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Business Book of the Year Award 2020

Entry deadline |
Judges include:
Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Financial Times

Randall  Kroszner

Randall Kroszner

University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Shriti  Vadera

Shriti Vadera

Chair, Santander UK, Senior Independent Director, BHP

Overview

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company are delighted to announce the launch of the Business Book of the Year Award 2020. The award, now in its 16th year, is well established as the pre-eminent business book prize and attracts over 400 entries annually.

The AWARD SHORTLIST LUNCH will be held in New York on 23rd September 2020 and the AWARD DINNER will be held in London on 1st December 2020.

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Terms & Conditions Business Book of the Year 2020

Full Overview

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award was established in 2005. Now in its 16th year, the Award is recognised as the leading business book award and continues to build on its reputation for highlighting ground breaking books which explore important business and economic issues. The Award is given to the book that the judges agree provides ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics.’

The winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award will receive £30,000 and the other finalists will receive £10,000. Further information on previous winners, the judges and how to enter can be found here.

The Bracken Bower Prize, which was launched in 2014, is aimed at encouraging young authors under 35 to tackle emerging business themes. The £15,000 Prize, which is also presented at the Award Dinner in December, is awarded to the best proposal for a business book from a young author who can tackle emerging business themes. Many of the previous winners of this prize have now had their proposals published can be found here.

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Key dates

Open for Submissions: Monday 20 April 2020

Submissions Closing Date: Tuesday 30 June 2020

Longlist Announcement: Monday 03 August 2020

Shortlist Announcement Lunch: Wednesday 23 September 2020 

Award Dinner: Tuesday 01 December 2020

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Judges (8)

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is Editor of the Financial Times. She was previously Deputy Editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.

Before taking up the Deputy Editor role, Ms Khalaf was the FT's Foreign Editor and oversaw the FT's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East Editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Ms Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

Randall  Kroszner

Randall Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics
University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Randall S. Kroszner is the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago.  From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, where he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis.  He chaired the Fed’s Committee on Supervision and Regulation and the Committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He represented the Fed on the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Committee of Central Bank Governors of the Americas.  He chaired the OECD Working Party of deputy central bank governors and deputy finance ministers on international macroeconomic policy.

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Kroszner was a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on issues including sovereign debt restructuring, currency crisis management, terrorism risk insurance, financial regulation, corporate governance, and IMF reform.

Professor Kroszner currently serves as the Chair of the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the Office of Financial Research at the US Treasury.  He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Academic Advisory Council and is a member of the advisory board of the Paulson Institute. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kroszner has more than 100 publications, including his book with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets:  Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank, which appeared on the Washington Post’s “Book World” political bestsellers list.  His paper on corporate ownership won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance.  

Professor Kroszner is a much sought-after media commentator and consults with financial institutions, government organisations, and central banks throughout the world.  In addition, he is advising a number of fintech startups.

Professor Kroszner received a ScB from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard University.

Shriti  Vadera

Shriti Vadera

Chair, Santander UK, Senior Independent Director, BHP

Shriti Vadera has been Chair of Santander UK since 2015 and is Senior Independent Director of BHP. She will be stepping down from both roles during 2020 and taking over as Chair of Prudential Plc from January 2021. She was a non-executive director of AstraZeneca from 2011 to 2018. 

Between 2009 and 2014, she advised governments, investors and companies ranging from the Korean Government as Chair of the G20, European periphery countries and banks on the Eurozone crisis, Temasek Holdings in Singapore on strategy, the Government of Dubai on the restructuring of Dubai World’s debt and to the African Development Bank on raising finance for pan-African infrastructure. 

Shriti Vadera was a Minister in the UK government from 2007 to 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She led on the UK 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 to 2007, where she worked on business, productivity and international finance issues, and prior to that she was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg / UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets. 

She has a degree in PPE from Oxford University and went to school in the UK, India and Uganda.

Raju Narisetti

Raju Narisetti

Global Publishing Director
McKinsey & Co

Raju Narisetti is Global Publishing Director at McKinsey & Co. In a 30+ year career in media and publishing, Raju has created, reimagined and managed major media organisations in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as being on the frontlines of digital transformation challenges and new ventures in publishing. Raju worked as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal where, over 14 years, he went from a Reporting Intern to be the Editor of WSJ Europe, and Managing Editor, Digital, of the global WSJ; and at The Washington Post, where he was the Managing Editor who helped kick-start the newspaper's print/digital transformation. He is the founder of Mint (livemint.com), India's second-largest business news publication. As a business executive, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy for News Corp, and CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group, which then encompassed a group of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, DeadSpin, Lifehacker, and The Root. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a journalism educator,  leading the Knight Bagehot Fellowships in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, where he also was a Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Journalism.

Mitchell  Baker

Mitchell Baker

Chairwoman
Mozilla Foundation

Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As CEO of Mozilla Corporation, Mitchell is focused on accelerating the growth levers for the core Firefox browser product and platform, while investing in innovative solutions to mitigate the biggest challenges facing the internet.

As Chairwoman of Mozilla for the last two decades, Mitchell Baker has been responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mitchell is deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission. Mitchell has written the key documents that set out Mozilla's enduring mission and commitments -- the Mozilla Public License in 1998, the Mozilla Manifesto in 2007 and the Mozilla Manifesto Addendum -- also known as the Pledge for a Healthy Internet -- in 2018. 

Mitchell is a strong advocate for the open internet, open source, and the importance of connecting technology to its impact on individuals and society.  She is highly regarded as one of the pioneers of the web and bringing the open internet to consumers. She was instrumental in Netscape’s decision in 1998 to release its source code to the public. This later led to the release of the Firefox browser and the creation of the Mozilla Foundation as a global technology force that spans software product development, educational initiatives, and participatory movements. After co-founding the Mozilla Project, Mitchell served as its general manager and CEO from 1999 until January 2008, when the organization’s rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO.

Mitchell is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Oxford Internet Institute and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. She is an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate with the Open Agriculture Initiative, and a Board Member of OpenMRS, Inc., which develops open source medical records systems for use in resource-constrained environments. She co-chaired the U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors from its inception in March 2016 until August 2017, served on the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and the ICANN High Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mitchell received her B.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from Berkeley Law. 

TIME Magazine profiled Mitchell in its global list of “100 Most Influential People” under “Scientists and Thinkers”. Bloomberg listed her as one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web”. She was honored as winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Women of Vision Award and received the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership in 2010. In 2012, Mitchell was inducted into the founding group of the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame. In 2018 she received the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received an honorary doctorate from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She has written op-eds for the Atlantic and CNN.com and appeared on NBC “Meet the Press”, BBC “HardTalk”, “CNN Global Office” , NBC’s “Weekend Today”, France 24, the UK's Channel 4 and NPR’s “Morning Edition". She has spoken at high-level events like Tech for Good, VivaTech, Wired NextFest, World Economic Forum, Mobile World Congress, Web Summit, Collision and Singularity University.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

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.

An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Professor Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy. She was the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for the contributions of her scholarly research  to management practice.

Professor Ibarra is the author of best-selling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. She writes regularly in the Harvard Business Review and leading academic journals as well as business publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Professor Ibarra speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

A native of Cuba, Professor Ibarra received her MA and PhD from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist and Author
Non-Executive Director, 3M Company and Chevron

Dr. Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics and Technology themes. She is a Board member of the 3M Corporation and Chevron. She previously worked at the World Bank and Goldman Sachs before becoming an author and international public speaker. She has written four New York Times bestselling books, with the most recent, “Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth – and How to Fix It,” published in 2018. Dambisa holds a Doctorate in economics from Oxford University, a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor
Allianz & President-Elect of Queen's College Cambridge

Mohamed A. El-Erian is President-Elect of Queens’ College Cambridge. He currently serves as Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-2014). A Professor of Practice at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Senior Global Fellow at the Lauder Institute, he is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. He previously chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017).

Dr El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group, as well as a founding member of its investment committee. 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 in 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, was a New York Times bestseller. He was named on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. LinkedIn named him among its Top “Influencers” for 2016 and 2017.

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’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, Dr El-Erian is currently a trustee of several nonprofit boards, including the NBER where he sits on the Executive Committee, and is a Board member of Barclays and Under Armour. He is a Senior Advisor for Gramercy, co-chairs the capital campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge 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.

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Kevin  Sneader

Kevin Sneader

Global Managing Partner
McKinsey & Company

Kevin Sneader is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company and is based in Hong Kong.

Kevin joined McKinsey in London in 1989. He later worked from the firm’s Beijing, Paris, and Hong Kong offices before moving to the United States in 2001, when he became Managing Partner of McKinsey’s New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, offices. He went on to become Managing Partner of the firm’s practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and he later served as Chairman of the Asian offices from 2014 to 2018.

Kevin has been involved in research efforts on global economic and business trends, productivity growth and innovation in China and Asia, as well as gender and diversity.

He holds a degree in law with first-class honors from his hometown University of Glasgow and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar.

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is Editor of the Financial Times. She was previously Deputy Editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.

Before taking up the Deputy Editor role, Ms Khalaf was the FT's Foreign Editor and oversaw the FT's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East Editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Ms Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

Find out what happened at last year's event

Please click here to see photographs from the Business book of the year Award 2019.

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