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Learn More About Adi Ignatius

Few people have the insight into and connections to some of the most important and influential thought leaders and innovators of our time as Adi Ignatius. As editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review – the world’s acknowledged authority on business leadership – he has spearheaded its transformation into one of the most successful global multi-platform publishers.

Prior to joining Harvard Business Review in 2009, Ignatius held several positions with TIME, beginning in 1996. Most recently he served as deputy managing editor, responsible for many of the publication’s special editions, including the “Person of the Year” and “TIME 100” franchises. He also wrote frequently for the magazine, including cover stories on Google and the “Person of the Year” profile of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Before TIME, Ignatius worked for many years at The Wall Street Journal and later as managing editor of the Central European Economic Review and business editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review – publications owned by Dow Jones, Inc. He also edited two New York Times best-sellers: “President Obama: The Path to the White House” (TIME, December 2008) and “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang” (Simon & Schuster, May 2009).

Clearly an experienced journalist and writer, Ignatius is also a skilled moderator and commentator, with the remarkable ability to connect both ideas and people in provocative and powerful ways. He was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990 and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Ignatius is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society and is on the advisory board of Foreign Affairs magazine.

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Battle for Relevance: The Transforming World of Media

The publishing landscape is changing rapidly and dramatically – from newsroom cutbacks and shrinking print publications to exploding online content and continued digital disruption. It’s affecting every facet of how the world consumes and engages with news and information. There will be winners and losers, says Adi Ignatius. Surviving and thriving requires significant reimagining and retooling of media’s business model. Harvard Business Review’s transformation is a powerful success story, one that Ignatius lived and led. Detailing that experience while also drawing from years on the media front lines, Ignatius explains what it takes to build a dynamic, profitable multi-platform publishing model; he also dissects the challenges and lessons learned.

Rethink the Way You Think about China

China is at an inflection point that can’t be ignored. Lack of accountability, transparency and ease of operating have made domestic and foreign businesses increasingly wary of the “China model.” Yet, China is the world’s second largest economy, expected to surpass the U.S. in the next decade; its economic power and potential is huge for Western based organizations. An understanding of the forces that continue to shape the business landscape is just as critical. Having lived in China for 15 years, Adi Ignatius explores – with colorful detail and vivid examples – the political and economic transformation under way. His insights will help leaders tap into the opportunity to establish or expand a successful enterprise in China while also assessing the risks to future stability.

Capitalize on the Future of Capitalism

It’s no longer enough to simply deliver a high stock price to shareholders. Companies have too many other stakeholders that matter – employees, customers, and the environment in which they operate. Leaders are just beginning to embrace the case for investing in and building value for the long term, but to do so, they must infuse their organizations with the belief that serving the interests of all is not at odds with their mission – personally or that of the business. Adi Ignatius explores how leaders can close the gap between being the people they want to be and the personas they feel they are expected to project. He points to executives who are leading the way by example.

The New Reality of Business

November-December 2017

The Great Transformer

September-October 2017

An Uneasy Codependence

March-April 2017

The Insulated Leader

March-April 2017

A New Look for a New Era

January-February 2017