Confirmed Speakers

Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy: The failure of politics and the parting of friends

Claer Barrett,


FT Money

Camilla Cavendish, contributing editor and columnist, Financial Times

David Chipperfield,


Pilita Clark,

associate editor,

Financial Times

Luke Edward Hall, artist and designer

Jo Ellison,


FT How To Spend It

Paul Feig,

film director

Janan Ganesh,

US political columnist,

Financial Times

Petina Gappah, author of Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Elizabeth Haigh,


Mei Mei

Tim Harford,


Financial Times

Anya Hindmarch,

fashion designer

Leo Houlding, climber and adventurer

Reid Hoffman,

founder of Linkedin and venture capitalist

Lucy Kellaway, former FT columnist and head of Now Teach

Roula Khalaf,


Financial Times

Adam Kucharski,

author of


Danny Kruger,

MP, and Boris Johnson’s former political secretary

Simon Kuper,

columnist, Financial Times

David Lammy,

MP, author of

Tribes - How our need to belong can make or break society

Mariana Mazzucato,

economist and author of

The Value of Everything

Andrew Neil, broadcaster and publisher and former editor of Sunday Times

Ben Okri, poet and author

Jancis Robinson,

wine correspondent, Financial Times

Nilanjana Roy,

FTW books columnist

Alec Russell,



Martin Sandbu, FT columnist and author of

The Economics of Belonging

Simon Schama, contributing editor,

Financial Times

Bobby Seagull,

author of

The Life Changing Magic of Numbers

Robert Shrimsley,

UK chief political commentator,

Financial Times

Dame Stephanie Shirley, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist

Paul Smith, fashion designer

Merryn Somerset Webb,

FT Money columnist and MoneyWeek editor

Gillian Tett,

editor-at-large - US,

Financial Times

Natasha Tretheway,

author of

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Yanis Varoufakis,

former Greek finance minister

Martin Wolf,

chief economics commentator,

Financial Times

Cowdray Park, 2019 Festival Partner
“Very well-organised and working with the FT team prior to the event made the whole process very straightforward. As always, the FT Weekend audience really appeals to our brand and we were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the Cowdray Estate to a new audience.”

Past speakers at the FTWeekend Festival have included:

Yotam Ottolenghi

Vanessa Redgrave

Edna O’Brien

Robert Harris