Emma Duncan writes a weekly column for The Times on the economy, human capital, education, the environment and macroeconomics. She also writes essays, notebooks and book reviews for the paper, as well as appearing regularly on Times radio.
Before joining The Times, she was at The Economist, where she fulfilled a range of roles across the paper, including Britain editor, deputy editor, social policy editor, Asia editor, and editor of The Economist’s sister magazine of culture, lifestyle and ideas, 1843.
Emma is one of today’s most incisive writers on human capital, education and society. She also offers an extremely well-informed overview of the global economic outlook that is especially valuable for non-specialist, non-economist audiences. Though the content of her writing is often serious, her style is witty.
She is a clear and powerful speaker and can engage with audiences at all levels. She also moderates with ease, insight and wit, and has worked with some of the world’s top executives.
Emma is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. She is the author of Breaking the Curfew, which examines Pakistan politics and society. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programs.
- Columnist, The Times
- Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University
- Former Britain Editor, The Economist
- Former Editor, 1843 Magazine
- Deputy Editor, The Economist
- Author, Breaking the Curfew
Other Economist Positions
- Social Policy Editor
- Associate Editor
- Media Editor
- Asia Editor
- South Asia Correspondent"
Addressing a highly sophisticated, intelligent audience of 850+ people in the august surrounds of the Royal Geographical Society can be a daunting task but Emma rose to the occasions superbly, delivering a speech that was outstanding: combining a powerful, clearly presented argument with matchless oratorial skill. It was a speech that was hugely appreciated by the audience as was attested to by the large numbers of complimentary emails we received post the debate.
I wanted to drop you a note to say how much we appreciated Emma’s contribution to the second [...] Summit. Emma acted as moderator for some of our most important sessions. She is clearly searingly smart, and has an easy grasp of the material. She provokes the panellists, but also allows them to speak, getting the mix spot on. Her sessions are insightful, memorable and enjoyable for everyone concerned. We love working with her!
Emma was wonderful. She was professional, from her management of timing to her courtesy and management of a sometimes very large group of panelists (and egos), to her preparation and correspondence with the thought leaders. On stage, Emma is articulate and pointed in her questions. She is clearly so smart that they dare not fudge their answers, and her sharp wit keeps them on their toes and the audience engaged. Emma's command of the topic ensures that her questions were on point, and her management of each of the three sessions had genuine flow and fit to the overall content. I would recommend Emma as a moderator without hesitation, and would appreciate the chance to reserve her to work with us next year as well.