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Writers Week: expert in how money makes the world go round

3 March 2014

Writers Week welcomes expert in how money makes the world go round

The idea that globalisation was going to solve all our problems, […] that’s an illusion,
– Loretta Napoleoni

Decoding terrorist money laundering is all in a day’s work for best-selling Italian author economist Loretta Napoleoni, and the New Zealand Festival is delighted to host this "economic provocateur" (Time) during Writers Week, 7-12 March 2014. Napoleoni specialises in understanding the “grey areas” of international economics, where there is no regulation, no law, and terrorism and corruption have global impact. Join Napoleoni and former TVNZ political editor Linda Clark for an exploration of how the terrorist financing networks work and insights into her latest book, Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do.

Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises governments and international organisations on counter-terrorism and money laundering.

A regular commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC, Napoleoni is a columnist for several European financial papers including El Paisand The Guardian and was among the few economists who predicted the latest recession. She lectures around the world on economics, terrorism and money laundering and has been described as “a voice worth listening to.” (Economia Magazine)

9 March 9.15am at Embassy Theatre
Tickets $18

Writers Week is supported by Asia New Zealand, Australia Council for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, Flemish Literature Fund, Goethe-Institut, Institut Ramo Llull, Lion Foundation, Museum Art Hotel, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand Book Council, New Zealand Listener, Royal Society of New Zealand, Swedish Arts Council, Unity Books and Victoria University of Wellington.

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