Gillian Tett, award-winning columnist and author, FT.
Gillian Tett is an award-winning journalist and preeminent authority on capital markets. She is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press and has won three prestigious journalism awards for her coverage of capital markets.
Beginning in 2004 — three years before anyone else — she began building a team at the Financial Times to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry growing uncommonly fast. By 2007, a year ahead of the curve, she began issuing her news-breaking warnings of a looming financial crisis.
In recognition of this work, she won several awards including the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year 2012, the Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008, and the Wincott prize in 2007.
Gillian is the author of Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted A Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed A Catastrophe. She also wrote Saving the Sun, about Japan's financial collapse in the 1990s. She was Japan bureau chief for the FT during the 'lost decade'.
Gillian Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French and Russian and has studied Japanese and Tajik.