Vijay Vaitheeswaran

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Vijay Vaitheeswaran

China Business Editor and Shanghai Bureau Chief, The Economist

Vijay Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning author, senior editor at The Economist, accomplished public speaker and provocateur. He opened The Economist's first Shanghai Bureau in 2012 and currently serves as its China Business Editor. Mr. Vaitheeswaran is the author of the first lengthy Special Report produced by The Economist in a decade on business in China, and he leads the editorial team that launched the Economist Global Business Review, the first bilingual product offered by the magazine in its 173-year history (rated by Apple as one of the best news apps in its ecosystem). Mr. Vaitheeswaran joined the staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent and opened the magazine's first regional bureau in Mexico City. He has covered the politics, economics, business and technology of energy and the environment, plus finance, innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals, biotech and more. An award-winning and prolific writer, his latest book, Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems, is about the future of global innovation. Mr. Vaitheeswaran sits on the Council on Foreign Relations and is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum/Davos. He is an engineering graduate of MIT, where he was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Congress.