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Noreena Hertz

Professor, University of Cambridge


With the critically acclaimed publication of The Silent Takeover in 2001, Noreena Hertz became recognised as one of the world’s leading proponents of ethical globalisation. While her influential ideas on debt, trade and aid, as outlined in her most recent book I.O.U: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It, have been taken up by governments in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Norway and Tanzania. Both The Silent Takeover and I.O.U: The Debt Threat are international bestsellers, featuring on such lists as the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs bestseller lists.  Her books have been translated into 15 languages.  Hertz’s op ed pieces have been published in most leading European and American broadsheets and her monthly syndicated column is published in 8 countries. Noreena has appeared on most flagship TV and Radio Shows in Europe, the United States, Africa and Latin America and regularly takes part in debates and panels with leading government ministers, prime ministers, presidents and public figures. In addition she is a regular keynote speaker at corporate and NGO events and an advisor to several leading corporations and NGOs. In 2005 and 2006 she spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  Hertz has a BA in Philosophy and Economics from UCL, an MBA in Finance from Wharton, and a Phd from the University of Cambridge. She is the CIBAM Distinguished Fellow at the University of Cambridge.