Tim Harford – Keynote Speaker

Economist, Broadcaster and Senior Columnist, Financial Times

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Art of Good Mistakes
  • Ideas that Matter
  • Misinformation is beautiful
  • Preventing Financial Meltdowns
  • How to Run – or Ruin – An Economy
  • Big Data: Are we making a big mistake?
  • The Magic of Mess
  • How to See into the Future


  • English


Tim Harford is a data detective and geek storyteller. He is an undercover economist, BBC presenter and a senior columnist at the Financial Times. Tim’s books include The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies, and the new Sunday Times number one business bestseller How To Make The World Add Up – the bestselling UK business book of 2021, published as The Data Detective in the US.

He is also the author of The Logic of Life, Dear Undercover Economist, Adapt, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Messy, Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy, and The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy.

His BBC radio series include More or Less, which brought statistical journalism to prime-time radio, Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy, and How To Vaccinate The World, in which Harford interviewed experts such as Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates on the most important story of the age.

Tim also writes and hosts the chart-busting Cautionary Tales podcast, which with the help of leading actors such as Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Wright, draws essential lessons from spellbinding stories of disaster.

Tim has appeared on popular TV and radio shows including The Colbert Report, Today, PM, Newsnight, Marketplace and Planet Money. His writing has been published in The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Wired, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

Tim’s writing has won several prestigious awards, including Journalist of the Year (2021) from the Wincott Foundation, the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018), Economics Commentator of the Year (2014), Society for Business Economists writing prize (2014), and the Royal Statistical Society prize for journalism (2015). He was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding” in the 2019 New Year honours.

Tim is a member of Nuffield College, Oxford and the only journalist to be an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He has worked at Shell and the World Bank. Tim has given numerous invited lectures, including at Google, PopTech, the Sydney Opera House, and three times at TED. His TED talks alone have been viewed more than 11 million times.

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