In 2005, as globalisation flourished, writer Thomas Friedman said the ‘world is flat’, suggesting it offered a level commercial playing field. Over a decade later, Thomas is joined by economist Richard Holden, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and the ACTU president Ged Kearney to discuss globalisation and inequality in a new world of walls, trade barriers and immigration control. Moderated by ABC’s Emma Alberici, the panel will examine globalisation in the era of Trump and Brexit, and will consider where today’s political climate may take us.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Richard Holden (Australian)

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Richard Holden is one of Australia’s leading economists. He is a professor at UNSW Business School and holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. His most recent academic work is on Network Capital and the outsize returns that accrue to those who coordinate economic activity through the higher-order beliefs of others. He writes regularly for the Australian Financial Review and will be visiting professor of economics at Harvard in Fall 2017.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

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Emma Alberici has been a host of Lateline since 2012. Before that, she spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. Emma was previously the finance editor of 7.30. Before joining the ABC, she spent nine years at the Nine Network and before that did her cadetship at The Herald Sun. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.