Niall Ferguson

Leading Historian on the Global Economy. Bestselling Author, The Ascent of Money; Civilization: The West and the Rest & The Square and the Tower

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Travels From: San Francisco, USA

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    Niall Ferguson

    Leading Historian on the Global Economy. Bestselling Author, The Ascent of Money; Civilization: The West and the Rest & The Square and the Tower

    Speaker Fee Range: Above $100,000 USD

    Travels From: San Francisco, USA

    Niall Ferguson is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    BOOK Niall Ferguson AS A SPEAKER

    Our history conditions our present and future; no modern historian has brought that observation home as widely as speaker Niall Ferguson. As a popular author, columnist, and raconteur, Ferguson nimbly traces the origins of our most enduring institutions. As a keynote speaker, his witty and engaging addresses highlight events devoted to geopolitics and the world economy.

    Niall Ferguson Speaker Biography

    A leading historian of the global economy, geopolitics speaker Niall Ferguson blends analytical clarity, scholarly rigor, and engaging wit. Bestselling author speaker, popular columnist, and captivating speaker Niall Ferguson is one of our most prominent public intellectuals. His books have changed the way the world sees its past and its future.

    The Ascent of Money was an international bestseller, and was adapted into an Emmy-winning television series. The Square and the Tower examines social and technological networks and their effects on economic and political power. It additionally appeared in television, as the PBS series Niall Ferguson’s Networld.

    Additionally, Ferguson’s most recent project is a two-volume biography of Henry Kissinger. The first volume,  Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award. The biography builds on a 2011 documentary on Kissinger produced by Ferguson’s film company. The New York Film Festival named Kissinger its Best Documentary in 2011.

    Ferguson also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times, the Boston Globe, and the Neuer Zürcher Zeitung. His writings have earned him the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service, the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism, and the Columnist of the Year award at the 2018 British Press Awards. Moreover, he holds honorary degrees from the University of Buckingham, Macquarie University, and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

    In 2011, Ferguson founded Greenmantle LLC, an international business advisory firm. He is currently the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior faculty fellow at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at China’s Tsinghua University.

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    Niall Ferguson Keynote Topics

    The political events of 2016 in Britain and the United States came as a shock to many people. But to the historian this was just the latest of many populist backlashes against globalization. The question is how far populism poses a real threat to democracy, as some have argued. Niall Ferguson argues that, in each case, there was an urgent need for some kind of correction to the trends of the preceding decades, which had led to excessive levels of off-shoring, overseas investment and mass migration. The real question to ask is: What comes next after populism?

    Niall Ferguson’s latest book, The Square and the Tower, brilliantly anticipated the crisis that has gripped Silicon Valley since the 2016 election. To understand our modern world, he argues, you need an understanding of both network science and history. The networked age is turning out a lot less well than the techno-optimists foresaw. But why? And is there any way of stopping the trends towards polarization, extreme views and fake news?

    As the author of The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson accurately foresaw the crisis of 2008-9. Ten years on, he asks what the next financial crisis will look like and how near to it we are. With rising interest rates, ever higher mountains of debt and increased risks of a trade war, he argues that trouble is coming soon. How should investors prepare themselves for a crisis that will be very different in nature from the last one? And are there any new opportunities to be found in innovations such as crypto-currency?

    The most important economic and strategic relationship in the world has, for at least the last ten years, been between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America: “Chimerica,” as Niall Ferguson called it in 2007. For a time it seemed as if the financial crisis might lead to a divorce between the two, but the relationship survived. Now a protectionist American president and more assertive Chinese president seem to be leading their countries towards some kind of collision on both trade and geopolitics. Can the two avoid sliding into the “Thucydides Trap” of conflict between an incumbent power and a rising power?

    Niall Ferguson Speaking Videos

    Why The United States Needs to Take History More Seriously | Niall Ferguson
    World Order: Brexit, Populism and Kissinger with Niall Ferguson - Conversations with History
    Historian Niall Ferguson on the State of the World in 2020 — and Beyond