Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Department and US and Americas Programme
Richard Lapper

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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. He is currently an editorial board member at Americas Quarterly, the publication of the Council of the Americas in New York.

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. 

Areas of expertise

  • The contemporary politics and economics of Latin America.
  • Business in Latin America

Past experience

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