Gideon Lichfield

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Trailblazing Journalist, Tech Guru, and Futurist Helping Organizations Anticipate Technology Trends That Are Poised to Disrupt Business and Society; Global Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine; Former Editor-in-Chief, MIT Technology Review; Co-founding Editor, Quartz Magazine

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Tech journalist and author Gideon Lichfield is the Global Editor-in-Chief of WIRED. A career spent traveling the world and covering topics ranging from quantum computing to the Chechnya conflict has given him a futurist’s eye for technology trends and innovations that are changing every area of business, government and society.

Having started out as a science and tech writer at The Economist, Lichfield was posted to Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem before settling in New York City. He left The Economist to become one of the founding editors of the trailblazing digital news outlet Quartz, and then editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review. An entertaining and provocative speaker, he has spoken and moderated at events such as SXSW, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Economic Forum, and at workshops and conferences from Managua to Minsk, Boston to Beijing, and Toronto to Tel Aviv. Besides his staff jobs, his journalism has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy and others.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Bristol University, Lichfield spent a year as a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute where he wrote science fiction pieces as a way to explore the social and political implications of technological advances. He is also a science fiction editor, publishing some of the genre’s leading authors in MIT Technology Review and as the editor of MIT Press’s 2021 anthology “Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future.” He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching a graduate course in foreign reporting at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

A UK native and self-proclaimed “polyglot, climber, biker, cocktailer, and vagabond” who speaks five languages – English, Spanish, French, Russian and Hebrew – Lichfield now splits his time between New York City and the Bay Area.

Gideon Lichfield is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Biography

Tech journalist and author Gideon Lichfield is the Global Editor-in-Chief of WIRED. A career spent traveling the world and covering topics ranging from quantum computing to the Chechnya conflict has given him a futurist’s eye for technology trends and innovations that are changing every area of business, government and society.

Having started out as a science and tech writer at The Economist, Lichfield was posted to Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem before settling in New York City. He left The Economist to become one of the founding editors of the trailblazing digital news outlet Quartz, and then editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review. An entertaining and provocative speaker, he has spoken and moderated at events such as SXSW, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Economic Forum, and at workshops and conferences from Managua to Minsk, Boston to Beijing, and Toronto to Tel Aviv. Besides his staff jobs, his journalism has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy and others.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Bristol University, Lichfield spent a year as a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute where he wrote science fiction pieces as a way to explore the social and political implications of technological advances. He is also a science fiction editor, publishing some of the genre’s leading authors in MIT Technology Review and as the editor of MIT Press’s 2021 anthology “Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future.” He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching a graduate course in foreign reporting at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

A UK native and self-proclaimed “polyglot, climber, biker, cocktailer, and vagabond” who speaks five languages – English, Spanish, French, Russian and Hebrew – Lichfield now splits his time between New York City and the Bay Area.

Gideon Lichfield is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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