Janan Ganesh – Keynote Speaker

Political Columnist and Associate Editor for The Financial Times

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Specialist Subjects

  • US domestic politics and foreign policy
  • UK domestic politics and foreign policy
  • Relations within the west
  • External threats to the EU
  • The rise of populism
  • Free trade and its enemies


  • English


Janan Ganesh is a columnist and associate editor at the Financial Times. He writes about international affairs, as well as the domestic politics of the US and the UK. Regular themes include: the US-China rivalry, Brexit and its aftermath, Donald Trump’s potential future presidency, the future of Keir Starmer, the west’s reaction to the Ukraine war, the challenge to the European Union from within and without, the rising importance of Southeast Asia, the “axis” of autocratic nations and the decline of the global free-trade consensus.

He was US political columnist between 2018 and 2022, based in Washington DC for three years and Los Angeles for one. There, he covered the 2020 US Presidential election, as well as the global pandemic, the worsening of US-China relations and the Capitol siege.

As well as politics, Janan Ganesh writes a weekend column on culture and ideas, which ranges across such subjects as travel, cities, football, art, food, technology and social trends. The running theme of the column is a defence of globalism against its enemies.

Before the FT, Janan was the political correspondent at the Economist between 2007 and 2012, where he covered the financial crash, the 2010 general election and the UK coalition government.

Regularly appearing on TV and radio, Janan Ganesh has appeared in a weekly slot on BBC 1′s Sunday Politics and is a frequent commentator on BBC 4′s Westminster Hour. His book “George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor” (Biteback Publishing, 2012), was the first published biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor. Janan also co-authored “Compassionate Conservatism” with Jesse Norman MP (Policy Exchange, 2006). In 2013, Janan was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards “Politics Journalist of the Year”.

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