Speaker Profile

Daniel Franklin
Executive Editor / The Economist

Daniel Franklin has been executive editor of The Economist since 2006 and editor since 2003 of The Economist‘s annual publication, The World in…, which focuses on the year ahead. His book on long-term trends, Megachange: The World in 2050, was published in 2012 and its successor on the tech future, Megatech: Technology in 2050, was published in 2017. Mr. Franklin joined The Economist in 1983 to write about Soviet and Eastern European affairs. As the newspaper’s Europe editor from 1986 to 1992, he covered the great European upheavals from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty. After a stint as Britain editor, Daniel moved to the United States as Washington bureau chief, covering the first Clinton presidential term. In 1997, Mr. Franklin moved back to London as editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 2006 to 2010, he was editor-in-chief of Economist.com. For the following four years, Daniel was business affairs editor, running the paper’s coverage of business, finance, science and technology.