Liam Halligan is Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management – one of the world’s leading asset-management firms, with investments worth more than $5bn across Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
Founded in 1996, PCM has consistently topped performance charts for emerging market funds, winning numerous awards from MarHedge, Lipper and Standard and Poor’s.
Along with his role at PCM, Halligan is also one of the UK’s leading economics commentators. For the last six years, he has written his highly respected “Economics Agenda” column in The Sunday Telegraph – which recently won him recognition as “Workworld Columnist of the Year” and “Business and Finance Journalist of the Year” at the British Press Awards.
In 1996, Halligan became a Political Correspondent at The Financial Times, based at the House of Commons – where he proved himself to a shrewd observer of the Westminster scene and a robust, independent thinker.
Singled out by the Downing Street Press office as “impervious to spin”, he developed a reputation for courageous, non-partisan reporting – as detailed in political memoirs written by, among others, Michael Brunson, Peter Oborne and Alastair Campbell.
Halligan’s FT coverage won him a job at Channel Four News – where, until 2006, he was the programme’s Economics Correspondent. During this period, he received a string of broadcast awards – including the World Leadership Forum’s “Business Journalist of the Year” award (twice), the coveted “Wincott Award” (three times), the Workworld “TV Programme of the Year” award (four times), and the Bradford and Bingley “Personal Finance Programme of the Year” award.
Having joined Prosperity Capital Management last year, Halligan continues to write his weekly Sunday Telegraph column – as well as a regular column on economics and business trends for GQ magazine – while appearing on television and radio to comment on economic issues in the UK and across the rest of the world. He has extensive experience hosting discussions and panels on economic, financial and political topics at the highest level – including dozens of political fringe meetings featuring Cabinet Ministers, leading industrialists and other VIPs, along with numerous “Head-to-Head” economics debates at conferences run by Euromoney.
Given his reputation both as a “natural” broadcaster and independent thinker, Halligan is also regularly booked as a speaker in his own right – having addressed audiences as diverse as the Royal Economics Society, the CBI’s Senior Executive Council, The Cambridge Union and numerous after-dinner events.
“Liam was asked to lead a challenging conference agenda and encourage delegate participation, which he did with good humour, aplomb and a rare insight into the political and economic drivers facing the industry. His engagement and ability to draw stimulating contributions from conference panelists and audience members was particularly well received. Panelists did not escape lightly, and delegates left the event well satisfied by the quality and rigour of debate.” Association of British Insurers Conference