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Business Book of the Year Award

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Judges include:
Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian


Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

London Business School


2016 winner

The Man Who Knew, by Sebastian Mallaby

About the award

The Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. The judges give preference to those books whose insights and influence are most likely to stand the test of time.

The 2016 shortlist at a glance

What Works by Iris Bohnet

Alibaba by Duncan Clark

Makers and Takers by Rana Foroohar

The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon

The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

The Man Who Knew by Sebastian Mallaby

View excerpts from the shortlist

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Judges (6)

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor,

Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-2014). He is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times, having previously chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council,

Dr El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company. Prior to this, Dr El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, London and previously spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC where he was Deputy Director.

Dr El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. His 2016 book, The Only Game in Town, is a New York Time bestseller. He was named on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. LinkedIn named him as its number 1 “Influencer” for 2016.

Having served on the boards of the US Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF’s Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’ Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, Dr El-Erian currently sits on several non-profit boards including the NBER (Executive Committee), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Vice Chair). He is co-chair of the capital campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge (UK) and has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board since 2007.

Dr El-Erian holds a Master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

The Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior
London Business School

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.  Thinkers 50 ranked Prof. Ibarra #8 among the most influential management thinkers in the world.

Prof. Ibarra is an expert on leadership development. Her latest book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, explains how to step up to bigger leadership roles. Her best-selling book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career shows how people reinvent their careers. Author of numerous articles in top academic journals, Prof. Ibarra also writes for business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, and speaks internationally on leadership and talent management.

A native of Cuba, Prof. Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Rik Kirkland

Rik Kirkland

Partner and Director of Publishing
McKinsey & Company

Rik Kirkland has led McKinsey’s global print and online activities since 2008. These include the McKinsey Quarterly, (with some 2 million registered users), the McKinsey Insights iPad and Android apps and numerous leading business books, such as Resource Revolution (Amazon, 2014) and Reimagining India (Simon & Schuster, 2013). From 2000 to 2005, he was the editor of Fortune magazine, which under his leadership was three times nominated as a finalist for general excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors and won numerous other awards.

During more than two decades at Fortune, he served as Washington editor, Europe editor, international editor and deputy editor. He has been a frequent guest on CNN and CNBC and served as a moderator at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Fortune’s Global Forum, the Global Infrastructure Initiative and the Microsoft CEO Summit. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the International Center for Journalists and plays guitar in a rock band, The Prowlers.

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist and Author, Non-Executive Director,
Barrick Gold, Barclays, SAB Miller, and Seagate Technology

Dr Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.  

Dr Moyo has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes. She is a Board member of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies. She holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of three (3) New York Times Bestselling Books:

Winner Take All: China’s race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012)

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011)

Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009)

Dr Moyo was named to the list of Time 100 Most Influential people in the world; writes for the Financial Times, WSJ, Barron's, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to 80 countries. She runs marathons and practices pilates and yoga in her spare time.

The Rt Hon. Baroness Shriti  Vadera

The Rt Hon. Baroness Shriti Vadera

Chairman, Santander UK, Senior Independent Director, BHP Billiton and Non-Executive Director, AstraZeneca

Shriti Vadera is Chairman of Santander UK, Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton and a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca. From 2009 – 2014 she advised governments, investors and companies ranging from the Chair of the G20, European periphery countries on the Eurozone crisis, the Government of Dubai on the restructuring of Dubai World’s debt and Temasek Holdings (Singapore) on strategy to the African Development Bank on raising finance for pan-African infrastructure.

Ms Vadera was a Minister in the UK government from June 2007 to September 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She worked on the government’s response to the financial crisis and was a key architect of the 2008 UK bank recapitalisation plan and 2009 G20 London summit. She was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999 – 2007, where she worked on business, productivity and international finance issues, and prior to that was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg/UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets.


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