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Tim Harford

Tim Harford writes a column in the Financial Times, and presented the BBC’s Trust Me I'm An Economist. He is a charismatic keynote speaker, and spoke at TED Global. Tim is an accomplished business economist and adept in behavioural economics. Tim’s management skills and respected leadership history means is an engaging keynote speaker. 

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Tim Harford Biography

Tim Harford resolves problems in a weekly ‘agony aunt’ column in the Financial Times, and presents BBC’s Trust Me I'm An Economist. He spoke at TED Global 2011 in Edinburgh about successful complex systems, which were built through trial and error. 

He was Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, winner of the Royal Statistical Society journalistic excellence award 2015, and also won the Society of Business Economists writing prize 2014-15.

Tim uses economics to demonstrate new angles to business problems and everyday life - even (as the only economist in the world to write a problem-page) matters of the heart. Tim is economics editorial writer for the Financial Times, and his column, The Undercover Economist, is published in both the Financial Times and the US magazine Slate. Each week, readers' personal problems are resolved, tongue in cheek, employing...

Tim Harford resolves problems in a weekly ‘agony aunt’ column in the Financial Times, and presents BBC’s Trust Me I'm An Economist. He spoke at TED Global 2011 in Edinburgh about successful complex systems, which were built through trial and error. 

He was Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, winner of the Royal Statistical Society journalistic excellence award 2015, and also won the Society of Business Economists writing prize 2014-15.

Tim uses economics to demonstrate new angles to business problems and everyday life - even (as the only economist in the world to write a problem-page) matters of the heart. Tim is economics editorial writer for the Financial Times, and his column, The Undercover Economist, is published in both the Financial Times and the US magazine Slate. Each week, readers' personal problems are resolved, tongue in cheek, employing the latest economic theory. Tim was named one of the UK’s top 20 tweeters by The Independent.

Tim also presents the BBC programme Trust Me I'm An Economist, which takes on subjects such as love, work and the future, applying economics to everyday events. He has also been published in numerous international newspapers and in Forbes, the Washington Post and the New York Times. He was awarded the 2006 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, for his work promoting economic understanding. His Radio 4 series, which launched early in 2013, is called Pop Up Ideas. 

The Undercover Economist, Tim's first book, became a bestseller in the UK and US. Then, writing with Michael Klein, the Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation, he published The Market for Aid, a controversial analysis of competition between aid agencies. The Logic of Life, Tim's second solo book, is subtitled Uncovering The New Economics of Everything and led the FT's reviewer to comment: 'This is no minor thesis; if you loved The Tipping Point and Freakonomics, you'll love this'.

Tim is also an award winning speech writer, an accomplished business economist and scenario expert. He has, for many business groups, created scenarios that act as a forum for conflict resolution, a tool for open communication and a framework for understanding the present at least as much as the future. For Shell, Tim developed regional scenarios which offer an insight into political and economic trends across the world.

In his presentations, Tim argues that, in order to understand how disappointing recent technology is (and how much promise it holds out) one needs to look back to previous real and imagined revolutions, where demography, economics, organisational behaviour and psychology are all vital factors. He is a firm believer in learning from history and in Winston Churchill's words: 'the further backward you look, the further forward you can see.'

Speaking Topics

Tim Harford resolves problems in a weekly ‘agony aunt’ column in the Financial Times, and presents BBC’s Trust Me I'm An Economist

  • Business & Management
  • Finance & Economics
  • Pensions
  • Innovation & Experimentation
  • Big data & Data Visualisation

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