Richard Lapper

Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme

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Richard Lapper is a writer and consultant, specializing in Latin America. He has extensive experience as a journalist in the region and is a research affiliate at King’s College, London.

Richard is author of ‘Beef, Bullets and Bible: Brazil in The Age of Bolsonaro’ published in June 2021 by Manchester University Press.

He worked for the Financial Times for 25 years, occupying the post of Latin America editor between 1998 and 2008. He was a principal at FT Confidential between 2010 and 2015, an FT information service for investors.

He has written and broadcast widely on Latin America and Southern Africa and spoken at a range of international conferences.

Past experience

2010-15 Principal, FT Brazil (subsequently Latam) Confidential 
2008-10 Bureau Chief Southern Africa, Financial Times
1998-2008 Editor Latin America, Financial Times