Alan Wheatley

Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme


Alan is an economics writer and editor based in London, and was global economics correspondent for Reuters until November 2013.

In the course of a 33-year career with the news agency, he reported from more than 40 countries and had postings in London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Washington, Tokyo, Singapore and Beijing.

He attended many IMF, G7 and EU summits and reported on landmark economic events including the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s; the collapse of Continental Illinois bank; the 1985 Plaza Accord; the 1987 Wall Street crash; negotiations to create the euro; Japan’s struggle to defeat deflation; the meteoric rise of China; and the euro zone crisis.

Past experience

2013 - present Freelance economics writing, editing and teaching. Clients include IMF, HSBC, EIU, Lombard Street Research, McKinsey Global Institute
2011-13 Global economics correspondent, Reuters, London
2005-11 China economics editor, Reuters, Beijing
2002-05 Asian economics correspondent, Reuters, Singapore
1999-2002 Asian economics correspondent, Reuters, Tokyo
1993-99 Reuters, London. Firstly as chief lobby correspondent covering parliament, then as chief general news correspondent in the London bureau and finally as European economics correspondent covering the launch of the euro.
1990-93 European economics correspondent and chief economics correspondent for France, Reuters, Paris
1987-89 Senior economics correspondent, Reuters, Washington 

Reuters, New York. Reported on US money, bond and currency markets, Federal Reserve policy and the sovereign debt problems of Latin America and other emerging markets. 

1981-82 Trainee, Reuters, Frankfurt