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Tom Standage is a dynamic, engaging and witty speaker with the ability to apply his mind to a range of subjects from information technology to media and communication to business and finance to industry and management.

He is the Deputy Editor of The Economist overseeing its strategy and output on digital platforms, ncluding the web, apps and social media.

He has been a leading business journalist for many years; until recently he was the Digital Editor for The Economist and concurrently Editor-in-Chief of He was until May 2010 Business Affairs Editor for The Economist, where he oversaw the newspaper's business, finance, science and technology coverage At The Economist.  For several years until 2013, he was also editor of Technology Quarterly (TQ).  He was previously Business Editor (London) and Technology Correspondent (Los Angeles). Tom was previously a technology journalist with The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Wired and Prospect.

He takes a particular interest in the social and cultural impact of technology and is a widely acclaimed author of five history books; "An Edible History of the World" (2009), "A History of the World in Six Glasses" (2005), "The Mechanical Turk" (2002), "The Neptune File" (2000) and "The Victorian Internet" (1998).

His latest book, released in October 2013 is called Writing on the Wall: Social Media, the first 2000 years where he takes a historical perspective on the burning questions being posed about today's social media revolution

Tom regularly provides keynote speeches at conferences or company events, media conferences and business summits. He is also a highly effective moderator of business information technology dialogues.

Tom is a frequent commentator on print, radio and television.

He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, UK.

"Tom brought both insight and a sense of humour. We very much liked his presentation style … fast talking, packed with facts and opinions … He manages to simply capture a whole set of diverse global trends and somehow link them all into a cohesive, compelling story. We loved him!"  European Business Development Director, Omnicom DAS



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