In 2005, as globalisation flourished, writer Thomas Friedman said the ‘world is flat’, suggesting it offered a level commercial playing field. Over a decade later, Thomas is joined by economist Richard Holden, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and the ACTU president Ged Kearney to discuss globalisation and inequality in a new world of walls, trade barriers and immigration control. Moderated by ABC’s Emma Alberici, the panel will examine globalisation in the era of Trump and Brexit, and will consider where today’s political climate may take us.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Richard Holden (Australian)

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Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and academic co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality. Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a PhD from Harvard University. He has published in leading economics journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review, and in popular outlets including the New York Times, New Republic and Australian Financial Review.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

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Emma Alberici is the Chief Economics Correspondent at the ABC. Prior to taking up her latest role, Emma spent six years as the presenter of ABC TV’s evening news and analysis program, Lateline. Before that Emma was based in the UK as the ABC’s Europe Correspondent. She arrived in London just as Lehmann Bros was collapsing and as the world began questioning every accepted orthodoxy attaching to global financial markets. For someone who had spent most of the previous two decades as a business and finance journalist, it was a case of right place, right time. Emma worked at the Nine Network and did her cadetship at News Limited's Herald Sun Newspaper in Melbourne. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. Emma is a prolific writer and has been widely published in the Sun Herald and ABC’s The Drum. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.