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Victor Mallet has been a foreign correspondent for more than two decades covering wars, famines, corporate scandals and more across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he is currently the Asia News Editor for the Financial Times, having until recently been based in New Delhi as the South Asia Bureau Chief covering India and South Asia stories. He has worked now in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Madrid and many other cities in the world.

Victor Mallet is the author of River of Life, River of Death; The Ganges and India's Future, which is an entertaining, comprehensive, and up-to-date history of the Ganges, drawing on four years of first-hand reporting and research. It is also an introduction to the relationship between the Ganges and modern India under Narendra Modi, as well as the country's history, religion, literature, politics, and wildlife. He is also the author of another highly acclaimed book, The Trouble with Tigers: the Rise and Fall of South-East Asia, (Harper Collins UK 1999) which exploded the myth of the 'miracle' economies of Asia. He is also the winner in 2005 and 2006 of the Society of Publishers in Asia's award for opinion-writing. He is regularly interviewed for his opinion on radio and television including CNN International and the BBC.

Victor presents his original and often highly entertaining views of world from his editor's chair. He speaks at various business conferences around the world, including summits like the ADB's annual meeting, and to top universities and business schools. He is a seasoned moderator of business dialogue at FT Conferences and other conferences and client events and is often asked to deliver informal dinner talks.

He was previously the FT's Madrid Bureau Chief and before that Asia Editor. He held previous roles including Asia Correspondent 2003-8, Paris Correspondent 2001-3, Southern Africa Correspondent 1998-2001, South-East Asia Correspondent from 1992-4, and Middle East Correspondent 1988-91. Prior to the FT, Victor was a correspondent for Reuters in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Paris. Victor is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a degree in English. He is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.

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