Emma Duncan

Editor, 1843
Former Deputy Editor, The Economist

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Emma Duncan is the Editor of 1843 , the relaunch of The Economist’s high-end magazine, Intelligent Life. Renamed for the year The Economist was founded, she leads a team of 25 across editorial and commercial writers. The magazine covers the world of ideas, culture and lifestyle and its coverage goes beyond Europe to include America and Asia.

Emma Duncan is one of today’s most incisive writers and thinkers on economics and business. She also offers an extremely well-informed overview of the global economic outlook that is especially valuable for non-specialist, non-economist audiences.

She is a clear and powerful speaker and can engage with audiences at all levels. She also moderates with ease, insight and wit, and has worked with some of the world’s top executives.

Emma Duncan has written for publications including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of Breaking the Curfew, which examines Pakistan politics and society. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programs.


  • Editor, 1843
  • Deputy Editor, The Economist
  • Author, Breaking the Curfew
  • Other Economist positions:
    • Associate Editor
    • Media Editor
    • Asia Editor
    • South Asia Correspondent
    • Britain Editor


Emma tailors each presentation to the needs of her audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest her range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Global economy

British economy

British politics

The media



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A green energy analytics firm:
Emma was wonderful. She was professional, from her management of timing to her courtesy and management of a sometimes very large group of panelists (and egos), to her preparation and correspondence with the thought leaders.

On stage, Emma is articulate and pointed in her questions. She is clearly so smart that they dare not fudge their answers, and her sharp wit keeps them on their toes and the audience engaged. Emma's command of the topic ensures that her questions were on point, and her management of each of the three sessions had genuine flow and fit to the overall content.

I would recommend Emma as a moderator without hesitation, and would appreciate the chance to reserve her to work with us next year as well.

A leading independent provider of information and research in clean energy:
I wanted to drop you a note to say how much we appreciated Emma’s contribution to the second [...] Summit. Emma acted as moderator for some of our most important sessions. She is clearly searingly smart, and has an easy grasp of the material. She provokes the panellists, but also allows them to speak, getting the mix spot on. Her sessions are insightful, memorable and enjoyable for everyone concerned. We love working with her!

A national debate forum:
Addressing a highly sophisticated, intelligent audience of 850+ people in the august surrounds of the Royal Geographical Society can be a daunting task but Emma rose to the occasions superbly, delivering a speech that was outstanding: combining a powerful, clearly presented argument with matchless oratorial skill.

It was a speech that was hugely appreciated by the audience as was attested to by the large numbers of complimentary emails we received post the debate.


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