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Liam Halligan is an economist, writer and broadcaster with extensive business experience. Combining genuine economic expertise, he is instantly recognised for his political insight, wit and accessibility.
He is best known for his weekly “Economics Agenda” column in The Sunday Telegraph, which he has written since 2003. The column enjoys a large international following and has been recognized with a highly-coveted British Press Award. He also writes regularly for The Spectator and The Sun.
A fine keynote speaker he has delivered speeches to numerous high-level audiences. Clients include Euromoney, the CFA Institute, Investment Week, Adam Smith Conferences and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Liam’s combination of analytical acumen, high-level contacts and broadcasting experience make him a top-class speaker across a range of topics. His proven ability to combine economic analysis with political insight also makes him very popular at numerous annual conferences political party “fringe” events. This is across all the UK’s main political parties.
Furthermore, he has hosted an array of conferences across the world, often on complex economic and financial issues. These clients range from the Financial Services Authority and the Association of British Insurers to Thomson Reuters.
"Liam Halligan is the Michael Caine of Economics!"
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A well-established broadcaster, Liam Halligan appears on CNN-Talk at 12 noon GMT each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. His worldwide audience enjoys his take on topics ranging across UK, European and global economics and politics.
Liam also often appears on flagship BBC programmes such as Question Time, This Week, Any Questions, Newsnight, Daily Politics and Radio 4’s Today programme.
A former C4 News Economics Correspondent, Liam continues to research, write and present long-form documentaries for C4 flagship Dispatches strand.
His latest book Clean Brexit: How to make a success of leaving the European Union was co-authored with the leading City economist Dr Gerard Lyons. It was published by Biteback in September 2017. Liam is currently writing a book on the UK housing market.
Liam is Editor-at-Large and a shareholder of BNE-Intellinews, a leading source of English-language business, economics and political news and analysis. It covers the 30 countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He writes his “Invisible Hand” column in the monthly BNE magazine.
During the 1990s, Liam was Political Correspondent at The Financial Times, based at the House of Commons. As a result, he was singled-out by the Downing Street Press Office as “impervious to spin” and “The Michael Caine of Economics”.
Eight years at C4 News saw him win a string of broadcasting awards. These included the World Leadership Forum’s Business Broadcaster of the year twice in succession. He also won the prestigious Wincott Business Broadcast Award an unprecedented three times.
Liam has also written for many magazines and journals. The Economist from Moscow, for the New Statesman, Wall Street Journal, Prospect, Euromoney. At GQ Magazine, he wrote a monthly column between 2008 and 2011. He also previously presented Wake up to Money on BBC’s Radio Five Live.
Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management, an asset management company focussed on Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It controlled investments for a range of institutional clients from Europe, the US and the Middle East. These included pension funds, insurance companies, charities, endowments and sovereign wealth funds.
Liam was the first person in his family to go to university. Most noteworthy he has a First Class (Hons) degree in economics from the University of Warwick. He also has an M.Phil (Econ) from St Antony’s College, Oxford University. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation and Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy. This is an ESRC-funded research body within the University of Warwick’s Economics Department.
Liam is a Governor of The John Lyon School, Harrow. This is the school he attended during the 1980s on a scholarship, leaving as Head Boy. A citizen of both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, he is listed in Who’s Who, De Bretts and the Dictionary of International Biography.
Everything went really well at our conference and Liam was very, very good. We’re so pleased he could join us. I found Liam really helpful before the event. He advised us on how to get the best from the panel session. He’s a really nice person and easy to deal with.
Ann Cantillon, Development Director, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors
Thanks a lot for your input to our conference. You were exactly what we were looking for. Your keynote opening presentation generated a lot of conversation throughout the rest of our event. Everyone really enjoyed it.
Tom Wright, Managing Director, Hawkins Wright
Liam was a brilliant, stimulating speaker. His wide range of ideas and comments both challenged and entertained our guests in equal measure. We would definitely use him again and he comes highly recommended.
Georgina Walters, Investment Week
Thank you for your contribution to our recent Supplier Conference at Celtic Manor. I have received many complimentary remarks on your presentation. From both from our Suppliers and our Wholesale members. Thanks again and hopefully we will see you again for an update in 2019!
Nick Redford, Managing Director, Caterforce