Martin Wolf CBE

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 for services to financial journalism.

Martin started his career as a Young Professional at the World Bank in 1971, subsequently becoming Senior Economist in the India Division in 1974 and working on the core team of the first World Development Report in 1977-1978, before leaving the Bank in 1981. He joined the Financial Times in 1987. He was made a Doctor of Science (Econ), honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.

Martin won the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary for 2009, and “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and 37th in the same list for 2010. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in “giant newspapers” at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He won the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013. He won the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gerald Loeb Awards.

His most recent publication is The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis.