The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Gillian Tett, Markets and Finance Commentator for the Financial Times, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Gillian Tett is a British author and award winning journalist at the Financial Times. In her previous role at the FT, she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets.

In 2004 — three years before anyone else — Gillian began building a team at the Financial Times to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry growing uncommonly fast.  By 2007, a year ahead of the curve, she began issuing her news breaking warnings of a looming financial crisis.  

Gillian points out in a 2010 paper that a pattern of “social silence” together with cognitive and structural “silos” made it difficult to connect the dots about the dangers of the credit world. She challenges journalists and academics to be silo busters by joining the dots and becoming cultural translators.

In recognition of this work, she won several awards including the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year 2012, the Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008, and in 2007, the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism.  In 2011, Gillian was awarded The British Academy President’s Medal 2011 for service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences.

In 2003, Gillian wrote Saving the Sun, about Japan's financial collapse in the 1990’s and, in 2009, she published Fool's Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe, the gripping tale of how a team of Wall Street bankers led by J.P. Morgan's CEO Jamie Dimon created the world of “shadow banking,” and then lost control of their creation.  Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Gillian Tett joined the FT in 1993 and worked in the former Soviet Union and Europe. In 1997 she was posted to Tokyo where she became the bureau chief, before returning in 2003 to become deputy head of the Financial Times’ Lex column, a daily feature with analyses and opinions covering global economics and finance.

Gillian has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University.  She speaks French and Russian and has studied Japanese and Tajik.


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