Kenneth Cukier

Senior Editor for Digital at The Economist


NYT Bestselling author of books on AI, business and society Keynote speaker and moderator at events from the World Economic Forum to Facebook


Kenneth Cukier is an award-winning journalist, book author and keynote speaker. He is the Senior Editor for Digital at The Economist, overseeing data analytics and digital products. He is also the host of The Economist’s weekly podcast on technology and science.


Kenn is the coauthor of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work, and Think” with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. It was a NYT Bestseller and translated into 21 languages. It sold over 1 million copies worldwide. In won the National Library of China's Wenjin Book Award and was a finalist for the FT Business Book of the Year in 2013. Kenn coauthored a follow-on book, “Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education” in 2014.


Kenn’s writings have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others. He was a member of the World Economic Forum's global council on data-driven development.

Kenn is active with many charities. He is a trustee of Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in the UK. He serves on the board of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Also, he is a board director of The Open String, which provides classical instruments to children in poverty. He is on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Kenn is a regular keynote speaker (represented by the Leigh Bureau). Talks include: TED, Word Economic Forum, Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co, Schroders, Visa, IMF, World Bank, US State Department, Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, Royal Statistical Society, and the universities of Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge and LSE, among others.






Kenneth Cukier