Vijay Vaitheeswaran



Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award winning correspondent for The Economist. He is currently the magazine’s China Business Editor. His editorial responsibilities range from business and finance to science, technology and innovation. Vaitheeswaran was born in Madras, India and grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. He graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering and was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Congress. He started working at The Economist as an intern. After a year as a correspondent, he opened the publication's first office in Latin America, in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist and from 2007 to 2011 he covered innovation and health issues. His new book on the future of global innovation, published by Harper Collins, is “Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems". Kirkus Reviews has called it “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” Vijay is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum, and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School. He serves as chairman of the Economist's provocative series of conferences on innovation known as the Ideas Economy. In 2003 he published Power to the People, How the Coming Energy Revolution will Change our Lives, and maybe even Save the Planet. The book pays particular attention to alternative fuel sources, such as those used in the Tesla Roadster and plug-in hybrids. The book also examines the benefits of distributed power and smart grids. The book was reviewed by Nobel-prize winner John Holdren (currently the Chief Science Advisor to the White House) in Scientific American as “by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available.” In 2007, he co-authored ZOOM": The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future, with Iain Carson. Vijay Vaitheeswaran talks about his book ZOOM in this interview with Charlie Rose. ZOOM was nominated as a finalist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year.

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