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Mattias Hessérus

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and broadcaster. He is the Director of Civilisation Studies at The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, and sits on the committee of the Engelsberg Applied History Programme at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London. He has worked for radio and tv and spent three years as review editor of Axess MagazineHessérus completed his PhD at Uppsala University on the subject of the right to privacy in Sweden during the 20th Century. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and held a Swedish Institute Scholarship at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.

Iain Martin

Iain Martin is a political journalist, author, and commentator. He is a Times columnist, and is co-founder, editor, and publisher of Reaction. He was editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal Europe. He has written two books: Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy (2013) about the 2008 financial crash, and Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of London’s Big Bang and a financial revolution that changed the world (2016) about late-80s deregulation.

Alastair Benn

Alastair Benn is deputy editor of Engelsberg Ideas. He writes regularly on politics, culture, and current affairs, and has written for Reaction, The Times, The Spectator, and The Independent.

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