Journalist at the Financial Times
Dazed and Confused: Making Sense of a Shifting World
About the Speaker
As assistant editor and columnist, Gillian Tett writes two weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.
From 2010-2012, Tett severed as the FT’s US managing editor, leading the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. Prior to this, she served as assistant editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage, as well as capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, Tokyo correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
In 2012, she received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for best feature article, “Madoff spins his story.” She was previously awarded a President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011) and recognized as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, as well as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards.
Tett’s upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013, will look at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US) published in May 2009, and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the Spear’s Book Awards in 2009.
Before joining the Financial Times in 1993, Tett was awarded a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University based on field work in the former Soviet Union. While pursuing the PhD, she freelanced for the FT and the BBC. She is a graduate of Cambridge University.