Kenneth Cukier

Kenneth Cukier is Senior Editor, Digital Products and Data Analytics at The Economist where he oversees data analytics and manages their new digital product development. Prior to this he was Data Editor following a decade at the paper covering business and technology. Kenn is host of The Economist’s weekly tech podcast, Babbage.

Kenneth’s talks are fast-paced and witty, fact-filled and insightful. And they are packed with real-world examples of how pioneering companies are applying new technologies to reap substantial business advantage. He reveals trends, explains how technologies work, shows what they mean for business. He gives leaders new ideas and inspires teams to do great work. He demystifies what AI is, how it works, and why it’s so important, in a funny, fast-paced talk that’s riddled with memorable stories and real-world examples, for business leaders who want to know what’s next in society and the economy.

From 2002 to 2004 Kenn Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, working on the Internet and international relations. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Japan business and finance correspondent, and before that, The Economist’s global technology correspondent based in London, where his work focused on innovation, intellectual property and Internet governance. Previously, he was the technology editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and a regular commentator on CNBC Asia. Earlier still, he was the European Editor of Red Herring and worked at The International Herald Tribune in Paris.

His writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others.

Mr. Cukier is a trustee of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. In 2007-2018 he was a director of International Bridges to Justice, which fosters legal rights in developing countries, and served on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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