Speaker and Host: Adi Ignatius // Editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review

Few people have the insight into and connections to some of the most important and influential thought leaders and innovators of our time as Adi Ignatius. As editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review – the world’s acknowledged authority on business leadership – he has spearheaded its transformation into one of the most successful global multi-platform publishers.

Prior to joining Harvard Business Review in 2009, Ignatius held several positions with TIME, beginning in 1996. Most recently he served as deputy managing editor, responsible for many of the publication’s special editions, including the “Person of the Year” and “TIME 100” franchises. He also wrote frequently for the magazine, including cover stories on Google and the “Person of the Year” profile of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Before TIME, Ignatius worked for many years at The Wall Street Journal and later as managing editor of the Central European Economic Review and business editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review – publications owned by Dow Jones, Inc. He also edited two New York Times best-sellers: “President Obama: The Path to the White House” (TIME, December 2008) and “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang” (Simon & Schuster, May 2009).

Clearly an experienced journalist and writer, Ignatius is also a skilled moderator and commentator, with the remarkable ability to connect both ideas and people in provocative and powerful ways. He was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990 and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Ignatius is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society and is on the advisory board of Foreign Affairs magazine.

He will be a keynote speaker at Gulltaggen April 27, and will stay with us as the host throughout the conference.