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Richard Wolffe

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Keynote speaker Richard Wolffe is a well-known and respected journalist and author. His CV boasts jobs with some of the world’s major publications, including Newsweek and the Financial Times and MSNBC. He has offeres his views, opinions and insight on political matters, financial issues, and foreign affairs. His talks reflect his worldliness, knowledge and experience. Let Richard Wolffe enlighten you on topics such as politics, economy, and leadership.

In 2012, Richard Wolffe was named Vice-President and Executive Editor of MSNBC.com. He is leading MSNBC’s growth across all digital platforms.

Wolffe has been the MSNBC political analyst since 2005. He is also a best-selling author and journalist, who covered Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in its entirety for Newsweek magazine.

His book about the Obama campaign, Renegade: The Making of a President, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Soon after, it was internationally published in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, the Netherlands, and China. His second book was Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, which was published in 2010 by Crown.

Wolffe often appears on MSNBC’s dayside and primetime shows, including The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and Politics Nation with Rev Al Sharpton. He has also been featured as a political commentator on NOBC’s Meet The Press and TODAY.

He was a prominent figure in the HBO documentary on the Obama campaign, By the People, and played a leading role in the HBO documentary of the 2000 Bush campaign, Journeys with George.

Wolffe began writing about American politics as a senior journalist at the Financial Times, serving as its deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent in Washington D.C. In this role he has covered business and political affairs in the nation’s capital, and reported on U.S. foreign policy at the State Department and National Security Council.

He first started reporting on George W. Bush and his Texas team in 1999, at the start of the presidential campaign. He travelled with then-Governor Bush for more than a year, through the extraordinary election of 2000.

Wolffe spent eight years with the Financial Times, including four years in the United Kingdom. There, his journalism tasks included business reporting on the City of London and the manufacturing sector in the British heartland. In politics, he reported on the tumultuous period leading to Tony Blair’s landslide victory in 1997.

He joined Newsweek magazine in November 2002 as diplomatic correspondent, covering foreign policy and international affairs. In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the chaotic Howard Dean campaign before switching to John Kerry’s campaign.

As Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent, he has produced cover stories which include What He Believes (on Obama’s faith), Black & White (about Obama and racial politics), Bush In The Bubble (about the president after Hurricane Katrina), and Weight of the World (the behind-the-scenes story of how Bush handled the Lebanon war).

Wolffe is the co-author of The Victim’s Fortune (HarperCollins, 2002), which reveals the behind-the-scenes deals that led to billions of dollars in compensation to the Nazis’ victims in the late 1990s.

His subsequent book was in a completely different field. Along with his friend, the award-winning chef José Andrés, Wolffe is the co-author of a Spanish cookbook, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, published in 200. Together, they co-wrote a follow-up cookbook, Made in Spain, published in 2008, along with a 26-part TV show for PBS television.

Born in Birmingham, England, Wolffe graduated from Oxford University with first-class honors in English and French.

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    What Lies Ahead for President Obama and his White House?

    • In the four years since his first extraordinary election, President Obama has lurched from crisis to crisis, from epic highs to disastrous lows.
    • This is a repeated pattern that stretches back to his two-year campaign: from primary winning streaks to long weeks of stagnation, from the Massachusetts Senate loss to health care reform, from the devastating losses of the 2010 congressional elections to the decisive win of his 2012 reelection.
    • Why does President Obama keep sinking into these holes and how does he dig his way out?
    • What does it say about his character, his management style, and his inner circle?
    • What role is played by the political and media culture of today’s Washington?
    • With unrivaled access to the president and his inner circle, Richard Wolffe reveals the true story of a deeply divided White House living on the brink.
    • Drawing on his unmatched experience of covering the length of the Obama campaign, Wolffe explains how the second half of Obama’s presidency will change – and how it will stay the same – with a new team inside the West Wing.


    Keynote by Speaker Richard Wolffe

    America First: The Future of American Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World

    • A Nobel Peace prize winner who has also trebled America’s troops in Afghanistan; a candidate who promised to hold direct talks with Tehran but has toughened international sanctions against the Iranian regime.
    • What kind of world leader is President Obama: a dove or a hawk?
    • Where do America’s most important alliances stand after four years of his presidency?
    • And where will he lead the world on terrorism, free trade, climate change and the Middle East?
    • Obama’s interactions with the emerging economies of China, India and Brazil are shaped not just by his dealings with their leaders, but by his personal appeal to their massive populations.
    • Shaped by his family experience and his personal friends, Obama has a hugely ambitious agenda that contrasts sharply with his predecessor’s – both in style and substance.
    • Will the Obama agenda have any impact in a world that seems to be spinning away from American dominance?
    • Or will the world naturally lean towards American leadership as it has so many times before?
    • Based on exclusive interviews with Obama over the last six years, and drawing on decades of foreign policy expertise, Richard Wolffe explains how the next four years of American diplomacy and power will be critical not just to a presidential legacy, but also to the shape of a new world order that is rapidly emerging.


    Keynote by Speaker Richard Wolffe

    It’s the Economy, Stupid: What Business Can Expect From President Obama and Washington

    • Socialist or centrist? Populist or pragmatist? Where does President Obama fit into the economic and political spectrum?
    • What kind of advice and relationships does he rely on as he crafts some of the most sweeping changes to the business landscape in a generation?
    • In its first phase, the Obama White House was confronting economic and financial collapse.
    • But in its second phase, it began a broad effort to find a new balance between business and government, through new legislation and regulation.
    • Now in its third phase, Obama’s team is leaning heavily on new regulations, from carbon emissions to the new rules of the internet economy.
    • Yet Obama’s first economic team was so dysfunctional that its leading members were barely on speaking terms with one another. And the president so alienated business leaders that one of his biggest political foes was the Chamber of Commerce, even as his policies helped save Wall Street and Detroit.
    • Drawing on unrivalled access at the White House, as well as a decade of financial and business journalism, Richard Wolffe explains how the new economic and political teams inside the West Wing – and a new presidential focus on deficits and the political center – will shape the business outlook in the second half of the Obama presidency.


    Keynote by Speaker Richard Wolffe

    Campaign Circus: The Road to the White House in 2016

    • The 2016 presidential election is already under way and is likely to be extraordinarily volatile.
    • After electing a new senator to the presidency in 2008, voters have lost none of their appetite for rejecting the establishment and gambling on untested newcomers.
    • How will the public mood and the politics of Washington shape the huge field of Republican and Democratic hopefuls?
    • Which candidate can help Republicans win back the votes of women and minorities?
    • Will Hillary Clinton seek to run again for the presidency, and what are the chances of her facing a serious primary challenge?
    • Drawing on the experience of intensively covering four presidential campaigns – Bush in 2000, Kerry in 2004, Obama in 2008 and 2012 – Richard Wolffe explains what kind of skills and characters will succeed in 2016 and what kind of challenges they face from journalists as the news business undergoes its own radical change.
    • The dynamics of the Republican and Democratic parties have changed dramatically over the last decade, and so have the candidates who can win the biggest prize in politics.
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