Liam Halligan is an economist, author and broadcaster - and also has extensive business experience. He is best known for his long-standing weekly ‘Economics Agenda’ column in The Sunday Telegraph - which enjoys a large international following and has been recognized with a highly-coveted British Press Award.
Along with his Telegraph role, Liam writes regularly for The Spectator and has been an economics commentator for LBC – most recently appearing on their 2019 Election overnight coverage. He has also hosted overnight programmes on LBC. Previously he featured regularly on CNN-Talk – analysing global political and economic news for an international television audience.
In December 2019 he appeared on Christmas University Challenge, on the team for University of Warwick.
His latest novel, Home Truths : The UK's Chronic Housing Shortage – how it Happened, why it Matters and the Way to Solve it (Biteback, 2019) was published to rave reviews from several major news outlets, including the Times, the Independent and the Telegraph. It was described as “a must-read across Westminster, Whitehall and beyond” by Andrew Neil.
Liam is also the co-author of ‘Clean Brexit – How to Make a Success of Leaving the European Union’ (Biteback, 2017) – a book described by The Times as ‘highly-influential’.
Liam is a very experienced public speaker and conference convener. He has given keynote addresses to numerous high-level audiences, headlining at events run by Thomson Reuters, Euromoney, the CFA Institute, Deutsche Bank, Adam Smith Conferences and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. He has also hosted an array of conferences, often on complex economic and financial issues, for clients ranging from the Association of British Insurers, The Financial Conduct Authority, Evesheds, Caterforce Suppliers, Microsoft, the Telegraph Festival of Business and the OECD 50th Anniversary Forum.
Liam has been Political Correspondent for The Financial Times (based in Parliament), written for The Economist from Moscow and, between 1999 and 2006 was Economics Correspondent at Channel 4 News – where he won a string of awards, including the Wincott Business Broadcasting award an unprecedented four times. He continues to research, write and present hard-hitting Dispatches documentaries for Channel 4 and regularly appears on flagship programmes such as BBC1’s Question Time and Any Questions on BBC, while also broadcasting frequently on LBC, Sky, CNBC and other outlets.
Liam is also Editor-at-Large and columnist at Business New Europe - a leading source of English-language business, economics and political news and analysis covering 30 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management, the world's largest Russia/CIS-focused asset manager, controlling investments worth over $4bn for a range of institutional clients from Europe, the US and the Middle East, including pension funds, insurance companies, charities and sovereign wealth funds.
Liam holds a First Class degree (Econ) from the University of Warwick and an M.Phil (Econ) from St Antony's College, Oxford. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation, a Westminster-based think-tank and also The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, an ESRC-funded research body based in the University of Warwick's Economics Department. A citizen of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, he is listed in Who’s Who, De Bretts and the Dictionary of International Biography.
His website is www.liamhalligan.com and he tweets at @liamhalligan