Business Writers Series featuring Edward Luce, author of In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India
Edward Luce, a journalist who lived in and covered India and South Asia for the Financial Times from 2001-2006, weaves his own keen reporting with the opinions and perceptions of Indians from all walks of life.
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia policy initiatives and national educational partnerships for global learning to groundbreaking art exhibitions and innovative Asian American performances. She has an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art in the US through critically acclaimed exhibitions and scholarly catalogues. Under her leadership, Asia Society has expanded the scope and scale of its activities, including opening new offices in India and Korea, the inauguration of a new center on US-China relations, and the development of new initiatives focusing on the environment, on Asian women leaders, and on partnerships among the next generation of exceptional leaders in Asia and the US.
Chrystia Freeland is editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. In this role, which she was promoted to in April, Freeland has editorial control of the company’s consumer online, mobile, and digital properties including Reuters.com and its global suite of websites, as well as the flagship NewsPro mobile news applications. Freeland joined the company as Reuters’s global editor-at-large in 2010. Previously, Freeland served as US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she led the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. During this time,the US print edition became the single largest edition of the newspaper. From 1999 to 2001, Freeland served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Freeland authored Sale of a Century, an account of Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. She won the Business Journalist of the Year Award in 2004.
Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.
Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller.