Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
China Business and Finance Editor, Shanghai Bureau Chief, The Economist 

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning correspondent for The Economist. He opened the magazine’s Shanghai bureau in 2012 and currently serves as China Business & Finance Editor. His editorial responsibilities range from business and finance to science, technology and innovation. He also serves as chairman of The Economist's provocative series of conferences on innovation known as the Ideas Economy (

He joined the editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent, and opened the magazine's first regional bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered the politics, economics, business and technology of energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011 his portfolio encompassed innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

His new book on the future of global innovation, published by Harper Collins, is 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. Amazon named it a Book of the Month and Kirkus Reviews has called it “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” In reviewing the new book, the Financial Times declared that “Vaitheeswaran is a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and several other languages.

Mr. Vaitheeswaran is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum at Davos, and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He has taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and his commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The New York Times. He has addressed groups ranging from the US National Governors’ Association and the UN General Assembly to the Technology, Entertainment & Design (TED), Aspen Ideas and AAAS conferences.

His last book, ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future, co-authored with Iain Carson, was named a Book of the Year by the Financial Times. His first book, Power to the People, was reviewed by Nobel-prize winner John Holdren (currently the Chief Science Advisor to the White House) in Scientific American as “by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available.”

Mr. Vaitheeswaran attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Merit Scholar, and earned a degree in engineering. While at MIT, he was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar by the US Congress.