Jonathan Ledgard

Technologist, Novelist, Former Correspondent, The Economist

United Kingdom

Jonathan Ledgard is a leading thinker on advanced technology, risk, and nature of emerging economies. Jonathan spent two decades as foreign political and war correspondent for The Economist. His reporting on the arrival of the mobile phone in Africa caused him to quit reporting and move into advanced technology. As a director at the avant-garde École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne he invented the cargo drone and droneport concept for Africa. His novel, Submergence, has recently been adapted by Hollywood by Wim Wenders. He is presently a visiting professor in artificial intelligence at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT).