Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”.
Martin is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia) and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum. He was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006, a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics, in December 2006, a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by Warwick University, in July 2009 and a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Kingston University, in January 2010.
He was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994. This prize is granted annually “to a writer judged to have made an outstanding contribution in the English language towards the clarification of national, international and political issues”. He won the “Accenture Decade of Excellence” at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2003. In 2006, Martin became the sixth winner of the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation). He won the AMEC Lifetime achievement Award at the Workworld Media Awards for 2007. He won the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and 37th in the same list for 2010. Mr Wolf won the “Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”) for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in “giant newspapers” at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He was appointed a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking in June 2010.
Martin’s most recent publications are Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.
Martin was educated at Oxford University.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 1.30pm Lecture Theatre 1
Growing pains: the pros and cons of economic dynamism
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