Alan Beattie

Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme


Alan Beattie is an associate fellow at Chatham House in the Global Economy and Finance programme. He writes on globalization and world economic governance.

Alan is senior trade writer for the Financial Times, based in London, where he writes a weekly column on globalization and the FT’s Trade Secrets newsletter. Previously he was the FT’s international economy editor, based in London and Washington, DC, and its European editorial writer, based in Brussels.

He is the author of False Economy, published in 2009, and Who’s In Charge Here?, in 2023, both published by Penguin.

He has covered the G7/G20 process, the International Monetary Fund and the US Federal Reserve.

Before joining the FT in 1998, Alan worked as an economist at the Bank of England.

He has an MPhil in economics from Cambridge University and a BA in history from Oxford.

Past experience

1998 - present Financial Times: economics correspondent, world trade editor, international economy editor, European leader writer, senior trade writer


Economist, Bank of England


MPhil (Economics), University of Cambridge
1993 BA (Hons) Modern History, University of Oxford