Former Economist journalist and Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby has written a complex and nuanced biography of the man many believe was one of the chief architects of the financial crash, former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. Sebastian has charted Greenspan’s youthful rise to financial ‘maestro’ and his evolution as a financial pragmatist, first under President Richard Nixon and then under successive Republican presidents. The author talks to Michael West about his portrait of a man who helped shape modern finance.

Supported by BDO.

Please note: due to scheduling reasons, the time and date of this event has changed to 10-11am on Sunday 28 May, and will now be held at Pier 2/3 Club Stage. 

Sebastian Mallaby (International)

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Sebastian Mallaby is the Paul Volcker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post columnist. He spent thirteen years on The Economist, covering international finance in London and serving as bureau chief in southern Africa, Japan and Washington. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post, focusing on globalisation and political economy. In 2016, he won the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award for his book, The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan.

Michael West (Australian)

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Michael West has worked as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator and operates, an independent website which focuses on investigations into multinational tax avoidance and the energy sector. West worked for eight years for The Australian newspaper and another eight years for Fairfax Media. His work has led to parliamentary inquiries into corporate tax avoidance and the electricity networks. Last year West was appointed an honorary professor with University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences. The role is to work with the School’s Sydney Democracy Network, particularly addressing money in politics and the intersection between government and big business.