About Loretta Napoleoni - Speaker on China, International Economy, Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering:
Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter-terrorism and money laundering. As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Napoleoni brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.
She is a member of the scientific committee of Fundacion Ideas, the Spanish think thank founded by Zapatero and has been one of the few voices to warn Europe about the debt crisis. She has written two pamphlets about it:
The Contagion and
Democracy for Sale which have been translated in many European languages.
In recent years Napoleoni has investigated the Chinese economic miracle and her book Maonomics has won several prices in different countries. She lectures regularly on China and East-West economic relationship.
Napoleoni is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC. She is among the few economists who predicted the credit crunch and the recession, and advises several banks on strategies to counter the current crisis. She lectures regularly around the world on economics, terrorism, money laundering and China.
She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins Universityï¿½s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics. She has a PhD in economics and a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations and one in Terrorism.
She began her career as an economist, working for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the US. In the early 1980s she spent 2 years in Budapest at the National Bank of Hungary working on a project for the convertibility of the florin that ten years later became the blueprint for the convertibility of the rouble. In the 1980s she worked for a UK registered Russian Bank, Moscow Narodny Bank, which acted as the foreign branch of the Bank of Foreign Trade. This position afforded her a unique insight into the Soviet economy. In 1992 she produced the final documentation for the structure of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD. She teaches a course at Judge Business Schools, Cambridge.
Loretta is also a columnist and writes about terrorism, money laundering and the economy for several European financial papers including El Pais, The Guardian and Le Monde.
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