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Stephanie Flanders

Journalist and former BBC Economics editor with a mission to make economics accessible.

Former Eonomics Editor of the BBC who now works for JP Morgan as Chief Market Strategist for Europe and the UK. A top level expert in economics, Flanders provides insight to the economy and financial markets to professional investors. With her many experiences Flanders is a great choice for facilitating, Master of Ceremonies or keynote speaker on both the UK and US economies.

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About Stephanie Flanders

Background / History

Stephanie Flanders was born in 1968 her father was the comic singer Michael Flanders of the duo Flanders and Swann - he died was she was 6. She went to St Paul's Girls' School and Balliol College, Oxford, where she got a first in PPE. She went on to study international economics and development and US politics at Harvard as a Kennedy scholar.


She began her career as an economist at the London Business School and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. From 1993-7 she was a leader writer at the Financial Times before leaving for the States to become what she calls a policy wonk - a speechwriter and advisor at the U.S. Treasury. During her time with the Clinton administration she was involved in the management of the emerging markets crises and global economic development policy reform. In 2001 she joined the New York Times.

She was Principal Editor of the United Nations' 2002 Human Development Report in New York before returning to London to take up the role of Economics Correspondent at the prestigious BBC nightly news programme, Newsnight. She became BBC economics editor in April 2008.

Since 2008 she has been a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Flanders has interviewed the leading newsmakers, politicians and economists of the day and in 2009 presented the Sunday morning political programme - The Andrew Marr Show for a month. In 2012 she had her own BBC Radio 4 series - "Stephanomics" which is also the name of her award-winning BBC blog where, in her own words, she discusses the UK economy, how it relates to the rest of the world, and how it affects us all.

In 2012 she presented a series of BBC documentaries; Masters of Money, looking at the lives of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and Friedrich Hayek.

She writes regular comment and features pieces for the major British newspapers as well as providing analysis on every major economic issue as it unfolds in her role as BBC economics editor.

She lives in West London with her partner and their two children.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Former lead writer for the Financial Times
  • Speech writer and advisor to the United States Treasury
  • Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and London Business School
  • BBC Economic Editor
  • Chief Market Strategist for the UK and Europe at JP Morgan Asset

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • 2010 Harold Wincott Award for online journalism for her blog Stephanomics.
  • 2006 She was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the Work Foundations Workworld Awards.

Speaking Style

Formal, Informal, Interactive, Educational and Thought-provoking.

Flanders is an expert speaker; fluent, calm and knowledgeable - she has made a career out of distilling complex economic stories into narratives you can use.

Speaking Topics

  • A discussion of the UK economy
  • The US economy
  • Conference facilitating
  • Master of Ceremony


"Stephanie Flanders has been an outstanding Chair of our annual policy summit for the last two years. Her ability to challenge and stimulate debate always secures the best contribution from speakers and delegates and plays a major contribution to the success of that day. I would happily recommend her." - Harry McAdoo, Director of Communications Institute of Chartered Accountants

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