining The Economist, Mr Guest was the Tokyo correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and before that he was a freelance writer based in South Korea. He is the author of "The Shackled Continent", a book that tries to explain how Africa could grow rich; and "Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism", a book about how migration makes the world brainier.
Robert Guest is fluent in English, French, and Japanese