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Hamish McRae


Futurist & Future Trends Speaker and Author

Hamish McRae is one of Europe’s foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, technology, business and society.

He is Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London and Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and a columnist for the Mail on Sunday and the I newspaper.  He is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity.  Following its publication, he became a sought-after speaker on future trends.

His follow-up book, The World in 2050: How To Think About The Future was published in May 2022. Hamish examines how complex forces of change – demography, the environment, finance, technology and ideas about governance – will affect our global society.

Hamish’s other books include Capital City – London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, and Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae. and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010.

Amongst his awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards.

As an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.


As a speaker, Hamish is in demand around the world for his insights into topics such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies shape the economy and influence business strategy.  He examines likely future scenarios for business, government, and society.

  • The World in 2050
  • The Global Economy
  • The Rise of the Asian Economies
  • Globalisation
  • Technology
  • Demography
  • Energy Markets and Resources



Economy & Finance


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