Bill Emmott is an independent writer and consultant on international affairs. He was Editor of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business, from 1993 until 2006, having worked for that publication since 1980. The author of 13 books, on Japan, Asia, Italy and the 20th century, his latest was “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea”, published in 2017. His next will be “Japan’s Far More Female Future”, to be published first in Japanese by Nikkei in May 2019.
Now he is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to using film and journalism to foster understanding of the challenges facing about the decline of western societies which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras; chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute; chairman of the Japan Society of the UK; and chairman of the trustees of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.