Bill Emmott is an independent writer, lecturer and consultant on international affairs. He was Editor of The Economist from 1993 until 2006, having worked there since 1980 in Brussels, Tokyo and London. He is an author and documentary film maker and chairs The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies which he co-founded with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras. In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations. His next book will be “The Fate of the West”, to be published in April 2017 by Profile Books in the UK, Public Affairs in the USA and Nikkei Books in Japan.