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Tim Harford and John Gapper are the recipients of the The Comment Awards. “The Comment Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest print and online commentators and their editors.” Tim won for best Economics Commentator and John won for best Business Commentator. This is the sixth year of the award. Congratulations Tim and John!

At the cutting edge of industrial innovation, JB Straubel is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, the electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, Straubel oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. In addition to his work at Tesla, Straubel is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program. Prior to Tesla Motors, Straubel was the CTO and co-founder of Volacom, where he co-invented and patented the new long-endurance hybrid propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing.

Martin Wolf’s unique perspective and experience gives him an unparalleled voice on European and global economies. Martin has a well-deserved reputation for rigorous thinking, deep insight, and his incisive and witty delivery. His new book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned — and Have Still to Learn — from the Financial Crisis argues that the world economy is unable to cope with the huge shifts it is undergoing: rapid economic integration; competition from billions of new workers; technological revolutions; and huge floods of capital across the world.
“Building on his earlier book, Fixing Global Finance, in The Shifts and the Shocks Martin Wolf provides an insightful and timely analysis of how global imbalances, international capital flows, and economic policies have helped create a financially fragile world.” — Ben Bernanke

A leading voice calling for reforms in health care, Dr. David Newman offers bold new ideas on how to restore access, quality and efficiency as the sovereign forces in health care. His website,, has dozens of contributors analysing the available studies and trial data to individualise the value of health treatments. They crunch the numbers on the benefits and harms, and then post the results. Here is David's speech on David is an engaging, deeply researched and eloquent speaker on a topic that lies at the center of today's social concerns.

Steven Johnson's work on the history of innovation has inspired a six-part series that explores the power and the legacy of great ideas. During the BBC/PBS series HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson discover the extraordinary in just about everything ordinary. Hear the stories behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. View the trailer here. Watch Steven's appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

December 2014
Michael SchrageSpain
Paul KrugmanUnited Arab Emirates
Sian BeilockCanada
Don TapscottKorea
Ian RobertsonEngland
Patrick DixonUnited Kingdom
Kenneth CukierGermany
January 2015
Michael UseemCanada
Gillian TettUnited Kingdom
Paul KrugmanHong Kong and India
Martin WolfUnited Kingdom and Switzerland
Anthony W. OrlandoUnited Kingdom
Patrick DixonSaudi Arabia
Don TapscottChina
Barry J. EichengreenUnited Kingdom
Robert ShillerItaly
February 2015
John MicklethwaitGermany
Martin WolfNorway
Kevin AshtonUnited Kingdom
Tim HarfordKorea
Gillian TettFrance
March 2015
Robert SkidelskySaudi Arabia
Paul De GrauweGermany
Tom KelleyIreland
Sarah HarrisonSwitzerland
Martin WolfQatar
Ian RobertsonPortugal
Kenneth CukierUnited Kingdom and Switzerland
Chris AndersonSwitzerland
Gillian TettNorway
April 2015
Michael SpecterMexico
Juan EnriquezMexico
James SurowieckiSwitzerland
Don TapscottAustralia
May 2015
Don TapscottPortugal
Kenneth CukierDenmark
June 2015
Tom KelleyBrazil
Kevin AshtonUnited Arab Emirates
Ricardo SemlerTrinidad West Indies
July 2015
Hilary MasonFrance