Speaker lunch - Simon Long, Editor Finance and Economics section, The Economist

Simon Long edits the Finance and Economics section of The Economist. Previously for six years he wrote “Banyan”, our weekly column on Asia and was based in Singapore, in August 2010. Before that, he had worked in London for four years, as the magazine’s Asia editor, and for four years prior to that as South Asia bureau chief based in Delhi. He joined The Economist in 1995, as South-East Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok. In 1998 he returned to London for an earlier stint as finance and economics editor. He had previously spent nine years with the BBC, as an analyst on East Asian affairs based in London, as Beijing correspondent from 1989-91, and Hong Kong correspondent from 1993. He wrote extensively for the Guardian newspaper, and many other outlets. In an earlier career as an investment banker, with Morgan Grenfell, he worked in London and Singapore. Mr Long was educated at University College School, London; Trinity College Cambridge; Beijing Languages Institute; Nanjing University; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston (as a Harkness Fellow).