Bill is a writer and commentator best known for his 13 years as editor in chief of The Economist in 1993-2006. He is the author of 13 books variously on Japan, Asia, the 20th century and Italy, the latest of which, “The Fate of the West – the battle to save the world’s most successful political idea”, was published in 2017. He was also the presenter and co-author of a documentary about Italy, “Girlfriend in a Coma” (2013) and executive producer of “The Great European Disaster Movie” (2015), both shown on the BBC. This year, he has been working on a book about how women will shape the future of Japan, and next plans a history of post-war Japan. A visiting professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan, and a member of Tokyo University’s Global Advisory Board, he is also chairman of the Japan Society in the UK, a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a regular contributor to La Stampa, Nikkei Business, Mainichi Shimbun and Project Syndicate. Now resident in Killiney, he is shortly to join the board of the Trinity Long Room Hub for the Arts and Humanities.